As Dropbox expands cloud accessibility, RingCentral integrates with Zapier
While cloud servers can potentially offer terabytes of storage space, most computers only offer a fraction of that. Dropbox wants to help even out that discrepancy through its new Project Infinite. Read on to learn more about this and other big unified communications stories for the week of April 24 – 30.
1. Project Infinite offers new way to sync desktop files to Dropbox
Dropbox users will soon be able to view their cloud-stored data without having to first open a Web browser. The new feature is part of “Project Infinite,” which Dropbox unveiled on April 26 at a company conference in London. Dropbox, one of the most popular file hosting and cloud storage providers, is calling Project Infinite a “revolutionary new way” to access files. The technology works by syncing a user’s desktop with the data stored in Dropbox. No matter how much hard drive space the user has, all of the cloud-based information will be accessible on the local device. As reported by Shirley Siluk for CIO Today, many Dropbox users have taken to social media to express their excitement for the new technology.
2. RingCentral launches integration with Zapier for SaaS apps
RingCentral believes its recently announced integration with Zapier will help make voice and messaging capabilities an essential part of business workflow across the world. The integration allows Zapier, a Web app automation service, to embed RingCentral Office into hundreds of workplace software as a service (SaaS) applications. Since the integration is handled on Zapier’s existing platform, organizations won’t have to use development resources to implement RingCentral. Edward Gately revealed in an April 26 article for Channel Partners that the genesis for the integration project came from posts in the RingCentral customer forum. RingCentral’s David Lee says that the integration allows his company to provide “more fully featured service solutions.”
3. Google’s odd approach to UC solutions is working
While Google certainly has the resources to delve head first into unified communications development, the tech giant has never quite made that jump. Its Hangouts app is convenient but far from comprehensive. The company has also shied away from acquiring a cloud-based service provider. In an editorial for No Jitter, industry tracker Brian Riggs said that this curious approach to UC probably won’t change until Google Apps for Work customers start demanding native solutions. Riggs went on to say that so far, Google’s approach has been successful from a business perspective.
4. Partners await late shipments of Cisco’s hyper-convergence appliance
Soon after Cisco unveiled HyperFlex, a hyper-converged infrastructure system, in early March, it began to ship the new release to customers. However, some partners say they have yet to receive the appliance. According to these partners, who were interviewed by Kevin McLaughlin for an April 28 CRN story, HyperFlex was supposed to be delivered in March. They say that Cisco has since pushed back the delivery date indefinitely. By way of a spokesperson, the networking giant said that it began shipping HyperFlex in early April. Meanwhile, some partners are also concerned that the new appliance doesn’t have erasure coding, a technology featured in rival products that can increase the storage capacity of hyper-converged infrastructure.
5. Analysts speculate on vendor partnerships following Mitel-Polycom merger
As the dust settles from Mitel’s announced $1.96 billion acquisition of Polycom, UC analysts are now questioning the future of the two companies’ alliances with other vendors. It remains unclear how the deal will effect Polycom’s partnership with Microsoft. The video conferencing provider has been united with Microsoft Skype for Business and Office 365, both of which compete with Mitel services. As Katherine Finnell reported in an April 25 article for TechTarget, Microsoft has other partners, such as Yealink and Pexip, that could replace Polycom’s VC and telephone products. Microsoft and Polycom had also announced an Office 365 cloud interoperability service that was set to be released by the end of the year. While a conflict of interest seems apparent, one analyst predicts that the acquisition is actually important to both Polycom and Microsoft.