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TMCNet:  Azaleos Positioned as a Challenger by Analyst Firm in UCaaS Magic Quadrant

[November 27, 2012]

Azaleos Positioned as a Challenger by Analyst Firm in UCaaS Magic Quadrant

SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--

Azaleos® Corporation, the private cloud services company for managed Lync, managed SharePoint,and managed Exchange today announced that it was positioned by Gartner (News - Alert) Inc. as a Challenger in the Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, North America for 2012. In related news, Avanade announced on November 13th that it plans to acquire Azaleos to expand its leadership position in managed services for Microsoft (News - Alert) communication and collaboration technologies. See press release for details: http://bit.ly/Ta6WoW

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According to the report, Gartner analysts evaluate UCaaS providers based on the breadth, quality and overall maturity of their applications, processes, tools and procedures that enhance individual, group and enterprise communications. Ultimately, UCaaS providers are judged on their ability and success in capitalizing on their vision.

"We view Azaleos' position in th Challengers Quadrant as proof that we are one of the few vendors that can provide the full Lync feature set including IM/Presence, video conferencing, unified messaging, mobility and VoIP," said Scott Gode, vice president of product management and marketing for Azaleos. "Customers choose Azaleos for our unique expertise in delivering a feature-complete Lync-based UCaaS solution with tight integration to SharePoint and Exchange using a secure, private-cloud or hybrid infrastructure."


Gartner's expectations for UCaaS in 2013 are twofold. First, UCaaS will start supporting global deployments spanning multiple regions. Many of the UCaaS participants in this Magic Quadrant already have infrastructure in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific as a first step. Second, today's Fortune 1000 UCaaS users will adopt the service across broad swaths of the organization.

Azaleos has achieved and maintained its position as a leader and innovator in managed services through aggressive investments in research, development and new services. The company recently exceeded the 1 million seats under management milestone and closed several marquee enterprise accounts for its Exchange, SharePoint and Lync services including the largest hospital in America and a global tele-communications equipment manufacturer.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Azaleos

Azaleos Corporation provides managed email, collaboration and unified communications services available in private cloud, on-premise or mixed deployment architectures. Azaleos' 24x7 managed services for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and AirWatch (News - Alert) MDM improve availability, security and performance, while reducing maintenance time and costs. The patented AzaleosX technology platform enables customers to maintain control over servers and data including their location, while uptime, maintenance, and support is proactively handled by certified experts in Azaleos network operations centers. Hundreds of companies from Fortune 500 to mid-market enterprises rely on Azaleos to manage their collaboration infrastructures and address issues before users ever know they exist. A member of the National Systems Integrator program (NSI (News - Alert)), Azaleos is one of Microsoft's top 34 partners in the U.S. For more information, visit www.azaleos.com.


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