Unify Intros OpenScape 4000 V7 as Pathway to Ansible UC Platform
The offering—formerly HiPath 4000—includes tight integration with the current OpenScape US solution, better virtualization support and more security.Unify is rolling out the latest version of its OpenScape 4000 IP communications platform, not only as an upgrade to its previous version, but also as a pathway to the company's Project Ansible unified communications solution. Unify—which in October changed its name from Siemens Enterprise Communications—is adding a number of new features to OpenScape 4000 V7, including a one-number service for soft clients, mobile devices and mobile handsets, tighter integration with the company's current OpenScape unified communications (UC) offering, and greater virtualization support and security. In addition, the new features will give OpenScape 4000 users improved communications within the enterprise as well as between the enterprise and other companies, better collaboration capabilities and easier management, which company officials said dovetails with the goals of Project Ansible, which the company introduced in June. Ansible is designed to seamlessly aggregate communications streams—from voice and video to social software, analytics, text, search and business applications—and to enable businesses to centrally manage it all through a single common user interface. Current management tools for conferencing, collaboration and content are segmented, which forces users to do a lot of the integration themselves, Unify officials have said. Eventually Project Ansible will incorporate systems not only from Unify—like OpenScape 4000—but also other vendors. What OpenScape 4000—which had been known at Siemens Enterprise Communications as HiPath 4000—offers customers is an avenue for eventual integration to Project Ansible and a platform from which to upgrade as Ansible offerings become available.
The initial version of the Ansible platform will be a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that simultaneously will support four communications channels—voice, video, text and remote screen sharing—Unify executives said last month.