October 05, 2013
Microsoft Lync Solution News Week in Review
By Jacqueline Lee
The government may have shut down, but nothing could stop the action in the Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync Solution News community this past week. Let's recap the developments from this week's news ticker.
The U.S. government's FedRAMP standards set uniform approaches to security assessment, authorization protocols and monitoring activities for cloud environments. This past week, Microsoft announced that Windows Azure had earned Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from FedRAMP's Joint Authorization Board.
Azure is the first public cloud platform offering PaaS and IaaS to achieve P-ATO status. By using Azure, U.S. government agencies—once they're up and running again—can easily meet Cloud First Computing standards by building, deploying and managing cloud applications in Azure.
Also this week, Options announced the implementation of Microsoft Lync's instant messaging client into its PIPE Core services package. PIPE Core is an IaaS platform enabling business operations management, regulation compliance and daily business communications. Adding Lync to PIPE Core, especially for companies with BYOD policies, means instant collaboration for employees using any device at any time at any geographical location.
Additionally, iCore Networks received major kudos from Polycom (News - Alert) this week. Polycom named iCore as one of its Platinum Level Polycom Choice Partners. iCore's flagship product, the CloudFUZN UCaaS platform, incorporates products from Juniper, Polycom, IBM (News - Alert) and Oracle to provide a catalog of cloud-based UC solutions. Businesses can use these solutions to create a virtual office in the cloud.
Finally, a Q3 2013 Forrester (News - Alert) report entitled "The Forrester Wave: Desktop Videoconferencing" named Vidyo as its top video quality and performance provider. Forrester also recognized Vidyo (News - Alert) as a "Strong Performer" in the desktop videoconferencing category. Vidyo says that the recognition shows the strength of its new business model, which is focused in mobile solutions, software instead of hardware, WebRTC and SVC frameworks.
Although you can't visit your favorite national park this weekend, the lights are always on in the Microsoft Lync Solution News community. Join TMCnet daily for the latest Lync developments. We won't be shutting down any time soon.