HP simplifies unified communications with new multiservice routers

Infotech Lead Asia: HP, to simplify unified communications, has unveiled new multiservice routers (MSR).

To strengthen its unified communication offerings, HP ensured the support of Microsoft and VMware.

The new offering, according to HP, includes HP MSR Survivable Branch Communications Module (SBM) and the new HP MSR Open Architecture Platform (OAP) with VMware vSphere Series.

Announced at Enterprise Connect 2013, these solutions simplify communications through interoperability with Microsoft and cloud-based platforms, enabling enterprises to improve productivity, reduce cost and complexity.

Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP, said: “The onslaught of varied communications tools, coupled with an increasingly distributed workforce, has created complex infrastructure challenges for organizations that legacy networks just can’t handle.”

HP’s new router offering reflects the global router growth. In Q4 2012, router market declined 0.2 percent year over year. The router market saw 25.3 percent year-over-year increase in Middle East and Africa and 15 percent growth in the U.S. However, the market declined in Western Europe by 21.4 percent 24.6 percent in Japan.

The HP MSR SBM comes with Microsoft Lync Survivable Branch software preinstalled into the hardware to create a single, highly modular system for real-time, rich communication, even when a wide area network (WAN) or corporate network is unavailable.

The SBM capabilities integrated into the HP MSR30 and MSR50 Series routers deliver converged routing, switching, wireless, security and voice services for branch networks. Plus, the solution combines storage, Gigabit Ethernet and USB network interfaces to reduce the network’s physical footprint, power consumption, cabling and overall costs.

In addition, HP is in the process of submitting the HP MSR Series voice gateways for qualification with the Microsoft Lync Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program (UCOIP) to ensure that the routers can make and send calls over the public switch telephone network (PSTN).

The new HP MSR OAP with VMware vSphere Series integrates third-party applications on HP MSR30 and MSR50 Series routers. This allows virtualized services to be delivered on one platform, eliminating the need to purchase additional hardware.

The first HP AllianceONE application supported on HP MSR OAP is the Riverbed WAN optimization solution, which typically increases application performance by five to 50 times and, in some cases, by up to 100 times.

The new HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Unified Communications is a unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) offering that combines HP Enterprise Services’ experience in deploying Microsoft Lync in a high-availability architecture with centralized 24/7 monitoring of communication quality and performance.

HP is also enabling users to deploy real-time unified communications with enhanced HP 4120 IP phones that provide access to Microsoft Lync and cloud-based offerings, all hosted by HP private cloud for connectivity anytime, anywhere—without the need for on-premises infrastructure.

Users are able to log in to their Microsoft Lync user account directly through the phone by entering their PIN, granting access to voice mail, personal contacts and any customized user profile settings.

Ambika K

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