Mitel's solution will enable businesses to deploy the company's virtual UC environment that is hosted by Mitel NetSolutions, its service provider division.
Mitel is unveiling an offering that
will enable businesses to deploy a virtualized unified communications service
in a private or hybrid cloud setting that is hosted by Mitels service provider
division, Mitel NetSolutions.
Mitels AnyWare IaaS
(Infrastructure-as-a-Service) will let IT departments host Mitels virtualized
unified communications and collaboration (UCC) software in a virtual private
data center that offers a secure setting but doesnt force the customer to use
up its own limited data center space or resources, or have to pay capital or
operating expenses for equipment or power.
The cornerstone of the AnyWare IaaS
offering is Mitels Freedom Architecture
, a software-based UC
solution introduced in 2010 that offers an array of communications options via
the cloud to businesses that want an integrated UC solution that includes voice
and video. Also two years ago, Mitel introduced AnyWare, a public cloud-based
However, AnyWare IaaS now gives
businesses the option of deploying Mitels UC solution in a private cloud
environment that doesnt sap their own resources.
A lot of enterprises are interested
in the cloud, but are not ready for it or a public cloud, or dont want to use
a public cloud yet, Jon Brinton, president of Mitel NetSolutions, told eWEEK
in an interview.
With AnyWare IaaS, businesses now
have a VMware-ready private cloud solution that is hosted by Mitel
NetSolutions, Brinton said.
Mitel officials demonstrated the
cloud unified communications (UC) solution at the Interop 2012 show in Las
Vegas this week.
UC vendors big and small are
aggressively pursuing strategies for getting their solutions into public,
private and hybrid clouds. For example, in late March, Avaya officials unveiled
their Avaya Collaborative Cloud Framework, an initiative to let enterprises,
service providers and others build and use Avaya-based collaboration solutions
in public, private and hybrid clouds.
For Mitel, AnyWare IaaS is a way to
enable businesses to deploy virtualized voice, UC and collaboration solutions in
a cloud-based way that lets them streamline operations and reduce
infrastructure costs. By letting Mitel NetSolutions host the virtualized
environment, IT departments can focus on their core competencies rather than
having to worry about their UC deployments and quality of service requirements,
In addition, companies can run
AnyWare IaaS in a hybrid cloud fashion, with an on-premises deployment at the
main office and UC capabilities at remote offices in a private cloud hosted by
Mitel NetSolutions, with both the on-premises and private cloud solutions
working together, he said.
The SAS70-certified solution is
available to businesses immediately through Mitel resellers, which will sell
subscriptions to AnyWare IaaS along with the various UC licenses and hardware
available from the vendor.