Networking vendors ink interoperability pact

Hewlett-Packard, Juniper, Logitech, Microsoft and Polycom have been named as the founder members of a new non-profit alliance - dubbed the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum - designed to promote standards-based, cross-vendor interoperability across the UC spectrum. Sector heavyweight

Hewlett-Packard, Juniper, Logitech, Microsoft and Polycom have been named as the founder members of a new non-profit alliance - dubbed the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum - designed to promote standards-based, cross-vendor interoperability across the UC spectrum.

Sector heavyweights Avaya and Cisco were also invited to join the new gang but have not returned calls, according to reports.

The alliance is to work alongside existing industry standards, backfilling gaps between current protocols and interoperability issues that the group claims have stalled widespread UC adoption as they are identified.

"Until now, efforts to achieve interoperability have appeared ad-hoc, which has given customers little assurance that their existing and planned investments are protected and will deliver the value promised," said IDC UC research analyst Jonathan Edwards.

A number of other vendors are also coming in on the ground floor, including Acme Packet, Aspect, AudioCodes, Broadcom, BroadSoft, Brocade, ClearOne, Jabra, Plantronics, RADVISION, Siemens Enterprise Communications and Teliris.

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