Mitel has scored a new partnership deal with VMware, the market leader in virtualization products, the companies announced Thursday.
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Ottawa-based Mitel, which provides Internet protocol-based communications systems for businesses, said it will strategically collaborate with VMware on solutions that "improve efficiencies of real-time voice applications and computing resources."
"Mitel's communications software approach easily adapts to a virtualized environment," said Stephen Beamish, Mitel's vice-president of business development and marketing, in a statement. "VMware's position as a global leader in virtualization and Mitel's leadership in voice applications globally makes real-time applications virtualized in the data centre easily accessible to businesses."
The partnership will allow Mitel's customers to save costs by running its Communications Director software and Internet protocol-based phone systems in a virtualized data centre environment, since Mitel's products will be integrated with VMware's vSphere 4 platform.
Mitel said the agreement is one step in its new virtualization strategy that will allow customers to use servers and hosted, remote systems to maximize space and reduce power while maintaining the same level of voice service.