Juniper Networks said it has formed a partnership with ADVA Optical Networking even though the companies say they are not certain at this point what they will produce. Juniper pointed to ADVA's multiplexing capabilities as a key driver of the venture, saying it will invest $3 million in ADVA to retain a modest 1% stake.
Verizon Business has moved to beef up its unified-communications menu of services by establishing separate partnerships with Microsoft and Cisco Systems, the telecom has announced. The carrier's pairing with Microsoft will give subscribers who use the software maker's 2007 UC platform access to Verizon's IP trunking technology. The Cisco collaboration will provide those customers with access to the gear maker's TelePresence videoconferencing services.
Google has put cloud computing and adding features to its Google Voice service on the front burner for 2010, says a company executive. Google last month bought Gizmo5, whose software could turn Google Voice into a VoIP service.
Microsoft and 8x8 will market through their respective value-added resellers a VoIP solution for small and midsize businesses that incorporates technology from both companies. The deal is a boost for Microsoft's relatively unknown Response Point Business Phone System, which will be paired up with its partner's Packet8 VoIP SIP trunking service.
Don Peterson, CEO of VoIP gear maker Avaya, talks to eWEEK.com about the company's push into mobility applications, speech recognition software and unified communications. Peterson also discusses his views on the global VoIP market and the state of the telecom industry.