Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Lori MacVittie, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz

News Feed Item

Verizon Introduces New Managed Unified Communications and Collaboration for Microsoft Lync

Businesses Can Now Leave UC&C Service and Infrastructure Management to Verizon -- and Focus on Promoting Greater Adoption and Productivity

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As businesses seek to increase productivity through unified communications and collaboration capabilities, they are often challenged by how to select and implement the appropriate strategy and solution.  To meet this challenge, Verizon is introducing Managed UC&C for Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which enables businesses to more easily adopt advanced communications and collaboration throughout their organizations while leaving the service and infrastructure management to Verizon.

Verizon's new offering is immediately available in the U.S. and 19 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K. 

Now, large multinational enterprises can maximize business agility, increase employee productivity and equip a mobile workforce with advanced UC&C capabilities. The new offering also provides the added reliability and performance enabled by Verizon's world-class IMPACT management platform, which now incorporates Microsoft System Center 2012.

"Demand for truly integrated, enterprise-ready communications platforms for information sharing and collaboration is exploding on a global basis," said Martin Burvill, senior vice president of global operations for Verizon Enterprise Solutions.  "The introduction of Managed UC&C for Microsoft Lync is an important component of our overall strategy to advance the way businesses operate through more effective engagement with employees, customers and partners. Enabling a modern workforce to more quickly connect by using video, voice and the Web is essential to speeding decision-making for greater productivity."

Large companies can employ the advanced instant messaging and presence, audio, video and Web conferencing of Microsoft Lync along with enterprise voice across Verizon's expansive global IP network, an advanced VoIP platform, featuring Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) with public switched telephone network (PSTN) integration.  Managed UC&C for Microsoft Lync can facilitate adoption of desktop video conferencing as well as promote enterprise mobility across mobile operating systems, so mobile workers can experience enhanced IM/presence, single-number reach, and audio and video conferencing support.

The new offering can be combined with Verizon SIP Trunking with managed session border controllers to create a comprehensive, end-to-end UC&C infrastructure that facilitates more effective collaboration and decision-making. 

In a related announcement, Acme Packet  announced on Thursday (Nov. 8) that its session border controllers, which help set up and complete VoIP communications, have achieved certification with Verizon SIP Trunking and Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

Cindy Whelan, principal analyst at Current Analysis, said, "Implementation and integration of new services into enterprise communications environments have been the greatest challenges to UC&C adoption.  Verizon's proven record delivering managed services and the company's Microsoft Gold expertise in delivering professional services specifically for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 can create a catalyst for effective UC&C adoption across a global enterprise."

Verizon professional consultants, working with Microsoft Corp. technology partners, can help design, deploy and integrate Microsoft Lync and supporting applications including Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange and SharePoint into a global enterprise environment. 

Verizon was one of the first global service providers to offer professional services specifically designed to help organizations employ Microsoft Lync.  The consulting services include workshop and strategic planning services, assessment services, architecture and design services, deployment and integration services, and unified communications applications enablement planning services.

Giovanni Mezgec, general manager, Microsoft Lync, said, "Microsoft and Verizon have a long-standing strategic relationship, developing and delivering advanced UC&C capabilities for a global business market.  Integrating the latest Microsoft technologies with Verizon's managed services platform gives Verizon a unique end-to-end view across its customers' networks and applications to effectively keep Lync services running smoothly across multiple customer locations."  

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward.  With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings provided over the company's secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation.  Visit verizon.com/enterprise to learn more.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.  

VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

SOURCE Verizon

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
Chris Matthieu is the President & CEO of Computes, inc. He brings 30 years of experience in development and launches of disruptive technologies to create new market opportunities as well as enhance enterprise product portfolios with emerging technologies. His most recent venture was Octoblu, a cross-protocol Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network platform, acquired by Citrix. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and ...
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
JETRO showcased Japan Digital Transformation Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo® at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...