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Lync not enterprise-ready, claims Microsoft ISV-turned-rival

Julie Bort | Sept. 20, 2011
A gap between what Microsoft promises with Lync's telephony and what it delivers makes Lync a poor choice as an IP PBX replacement for large organizations, according to a former Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional".

Again, SMB could be spared as "Lync Server Standard Edition users need no separate SQL license," a Microsoft spokesperson says.

In all fairness, these drawbacks in Enterprise Lync have caused many more untrue rumors to circulate about the product, too.

Microsoft has dismissed some of them: Lync does support site-to-site failover. In a well-planned system, if one server role goes down, the others need not be affected. And Direct SIP, Microsoft's interconnection with PBX systems, supports multiple vendors' products, Microsoft says. These include Cisco and Avaya.



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