Startup eZuce Offers Software-Only OpenUC

Aug 12th, 2010 | By technologynews | Category: Technology

A startup called eZuce is offering an open-source, software-only unified
communications solution that company officials say is an alternative to
Microsoft’s UC offerings.

eZuce, which launched Aug. 12, is rolling out OpenUC, which
officials say is aimed at midsize to large enterprises of 200 to 10,000 users
and can be offered as an on-premises solution or through a managed services
environment.

The OpenUC solution is designed to offer all the functionality
of legacy hardware-based IP PBX systems, but through a completely open-source,
software-based approach that is installed on a physical server that already is
available, according to officials.

The use of native SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) eliminates
the need for a feature server, which is typically needed for some UC
deployments.

The product offers the same features as Microsoft’s
Communications Server, from instant messaging and video conferencing to unified
messaging, presence, call center, collaboration and mobility, according to
eZuce.

Using existing hardware and an aggressive per-seat pricing
model will help drive down the overall costs for UC deployment, the company
said.

“eZuce was born
from the successful efforts of SIPfoundry as demand increased for an
open-source, [SIP]-based solution that ties enterprise communications tools [in]
with Web-enabled business processes,” Martin Steinmann, co-founder and CEO of eZuce, said in a statement. “eZuce
presents a logical progression in UC with a holistic approach that marries the
strengths of enterprise communications with cloud computing.” 

According to Steinmann, a one-time executive with Nortel
Networks and founder of the SIPfoundry, OpenUC has been in development for
seven years and comes onto the market as a mature product.

It’s designed to be less expensive and easier to use than other
UC offerings, according to officials, through such features as central
management and an all-inclusive price reportedly set at $65 per user.

eZuce will roll out OpenUC through its channel partners, enabling them to
offer it to their customers as a managed service or an on-premises product.

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