Digium Continues Commitment to Asterisk Community with Next Generation Product Lines

New Analog and Digital Telephony Cards Offer Higher Performance and Reliability

HUNTSVILLE, AL, November 4, 2013Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, today announced availability of six next-generation telephony cards. The new models enhance Digium’s broad suite of telephony cards designed specifically for Asterisk-based communications systems. Asterisk is the most widely used open source software for creating business phone systems and communications applications. The combination of Digium hardware and Asterisk software provides a cost-effective platform for building numerous communications solutions, from PBX systems and VoIP gateways to IVR servers, call centers and complete Unified Communications (UC) phone systems. With these new product introductions, Digium continues its leadership of the Asterisk telephony hardware market. Earlier this year, Digium expanded its line of VoIP gateways and introduced new next-generation single span digital cards, reinforcing its commitment to the Asterisk community.

The new A4 series and A8 series analog cards, and the TE234 and TE435 digital cards,  are designed to offer higher performance and reliability and include field upgradeable firmware, low profile form factors, the ability to handle high jitter environments and decreased interrupt times, improving computer processor performance.   The new products, along with the entire family of Digium telephony cards, are the only cards on the market certified for use with Asterisk. This certification provides integrators and OEMs the assurance that their applications will function reliably, and will be backed by support from Digium, the creator, sponsor and maintainer of Asterisk.

The A4 and A8 analog series support four and eight FXO and/or FXS channels. The TE235 and TE435 digital cards support up to 48 and 96 channels (in T1/J1 mode) or 60 and 120 channels (in E1 mode). All cards support industry standard telephony protocols and optional echo cancellation modules, VPM032, VPM064 and VPM128. The hardware echo cancellation modules, based on the industry-leading Octasic chipset, offload the task of echo cancellation from the CPU, increasing overall system performance and call quality.

“All Digium telephony cards offer tremendous opportunities for integrators and OEMs to build advanced communications systems, while also allowing for customization in order to meet their business needs,” said Mark Amick, director of product management for Digium. “Being the creators of Asterisk, users can be assured these new cards integrate seamlessly with Asterisk and can focus on building next generation phone systems without worrying about integration issues.”

The A4 and A8 series, TE235, TE435 and optional echo cancellation modules are available for order from Digium and Digium partners. Pricing starts from $175 for the A4 series, $255 for the A8 series, $775 for the TE235 and $1,315 for the TE435.

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Digium®, Inc. provides Asterisk® software, telephony hardware, and on-premises and hosted Switchvox business phone systems that deliver enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions at an affordable price. Digium is the creator, primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project; the world’s most widely used open source communications software. Asterisk turns an ordinary computer into a feature-rich communications server. A community of more than 80,000 developers and users worldwide uses Asterisk to create VoIP communication solutions in more than 170 countries. Since 1999, Digium has empowered developers to create innovative communications solutions based on open standards and open source software, providing an alternative to proprietary phone systems. Digium Switchvox Cloud and other cloud-based products and services are offered through Digium Cloud Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Digium, Inc. Digium’s business communications products are sold through a worldwide network of reseller partners. More information is available at http://www.digium.com and http://www.asterisk.org.

HP Delivers Security, Simplicity with OpenStack Hybrid Solutions for Cloud

HP unveils first public cloud management console using OpenStack Horizon dashboard; launches enhancements to HP Cloud OS

HONG KONG — HP today enhanced its public cloud and cloud architecture with new functionality that delivers customers enterprise-grade solutions to ease deployment, management and scalability of OpenStack®-based solutions for hybrid cloud.

Organizations are challenged with managing and securing multiple cloud environments while maintaining flexibility without vendor lock-in. Through its commitment to OpenStack, HP is delivering open standards–based hybrid solutions that provide enterprises the agility of interoperable cloud solutions along with enterprise-grade security, manageability and control to confidently deploy mission-critical workloads in the cloud.

HP is the first company to put the OpenStack Horizon project into production as the core technology behind a public cloud management console—the new HP Public Cloud Console. Horizon provides a web-based user interface to OpenStack cloud services, allowing fast and easy provisioning of compute, storage, database, load balancing and other public cloud services. The Horizon-based HP Public Cloud Console offers customers improved simplicity and security via identity management capabilities, networking topology maps, and support for the new HP Cloud Relational Database service.

HP also is using Horizon with HP Cloud OS, the technology foundation for the HP hybrid cloud architecture. HP Cloud OS enhances the maturity of the platform for all users by adding enterprise-grade features, such as role-based access and a common user interface. These new features increase security and governance, while providing simplicity of use and a common experience across all environments.

Additionally, HP is adding features to HP Cloud OS to simplify the cloud experience for IT administrators, including a new distribution network (CODN), simplified infrastructure provisioning and improved multiregion support. The HP Cloud OS enhancements are available via the Cloud OS technology preview.

PeriShip, a leader in the shipping and receiving of perishable products, is realizing the benefits of HP’s open standards–based cloud offerings.

