AudioCodes Adds Support for Microsoft’s Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition
AudioCodes further enables multiple deployment and migration options of Skype for Business Cloud PBX
Lod, Israel – April 11, 2016 - AudioCodes (NASDAQ: AUDC) Press Release
- AudioCodes gateways and session border controllers (SBCs) integrate with Microsoft’s Cloud Connector Edition recommended architectures, providing on-premises connectivity infrastructure
- AudioCodes facilitates smooth migration of users from on-premises Lync, Skype for Business Server or legacy PBX deployments to Microsoft’s Cloud PBX with local PSTN/SIP trunk connectivity
- The solution provides, among other attributes, the required security, dial plan flexibility, support for analog devices and resiliency
- Additionally, for customers looking to implement hybrid scenarios with Skype for Business Server for some users and connect the other users to the Cloud PBX, AudioCodes provides CloudBond 365, the hybrid appliance that combines the best of the Skype for Business Server and the flexibility and versatility of Cloud PBX
AudioCodes, a leading provider of converged voice solutions that enable enterprises and service providers to transition to all-IP voice networks, today announced support for the newly released Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition from Microsoft.
Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition is a new software solution that includes the required tools to connect its Skype for Business Cloud PBX to local PSTN and SIP trunk networks and services. AudioCodes session border controllers (SBCs) and gateways provide the required on-premises connectivity infrastructure for Cloud Connector Edition with additional value-added services.
In addition to enabling integration with heterogeneous systems and legacy PBX, which are critical for a smooth migration to the cloud, AudioCodes' Microsoft-certified SBCs offer enterprise grade security and reliability. Additionally, AudioCodes' SBCs can add value by delivering enhanced features such as more advanced dial plan settings, high availability on incoming calls, support for analog devices and support for call recording from the PSTN side. The combined solution of Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition with AudioCodes' infrastructure ensures a smooth migration for enterprise customers who want to move their users to the latest cloud unified communications platform from Microsoft Office 365, while preserving on-premises connectivity with their local service providers.
For customers wishing to leverage the Skype for Business server functionality and start a gradual user migration to the cloud, AudioCodes provides a hybrid appliance solution, CloudBond 365, designed to accelerate the implementation of Skype for Business UC and voice services by allowing advanced PBX users to be registered with the local Skype for Business server in the appliance, while all other users can be serviced from Microsoft’s Cloud PBX. The CloudBond 365 appliance family offers extensive flexibility and versatility, enabling enterprises to pace their cloud migration and legacy PBX retirements as they see fit.
“AudioCodes has been following the evolution of Microsoft Unified Communications and supporting customer migration projects for many years,” commented Nimrode Borovsky, Vice President of Marketing at AudioCodes. “After the release of our advanced CloudBond 365 appliance that enables Skype for Business hybrid scenarios within Cloud PBX environments, we are pleased to announce our support for the newly released Cloud Connector Edition from Microsoft, giving customers more choice as they look to select the best migration path to fit their needs.”
“The release of Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition is a major milestone in our journey to transition our customers to Cloud PBX in Office 365. We are very pleased to see the continued innovation and support from AudioCodes in close collaboration with Microsoft,” commented Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager, Office 365 Partner Marketing at Microsoft. “There is strong market demand for Cloud PBX with on-premises PSTN connectivity and AudioCodes is well positioned with its SBCs, gateways and hybrid appliances to support our customers’ needs for a smooth and reliable migration.”
For more information and advice on cloud migration, consult our whitepaper and application note at www.audiocodes.com/microsoft.
Visit AudioCodes at UC EXPO, 19-20 April 2016, at Olympia London, booth #K1016 in the Microsoft Partner Zone where we will be showcasing our solutions for Skype for Business.