Aastra Transforms MX-ONE® Communication Server into a Multimedia Collaboration Solution - Video, Mobility, Virtualization and Cloud at the Heart of the MX-ONE R5.0

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Aastra has launched release 5.0 of the MX-ONE®, which turns the highly scalable communication server for medium and large enterprises into a multimedia communication platform with video and mobility at its core. The focus of release 5.0 is native Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) with a seamless integration of the Aastra BluStar™ ecosystem.

The introduction of the Aastra BluStar ecosystem is a game changer for the MX-ONE.

Aastra, a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market, has launched release 5.0 of the MX-ONE®, which turns the highly scalable communication server for medium and large enterprises into a multimedia communication platform with video and mobility at its core.

Video Collaboration and Mobility
The focus of release 5.0 is native Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) with a seamless integration of the Aastra BluStar™ ecosystem. Aastra has been extending its BluStar portfolio, which includes the 8000i Media Phone, PC, iPad and iPhone clients, creating a complete ecosystem with HD video conferencing at its heart.

Aastra’s BluStar ecosystem embraces trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) with the increased use of smartphones and tablets in the workplace. It also provides users with a consistent look and feel, regardless of the device used and integrates these mobile devices into the corporate environment.

The Aastra BluStar for PC delivers HD audio and HD video as well as other UC features from a single client. The user will experience an intuitive tool that unifies voice communications with video, instant messaging, directory look-up, flexible search options and conferencing and can choose preferred communications channel depending on situation, even remotely outside the corporate network.

Multimedia communication with MX-ONE is easy to access, intuitive to use, enables people to work together more effectively thus helping businesses to gain a competitive edge. The MX-ONE provides businesses with the opportunity to roll out video collaboration and Unified Communications across a range of devices, while also benefiting from reduced costs and simpler management by having a fully integrated solution.

Virtualization & Cloud Ready
The MX-ONE’s virtualization capabilities have received a tremendous market response : virtualized MX-ONE can represent more than 50% of deployments in regions like the Nordics.

Aastra’s new MX-ONE release extends to support larger customer multi-server environments, offers hardware consolidation and enhanced resiliency options and is aimed at customers who have a company-wide virtualization strategy for all IT/IS based applications. Aastra has focused on consolidating the number of servers and limiting the number of physical servers necessary for both the call manager and Unified Communications application servers. The integration focuses on VMware® as the hypervisor technology and supports VMware value added features such as High Availability (HA) or Fault Tolerance (FT). The MX-ONE 5.0 solution is also “cloud ready”, ideal for those wishing to create a private cloud architecture within their virtualized environments and new business models.

Edin Hadzialic, Head of R&D for MX-ONE at Aastra comments, “The introduction of the Aastra BluStar ecosystem is a game changer for the MX-ONE. With the launch of this release, the MX-ONE offers a fully integrated Unified Communications and Collaboration solution simple to roll out across an entire organization. The MX-ONE’s cloud-ready architecture caters for new innovative business models and its strengths in virtualization and open standards make it a solution of choice for a smooth infrastructure consolidation.“

The Aastra MX-ONE 5.0 multimedia collaboration solution will be rolled out worldwide from the end of May 2012. The Aastra BluStar client for iPads and iPhones will be available with the MX-ONE in second half of 2012.

For further information, visit http://www.aastra.com/mx-one-telephony-system.htm. To read complimentary reports from leading analyst firms about the MX-ONE, please visit http://www.aastrausa.com/analyst-reports.

About Aastra USA
Aastra USA Inc. is the US business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited, a company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative communications products and applications for businesses. Aastra’s operations are truly global with more than 50 million installed lines around the world and a direct and indirect presence in more than 100 countries. Aastra is entirely dedicated to enterprise communications and offers IP telephony and Unified Communications solutions individually tailored to satisfy its customers’ requirements. These range from feature-rich call managers for small and medium businesses and highly scalable ones for large enterprises, associated UC applications, integrated mobility, multimedia call center solutions and high definition video communications to a wide selection of desk phones and cordless terminals. With a strong focus on open standards, Aastra enables enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at http://www.aastrausa.com.

Aastra® is a registered trademark of Aastra Technologies Limited in the United States and Canada. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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