Partnership Open-Xchange and Voiceworks

17-02-2014

Open-Xchange partners with Voiceworks to create WebRTC based Solution for efficient and more Secure peer to peer chat, voice and video Communications

ALMERE, Netherlands, and NUREMBERG, Germany, February 17, 2014 – Open-Xchange, maker of messaging, collaboration and office productivity software and Voiceworks, the leading VoIP provider in the Netherlands, have joined forces to develop real-time communication products and services that service providers are demanding to grow their Cloud and SaaS portfolios. In the race to develop, support and connect new workflows between individuals – creating and editing documents, sharing photos and experiences and communicating via chat, voice and video—the partnership is focused on giving service providers revenue-generating products they can white label and immediately deploy.

One of the first products will be a browser-based instant messaging, voice and video chat application that is integrated into the Open-Xchange flagship product, OX App Suite. The real-time communication (”RTC”) functionality allows service providers to brand their own peer-to-peer, group chat features to their customers using any mobile or desktop device. Current OX App Suite partners can offer users a choice between email or real-time communications– depending on the context–with as little effort as possible, offering seamless switching between different channels of communication.
“I’ve been excited for when peer-to-peer technology would take off utilizing the power of how we all already are using our browsers for everything, says Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. “Voice chat, instant messaging and file sharing–without the need for 3rd-party plug-ins – eases the adoption of such technology and provides more secure communications.

WebRTC technology offers key advantages over a centralized server approach, such as: increased privacy and security, greater network resilience, decreased costs and massively scalable. Equally, WebRTC architecture permits the ability for quick creation of services through experimenting with JavaScript API’s and HTML5, reducing the need for developers to know protocols, select stacks or licensing restrictions.
Both companies share a vision of how WebRTC technology will benefit everyone using PC, laptop and mobile devices to connect with one another. It is a simple way to offer more secure, unified communications for service providers left with little options, outside of the internet giants’ alternatives. This under-served and fragmented marketplace only spotlights the multitude of ways this technology will disrupt consumption of communications services. The combination of enabled devices, ubiquitous bandwidth and growing acceptance of cloud services are clear indications of strong growth in RTC demand and usage.
Stijn Nijhuis, CEO, Voiceworks continues: “This is an amazing time to be a pioneer in this technology in the fast-paced mobile web/telecom industry. This logical next step–going beyond real-time communications, and integrating email and office productivity – to offer a complete RTC solution for different environments where they are most needed. Because this solution is browser-based, Voiceworks and Open-Xchange can provide ‘contextual’ communications that drive more engaging user experiences.”

A technology preview of the integrated WebRTC based chat, voice and video application will be showcased at the Parallels Summit next week in New Orleans. Stop by the Open-Xchange or Voiceworks booths if you are curious. Currently, Open-Xchange and Voiceworks plan to release both basic and advanced versions of their integrated RTC product later this year to both existing and new OX and Voiceworks partners.

About Open-Xchange

Open-Xchange develops, markets and sells web-based communication, collaboration and office productivity software, which enables full integration of email, documents, scheduling and social media. Built for the cloud, OX App Suite connects business and personal worlds, across devices and legacy systems. Sold and delivered through cloud and hosting providers, telcos and local Internet services companies, OX App Suite gives individuals the freedom to collaborate, work and communicate the way they want to. Founded in 2005, the company is privately owned and headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany, with offices in San Jose, CA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For further information, please visit: www.open-xchange.com.

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