NextPlane Now Offers Free Google Federation

NextPlane Now Offers Free Google Federation 
NextPlane Takes the Pain Out of Federating Microsoft OCS/Lync and IBM
Sametime Platforms With Google 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  NextPlane, Inc.
(, the market leader in cloud-based federation
services for unified communications (UC), is now offering free Google
federation to organizations using Microsoft OCS, Microsoft Lync, or
IBM Sametime. NextPlane shortens the time it takes to setup
federation with Google to less than a day, and eliminates the hassle
of installing and configuring an XMPP gateway. NextPlane's
cloud-based service does not require any on-premise hardware or
software component.  
Unlike using XMPP gateways from Microsoft or IBM, end-users benefit
from a richer feature set, such as presence, and enhanced presence
(custom presence states and activity-based presence). Moreover, IT
organizations benefit from greater reliability and scalability,
access to usage reports, and 24/7 service availability with no hidden
costs. Google federation is being offered as part of free membership
in UC Exchange, a cloud-based UC federation service that allows
members to find, connect, and collaborate with other federation-ready
organizations. Companies who upgrade to a paid subscription to the
NextPlane UC Exchange federation service can access additional
features including voice and video federation with Google (a feature
unique to NextPlane), and federation with other UC platforms, social
media, and Skype.  
"Our free Google federation for organizations with a Microsoft or IBM
unified communications platform gives users a significantly better
real time collaboration experience," said Farzin Shahidi, founder and
CEO of NextPlane. "By using NextPlane UC Exchange, IT departments can
go beyond the serious limitations of Inter-vendor UC interoperability
solutions which are not being addressed by UC vendors." 
In addition to the free Google federation service organizations can
access to the UC Exchange Management Portal to search the UC Exchange
Members Directory of over 100 "federation ready" organizations,
accept inbound federation requests at a no additional charge, and get
access to usage reports. 
For more information, visit or
contact sales at sales@nextpl 
About NextPlane  
NextPlane, Inc., is the provider of "UC Exchange," a cloud based
community focused federation service for unified communications (UC).
UC Exchange enables member organizations to find, connect, and
collaborate with business partners across a wide range of UC
platforms and includes powerful features such as UC Federation
Services, centralized Members Directory, Social Media Federation, and
Skype Federation. Using a unique federation management portal,
organizations can search a member's directory for federation-ready
partners; manage federation requests and access reporting and
analytic tools.  
UC Exchange Federation Services enable seamless federation across
Microsoft Lync, OCS and LCS, Cisco Jabber XCP, Unified Presence
Server (CUPS) and WebEx Messenger (formerly Cisco WebEx Connect), IBM
Sametime, Google Apps, Jive OpenFire, Isode M-Link and eJabberd.
Organizations can connect users from different companies regardless
of their underlying UC platform -- with enhanced presence, instant
messaging, multi-user chat, voice and video -- all as if they are on
the same UC platform. Moreover, UC Exchange enables its member
organizations to federate their UC platforms with social business
communities such as Yammer,'s Chatter, Twitter, Skype,
LinkedIn, and XMPP hosted chat rooms.  
For more information please visit, or contact sales
Farzin Shahidi
NextPlane, Inc.
(650) 305-7404 
Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing 
(415) 259-5638 
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