SOURCE: Network Equipment Technologies

Network Equipment Technologies

March 22, 2010 10:00 ET

Network Equipment Technologies to Accelerate Adoption of Microsoft Unified Communications Applications With HP

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. ("NET") (NASDAQ: NWK), a leader in network and voice-over-IP solutions, today announced that it has signed a global reseller agreement with HP, through which NET's networking products that support Microsoft unified communications (UC) applications will be sold worldwide by HP. The combined NET, Microsoft and HP solution will help organizations enhance business agility by empowering their people with the latest tools for enhanced communications, including VoIP, video conferencing, messaging, and presence, and allowing them to reduce travel, telecommunications and technology operating costs.

NET's VX Series unified communications gateway (UC gateway) was selected for resale by HP based on its ability to deliver the enterprise-class scalability, integration, interoperability, and security to support the successful adoption of Microsoft's unified communicationsThe integration of NET's product into the HP and Microsoft "Unified Communications & Collaboration" (UC&C) solution set will further streamline communications across messaging, video and voice with connected applications and devices.

"UC solutions designed with Microsoft Communications Server are scalable and more flexible compared to traditional telephony, enhancing communications for users while simplifying and unifying management for administrators," said C. Nicholas Keating, President and Chief Executive Officer, NET. "With one of the most specialized forces of consultants and support professionals for Microsoft environments, HP will accelerate the adoption of Microsoft Communications Server, improving the effectiveness of global enterprise collaboration and information sharing."

Demand for unified communications and collaboration technologies is growing rapidly. According to an independent report from Forrester Research, 84 percent of enterprises in North America and Europe are currently evaluating, piloting or implementing unified communications and collaboration solutions, and the market is expected to grow at of rate of 35.9 percent through 2015.

"HP and NET remain focused on developing innovative solutions for companies that can make office workers more productive while keeping costs down," said Mark Golden, Vice President, Network Support Services/General Manager, UC&C, HP. "With this new reseller agreement and via HP's presence around the globe, together we can help deliver a comprehensive range of solutions that provide maximum value to our clients."

The NET VX Series provides a lower cost solution for enterprise VoIP, unified messaging and unified communications. Enterprises can leverage the VX Series to reduce existing communications infrastructure costs by consolidating and eliminating expensive voicemail and PBX infrastructure. With support for enterprise mobility and SIP/Wi-Fi devices, the VX series can also help companies to dramatically reduce cellular service costs.

The advanced features of the VX Series provide capabilities that go beyond the limitations of ordinary VoIP media gateways. The VX Series is a fully integrated, expandable single box solution designed to handle the complexity and challenges that are common when introducing the rich functionality of unified communications into existing enterprise voice networks. NET's unified communications products support the industry's broadest set of optional software modules to offer advanced capabilities such as SIP trunking, IP-to-IP mediation, bandwidth optimization, hardware accelerated security, and remote survivability. The VX Series delivers what enterprises need for secure migration to IP-based voice networking, unified communications, and enterprise mobility, while providing interoperability with existing voice networks and PBX infrastructure.

Advantages of NET's VX Series "UC gateway" include:

  • Purpose-built for Microsoft unified communications solutions;
  • Qualified in Microsoft unified communications Open Interoperability Program - Direct SIP;
  • Provides support for Microsoft Communications Server '14';
  • Cost saving PBX infrastructure consolidation with VoIP migration; and
  • Scalable, high-performance IPSEC, SRTP and TLS encryption for VoIP.

The VX series optional hardware-based Security Acceleration Module, provides scalable, high-performance IPSEC, SRTP & TLS encryption for voice over IP communications.

The companies will showcase their combined UC&C solution in Microsoft Technology Centers and HP Customer Briefing Centers worldwide.

About Network Equipment Technologies:
Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NET) provides network and VoIP solutions to enterprises and government agencies that seek to reduce the cost to deploy next generation unified and secure communications applications. For a quarter of a century, NET has delivered solutions for multi-service networks requiring high degrees of versatility, security and performance. Today, the company's broad family of products enables interoperability and integration with existing networks for migration to secure IP-based communications. Broadening NET's voice solutions, Quintum Technologies, now a part of NET, is a VoIP innovator whose applications bring the reliability and clarity of public telephone networks to Internet telephony and unified communications. NET is headquartered in Fremont, CA and has 14 offices worldwide including the US, the UK, France, the Middle East, China, Japan, Australia, and Latin America. The company sells its solutions through a direct sales force and an international network of resellers and distributors. For more information, visit http://www.net.com

Forward Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to possible future operating results within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements include, without limitation, statements about the market for unified communications and collaboration solutions and about functionality and value delivered to customers. Investors are cautioned that such statements involve risks and uncertainty. Factors that could affect such results include our ability to develop and commercialize new products and product enhancements, achieving broad market acceptance for our products, as well as the factors identified in Network Equipment Technologies' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Network Equipment Technologies disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Tags / Keywords:
 NET, HP, VX, Microsoft, Unified Communications, OCS R2, Voice Gateways

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