Aastra to Present at Summer 2012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Educational Workshop to Address Key Concerns in Moving to the Cloud

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Aastra announced today that Gary Mading, Senior Product Manager at Aastra, will provide an Educational Workshop entitled “Cloud Computing for Unified Communications: Key Issues” at the Summer 2012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs conference. Sponsored jointly by ESnet and Internet2, Joint Techs is a biannual meeting of over 250 high-level information technology influencers from the nation's top universities, government and scientific research organizations.

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We are excited to partner with Aastra to provide universities a reliable and scalable Hosted PBX solution that fits any sized institution while leveraging the Internet2 network and community to enhance the experience

Aastra, a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market, announced today that Gary Mading, Senior Product Manager at Aastra, will provide an Educational Workshop entitled “Cloud Computing for Unified Communications: Key Issues” at the Summer 2012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs conference. Sponsored jointly by ESnet and Internet2, Joint Techs is a biannual meeting of over 250 high-level information technology influencers from the nation's top universities, government and scientific research organizations. This summer’s conference will be hosted by Stanford University at the Li Ka Shing Conference Center from July 15-19.

Institutions who are considering replacing their premises-based communications equipment with a solution from a hosted or managed cloud services provider have many questions regarding the viability of a cloud-based UC solution. Concerns range from reliability, security and loss of control to whether cloud-based solutions are as feature-rich as premise-based ones. This session will examine some of the key technological issues institutions should examine when moving to a cloud-based solution for communications. These issues include:

  •     Architecture
  •     Feature/functionality
  •     Migration path
  •     Manageability
  •     Reliability
  •     Level of risk (security, control/accountability)

The session is free and will be held Sunday, July 15 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm in room LK120.

Aastra has a wealth of expertise and experience deploying VoIP-based solutions including premise-based, managed and hosted solutions, including nearly 100 organizations using their Hosted UC solution. Aastra was recently selected by Internet2 to offer Hosted PBX services to the Internet2 community. "We are excited to partner with Aastra to provide universities a reliable and scalable Hosted PBX solution that fits any sized institution while leveraging the Internet2 network and community to enhance the experience," said Randy Brogle, senior director of network services, Internet2. "Aastra has demonstrated a strong commitment to the research and education community with their solutions and collaboration."

For additional information on Aastra solutions, please visit http://www.aastrausa.com.

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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.

About ESnet

Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at national laboratories, universities and other research institutions, enabling them to collaborate on some of the world's most important scientific challenges including energy, climate science, and the origins of the universe. Funded by the DOE Office of Science, and managed and operated by the ESnet team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides scientists with access to unique DOE research facilities and computing resources. For more information, visit http://www.es.net.

About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. For more information, visit http://www.internet2.edu.

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