HP Delivers Business Continuity for Unified Communications

Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:45am EDT

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  ORLANDO, FL, Mar 19 (Marketwire) -- 
HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced integrated, easy-to-use and
simple-to-manage solutions designed to improve communications among
employees, customers and citizens.

    Today's highly distributed workforce has caused organizations to adopt
new communication tools like voice, video, instant messaging and shared
desktop capabilities that deliver seamless, effective communication
across multiple applications and geographies. The adoption of these
technologies has highlighted the failure of siloed application
infrastructures and legacy networks to cope with the demand of new tools. 

    Announced at Enterprise Connect, HP's new open standards-based
multiservice routers (MSR) include HP MSR Survivable Branch
Communications Module (SBM) -- the industry's first complete business
continuity solution(1) -- and the new HP MSR Open Architecture Platform
(OAP) with VMware vSphere Series. These solutions streamline and simplify
communications through true interoperability with Microsoft(R) and
cloud-based platforms, enabling organizations to improve productivity,
reduce cost and complexity. 

    "The onslaught of varied communications tools, coupled with an
increasingly distributed workforce, has created complex infrastructure
challenges for organizations that legacy networks just can't handle,"
said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager,
Networking, HP. "HP's solutions enable organizations to create a highly
collaborative, productive environment with unified communications,
delivering the best employee experience no matter what device they use or
where they work."

    Maintain productivity during a network outage
 While communication is
critical to employee productivity, the new capabilities of voice over a
data network require the underlying network to deliver secure, reliable
voice services across the organization.

    The HP MSR SBM comes with Microsoft Lync Survivable Branch software
preinstalled into the hardware to create a single, highly modular system
for real-time, rich communication, even when a wide area network (WAN) or
corporate network is unavailable. It also allows for rapid integration
with a customer's network and Microsoft Lync solution, greatly
simplifying deployments. The SBM capabilities integrated into the HP
MSR30 and MSR50 Series routers deliver high-performance converged
routing, switching, wireless, security and voice services for branch
networks. Plus, the solution combines storage, Gigabit Ethernet and USB
network interfaces to reduce the network's physical footprint, power
consumption, cabling and overall costs. 

    HP is in the process of submitting the HP MSR Series voice gateways for
qualification with the Microsoft Lync Unified Communications Open
Interoperability Program (UCOIP) to ensure that the routers can make and
send calls over the public switch telephone network (PSTN). HP also is a
Microsoft Lync Certified Support Partner for Microsoft Lync, enabling
customers to have a single source of support for IT environments running
Microsoft Lync.

    Reduce network complexity with smaller footprint 
 The new HP MSR OAP
with VMware vSphere Series integrates third-party applications on HP
MSR30 and MSR50 Series routers. This allows virtualized services to be
delivered on one platform, eliminating the need to purchase additional

    The first HP AllianceONE application supported on HP MSR OAP is the
Riverbed(R) WAN optimization solution, which typically increases
application performance by five to 50 times and, in some cases, by up to
100 times,(2) providing fast and reliable access to cloud services. To
simplify and speed the deployment of the solution, HP Technology Services
offers design, deploy and support services.

    Greater productivity through unified communications and mobility
 To deliver the universal access enterprises require, HP
Technology Services is offering the HP Mobility Transformation Experience
Workshop. This interactive, full-day workshop is led by HP consultants
and helps align key IT and business stakeholders to build a unified
communications and mobility vision that uses HP's deep experience to
solve customer problems. 

    Topics include redefining productivity, enabling unified communications
and delivering connectivity. The workshop helps customers identify
immediate priorities that can be implemented quickly while also
recommending next steps. This starts customers on their journey to
enabling an improved user experience, while streamlining communications
and improving employee productivity. 

    Communication without the infrastructure costs
 The new HP Enterprise
Cloud Services - Unified Communications is a unified
communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) offering that combines HP Enterprise
Services' deep experience in deploying Microsoft Lync in a
high-availability architecture with centralized 24/7 monitoring of
communication quality and performance. 

    HP is further enabling users to quickly deploy real-time unified
communications with newly enhanced HP 4120 IP phones that provide easy
access to Microsoft Lync and cloud-based offerings, all hosted by HP
private cloud for connectivity anytime, anywhere -- without the need for
on-premises infrastructure. Users are able to log in to their Microsoft
Lync user account directly through the phone by entering their PIN,
granting access to voice mail, personal contacts and any customized user
profile settings.

    HP at Enterprise Connect 2013
 HP is demonstrating its new UCC solutions
and services at Enterprise Connect Orlando, Fla., March 18-21, at the
Gaylord Palms Convention Center in booth 1019. 


--  HP MSR Survivable Branch Communications Module is expected to be
    available this summer.
--  HP MSR Series voice gateways qualified with the Microsoft Lync Unified
    Communications Open Interoperability Program are expected to be
    available this summer.
--  The HP MSR OAP with VMware vSphere Series is available now in module
    form factors (multifunction interface module and flexible Interface
    card) for seamless deployment on the HP MSR30 or MSR50 Series routers.
--  The HP Mobility Transformation Experience Workshop is available now
--  HP Enterprise Cloud Services - Unified Communications is available now
    in key countries, including the United States, with UCaaS demand.
--  HP 4120 IP phones are expected to be available this summer.


HP's premier America's client event, HP Discover, takes place June
11-13 in Las Vegas.

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    (1) Based on HP internal research. 
 (2) Based on Riverbed internal

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