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To Host, or Not to Host…That is the Question

by Doug.Ingraham on ‎03-07-2012 02:27 PM (337 Views)

Yesterday, Brocade introduced a new architectural framework that radically simplifies the implementation of Microsoft Lync unified communications (UC) deployments. The new architecture – which integrates Brocade VDX data center switches, ADX series application delivery switches and potentially ICX switches – can be deployed across both hosted and non-hosted enterprise environments, providing customers with the flexibility to choose the Lync-based UC solution that best addresses their needs.

And really, the flexibility is the key here. This option opens up a world of opportunities for our customers and enables them to deploy the solution that’s right for their business. According to Daniel Allen, CEO of SIPCOM, a provider of hosted communications services, the ability to offer high-quality Lync services is a business driver for them and allows them to offer differentiated services to their customers.

As with any UC deployment, the end user experience is paramount and must meet the availability and quality requirements that users expect. For years now, we’ve said that a solid network foundation is critical to any UC implementation and a Lync based deployment is no exception. Having worked closely with Microsoft for a number of years on various technology solutions, we’re happy to have developed a robust, high performance architecture for UC that marries Brocade’s innovative networking technologies with industry-leading Microsoft offerings. Kapil Sharma, Principal Program Manager of Microsoft Lync, talks about our collaboration and the value of networking in the following video:


As more and more organizations start increasingly looking towards the cloud for hosting UC applications, it’s solutions like this that will open up new worlds of possibility and enable customers to make informed choices about what to host in their data centers and what to host in the cloud. The fact is, whether you’re an enterprise customer or a cloud hoster, this architecture can work for you. Tell me what you think in the comments below.