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July 11, 2011

AudioCodes Expands Global Partner Ecosystem with Microsoft Voice Specialized Partners

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Voice over IP (VoIP) technology provider AudioCodes (News - Alert) has announced an expansion to its global ecosystem of partners. The company has added leading Microsoft Voice Specialized Partners (VSPs) to better serve large enterprises. The partnerships will enable the delivery of products and services to customers throughout the global marketplace as Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync is rapidly adopted.

With the growing demand for the enterprise SBC for enterprise VoIP environments, customers are chiming in on the value AudioCodes contributes to their Microsoft Lync offerings. Randy Schrock, Vice President of Solutions, BT (News - Alert) Global Services, for instance, shared that AudioCodes is a key strategic partner in BT’s Symphony ecosystem. 

The breadth of the company’s solutions for Microsoft Lync encompasses key capabilities to enable BT to deliver and deploy best of breed Microsoft Lync solutions. Additionally, this partnership is designed to encourage customer engagement with the single holistic approach to turnkey Unified Communications (News - Alert) solutions. 

Mike Nelson, principal at Integrated Access Solutions, also shared that AudioCodes’ Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) gateways have been an integral part of the company’s Microsoft Lync offering. The gateways support scaling, interface options and capacity so as to allow IAS to deliver Lynch functionality to customers’ remote branch locations. 

“Many of our clients require Lync deployments which include remote site support,” said Alex Osorio, Microsoft Practice Manager at Nexus IS, in a statement. “The AudioCodes SBA gateways deliver reliability and survivability to local branch Lync users even when the WAN is disrupted to the headquarters office. In addition, AudioCodes Gateways and SBAs have the same core architecture, software and management facilities to reduce our ongoing training and support requirements while offering our clients investment protection.”

Frey Othmar, CEO of Webcall (Subsidiary of Swisscom), Switzerland, refers to AudioCodes as one of the company’s preferred one-stop-shop gateways vendors for Microsoft Unified Communication Solutions. The AudioCodes gateways and enterprise SBC offerings allow for interoperability maintenance directly with the Service Provider and Microsoft Lync environment. As a result, Webcall can reduce the overall solution cost by eliminating the need for IP PBX. 

According to Airton Coelho, CTO of Allen Informatica, Brazil, AudioCodes offers VoIP technologies that add value to the Microsoft UC solution. This reliable and scalable platform integrates the entire structure from telephone service providers and brings Microsoft confidence to these environments. 

“AudioCodes has been proven as a Unified Communications innovation company,” said David Lim, Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) - Lync, Sapientia Holdings Pte Ltd., Singapore. “AudioCodes product integration with Microsoft Lync Server provides a strong business and technical value to customers that are looking for business productivity enhancements in UC and telephony.”AudioCodes has plans to exhibit at the upcoming Microsoft WPC Conference in Los Angeles. Plans include a demonstration of a number of new products.

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Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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