Time to take another look at Open Source?


Despite the promise of cost savings and extensibility, open source VOIP and UC platforms have thus far failed to catch on in the enterprise market. A new entrant aims to change that. Privately held eZuce’s launch of “openUC,” a low-cost open-source unified communications platform, reflects the continued impact of tight IT budgets. By leveraging open source, eZuce provides integrated voice, video, messaging and conferencing for a list price of $65 per user, per year. Despite recent economic improvement, 82% of organizations are facing flat or falling IT budgets in 2011, up from 78% in 2010. As a result, implementation success comes from providing strategic value while minimizing both capital and operational expenses. Alternatives such as cloud-based services and open-source derived products have the potential to reduce these costs while meeting business application requirements. Enterprise IT managers should evaluate open source and cloud-based alternatives to on-premise commercial solutions for their potential to reduce upfront and ongoing costs.

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