Intermedia Launches Hosted Unison UC Solution
Cost-conscious businesses have a new option for unified communications solutions in the form of Hosted Unison from Intermedia, which combines telephony, e-mail, instant messaging and other features.Intermedia, a provider of communications services-including hosted Microsoft Exchange-to small to medium-size businesses, announced the launch of hosted Unison, a hosted unified communications service that combines telephony, e-mail, instant messaging and other features into a single service delivered over the Internet. Hosted Unison users interact with Unison Desktop, which was designed to have a familiar look and feel-one comparable to Microsoft Outlook 2007. Hosted Unison integrates e-mail, telephony, chat, presence, contacts, calendar and more into a single service. The service also supports mobile synchronization of e-mail, contacts and calendar. Intermedia manages hosted Unison service delivery from start to finish, including-through an affiliate telecommunications company-the provision of phone numbers and voice service. Intermedia's 24/7 support, migration tools and a multimillion-dollar infrastructure that includes four data centers back the service. Because telephony is part of the service, users no longer need to use a PBX or VOIP service and users can keep the phone numbers they have today, or get new ones.
"Complex implementations and high costs have shut small and medium-sized businesses out of unified communications," said Serguei Sofinski, CEO of Intermedia. "Yet they need these benefits to level the playing field with big business and preserve funds for growth. Hosted Unison makes unified communications' benefits accessible. It's the next step in our continued mission to provide SMBs with powerful communications services that are incredibly reliable and simple to manage."