Anglo American School of Moscow (AAS) has subscribed to the NextPlane Federation Cloud service to federate its Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync to Google other UC platforms to facilitate faculty meetings, parent/teacher conferences, and collaborative study.
The NextPlane Federation Cloud service accelerates building federated collaborative communities, eliminating the need to set up and maintain separate federation to multiple parties.
In addition, the connection via the NextPlane Federation Cloud service enables Lync and Google (News - Alert) users to see each other’s presence – including custom and activity-based presence. They can also engage in one-to-one chat, participate in multi-user chat sessions and make voice and video calls.
“With transportation in Moscow being a challenge, our current plan is to use NextPlane to support Google video conferencing for parent-teacher meetings, and enable more virtual meetings for our faculty,” said Ilya Pekshev, head of systems and network operation at AAS of Moscow, adding that the faculty and students have a lot of friends overseas, so access to Google with zero cost is a real convenience for the entire school.
Over 2,000 students and faculty currently use Microsoft Lync 2010 for internal collaborative communications. The educational institution intends to upgrade its network to add more bandwidth in the near future and to integrate its Lync clients with its telecom system.
AAS deployed Microsoft Lync for internal school communication. It recognized, however, that to be effective in communicating with parents, colleagues and friends around the world, it had to federate its Lync platform with Google and other UC systems.
That’s why AAS selected NextPlane as its Federation Cloud service provider.
The NextPlane Federation Cloud service comes with the ability to provide hi-fidelity federation between Microsoft Lync and other key UC platforms, such as Google, as well as IBM (News - Alert) Sametime, Cisco Jabber XCP, Unified Presence Server (CUPS) and WebEx Messenger – formerly Cisco WebEx Connect – Jive OpenFire, Isode M-Link and eJabberd.
AAS selected the NextPlane Federation Cloud service for this ability.
Pekshev said that part of the reason for choosing NextPlane was that the Federation Cloud service offers integrated security including central federation management and provisioning, support for TLS encryption over XMPP and the ability to control communications through policies.
Earlier in August, NextPlane announced support for Isode's M-Link instant messaging (IM) platform on the NextPlane Federation Cloud service.
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Edited by Braden Becker