Nortel President and CEO Mike Zafirovski will be a keynote speaker on Tuesday, and will discuss how unified communications solutions and converged applications are poised to transform enterprise communications.
"Unified communications fundamentally changes the way enterprises communicate, simplifying the deluge of communications with a single, seamless interface," said Zafirovski. "Nortel and our partners are working to create a UC experience that makes workers more productive and responsive, with a rich communications experience in the office or on the go."
Nortel’s unified communications vision focuses on providing solutions that align to the business environment the enterprise uses today. These solutions allow users to experience streamlined communications within their business application while leveraging their existing IT investments - truly UC your way.
As part of its expanding unified communications portfolio, Nortel is introducing several new solutions that deliver a richer set of UC tools while ensuring the resiliency of the communications network.
Nortel’s cornerstone IP Telephony solution, the Communication Server (CS) 1000 will deliver new capabilities and enhancements to further strengthen this leading VoIP platform. A new release of CS 1000 will provide improved reliability and redundancy, enhanced network and voice call security and new E911 capabilities, all aimed at ensuring businesses can rely on their network for critical communications needs. Through planned interoperability with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, this new release will deliver unified communications capabilities as part of the Innovative Communications Alliance roadmap.
The new CS 1000 architecture will extend its support for open standards, with support for an open operating system and delivery on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware from IBM and other suppliers, to improve deployment flexibility and manageability of the network. Significant simplification of the portfolio elements and pricing bundles will make it easier for partners and resellers to quote and sell. This new release is planned for availability in 2Q07.
Additionally today Nortel announced the general availability of a new release of the award-winning Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5100. This new release improves productivity by providing users with tight integration of telephony and multimedia applications within IBM Lotus Notes. It also features a number of significant enhancements, including improved and simplified collaboration capabilities that enable a full range of voice, video, conferencing, email, IM and presence capabilities at the click of a mouse, along with enhanced mobility capabilities that provide a rich communications experience for mobile workers. The new MCS 5100 release also introduces support for new SIP-based IP phones improving usability and flexibility and improves the overall security, reliability, manageability and scalability of the core platform, which now operates on IBM servers with a Linux operating system.
Nortel is also introducing Unified Messaging (UM) 2000, a feature-rich, carrier-grade solution supporting up to one million users that enables voicemail, fax and email to be accessed together through common email applications and integrates with Active Directory. UM 2000 is standards-based so that it can operate in a multivendor voice network, and is targeted to global enterprises as well as carriers that offer their customers unified messaging solutions.
To help enterprises deploy UC-optimized networks, Nortel is also unveiling converged data networking enhancements to its North American marketing campaigns, which build on the successful IPT 1-2-3 campaign launched last year. These campaign enhancements include partner tools, focused demand generation activities, pre-engineered data packages, and optional services that make it easier and more cost-effective for authorized channel partners to deploy a LAN that supports customers’ VoIP and UC needs.
These data packages and services can be quoted starting in April 2007 and include options to enable the full deployment of Power over Ethernet, VoIP-Optimized Secure Routing for WAN access, and WLAN for mobility and optional maintenance, installation and technical support services. Nortel’s North American campaign also includes promotion and incentive programs available today through authorized Nortel channel partners for enterprises who are customizing their network for unified communications. [March 6, 2007]
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