November 21, 2005 08:30 ET

Covergence Delivers Industry's First Complete Microsoft LCS 2005 - IBM Sametime Interoperability Solution; Enables IM and presence interoperability between collaboration applications

MAYNARD, Mass.--(CCNMatthews - Nov 21, 2005) -

Covergence, the first company to deliver a unified security and management solution for applications and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), announced today that it is shipping the first complete Microsoft LCS - IBM Sametime interoperability solution. The Covergence Eclipse™ series enables seamless communication between collaboration applications from different vendors.

Enterprises have been quick to invest in collaboration solutions to reap the benefits of increased productivity, accelerated business processes and reduced costs. The two predominant enterprise collaboration applications in the market are IBM Lotus Sametime® and Microsoft® Live Communications Server. Although both of these applications support connectivity to external collaboration communities using protocols based on SIP and its extensions for instant messages and presence (SIMPLE), they cannot interoperate directly. As a result, enterprises that have both Sametime and LCS environments are left with unacceptable "islands of collaboration" where users in the LCS community cannot collaborate with users in the Sametime community.

"Enterprises have a critical, immediate need for a solution that enables seamless communication between their Sametime and LCS environments," said Bob O'Neil, president and CEO, Covergence. "Enterprises that adopt Covergence's Eclipse solution are quickly seeing the benefits of true enterprise collaboration."

The Eclipse LCS-Sametime solution features a unique, patent-pending architecture that enables it to translate between different vendors' SIP/SIMPLE dialects and enables seamless cross-domain presence visibility and messaging connectivity in a way that is transparent to the end user. In addition, Eclipse gives organizations total management visibility and control over all cross-domain collaboration activity. Using Eclipse's management interfaces, administrators can define security, control and monitoring policies that Eclipse will then enforce on all cross-domain collaboration traffic.

The Eclipse LCS-Sametime interoperability solution is available immediately.

About Covergence

Covergence has developed the industry's first unified security and management solution for applications and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). The Covergence Eclipse ™ series of solutions provide the security, control, monitoring and interoperability necessary for deployment of real-time applications and services. For more information, visit

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