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Brocade and Microsoft Lync Server

Microsoft Unified Communications (UC) technologies unite the full spectrum of communications–messaging, voice, and video–across the applications and devices that people use every day. By integrating telephony experiences (phone calls, voice mail, and conferencing) with critical business applications (documents, spreadsheets, instant messaging, e-mail, and calendar) and video conferencing, organizations can increase overall productivity, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.

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Brocade IP Networking Technologies Now Validated for Microsoft Lync Server

Brocade networking technologies were the first to be validated for Microsoft Lync Server and Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

The Challenge

In today's fast-paced global business environment, people need to find, communicate, and collaborate with each other quickly and easily. The two primary means of communication–telephones and computers–have traditionally operated on two separate, incompatible networks–one providing real-time communications, and the other message-based communications.

How Brocade and Microsoft Unified Communications Meet the Challenge

Brocade and Microsoft offer an industry-leading, end-to-end Unified Communications (UC) solution that leverages powerful software and a high-performance network to deliver maximum scalability and reliability.

Hosted, Onsite, or Hybrid Approach to Unified Communications

Organizations now have the option to deploy Lync in their own data centers or through a hosting provider, in either a single tenant or multitenant fashion depending on their business needs and IT expertise. Regardless of the deployment model, the network infrastructure is critical to the quality of the user experience, particularly voice and video communications. As such, Brocade and Microsoft work together to test and ensure optimal performance of Lync over Brocade networks.

Brocade best practices provide valuable guidance for building an optimal network architecture, including support for virtualized servers, Quality of Service (QoS) priority on the network, and more.

For hosted Lync, the Microsoft Reference Architecture features Brocade cloud-optimized data center networking to meet the reliability, performance, and scalability requirements of telecom and hosting providers. For user connectivity, Brocade campus LAN and wireless networking solutions deliver high-performance connectivity from laptops and other UC devices.

Brocade and Microsoft Announce Hosted Lync Reference Architecture at UC Expo:

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