Do you have a date for the big unified communications dance? No? Better find one fast. Unified communications vendors are getting cozy with each other, inking partnerships ahead of Interop, which kicks off October 22 in New York. The first example: NEC and Unisys are holding hands in the unified space. They make a cute couple. But most people would prefer to show up at the ball with Cisco Systems, Microsoft or Google in hand.
Yes indeed, Google Enterprise’s Head of Products Matthew Glotzbach is set to keynote Interop. That’s a very interesting development, don’t you think? Google at a big enterprise networking event. No wonder Cisco CEO John Chambers considers Google a big-time long-term threat to Cisco (though Chambers did speak at Google’s Zeitgeist event this week).
Oops. Almost forgot to mention details of that Unisys/NEC relationship. Unisys and NEC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU — another acronym for The VAR Guy to forget) to expand their collaboration to include enterprise unified communications solutions for customers. As part of this agreement, Unisys will integrate NEC’s UNIVERGE IP architecture and solutions into the Unisys Communication and Collaboration portfolio that is based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Office Communication Server (OCS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS).
MOU, OCS, MOSS … is it any wonder The VAR Guy’s mom has no idea what he does for a living.