Wanted: A Microsoft-Delivered Lync Appliance for SMBs

Brian Riggs
B. Riggs

Summary Bullets:

  • It is possible to deploy Microsoft Lync in a one- or two-server configuration for SMBs.
  • Microsoft is not yet delivering Lync solutions specific to SMBs, but it should be.

Microsoft marketed Office Communications Server 2007 to large-sized enterprises with thousands of users.  This focus on the enterprise remained unchanged when the company released Lync, Microsoft’s latest and greatest unified communications software.  The software is in fact highly scalable, capable of delivering instant messaging, Web conferencing, and telephony services to businesses with thousands of end users.  However, such a large deployment can require a considerable number of servers to run the various software components – at least enough to put Lync out of the price range of SMBs that might consider it as an alternative to traditional PBX systems.  Continue reading “Wanted: A Microsoft-Delivered Lync Appliance for SMBs”