World VoIP NewsAastra and VMware signs partnership agreement in sake of joint VoIP product
Aastra and VMware signs partnership agreement in sake of joint VoIP product
Canadian enterprise Aastra, being a leading industry player of the corporate communication market, has announced the signing of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) agreement with company VMware in order to embed the Aastra 700, a multifunctional telecommunications manager that easily and effectively delivers complete asset of Unified Communications to small and medium sized businesses.
With general commitments on IP, fully incorporated Mobility and Unified Communications (UC) and specific Solidus eCare for contact centre operations, the Aastra 700 application come pre-installed on a virtualized server, making it easy to integrate and manage the system, massively cutting the overall total cost of ownership (TCO). "Embedding the VMware vSphere in the Aastra 700 has minimized costs by consolidating the firmware into a simplified solution. Having all the components and applications pre-configured, when Aastra 700 is powered up, incremental instructions manuals provided with the product will allow an easy and efficient setup of this UC platform." said Yves Laliberte, Executive Vice President, Aastra. VMware vSphere is also completely fully supported by the Aastra MX-ONE and 5000, highly scalable corporate VoIP call managers. In the example of Aastra 5000 and MX-ONE, the call manager software is provided as a virtual appliance image for an existing customer base of VMware. Aastra utilizes VMware vSphere High Availability and Fault Tolerance versions to support Software-as-a-Service and support continuity of service in a massive data centre by ensuring the ability to shift operations to another data centre without impediments. The collaborated virtualized offering has already been integrated by different Aastra clients including Edmonton Public Schools, the second largest school district in Alberta, Canada, which selects the Aastra MX-ONE to substitute its obsolete telecoms platform. "With Aastra's virtualized offering, Edmonton Public Schools has been capable to incorporate our telephony into the standard IT support platform, as opposed to the traditional separation between telecom and IT teams. This brings up added efficiencies and cost savings. Fault tolerance is an essential component in our focus of service excellence to our schools, and the virtualized Aastra MX-ONE solution gives us a confidence that we have high reliability. With the new system in place, the schools have seen no interruption in service or quality.", noted Kirk Davis, Senior Network Analyst, Edmonton Public Schools. "As we create our moves related to virtualization, VMware was a natural matter of choice and we are delighted to now formalise our partnership. We are looking forward to meet CIO's imperatives for lower OPEX and CAPEX, integrity of voice and UC with the broader IT environment, powerful architecture while ensuring really easy deployment and management. ", added Pierre-Alexandre Fuhrmann, Vice President, Global Technology and Development at Aastra. "Embedding industry-leading VMware technology makes entities such as Aastra to grow up the added value their solutions provide to customers," said Bernie Mills, senior director, embedded OEM alliances, VMware. "By partnering with VMware, Aastra is assisting its customers take advantage of virtualization for voice and unified communications while getting all the benefits of efficient configuration." Virtualization fulfills the expanding needs of data center architecture to better utilize their computing arrays with less firmware and resources needed. Beyond the cost benefits, virtualization can contribute to a cuts of energy consumption, helping companies meet their environmental objectives. On the theme of virtualization, Brian Riggs, Research Director at Current Analysis explained: "entrepreneurs deploying communications and contact center utilities in virtualized environments have boasted zillions of dollars in firmware and cabling costs savings, and tens of thousands of dollars more in minimized power and cooling costs." VMware OEM partners are ensured with a simple way to bundle VMware products into their solutions. Operating with VMware, Aastra is also realizing dramatically increased control of virtualized deployments, tailored to its specific go-to-market and ongoing post-sales support preferences.
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