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Node4 Offers Cloud UC On HCS Platform

Node4 has launched a new cloud based unified communications offering based on the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) platform.

Node4 is enabling channel partners to offer an enterprise-class UCaaS solution to the mid-market – with all the features of Cisco HCS, including voice, video, instant messaging and presence, conferencing, voicemail and integrated messaging, mobility and contact centre – at an attractive price point. Node4 is now seeking additional partners to bring this solution to market.

Node4 will offer its Cisco HCS-based solutions to the channel at wholesale prices. Channel partners will be able to sell licences at a significantly reduced cost compared to direct mid-market sales, and white label the service with their own branding and a powerful self-provisioning tool.

“In the last year we’ve sensed real hunger within the mid-market for the kind of advanced, fully-featured UC systems that, until recently, only the largest enterprises have been able to afford,” commented Simon Herbert, Cloud Solutions Development Specialist, Cisco. “There’s an enormous opportunity here. It’s only right that more advanced functionality should start to migrate down the chain via a UcaaS model. We’re delighted to see that Node4 enabling this transition and offering its partners a clear route to addressing this need.”

Andrew Wilson, Director of Channel Sales, Node4, comments: “Our focus is on new customer acquisitions in the mid-market and our channel partnerships form a critical part of our strategy. With the expansion of our UC proposition to incorporate Cisco HCS, accessing market-leading collaboration solutions is no longer a privilege for the large enterprise. For the first time Node4 is giving its partners the opportunity to offer a UC solution based on HCS to market at a price to suit mid-sized businesses.”

All of Node4’s hosted UC solutions are delivered through the Node4 Cloud and utilise Node4’s recently-upgraded national MPLS network and UK Data Centres, with carrier-grade connectivity and leading performance. Disaster recovery and advanced data security tools are provided as standard.

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