It's day 2 at Microsoft Ignite Orlando, and we've had the announcement many of us in the industry have been waiting for: Skype for Business Server 2019 will be released towards the end of 2018.
Towards the end of 2015, it was with great joy that the world welcomed the Polycom Trio 8800 conference room device into being. Prior to this, the conference phone of choice for Lync/Skype for Business deployments was the Polycom CX3000: a somewhat ageing platform that was still running Lync Phone Edition software, which Microsoft is no longer actively developing. Under the hood, the new Trio was running a version of Polycom UCS software, which also supports Polycom's range of Lync/Skype for Business certified VVX handsets. We now had a conference room device that no longer relied on Microsoft's Phone Edition software.
Last week, Sonus released software version 6.1.3 build 474 for their SBC Edge 1000/2000 session border controllers. Whilst I don't usually rush out and deploy fresh out of the oven updates, in this case there was a pressing requirement for any Sonus CloudLink appliances that were soon to be updating to Microsoft Cloud Connector Edition 2.0.
In a previous blog, I discussed the added benefit of PSTN Conferencing capabilities when used in conjunction with Skype for Business Online. Meeting participants could continue to join from their Skype for Business client or a web browser, but now they could also choose to join via phone: very much still an important use case. In addition to this, Microsoft have made available dozens of PSTN access numbers across the globe that your meeting participants can dial and participate in your Skype for Business Online meeting – very handy.
Within the on-premises world, dial plans have been around for quite some time, and not just within OCS/Lync/Skype for Business. For most organisations, the way users were dialled on traditional PABX systems was by their extension. It was possible to look up a user in a contacts list and then dial them, but ultimately the unique identifier that was being dialled was the user’s extension. In the Microsoft UC world, this is less of a requirement: we search for people we want to communicate with by name, and when we dial, it’s the SIP URI, not a number that we call. That said, there are a few reasons why it’s still desirable to configure a dial plan:
When deploying Cloud Connector Edition, I would have to say that Sonus' CloudLink offering has made life a lot easier. A single 1RU appliance that houses everything I need to enable PSTN access for Skype for Business Online CloudPBX users, and also allow integration with existing on-premises solutions the customer may be migrating away from.
Insync Technology is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as a Surface Hub partner to meet increased demand from customers for the ground-breaking collaboration device.
The increase in mobility of people in the workforce has given rise to a host of amazing virtual meeting options - including options for dial-in conferencing, web based online audio/video conferencing, as well as desktop client and room based solutions. As a result of this, many companies – wishing to use a combination of these options – have felt the sting of the subsequent rise in costs and complexity in their conferencing and telephony systems. It’s not uncommon for organisations to be paying for landline phones, mobile phones, instant messaging tools, third party dial-in conferencing services and of course video conferencing platforms.
Just kidding! It’s not as drastic as it sounds. We had our company Christmas Party over the weekend. Normally this involves flying our other branch (Melbourne) into Brisbane. This is pretty par for the course with most companies – fly the smaller branches into Head Office as it’s the most cost-effective way to get everyone together.