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VoIP, unified messaging, products and services
Network World - Mitel, VMware, and Vidyo have joined forces to integrate Mitel's virtualized Unified Communicator (UC) Advanced client software and the VidyoConferencing collaboration solution with VMware View to deliver a single solution. The joint solution is designed to deliver videoconferencing, voice, presence, secure instant messaging, audio and Web conferencing, document sharing, voice messaging and email.
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The latest announcement from these partners follows a similar announcement made by VMware and Mitel at VMworld in 2011 that unveiled streaming voice to a virtual desktop. According to the three companies' joint statement, this latest development "represents a comparable breakthrough by separating communications into two pieces -- the rich media component and the call-processing component that sets up the connections." Underlying the integration, call-processing is transmitted through the data center while the rich media component is transmitted directly to the endpoints, thereby enhancing quality over existing networks without sacrificing performance in the data center.
Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware, commented in a statement, "Mitel and Vidyo have demonstrated what is possible with a strong partner community. Both companies are committed to an open architectural approach, and this has enabled us to work together to achieve dramatic technical leaps that better serve our customers. We are continually pushing the bounds of what is possible with VDI and VMware View."
"This development allows us to deliver yet another important collaboration mode for virtualized UCC deployments," said Stephen Beamish, vice president, Business Development, Mitel. "It's further validation of the power and flexibility that enterprise voice virtualization provides for end customers."
The joint solution will be demonstrated at VMworld 2012, set to take place at San Francisco's Moscone Center Aug. 26-30. Mitel will also participate in a series of international VMware events this fall.
Read more about voip & convergence in Network World's VoIP & Convergence section.
Steve Taylor is president of Distributed Networking Associates and publisher/editor-in-chief of Webtorials. Larry Hettick, an independent analyst and consultant, is a 30-year industry veteran. He has covered VoIP and UC at Network World for 12 years.