Showing posts with label UC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UC. Show all posts

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cohere selects RedShift for UC threat detection and fraud prevention

Cohere Communications, which offer IT support services including cyber protection and crisis management, is deploying RedShift Networks’ Unified Communication Threat Management (UCTM) solution to provide its customers with a comprehensive managed VoIP solution.  The rollout adds an additional layer of security to Cohere’s existing Unified Security Management (USM) Solution.

Cohere said its USM delivers a fully outsourced, end-to-end solution – enabling their customers to seamlessly secure critical systems and sensitive data.

Steven Francesco, Cohere Communications’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Secure voice communications is an essential part of our offering. Our partnership with RedShift Networks, a leader in the space, will further support our mission to provide customers with an all-encompassing Cyber framework – protecting their firm’s network from intruders and potentially catastrophic loss of information, services, and reputation.” Combining our USM Solution with RedShift Networks’ leading solutions, we are aiming to ensure that businesses can proactively respond to evolving threats and fully secure their most valuable assets – their customer and business data.”

“As more and more companies are attacked by damaging security threats such as Ransomware and service-impacting Botnets, it is clear that all companies – regardless of size – require a comprehensive security solution that protects their firm from the network to the core, said Steven Francesco, Chairman and CEO of Cohere Communications. “By joining forces with RedShift Networks, we are providing a comprehensive VoIP detection and response platform, supported by industry experts to ensure our customers are protected against current threats.”

Sunday, June 24, 2018

U.S. DoD completes Verizon-Led Unified Communications integration

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has migrated one if its key agencies to a unified communications (UC) platform. In doing so, the DoD replaced two legacy systems with a single next generation solution. The agency can now seamlessly integrate voice, video, instant messaging, presence and conferencing. The agency can continue to use its more than 60,000 phones. The deployment uses Ribbon Communication’s JITC-certified Application Server.

“This significant transformation lets the user community operate using a communications system that addresses their IT needs now – and is scalable into the future,” said Sonya Cork, Vice President of Sales for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “The integration and migration of the entire system was a huge task, and it speaks to the tightly coordinated efforts of Verizon and its partners Ribbon, Black Box, and Visioneering, working closely with the agency’s leadership.”

“We have been working closely with the Department of Defense and our solutions partners for several years to meet the demanding requirements of DoD deployments,” said Steven Bruny, Executive Vice President of Global Operations for Ribbon Communications. “It is very rewarding for our team and our partners to have successfully completed a migration of this magnitude. We believe it is a reflection of our commitment to standards and innovation and are pleased that we could provide DoD a path forward without having to start over.”

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Allied Telecom Selects RedShift for UC Threat Detection and Fraud Prevention

Allied Telecom, which serves the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions of the U.S., has selected RedShift Networks' Unified Communications Threat Management (UCTM) platform to deliver an additional layer of proactive, intelligent, real-time threat detection and fraud prevention on its voice network. The UCTM platform also provides Allied with an additional source for key analytics and fraud detection troubleshooting. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Redshift, which is based in San Ramon, California, said Allied Telecom can use its UCTM platform not only to detect fraud events, but more importantly, the precursors to fraud – allowing Allied to proactively adapt its security posture to an ever-evolving threat landscape.

“Taking a vigilant, proactive approach to protecting our clients and our voice platform from the threat of security exploits and fraud is a top priority for Allied,” said Robert Dawson, Allied’s Director of Unified Communications Solutions.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with Allied to help safeguard client networks while preventing fraudulent network traffic,” said RedShift Network’s Vice President of North American Sales Ray Muscatell. “The Allied team is comprised of sophisticated users with a deep understanding of the real-time approach required to secure their VoIP network from the always-changing cyber threats today and into the future. Rob and his team are a pleasure to work with and we look forward to strengthening our relationship as we continue applying Redshift UCTM’s advantages in defense against the constant threat of cyber-attacks.

http://www.redshiftnetworks.com

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Versa's SD-WAN brings support for Unified Communications

Versa Networks, which specializes in software-based networking and security solutions, has expanded its Versa Cloud IP Platform with embedded voice and video codec support to provide native mean opinion score (MOS)-based traffic engineering and reporting for unified communications (UC) services (voice and video).

