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SMEs to be offered cut-price Linux-based unified comms platform

Antony Savvas

A Linux-based unified communications platform will be launched at next month's CeBIT show in Germany. The software-based beta solution will be available for firms to download from next month.

The offering combines telephony, e-mail, instant messaging and collaboration into a single unified product, both on the back end for administrators and on the desktop for users.

Rather than spending £20,000 or more on a separate PBX telephone system and e-mail server, SMEs can instead install this system, said developer Unison, which can deliver claimed cost savings above 85%.

Michael Choupak, CEO at Unison said, "After several years of development the product works as a fully-unified system out of the box. There is no need to integrate the product with a third-party PBX or other server, because it simply works immediately, with all communication features included and unified."

With this Server, said Choupak, companies no longer need to deploy a PBX and telephone system, or an e-mail and instant messaging server, as all of these features are built in.

In effect, he said, a company's entire communication system can run off a single Linux server. This reduces deployment costs as well as ongoing maintenance.

Users also get Desktop, a single application for all their communications. It combines not only e-mail, contacts and calendars, but also telephony, instant messaging and Intelligent Presence, a real-time free/busy status based on a user's current activity.

All messages, chats and voicemail are accessible and searchable, and all conversations take place within this application.


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