A recent survey that found virtual server hosting has prompted a surprising number of Microsoft's enterprise customers to deploy its Lync 2010 unified communications server.
Lync 2010, Microsoft's upgraded communications and collaboration server, is slated for release by the end of this year. Thirty percent of the survey's respondents said they plan to deploy the solution within a year of its release. The survey, conducted by Osterman Research, also uncovered the main motivating factors pushing these businesses to adopt Lync 2010 so quickly. The leading driver to Lync 2010 was the ability to run on a virtual server, as reported by 57 percent of respondents. Virtual server hosting is also attracting attention because it eliminates certain expenses on unnecessary equipment, as another 54 percent of respondents said they were motivated by the need for fewer physical servers.
Microsoft officials see virtual server hosting as one of the major beneficial factors that have contributed to the widespread adoption of new unified communications technology.
"In the next three years, we predict that UC will become the norm in business communications. More than half of VoIP calls at work will include more than just voice, and your communications client will enable UC with more than 1 billion people," Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Unified Communications Group.
Virtualization technology has been a major part of Microsoft's latest products, as the company has introduced a number of virtual server and desktop virtualization solutions for various technologies.