Unified Communications: Click to talk

Jun 30 2008   3:29AM GMT

Cutting Edge Microsoft UC

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Microsoft has put a fair amount of marketing muscle into their Unified Communications offering. Many organizations are busy architecting, deploying, and implementing the various components- Exchange Server 2007, Office Communications Server 2007, the OCS 2007 Mediation Server, etc. The standard, supported configuration involves separate server hardware for most of the components, and an on-site PBX solution. Evangelyze Communications however, working with VoIP provider NGT (New Global Telecom) has built a fully functional Microsoft Unified Communications deployment running almost entirely virtualized in Hyper-V, and connected remotely to a hosted VoIP service. You can learn more from Mike Stacy’s blog: Hosted Gateway/SIP Trunk with OCS. The result is a Microsoft Unified Communications deployment with significant cost savings in terms of hardware and infrastructure.

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  • PhoneTool
    On reading this post I started to reflect on parallels between the history of the PC and developments in the IP PBX world. In the same way as Thomas Watson couldn't imagine a worldwide market for more than a handful of computers, I'm sure many of us struggle to contemplate a VoIP PBX in every home. It now seems to me that the idea is not so absurd (but then I have a teenage daughters). Cisco and friends are cleaning up the enterprise VoIP phone systems market while Digium and friends are looking after the SMBs. It's only a matter of time before a Bill Gates look alike emerges with a must-have an IP PBX for every SOHO operator and household. In fact I'm quietly confident that MS Office 2010 will include an IP PBX module. As we know, history has a way of repeating itself.
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  • Tony Bradley
    Well- as of this past Monday, Bill Gates is out of the picture. BUT- the 'matter of time' has already passed. Microsoft already developed Response Point, an SMB / SOHO- and potentially home- phone system providing VoIP, presence, voicemail on email, and other functionality.
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