Siemens Enterprise Communications expands

4 Mar 2008

Siemens Enterprise Communications has launched the OpenScape Unified Communications (UC) Server, a step the company described as part of its ongoing transformation into a software-oriented company.

The OpenScape UC Server will deliver communications applications on a unified software-based platform.

OpenScape UC Server is designed to remove the artificial legacy barriers between the traditionally separate voice, video and UC systems to enable a suite of UC applications. This suite initially includes OpenScape Voice Application (HiPath 8000 V3.1 R2, enterprise-grade voice and IP least cost routing), OpenScape Video (integrated HD, desktop and client video conferencing) and OpenScape UC Application V3 (role-based UC).

OpenScape UC Server software is the foundation for the company’s new unified communications suite and will be available from 30 April 2008. It enables presence, administration, session control and other shared services for the current and planned family of OpenScape UC suite of applications.

Siemens stated it believes that voice remains the most natural and effective form of human communications and has built OpenScape UC Server from the ground up as an open, SIP-based, software IT communications and UC application foundation with shared web-services components leveraging the company’s OpenSOA architecture.

“With the introduction of OpenScape UC Server, we have reached a significant milestone in our transition from a traditional VoIP manufacturer to a top global software and services company focused on a new era in the enterprise communications market,” said Thomas Zimmermann, chief operating officer, Siemens Enterprise Communications. “Simply put, OpenScape UC Server is the easiest, most affordable and flexible way to introduce full UC into any existing telephony or IT environment.”

The company has also launched OpenScape Video, the industry’s first single-vendor, unified video conferencing solution integrating HD video, desktop PC video, voice and presence into a single communication environment.

By Niall Byrne