Nortel and Siemens are unveiling new software and services designed to make it easier and more affordable for enterprises to buy and deploy unified communications platforms. Nortel's CS 1000 Release 6.0 includes greater integration of communications technology into a business's network. Siemens not only rolled out its OpenScape UC Application, but also a services program aimed at easing the deployment and integration of the UC platform. Siemens also launched OpenScape Xpressions, an out-of-the-box UC platform.
Nortel Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications are rolling out
enhanced software and services aimed at easing enterprise deployment and
management of unified communications technology.
Nortel March 25 unveiled the latest release of its Communications Server
1000, which offers greater integration and management capabilities.
Release 6.0 of CS 1000, which is a Linux-based solution that is hardware-agnostic,
includes the MG 1010, a new high-density services gateway that enables
enterprises to provision communications services and applications from a
central location, enhanced SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), and enhancements
to the Mobility MC 3100 that enable any mobile device with a Web
browser-including the Apple iPhone and netbooks-to be integrated into the
how to build a successful UC strategy.
The solution also comes with the CallPilot 202i, an integrated unified
messaging technology, conferencing enhancements with the Nortel Multimedia
Conferencing 6.0 software, new IT telephone handsets and integration with the
Nortel Contact Center 7.0, which the vendor also rolled out March 25.
Included in Contact Center 7.0 are open application programming interfaces
using SOA (service-oriented architecture), which enables enterprises to
integrate the solution with their business applications ad processes, company
officials said. In addition, combining Contact Center 7.0 with Microsoft's OSC
(Optimization Sales Connection) lets customers interact with the business
through myriad means, including voice, e-mail, Web chat and instant messaging.
Nortel also integrated its Predictive Outbound Dialing technology into
Contact Center 7.0.
For its part, Siemens Enterprise Communications March 23 unveiled new
services and an enhanced OpenScape UC Application, both of which are built on
top of the vendor's OpenSOA approach to tighter integration of communications
technologies with business applications.
OpenScape can be integrated into any IT environment, including those from IBM,
Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems, and can be integrated with the open-source
Openfire collaboration server, Outlook Calendar, Netviewer Web conferencing
technology and multiparty instant messaging capabilities, according to company
The OpenScale Professional Service and Integration Solutions are designed to
make it easier to buy and deploy Siemens' UC offerings. The services include
the OpenScape UC Integration Accessories toolbox for easier integration into
widely used groupware applications such as Microsoft Outlook and IBM
Lotus Notes. The UC Integration and Deployment solutions take a vendor-agnostic
approach to helping customers integrate communications tools into such areas as
UC-enabled business portals or applications.
Siemens' also announced OpenScape Xpressions, a prepackaged UC solution that
is designed to be easily integrated into multivendor environments, company
Xpressions offers an out-of-the-box UC environment, including voice mail,
unified messaging, instant messaging, presence, and audio and Web conferencing,
they said. The goal is to help businesses easily and affordably deploy a
unified communications platform, officials said.