Microsoft and Nortel have announced a fully hosted joint application to enhance unified communications for SMBs based on Nortel Communications Server 2000 and Microsoft Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) 4.5.
The companies said the new offering allows SMBs to benefit from unified communications without having to purchase, install, manage and maintain additional network infrastructure and complex in-house systems, saving costs and increasing productivity. Nortel’s Global Services portfolio provides comprehensive integration and end-user services to simplify and accelerate deployment.
The product also allows service providers to offer SMBs unified communications combining voice, click-to-call, click-to-conference, missed call e-mail messages, mobility and telephony services.
Microsoft HMC 4.5 takes advantage of the Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) in Windows Server 2008 to provide new virtualization capabilities and security enhancements.
Steve Zimba, managing director of Global Telecom Business at Microsoft, said: The fully hosted unified communications offering provides opportunities for increased revenue for service providers to enable SMBs to communicate virtually anytime, anywhere and on any device.