The problem with most SD-WAN solutions is that they can only identify voice or video packets and abide by a policy defined by loss, latency, jitter and delay requirements as well as by circuit priority to move traffic in an optimal fashion. What they cannot do is

Versa enables real-time assessment of the actual user experience of a voice/video session as captured by a MOS score. This is used to define policies.

The new capabilities enable managed-service providers to deliver high-quality, business-class voice and video services for unified communications as a service (UCaaS) by bundling Versa Secure SD-WAN with their UC solutions.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Private equity firm acquires AVST, a developer of Unified Communications software

StoneCalibre, a privately funded investment firm based in Los Angeles, has acquired Applied Voice & Speech Technologies (AVST), a developer of software-based Unified Communications (UC) solutions for businesses.

AVST has now been merged with XMedius Solutions Inc. The new company, which will have its headquarters in Montreal, will focus on communication tools that leverage voice and data through IP networks using different types of enterprise-grade solutions, either on-premises or in the cloud. AVST designs, delivers and supports software-based UC voice solutions. XMedius provides secure file exchange software solutions. Together, AVST and XMedius have over 500 partners and nearly 4,500 active customers worldwide.

"We are extremely pleased to announce this compelling transaction, as it brings together two highly complementary companies as part of the StoneCalibre family", said Brian Wall, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of StoneCalibre. "Both have long track records of innovation and commitment to helping their customers build cutting-edge solutions for today's business environments. And, while AVST focuses on improving the productivity of its customers' communications, XMedius enables those communications to be secure."

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ericsson and Cisco Develop VoLTE UC

Ericsson and Cisco showcased a joint Collaboration Mobile Convergence (CMC) solution that delivers Cisco Spark collaboration tools over VoLTE.

Cisco Spark features like messaging, in-line file sharing, and high-definition video conferencing across multiple devices, can be triggered from a simple call to a mobile number. Calls can also be moved seamlessly between devices, including the newly announced Cisco Spark Board, with a simple swipe.

The network ensures seamless handover of voice calls across 2G, 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi accesses. The solution will be available to Service Provider and Enterprise customers by end of calendar year 2017.

"CMC offers Service Providers a unique competitive advantage to deliver world class business communications services via the mobile phone. This is a great example of Cisco and Ericsson innovation at work to advance the network of the future and support our mobile lifestyles," stated Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president, general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco.

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.ericsson.com

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fuze Raises $104 Million for UCaaS

Fuze (formerly ThinkingPhones), a start-up based in Cambridge, Mass., closed $104 million in venture funding for its cloud-based communication solutions.

Fuze is a global, unified communications as a service (UCaaS) platform for enterprises. In 2016, Fuze grew sales by 90 percent, adding 449 new customers, including The National Geographic Society, The Rockport Group, Socotec, and John Paul with 36 percent of business coming from outside of North America. Its top ten deals of 2016 represented a combined $71 million in contract value, solidifying Fuze’s position as the leading UCaaS platform for global enterprises.

“Over 2016, we experienced tremendous growth in deal size among the large enterprise segment, with CIOs and IT leaders adopting Fuze’s unified communications platform as a central part of their strategy to drive digital transformation in their organizations,” said Steve Kokinos, Fuze Founder and CEO. “This latest round of investment advances Fuze’s aggressive pursuit of the market for our cloud-based business communications platform, accelerates geographic expansion to service our large global customers, and fuels product innovation in ways that align with our long-term growth strategy.”

The funding was led by Wellington Management Company LLP and joined by Greenspring Associates and existing investors Summit Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), and G20. Total funding to date has reached $304 million.

http://www.fuze.com

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Microsoft Teams Brings New Collaboration/Communications Tools to the Mix

Microsoft unveiled a chat-based workspace in Office 365 for team collaboration.

Microsoft Teams, which is available in preview in 181 countries and in 18 languages, aims to bring a new streamlined form of communications to organizations. Skype and Office apps are integrated into the experience. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The service is hosted out of Microsoft's global data centers.

Microsoft said it aspires "to create a more open, digital environment that makes work visible, integrated and accessible—across the team—so everyone can stay in the know."

http://www.microsoft.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

AT&T Brings NetBond Connectivity to its Cisco WebEx Global Service

Starting in May, AT&T Conferencing with Cisco WebEx global conferencing solution will include AT&T NetBond connectivity for customers meeting eligibility requirements.

