Siemens debuts Unified Communications Server

German Telecoms Giant, Siemens, has announced that it has released its first unified communications software suite, called OpenScape Unified Communications Server.

This, the Siemens Enterprise Communications chief operating officer, Thomas Zimmermann, acknowledged, was a significant step forward in the ongoing transformation of Siemens into a software oriented company, like IBM has successfully done.

"With the introduction of OpenScape Unified Communications Server, we have reached a significant milestone in our transition from a traditional VoIP manufacturer to a top global software and services company focused on a new era in the enterprise communications market," said Zimmermann.

The Siemens UC Server will provide with an all in one ecosystem that will manage voice, video, data, instant messaging, collaboration within an organisation.

Siemens's OpenScape UC server will go head to head against offerings from IBM and Cisco and will for the first time, shed Microsoft's Office Live Communications server which turned into a mighty competitor overnight.

The software suite will be on sale at the end of April and will include the new OpenScape Voice Application, the new OpenScape Video videoconferencing portfolio and OpenScape UC Application v3.