Mitel beefs up UC virtualization, mobility in newest Applications Suite


Canadian unified communications vendor Mitel Networks (Nasdaq: MITL) has launched the latest iteration of its Mitel Applications Suite (MAS 4.0), giving users a new web-based collaboration tool and a re-vamped mobile UC client.

Based on the company's Freedom Architecture, the new features MAS 4.0 introduces are about making UC the killer app for enterprise mobility. Because, as the company notes, if you can't fully collaborate with colleagues while you're mobile, what's the point?

MAS 4.0 enables access through a single application interface, and makes collaboration easier with a new Web-based collaboration portal that doesn't require participants to download a client.

It also enables secure instant messaging and real-time presence, giving employees visibility of their colleagues' status, so they can choose the most effective way to communicate with them. These new features are available now on the Android and Blackberry clients, with availability on the Apple iOS client soon to follow.

From the IT side, MAS 4.0 extends its single management interface to provision users and manage the solution across the entire enterprise; it's also scalable to up to 1,500 seats.

Another key, Wendy Moore-Bayley, Mitel's director of solutions marketing, told FierceEnterpriseCommunications, is the solution's improved virtualization. MAS 4.0 supports VMware's vSphere 5.0, enabling it to be deployed alongside other business applications in the data center, and vCenter management tools, enabling the solution to be managed like any other virtual application, with the latest VMware infrastructure.

The application will be available Friday.

Mitel last week reported it turned a profit in the third quarter as restructuring costs that led to a loss the previous quarter lessened. It also said it would sell its DataNet/CommSource business unit.

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