AT&T NetBond ensures improved network performance and security to cloud platforms.

In a blog posting, Vishy Gopalakrishnan, Product Marketing Management AVP at AT&T, observes that millennials are becoming a driving force for unified voice and collaboration solutions.

"For today’s mobile workers and those teaming up with peers around the globe, integrated communications tools are critical. As a new tech-loving generation enters the workforce and mobile workers multiply, providers must prepare to deliver more seamless, intuitive, and unified voice and collaboration solutions," writes Gopalakrishnan.

https://networkingexchangeblog.att.com/enterprise-business/the-mobile-generation-has-arrived

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cisco Acquires Synata for Collaboration Search Tools

Cisco has acquired Synata, a start-up based in San Francisco that developed search tools that work within Cisco Spark, the company's business collaboration service.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Synata’s technology allows users to search both on-premise and cloud-based applications simultaneously from one platform.

Cisco said the Synata search technology works within Spark’s end-to-end encryption in the cloud. Cisco plans to integrate the technology into its Spark platform.

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-spark-collaboration-news

Cisco to Acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320M


Cisco agreed to acquire Leaba Semiconductor, a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company, for $320 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives. Leaba, which is based in Israel, specializes in networking semiconductors.  The company is in stealth mode and has not announced any products. The Leaba team will report into Cisco’s Core Hardware Group, led by Senior Vice President, Ravi Cherukuri. https://blogs.cisco.com/news/networking-semiconductors-news http://www.leabasemiconductor.com/ Leaba...

Cisco to Acquire CliQr for Cloud Orchestration


Cisco agreed to acquire CliQr Technologies, a start-up offering an application-defined cloud orchestration platform to model, deploy and manage applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments. Cisco will pay $260 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives. The CliQr platform provides a broad variety of application profile templates and an integrated service library to make it easier to model...


Cisco agreed to acquire Jasper Technologies, which offers a cloud-based IoT service platform, for $1.4 billion in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives. Jasper, which is based in Santa Clara, California, enables the connectivity and management of any device -- from cars to jet engines to implanted pacemakers -- over the cellular networks of service providers.  The company said its Software as a Service (SaaS)...

Monday, March 7, 2016

AT&T Introduces UC Collaboration Service

AT&T introduced a hosted voice and collaboration service aimed at improving employee productivity.

AT&T Collaborate provides a full array of cloud-based voice features and collaboration tools, such as instant messaging and presence, audio, video and web conferencing, and content sharing. The service offers more than 30 calling features, plus a mobile client for use on your smartphone or tablet. Service options include:

  • AT&T Collaborate-Enhanced Voice – Includes additional voice features for employees with more advanced requirements such as selective call acceptance, alternate numbers, instant group calls and more.
  • AT&T Collaborate-Unified Communications – Includes instant messaging, employee presence, desktop sharing and conferencing features.
  • AT&T Collaborate-Contact Center – Includes basic agent and supervisor call center features as well as web client services.
"With AT&T Collaborate, you're able to design a collaboration solution that best fits your business needs – whether you need basic voice capabilities or a full unified communications experience," said Rick Hubbard, senior vice president, Networking Product Management, AT&T Business Solutions. "The solution provides a flexible way for you to connect your employees while helping control costs and complexity."

http://www.att.com/collaborate

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fuze Raises $112 Million for UCaaS

Fuze (formerly ThinkingPhones) closed $112 million in financing for its global voice, video, and collaboration services.

Fuze is a global, unified communications as a service (UCaaS) platform for enterprises. In 2015, the company grew revenue by more than 100 percent, adding more than 175 new customers and expanding existing customer relationships.

The new funding was led by Summit Partners and joined by existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). This investment brings the company’s total funding to $200 million. The new capital will be used to expand global operations and to support continued investment in innovation, with a specific focus on simplifying enterprise communications.

“Enterprises of all sizes are benefiting from new business processes and workflows associated with cloud-based communications platforms. This new investment will enable Fuze to expand geographically and accelerate our innovation to address global demand in the UCaaS, video conferencing, and web collaboration markets,” said Steve Kokinos, CEO & Co-Founder, Fuze . “We view Summit as a long-term strategic partner with deep experience scaling growth stage companies in the enterprise software and communications market. Together with our existing investors TCV, BVP, and G20, Summit’s support will help Fuze realize its vision to be the undisputed leader in this growing market. ”

http://www.fuze.com


  • ThinkingPhones acquired Fuze in November 2015. In February 2016, it announced a new corporate brand platform officially uniting the companies as Fuze.
  • Fuze is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, and has additional locations including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Amsterdam, Aveiro (Portugal), Paris, Zurich, and Copenhagen. 


