Nortel and Microsoft have extended their comms alliance to allow carriers to offer hosted voice over IP and unified comms services.
Nortel and Microsoft’s alliance will allow carriers to offer hosted e-mail, instant messaging, VoIP, click-to-call, video conferencing and other multimedia services to companies of all sizes.
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Using Microsoft’s unified comms server technology, firms will be able to benefit from unified comms without purchasing, installing and managing additional network infrastructure, said the partners.
"We are experiencing a dynamic restructuring of the communication landscape, transforming it from disparate computing and infrastructure networks to an integrated communication experience," said Tom Valovic, an analyst at IDC.
"New and collaborative business models involving both IT and telecom suppliers will be a major element in this transformation going forward. The existing Nortel-Microsoft alliance and its extension into the carrier space is an excellent example of a market response targeting new business opportunities presented by this changing landscape," he said.
Building on their existing Innovative Communications Alliance, Nortel will integrate its Communication Server 2000 (CS 2000) softswitch with the Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration.
This last product incorporates hosted versions of Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server and Windows SharePoint Services.
In addition, Nortel will provide firms with a full range of convergence integration services from its Nortel Global Services portfolio.
The companies intend to begin field trials in the second half of 2007, with general availability planned by the end of the year.
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