Unify Launches Ansible, Now Known as Circuit
The company rolls out a UC solution that gives customers a single platform for everything from video and voice to messaging and file sharing.Unify officials are launching the vendor's much anticipated unified communications platform formerly known as Project Ansible, a key product introduction for a company that has undergone more than its share of change and tumult while competing in a space that includes such giants as Cisco Systems and Microsoft. Unify CEO Dean Douglas and other executives rolled out the unified communications (UC) solution—now called Circuit—during a Webcast event Oct. 28, promising a single common platform for all aspects of business communications, from voice and video to messaging, screen sharing and file sharing. It also gives users a place for storing the data from the meetings so that it can be accessed at a later date. In communications today, business workers too often need to switch between devices and applications depending on what mode of communications they're using, Douglas said during the Webcast. "That makes it all very kludgy and makes it difficult to use, and we're going to put all of that on a single pane of glass," he said.
Circuit, a browser-based solution built atop WebRTC standards, is designed to make it easy for users to move from one mode to another regardless of the device they're using. Such flexibility is becoming increasingly important as more employees are mobile or work remotely, and are demanding the ability to collaborate with colleagues, partners and customers regardless of whether they're using a smartphone, tablet or notebook, Bill Hurley, chief marketing officer at Unify, told eWEEK.