Friday, January 8, 2016

ShoreTel Acquires Corvisa for UC Cloud

ShoreTel has acquired Corvisa LLC, a provider of cloud-based communications solutions.

"The close of this acquisition represents another milestone in the acceleration phase of our strategic plan. The addition of Corvisa's standards-based APIs, SIP trunking and standalone contact center expands our cloud-based offering while providing new sources of hosted revenue," said Don Joos, president and CEO of ShoreTel. "We are excited to have Corvisa's leadership team and approximately 95 technically skilled and customer-facing employees join ShoreTel to further enhance our development roadmap and go-to-market actions."

http://www.shoretel.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

AudioCodes to Acquire Active Communications Europe

AudioCodes has agreed to acquire Active Communications Europe, a leading provider of communications solutions, for $3 million in cash plus an earn-out arrangement of up to an additional $2 million based on attaining certain sales targets over the next three years.

Active Communications Europe is a Microsoft Silver Partner specializing in Unified Communications. AudioCodes sells advanced solutions for the Unified Communications and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market.

"This agreement with Active Communications Europe places AudioCodes in a stronger position to serve the growing adoption of Microsoft Skype for Business Online, Office 365 and Cloud PBX," said Shabtai Adlersberg, President and CEO of AudioCodes. "The technology and expertise of Active Communications Europe effectively complement the AudioCodes One Voice portfolio."

http://www.audiocodes.com/

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

IBM Signs Vodafone Netherlands for MobileFirst Portfolio

Vodafone Netherlands will offer IBM MobileFirst solutions to enterprise clients.

BM MobileFirst will extend Vodafone Ready Business, which includes communications solutions aimed at helping businesses become more flexible, innovative, collaborative and responsive to their customers and employees. The IBM and Vodafone collaboration will help further drive mobile adoption among enterprise organizations in the Netherlands.

“Vodafone has always been at the forefront of enterprise mobility. In collaborating with IBM, we are drawing on the enterprise expertise of both companies, combining Vodafone’s strengths in enterprise mobility management and 4G connectivity with IBM’s industry, mobile and integration knowledge,” said Alexander Saul, Director Enterprise Business Unit Vodafone Netherlands. “Together, we are empowering our enterprise clients with enhanced mobile capabilities that simplify business processes, increase employee productivity, enable deeper customer engagement and drive overall growth.”

https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/48499.wss

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Verizon Enhances its Collaboration Portrfolio with Cisco

by James E. Carroll

Verizon is expanding its global Collaboration portfolio with the introduction of additional rich conferencing and mobile collaboration tools based on Cisco WebEx Cloud Connected Audio, Collaboration Meeting Room and Verizon’s  UCCaaS Mobile First service.

Verizon is rolling out UCCaaS Mobile First, an advanced collaboration solution based on Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution.  The service is aimed at an increasingly mobile workforce that offers end-users the ability to boost the audio and video performance of the Cisco Jabber mobile unified communications client application on Verizon’s 4G LTE network for a high quality experience.
Cisco Jabber enables users to make and receive voice and HD video calls and access other tools such as instant messaging and WebEx conferencing on their preferred device, whether it is a smartphone, tablet, PC or MAC.

Verizon said that by leveraging its UCCaaS in conjunction with its Private Network Traffic Management solution, which offers QoS over 4G LTE, workers can benefit from prioritized voice and video calls when using the Cisco Jabber client from select 4G LTE smartphones and tablets in the United States.

Verizon is also enabling a more cost-effective conferencing solution through Cisco WebEx with Cloud Connected Audio and Collaboration Meeting Rooms – an “any device” solution in more than 150 countries and 2,700 cities worldwide.  The Meeting Rooms offer a personalized, 24x7 collaboration meeting resource to meet at an instance’s notice with a simple click.

