Unison, World's First Fully-Unified Communications Software, Launches Commercially

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Major Linux release will bring unified communications to millions of business users worldwide

This release opens unified communications to millions of SMBs worldwide

Unison Technologies (http://www.unison.com ) has launched the world's first fully-unified communications software, Unison™. Combining telephony and a PBX, e-mail, instant messaging and groupware into a single integrated solution, Unison makes business communication simpler and richer than in the past. As the first fully-unified server, it also reduces costs by as much as 85% compared to other unified communications solutions.

One launch client of Unison analyzed the cost of upgrading its 1000 users to Microsoft Exchange 2007 - one part of Microsoft's unified communications platform. The company found Exchange to be three times more expensive than the entire Unison solution - even though Exchange alone cannot provide unified communications such as telephony, PBX or instant messaging.

Running on a single Linux server and built from the ground up as a unified communications platform, Unison is more reliable and cost-effective because it integrates PBX, e-mail and instant messaging into a single system. Companies do not need to purchase and maintain multiple expensive servers in order to communicate and increase productivity. Unison is initially targeted at small and midsized businesses (SMBs) with 20 to 1000 staff.

"Unison introduces a new era for business IT - single server, fully-unified communications," said Michael Choupak, chief executive officer for Unison Technologies. "Companies can finally get advanced communications for all their employees, without spending huge amounts of time or money to deploy and maintain it."

David Ferris, messaging and collaboration technology analyst and president of Ferris Research, said, "Computer telephony is a major growth area, and Unison presents an attractive vision for SMBs. Integrating major communications such as telephony and e-mail into one system can reduce costs and technology support efforts. Unison opens unified communications to a broader audience."

The software is immediately available, either as a download from the Unison Web site at http://www.unison.com or via partners. It consists of two main elements: Unison Server™, a Linux-based software that turns any server into a communications hub; and Unison Desktop™, which runs on Windows and replaces legacy e-mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes with a more powerful communications alternative. A Linux version of Unison Desktop will be available shortly.

"This release opens unified communications to millions of SMBs worldwide," said Rurik Bradbury, chief marketing officer for Unison Technologies. "Now, companies can leave behind their separate and expensive legacy systems such as Exchange groupware, a PBX from Avaya or Nortel, and simply deploy Unison instead."

Unison is available to purchase for $50 per user per year, a fraction of the price of traditional unified communications solutions that previously connected disparate communications systems. With low hardware requirements and license pricing, deployment and maintenance costs for Unison are as much as 85% lower than a unified communications solution from Microsoft. Low hardware requirements stem from all communications being powered by a single server.

Unison is available primarily through partners, and also online. To join the reseller program, IT providers may visit http://www.unison.com/partners and sign up without charge. Margins for selling Unison are aggressive, with commissions up to 50%. To purchase Unison or try a free demo, customers should visit the Unison Web site at http://www.unison.com.

Learn more about Unison at Booth 816 at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. LinuxWorld 2008 takes place August 4-7 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

About Unison and Unison Technologies
Unison Technologies has developed Unison™, the world's first fully-unified communications system. Combining telephony, e-mail, instant messaging and collaboration in a single Linux server, Unison allows companies to work more quickly and intelligently. By bringing all communication into a single platform, Unison makes unified communications attainable for millions of businesses worldwide. A privately held company, Unison Technologies is headquartered in New York, with additional offices in Boston and St Petersburg, Russia.

More information is available at http://www.unison.com.


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