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IBM Solution Provider Datatrend Technologies Announces Unified Communications and Collaboration ApplianceNew Solution Provides BroadSoft Service Providers With Simple Way to Extend the BroadWorks Platform to Include VoIP Enabled Collaboration via the IBM Sametime Client (October 17, 2011)
MINNETONKA, MN and PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 10/17/11 -- BroadSoft Connections 2011 -- Datatrend Technologies, an IT solutions provider, today announced a Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) appliance integrated with BroadSoft's BroadWorks® platform. The new solution provides VoIP enabled collaboration, instant messaging, telephony presence, click to call, and other features that enable service providers to deliver a comprehensive platform which satisfies customers' IT, voice, data, collaboration, and network integration requirements.
BroadSoft® (NASDAQ: BSFT) is the leading global provider of software that enables mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to deliver real-time communications over their IP networks. The firm's BroadWorks platform delivers a broad range of unified communications services including video, voice, hosted call center, conferencing, messaging and mobility for businesses and consumers worldwide.
The UCC appliance, through the BroadWorks Connector for IBM® Sametime®, allows organizations to access BroadSoft's IP telephony and Unified Communications (UC) capabilities from within IBM's UC and collaboration platform. IBM Sametime provides the instant messaging and presence capabilities for the UCC appliance. The appliance delivers all of these capabilities in an easy-to-deploy, packaged solution complete with workload optimized server hardware to run efficiently and cost-effectively.
The appliance can be configured for single or multi-host operations for geo-redundant capability and includes IBM Sametime's full messaging functionality, BroadWorks Connector integration, onsite implementation, and complete hardware and software support. Organizations looking for further capabilities may choose optional add-ons including Polycom® phones and video conferencing infrastructure, as well as structured cabling and other professional services.
The UCC appliance from Datatrend is built upon world-class IBM hardware, precisely configured for the BroadWorks/IBM Sametime interface. The standard configuration includes geo-redundant servers, a fully installed and configured operating system, full integration with directory services and more.
The combination of the BroadWorks platform, coupled with IBM Sametime in an integrated system, helps to minimize the cost and complexity of traditional UCC solutions. The UCC appliance is a complete solution that combines the automation of everyday tasks with the ability to remotely configure and manage the system -- eliminating the need for onsite IT personnel for administration and maintenance.
"Customers want a simple solution for UC that is both reliable and secure, and this appliance provides the simplicity and affordability for them," remarks Darren Waldrep, vice president of alliances and marketing for Datatrend. "Datatrend has been designing and deploying integrated appliance solutions for many years. Our relationship with BroadSoft has enabled us to combine the best components and capabilities in a compelling and comprehensive solution with a clear benefit and a real return on investment (ROI) for service providers, with enterprise-level functionality for end-users."
According to David Bukovsky, vice president products, BroadSoft, "Datatrend has provided BroadSoft's service provider customers with a pre-configured, pre-tested server infrastructure for the BroadWorks platform for many years. This new appliance allows our customers to extend the power of BroadWorks and provide VoIP enabled collaboration with the IBM Sametime client."
Datatrend will demonstrate its capabilities at BroadSoft Connections 2011: Crush It! at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, October 16-19, Booth 61.
For more information about BroadSoft Connections, visit: www.broadsoftconnections.com.
Founded in 1987, Datatrend Technologies is a national IT solutions provider dedicated to helping companies optimize their IT environments and enhance their business. Datatrend specializes in best-in-class data center consulting; server and storage solutions; and network infrastructure services. By providing exceptional thought leadership and a customer-intimate approach, Datatrend has earned the respect of customers everywhere as a trusted advisor on business and technology issues.
VP Alliances and Marketing
Datatrend Technologies, Inc.
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