"Thousands of companies have deployed voice on their IP networks, and as the benefits of other unified communications technologies become more obvious, they're looking to build on their voice deployments and integrate communications together. The growing unified communications space is becoming a major battleground for all vendors involved." writes Channel Insider's Chris Talbot.
"A traditional networking vendor that grew to encompass many advanced networking technologies, Cisco has a product portfolio that includes everything from the routers and switches to the IP phones. It offers a one-stop shop for business customers," Talbot continues.
"Avaya, on the other hand, came to the networking market from the voice world. The company has built on its expertise in telecommunications to become a major player in the unified communications world. The final major player in the space is the alliance of HP, Microsoft and other vendors like Polycom," Talbot writes.
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Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Avaya, and Polycom Draw Battle Lines in Unified Communications War