“In choosing a cloud services provider, openness and flexibility were key to us because we need the ability to scale our business quickly without interrupting customer service,” said Jack Wang, chief information officer, PeriShip. “We considered a few cloud providers but chose HP because it offers an open and extensible cloud solution based on OpenStack technology, while also serving as a trusted partner on our cloud journey.”

These latest developments build on HP’s leadership in the OpenStack community and across the OpenStack Foundation’s many projects. For example, HP is the No. 1 contributor of employee resources for the development of OpenStack’s latest release, called Havana, and is a leading contributor for many mission-critical OpenStack initiatives.(1) The company has contributed:

  • One hundred HP employees as participants in the Havana development cycle.
  • More than 20 core team members, including project technical leads for the latest Ironic, TripleO and Infrastructure projects.
  • Five of the top 20 reviewers across the OpenStack Project.  
  • Dedicated employees to the continuous integration (CI) initiative, which no other company has done.
  • Two members to the OpenStack Foundation Technical Committee, a board elected by community contributors.

“With proprietary offerings, cloud users are trapped in single-vendor solutions, hindering industry collaboration and, therefore, innovation,” said Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager, HP Cloud. “HP’s partnership with the OpenStack Foundation enables us to be at the forefront of cloud innovation, but allows us to enhance our offerings to provide our customers with open, enterprise-grade cloud solutions and services to thrive in today’s hybrid world.”

HP will be at OpenStack Summit, held Nov. 5-8 in Hong Kong. Monty Taylor, distinguished technologist, HP, and a member of the OpenStack Foundation board of directors and technical committee, will present a keynote address on “Why OpenStack Will Win in Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.” 

Additional information on HP and OpenStack is available at www.hpcloud.com/why-hp-cloud/openstack.

Huawei Reinforces Commitment to Open Source Projects and Contribution to the Acceleration of OpenStack Commercialization


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Huawei named the first China-based Gold Member of OpenStack Foundation

[Hong Kong, China, November 9, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced its participation at the four-day OpenStack Summit 2013 in Hong Kong. During the Summit, Huawei will join in-depth discussions on OpenStack technological trends and development of a healthy cloud computing industry with global technical experts, customers, industry analysts and media. Just before the start of the Summit, on November 4, 2013, Huawei was granted Gold Membership by OpenStack Foundation and became the first China-based vendor to receive such honor. This is a testament of industry recognition of Huawei’s ongoing efforts and contributions to the establishment of global standards of cloud computing.

"As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei has strong relationships across the telecommunications industry, which provides a large opportunity for OpenStack in the market," said Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of OpenStack Foundation. "Huawei is a top 20 code contributor and has been working to build the OpenStack community in China. As a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation, we look forward to their continued contributions to develop OpenStack globally."

Within three years of its launch, OpenStack has gained widespread support in the industry with its advanced structure, efficient operation and flexible licensing model, and has become one of the most influential open-source projects in cloud computing today. During the OpenStack Summit, Huawei will share updates of the company’s OpenStack strategy and internal use case through a number of keynote speeches and panel discussions with fellow industry experts. Huawei will also discuss its perspective on Software Defined Network (SDN) and network evolution strategy in the cloud-computing era, as well as Network Function Virtualization (NFV), challenges facing OpenStack in ICT integration, and recommendations for addressing such challenges. In addition, Huawei will collaborate with Mirantis, the world-renowned OpenStack company, to demonstrate an all-in-one OpenStack solution, which allows customers to deploy one-stop OpenStack-based applications, accelerating the commercialization of OpenStack technologies.

With the initiation of NFV, OpenStack is also gaining traction in the global telecommunications industry. The penetration of OpenStack from information technology (IT) into communications technology (CT) has become an irresistible trend. Leveraging years of insights and extensive experience in the CT domain, Huawei is striving to promote the deployment of OpenStack in the telecom sector, and help telecom operators achieve a smooth evolution into ICT. In addition to developing unified OpenStack-based cloud computing solutions for both IT and CT businesses, Huawei, a major global supplier of IT infrastructure systems, is committed to developing OpenStack-compatible IT products and solutions, such as storage solutions, network solutions and servers.

"We are now in the open source era and Huawei is very confident with the development prospect of OpenStack," said Mr. Ren Zhipeng, President of Huawei’s IT Cloud Computing Division. "Through continuous innovations in OpenStack and open collaborations with industry partners, we are committed to providing ICT integrated cloud computing solutions to customers in both IT and CT industries. Over the years, Huawei has already established an efficient research and development (R&D) team for the development of OpenStack-based cloud computing solutions. We will continue to share our achievements with the community to help accelerate the maturity of OpenStack technologies, and work with other partners to promote the adoption and development of OpenStack in the industry."

Since 2010, Huawei has been playing an active role in the development of OpenStack and is committed to the construction of an open ecosystem in the cloud computing industry. Currently, over 500 Huawei experts are participating in the R&D of the OpenStack open source project and the development of OpenStack-based cloud computing solutions. With the growing maturity and expanded adoptions of OpenStack, Huawei is committed to contributing more resources to the R&D of OpenStack-based infrastructure solutions in the long run.