“The rise of the mobile enterprise and necessity for voice, video and collaboration anywhere, at any time, requires solutions which can provide a seamless high-quality experience that doesn’t distinguish between working in an office, from home or on the road,” said Tony Recine, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “With Verizon’s cloud-based Collaboration Suite, Verizon is putting all the right tools in place to provide a simple, secure and reliable experience for corporate workers when meeting and collaborating with colleagues, partners and customers.”

http://news.verizonenterprise.com/2015/12/enhanced-collaboration-portfolio-verizon-cloud/

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cisco to Acquire Acano for Video Bridging

Cisco agreed to acquire Acano Limited, a start-up developing collaboration infrastructure and conferencing software, for $700 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives for Acano employees who join Cisco.

Acano, which is based in London, offers gateways and video and audio bridging technology.  The products allow customers to connect video systems from multiple vendors across both cloud and hybrid environments. Acano has focused on developing products that connect a wide variety of endpoints and systems from all the major collaboration vendors, includes enhanced support for Microsoft’s proprietary protocols and mobile browsers through WebRTC support.

Cisco said the Acano acquisition will accelerate its collaboration strategy to deliver video everywhere across every endpoint, every screen, every workspace, and to every user.

“People, companies and organizations are more geographically dispersed than ever before, and collaboration is essential to helping teams increase productivity and drive growth,” said Rob Salvagno, vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. “Acano’s innovations make it easier for customers to collaborate when, where and how they want. Together, we will help our customers to extend collaboration to every room, every screen and every user.”

The Acano team will join the Cisco Collaboration Technology Group led by Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1729902

Monday, November 16, 2015

NEC's UNIVERGE BLUE Delivers UC

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) introduced its UNIVERGE BLUE Business Cloud Services (UNIVERGE BLUE) for cloud unified communication (UC) services. UNIVERGE BLUE delivers business-class voice, mobility, messaging, presence, web conferencing and contact centers.

The solution consists of NEC Fault Tolerance servers, software-defined networking (SDN), software, and data centers.

Some highlights:

  • Architected for high availability, 99.999 percent
  • Multi-tenant, enterprise-grade security and encryption in the cloud
  • 24/7 support and system monitoring
  • Mission-critical UC applications: voice, mobility, messaging, presence, conferencing and contact center
  • Supports private, hybrid and public cloud UC deployments


“If an enterprise is building a private, hybrid or public cloud service, the underlying architecture has a big impact on what can be done,” said Jay Krauser, director, Business Development Cloud Services, NEC Corporation of America. “Not all cloud solutions are built the same, so it’s also important for businesses to examine the bottom line of their cloud investments and to understand the underlying technology. UNIVERGE BLUE is built from the same reliable software foundation as UNIVERGE 3C™, ensuring mission-critical communications.”

http://www.necam.com
http://www.univergeblue.com

Monday, August 31, 2015

Cisco to Optimize for iOS Enterprise Users

Apple and Cisco announced a partnership to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad.  Specifically, Cisco will deliver experiences specially optimized for iOS across mobile, cloud, and premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx in order to deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience.

“Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive,” said Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. “Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness.”

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.apple.com

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Vonage to Acquire iCore Networks

Vonage, which offers cloud communications services for businesses and consumers, agreed to acquire privately-held iCore Networks for $92 million.

iCore offers a broad range of voice, video, mobile and collaboration services. iCore sells its solutions primarily through its large, direct field sales force, adding significant scale and a national footprint to Vonage's existing sales force. iCore supports more than 85,000 customer seats, with monthly ARPU per customer of more than $4,000, and derives more than 60% of its revenue from customers with 100 or more seats. Monthly revenue churn is less than one percent as a result of three-year contracts that include Quality of Service ("QoS") guarantees.

iCore leverages the same BroadSoft BroadWorks call processing platform used by Vonage, resulting in ease of integration for iCore's customers. iCore has a subset of customers running on BroadSoft's M6 platform.

"iCore is an excellent strategic fit and a natural complement to Vonage's rapidly expanding UCaaS business. This acquisition will deepen our penetration at the higher end of the business market and further strengthen our industry leadership," said Alan Masarek, Vonage Chief Executive Officer. "iCore has a proven track record of delivering the innovative UCaaS solutions required by mid-market and enterprise companies, and has been particularly successful combining hosted communications with complementary cloud services to create a robust unified communications experience."

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