Best-in-Class Partner Ecosystem Enables Skype for Business Enterprise Voice Deployments

Sonus, Plantronics, Nectar and Numonix Partner with the “Better Together” Program to Remove the Guess Work from Skype for Business Enterprise Voice Deployments


For Immediate Release: May 6, 2015




  • Sonus, Plantronics, Nectar and Numonix partner with the “Better Together” program, designed to provide partners and customers with a tested suite of Skype for Business Enterprise Voice products – whether Office 365 or on premise.
  • Program optimizes Skype for Business Enterprise Voice deployments by delivering the necessary security, endpoints, monitoring and recording needed within a heterogeneous communications network.
  • Better Together lowers costs for enterprise and partner Skype for Business Enterprise Voice implementations by reducing interoperability risk and time to deploy.


WESTFORD, Mass. – Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a global leader in enabling and securing real-time communications, announced today a partnership with Plantronics, Nectar, and Numonix to ensure full interoperability of each companies Microsoft Skype for Business supported network devices, offering customers a cutting edge partner ecosystem that enables, supports and enhances Skype for Business Enterprise Voice deployments. The Better Together program takes the guesswork out of Skype for Business Enterprise Voice deployments by reducing the interoperability risk and providing partners and customers with pre-tested solutions.


Security and Interworking


Sonus delivers the security and interoperability for voice, video, instant messaging and collaboration within Skype for Business environments. Sonus Session Border Controllers (SBCs) can be deployed at the border between the enterprise’s internal Skype for Business Enterprise Voice network and the service provider’s network, providing an effective demarcation point for media transcoding, network security, robust Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) interworking, intelligent call routing, Active Directory integration and multi-vendor interoperability.  Sonus SBCs — used in on-premise and Office 365 (hybrid) deployments — deliver a seamless flow of real-time communications for Skype for Business deployments.




Plantronics, a global leader in audio communications and pioneer in wearable technology, brings Microsoft Skype for Business certified headsets and speakerphones that offer smart presence capabilities. Contextual Intelligence enables Plantronics audio devices to simplify and ease communications by understanding the user’s location to deliver a service that best suits that environment, dramatically simplifying the way businesses communicate during Skype for Business voice and video calls.




Nectar, a leader in the development of innovative advanced management and monitoring software for Unified Communications (UC) converged network environments, delivers complete monitoring capabilities within Skype for Business environments.  Nectar’s UC Management Platform (UCMP), coupled with its UC Diagnostics module (UCD), support Skype for Business environments with comprehensive network pre-assessment, monitoring, diagnostics and reporting solutions. This combination enables enterprises deploying and service providers managing the Skype for Business platform with the capability to proactively monitor Skype for Business in real-time, allowing them to better meet and exceed end-user expectations.



Numonix, an innovator in the development of interaction recording and quality management solutions, provides complete recording capabilities during Skype for Business deployments.  Numonix’s Microsoft-qualified RECITE software delivers customers with a robust interaction recording solution that centrally and securely records and stores any Skype for Business interaction, regardless of user location.




“By bringing its portfolio of Session Border Controllers to the Better Together program, Sonus provides security and multivendor interworking within Skype for Business Enterprise Voice deployments,” said Mykola Konrad, vice president, Cloud & Go-to-Market.  “Better Together forms a premier ecosystem for migration to Skype for Business Enterprise Voice for enterprises and partners by delivering pre-tested solutions that ensure all of their security, interoperability, endpoint, monitoring and recording components work together seamlessly.”


“Plantronics audio solutions have gone through extensive internal testing ensuring people sound their best when making voice and video calls through Skype for Business,” said Erna Arnesen, vice president, Channel and alliance marketing, Plantronics.  “Being a part of this alliance of best-in-class partners will give organizations deploying Skype for Business an audio endpoint they can trust to meet their communications and collaboration needs.”


“Nectar provides extensive visibility into multi-vendor UC environments and has the ability to not only correlate critical data across the entire Skype for Business ecosystem, but we are also able to monitor Skype for Business session quality in real-time. This enables our partners to quickly identify, isolate and remediate issues saving them significant time, resources and operational dollars.  As a partner member within the Better Together ecosystem, this program offers Skype for Business and Lync customers access to proven solutions and best practices aimed at optimizing the Skype for Business experience for IT Pros,” said Tom Tuttle, vice president, Microsoft Practice for Nectar.


“We are very excited to be a part of the Better Together alliance. Numonix’s addition of interaction recording to the Better Together ecosystem enhances the joint offering to meet the critical business drivers for interaction recording, which includes transaction verification, legal compliance and quality management. The alliance is not limited to offering Skype for Business and Lync customers the benefit of commercial incentives, but also the peace of mind knowing that their infrastructure is trusted to proven interoperable solutions,” said Michael Levy, president of Numonix.




“Nemertes Research UC total cost of ownership research continuously indicates that those who address telephony performance and configuration management at the start of their deployments achieve lower operating costs and faster ROI than those who wait until deployments have started,” said Irwin Lazar, vice president and service director, Nemertes Research.

“Integrated and seamlessly manageable approaches like ‘Better Together’ for Skype for Business Enterprise Voice make it simpler for customers to gain insight into voice quality performance, resulting in higher overall success.”




  • Sonus Technical Assistance Centers (TAC) and Professional Services are available 24/7/365 to assist with Skype for Business Enterprise Voice deployments.
  • For more information on the Better Together Program click here.




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Sonus brings intelligence and security to real-time communications. By helping the world embrace the next generation of cloud-based SIP and 4G/LTE solutions, Sonus enables and secures latency-sensitive, mission critical traffic for VoIP, video, instant messaging and online collaboration. With Sonus, enterprises can give priority to real-time communications based on smart business rules while service providers can offer reliable, comprehensive and secure on-demand network services to their customers. With solutions deployed in more than 100 countries and nearly two decades of experience, Sonus offers a complete portfolio of hardware-based and virtualized Session Border Controllers (SBCs), Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs), Network-as-a-Service capabilities, policy/routing servers and media and signaling gateways. For more information, visit or call 1-855-GO-SONUS.




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