Evaluating Cloud Communications

Evaluating Cloud Communications
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The continuing debate on the value of cloud communications reinforces the need for more education on when and where it's a good fit. That's the goal of this Digital Issue — to help partners evaluating cloud communications for their customers.

Cloud Communications Adoption Rising
Cloud is gaining importance for enterprise communications. Aberdeen found that 20 percent of respondents considered cloud-based communications to be strategic to their organizations. This percentage jumped to 33 percent for those that had integrated mobility.

Weighing Cloud UC&C Models
Implementing cloud-based unified communications and collaboration starts with making that strategic bet on which cloud structure to use — public, private or hybrid.

Comparing Costs of Hosted vs. Premises UC
Hosted or on-premises UC? This is a question increasingly asked by SMBs. Solution providers need to understand the difference to best help their customers in the decision-making process.

Rethinking RFPs For Hosted Solutions
Now that many customers are considering cloud communications, it's important to rethink the RFP process to be more inclusive of all the options. Not only will this make it easier for hosted providers, but it will enable easier comparison of solutions.

Case Study: Art Event Turns to Cloud For Temporary Communications
Celebration of Fine Art needed reliable communications during the three-month event, but did not have the budget to bring wired services to the site. Instead, One Stop Voice designed a cloud-based VoIP system built on multipoint wireless Internet.

What's New: IP Phones for Hosted Services
A look at business IP phones from Cisco, Polycom, Teo, Snom and Mitel that work with hosted VoIP services.