Unify (Formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications) Updates OpenScape 4000

Latest Release is Base Level for Unify’s Upcoming Project Ansible

Unify, formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, introduced the latest version of its enterprise communications platform with enhancements and new branding. The newly-released Version 7 of OpenScape 4000 (known formerly as HiPath 4000) includes new features like One Number service, increased security, and improved UC integration. Unify also announced that the latest OpenScape release will provide customers a path to Project Ansible, the company’s next-generation communication and collaboration solution.

Key enhancements to OpenScape 4000 V7 include: One Number Service (ONS) available on all devices, OpenScape UC Integration, virtualization capabilities using VMware vSphere ESXi 5; and improved security by providing a new encryption key every minute.

Commenting in a statement on the latest release, Eve Aretakis, EVP and head of Products at Unify said, “Millions of users count on OpenScape technology every day, and the enhancements we are announcing will further enable those anywhere workers to better connect and collaborate, while providing companies with enhanced security and technology to drive down costs.”

The latest version of OpenScape 4000 design goals are consistent with the principles set out for the company’s next generation solution known as Project Ansible. Project Ansible incorporates secure, dynamic collaboration, universal content aggregation, and a consumer-like, single-pane-of-glass experience.  The company said OpenScape 4000 V7 becomes the base release level for integration to Project Ansible, offering a roadmap for customers who may choose to upgrade as the new solutions become available.

Tim Banting, Principal Analyst, Collaboration and Communications, Current Analysis commented on the developments in a statement saying, “As Unify moves towards the path to Project Ansible and the new way to work, it is important that customers get the business benefits of UC today, such as the ability to support mobile workers, easy collaboration between teams across the Enterprise and the ability to reduce latency in decision making. It’s also essential that existing customers that have already invested in technology have a simple migration strategy to the future. Customers do not want to get locked into a dead-end architecture. OpenScape 4000 is an important step in that strategy.”

OpenScape is a unified communications platform with over 25 million ports in service, deployed at over 25,000 customer installations in over 80 countries, according to the company.  Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.

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