Unify Launches with Mission to Transform Business Communications for the New Way to Work

-- New Company Emerges from Siemens Enterprise Communications to Change the Conversation about the Way Enterprises Collaborate and Communicate --

MUNICH and NEW YORKOct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Built on a successful heritage of nearly 170 years of innovation and formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, a new company was introduced today as Unify, one of the world's leading communications software and services firms. Unify has set out to change the way companies communicate and collaborate, helping them spend less time orchestrating work and more time doing it. The Unify brand and vision were revealed today at events in Munich and New York City and on a live global webcast. A full replay of the relaunch webcast can be foundhere.

Unify said significant forces were reshaping the communications and IT industries like the consumerization of IT, bring your own device (BYOD), the role of millennials and the impact of "anywhere workers," essentially defining a new way to work (#NW2W). The launch of the new brand builds upon significant momentum and market recognition gained from the company's unveiling of Project Ansible in June 2013. Project Ansible is a new communications and collaboration platform that leverages secure, dynamic collaboration, universal content aggregation, and a consumer-like, single-pane-of-glass experience that drives adoption and seamless integration into business processes to enhance business performance.

"Unify is uniquely positioned to lead our customers and the industry toward the emergence of a new way to work that will transform how enterprises communicate and collaborate, where technology will amplify the collective effort of information workers, energize teams and processes, and enhance business performance," said Hamid Akhavan, CEO, Unify. "Our Siemens history is rich and the connection to our heritage as market innovators remains strong. Our new brand brings to life our vision, backed by dedicated employees around the world, a strong partner community, and an unwavering commitment to help our customers and more than 45 million users find positive returns on their technology investments. Our customers are incredible, our history is enviable, and our future as Unify is unstoppable."

Jacob Morgan, author of The Collaborative Organization and principal of Chess Media Group also commented on the announcement today: "Unify has the vision to address the needs of how we work today. Businesses of all sizes need to make it easier for their global employees and partners to put context to the information and data that flows through organizations while delivering a consumer-like experience anywhere, anytime, and on any device. This new way to work is now a strategic imperative and Unify is taking the leadership position."

Unify's brand launch included a two-hour web-streamed broadcast of original content, hosted by Baratunde Thurston, a well-known social media enthusiast and co-founder and CEO of Cultivated Wit, and Nicole Duft, industry analyst and senior vice president at Pierre-Audoin Consultants (PAC). The agenda featured the unveiling of the new brand and vision in a keynote address by Akhavan; an informative guest line-up of industry analysts and future of work experts: Jacob MorganDaniel SchawbelRay Wang and Sheila McGee-Smith; and congratulatory messages of support from customers, partners and suppliers like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, IBM, Nycomm, Teradata, Vodafone, T-Systems, ING Bank, SAP and Fujitsu. Akhavan was also joined on the global launch broadcast by Unify's Chief Commercial Officer and President, North America,Chris Hummel, who explained the background and process of creating this vibrant new brand.

The Munich event was held in front of more than 1,000 employees of Unify and guests and was connected to a Unify social media command center in New York City. Unify employees gathered at nearly 60 different offices in 33 countries around the world to view the broadcast and celebrate the company's new brand unveiling.

In addition to in-person events and the global webcast, Unify said it had launched a broad awareness campaign in support of its new brand and vision. The campaign combines online and traditional print advertising across business, trade and industry publications in key markets including: Germanythe United StatesGreat Britain and Brazil. Unify will be featured prominently next week at one of Brazil's technology expositions – FutureCom, where Akhavan will give a keynote address. Social media discussions regarding the future of work and the Unify launch can be followed at #UnifyNow, #NW2W, #ProjectAnsible and#HarmonizeNow.

Unify Provides Additional Details on Project Ansible 
In addition to re-introducing the business as Unify, the company outlined additional details about Project Ansible, a secure and engaging communications and collaboration platform first debuted to wide acclaim from customers and analysts in June 2013. Based on strong interest from customers, partners and carriers, Unify announced that it has accelerated the timeline of  the platform with customer deliveries expected to begin in July 2014.  The platform will be first available as a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SAAS) offering that would complement OpenScape solutions from Unify, and corporate telephone systems from peer competitors.

Industry Recognition as a Trusted Advisor and for its Solutions 
Unify was recently named an "Enterprise Trusted Advisor" by customers and IT professionals according to an annual industry-wide study conducted by Nemertes Research. Unify was ranked third out of an elite list of only 12 companies named as trusted advisors that were selected from the 150 technology companies surveyed, according to Nemertes.

Continually recognized for its strong voice solutions and support of customers, Unify was recently named to the Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony.  Unify was also recognized as a Leader in the Gartner MarketScape for Unified Communications for the SMB Market, Western Europe.

Unify (then Siemens Enterprise Communications) was formed as a joint venture by The Gores Group and Siemens AG in 2008. The company said today's relaunch under a new brand did not signal a change in the ownership of the company, nor its management structure.

About Unify 
Unify—formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications—is one of the world's leading communications software and services firms. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75 percent of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.

This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Unify's management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here.  Unify does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Additional Resources 
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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/UnifyCo 
Unify blog – http://blog.unify.com