NEC has embarked on what it calls a major assault on the local unified communications market.
The company says its new range of unified communications offerings will make unified communications a reality for small to medium-sized businesses.
“Our new platform now brings unified communications down into the SME market,” says the company’s Auckland-based unified communications business manager Steve Bower.
“What was only affordable to enterprise and corporates, we are now bringing into the SME space.”
NEC has released a dedicated SME offering, which includes its SV8100 communications server, the SV8000 desktop suite and a new range of desktop IP phones.
Bower says small businesses are now ready for what NEC brings to the unified communications market. “A lot of smaller companies have wanted this for many years. We see this technology as ripe, especially for small business owners [who] are always looking to save money.”
The new offerings will also generate great opportunities for the channel, especially among NEC’s existing telephony-focussed partners, such as Cogent and Gen-i. “They are familiar with NEC’s range and can migrate the existing customer base onto the new platform and the unified communications product suites.”
There will be scope for taking on more “data-centric” partners, however, Bower adds. “We will be looking at new channel partners, which may be slightly different to our traditional partners.”
NEC has also launched a unified communications offering for larger enterprises – the Univerge360 platform, which includes servers, desktop applications, middleware and services.