Uh oh! I attempted to install a third-party add-on for testing today. But the add-on didn’t want to cooperate. While I contact the developer for assistance, let’s see what’s on the Lync radar for the week.

Audiocode Releases “Lync in a Box”

“Lync-in-a-Box” Released in Australia – CRN.com.au
Audiocodes, a VoIP vendor, has released a new product in Australia. It’s called “One Box 365”, and it combines a Lync Enterprise Voice Server with a session border controller. By combining these, Audiocodes claims they’ve reduced the cost of deploying Lync for smaller businesses (less than 200 computers).

A Session Border Controller (SBC), in case anyone needs a refresher, is a Voice over IP device which connects your Lync environment to SIP Trunk providers. Or another VoIP system if you choose to configure it that way. Essentially it’s an add-on which can provide additional functionality, like security or performance improvements, to Lync Enterprise Voice connectivity.

NextHop published a very good explanation of Session Border Controllers last year.

What does this mean for Lync Server Users?

One Box 365 is designed for use with Office 365. That will help with ease of setup, definitely. But from the specifications, I believe it could be used as a standalone Lync Server 2013 deployment as well.

Now that would be a useful package – anything intended to shorten deployment time for SMBs is a welcome option in my book.

Hope it’s released in the USA soon. I’d like to test-drive a Lync-in-a-box.

Aruba Networks Certifies Their 802.11ac Access Points for Lync Use

Aruba Networks Hopes to Make Rain With Microsoft Lync – NoJitter
Aruba Networks’ wireless 802.11ac access points (APs) have been certified under the Microsoft Lync Server Wi-Fi qualification program. The first APs to do so, according to this article.

This is BADLY needed. Wireless networks (when properly secured) are a major help to business productivity. And they’re a cost savings on top of that.

However, if you’ve made Lync calls over wireless, you’re aware that it doesn’t always work well. Using Lync over Wi-Fi can cause traffic slowdowns, collisions, jitter on calls, and various other not-so-good things.

Sometimes Lync calls work perfectly on Wi-Fi. If you have good-quality APs, odds are you won’t have more than the occasional hiccup. The big help with Aruba’s qualification is that we now have a standard available.

Other 802.11ac wireless vendors will surely follow suit, making sure their products meet the bandwidth requirements to fully support Lync Server 2013. The technology will continue to improve. Lync users will continue to benefit from wider service options.

Congratulations to Aruba for being the first! I might request we get one of these new APs to test in the office.

The Testing Continues

Speaking of testing, we have several demos in the works for Lync products & enhancements. If your company makes a Lync Server add-on of some kind, please comment or email me! I’d love to take a look.

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On the Lync Radar: “Lync-in-a-Box” Appliance Down Under, 802.11ac is Lync-Certified
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