One of the advantages Lync provides our partners is the ability to choose the deployment strategy that makes the most sense for their customer. 

For example, as you may have seen, BT recently announced their hosted platform for Microsoft Lync voice pilots. Originally unveiled at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2011, the platform is now fully operational and available for customers that want to evaluate both Lync and BT’s service offerings.  For customers ready to deploy Lync in production, BT offers on-premises Lync system integration, on-premises Lync managed services, and hosted, managed services.  

The ability to choose the appropriate deployment approach is critically important to customers. Lync enables customers and partners like BT to choose between on premises deployment, Lync through Microsoft’s public cloud offer Lync Online and Office 365 and, with the recent release of the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack, multi-tenant partner hosting. 

The major features in the Lync Server Multitenant Hosting Pack include:

  • Instant messaging (IM) and Presence
  • Voice and video over IP
  • Audio, video, and web conferencing
  • PSTN calling to and from the Lync softphone

The Lync Server Multitenant Hosting Pack enables service providers and other partners to satisfy functional, data sovereignty, and business requirements sometimes not satisfied by Microsoft’s public cloud offers, and to combine Lync capabilities with their own assets to create compelling new offers.  The Lync Server Multitenant Hosting Pack is yet another milestone that demonstrates our commitment to deliver cost effective ways for our customers to experience the richness of Lync, while creating opportunities for our partner ecosystem. 

For more information about Lync, please visit http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx

Thank you, 

Wajih Yahyaoui, Lync Program Manager