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Fabrizio Volpe
Real User
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
Feb 27 2018

What do you think of Lync Server?

Disclaimer: the new version of Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business (SfB) Server 2015, has been released a few weeks ago. Licensing model is the same you had for Lync Server, with companies paying only Front End servers (i.e. the ones hosting user accounts and the core services for your infrastructure).  SfB contains some new features, including support for Back End availability based on AlwaysOn groups. I will write a dedicated post asap.      The costs related to Microsoft Lync are something that I have talked about more than once but this is the first time I try to summarize information in a single document. I will limit my reflections to on-premises organizations, because as I am writing, Lync Online has no serious support for Enterprise Voice (i.e. VOIP) and this makes the…
Fabrizio Volpe
Real User
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
Dec 11 2017

What do you think of Lync Server?

High availability is something that companies do not take for granted, they take it as given (especially when we talk about telephony). While Lync 2010 did a good work on this critical aspect there were still some weak points on the architecture when there was the need for a really continuous service. For example the mechanism behind the “backup registrar” implementation was really a limit and, for the Enterprise Front End deployments, the need for a clustered SQL server Back End was a restriction and did not match with the requirements related (also) to some kind of disaster recovery plan.   Front End Pairing and new rules on licensing Lync 2013 makes a step forward, building on what was valid in the previous logics and using whole new solutions were they are necessary. The first huge…
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Herbert Zimbizi
Vendor
Senior Specialist Unified Communications at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jul 23 2017

What is most valuable?

RDS, Conferencing, VoIP and IM are the most valuable features. The Remote Desktop Sharing (RDS): It allows the users to share the desktop during a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have used Microsoft products and this product is tightly integrated in the Microsoft ecosystem. Everyone in the company uses some aspect of this… more»

What needs improvement?

Conferencing and interoperability need to be improved. The biggest challenge has been seen in terms of interoperability with the other vendors… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Business Enterprise Voice provides the most pain for pricing.

What other advice do I have?

QoS and ample bandwidth are a must. Virtualization can be a source of pain, i.e., if it is not implemented as per the requirements from Microsoft.
Anonymous User
Real User
Global Service Leader - Unified Communications and Collaboration at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 23 2017

What is most valuable?

IM, Presence, P2P audio video calls, Conferencing.

How has it helped my organization?

Optimizes our network, encourages adoption, standardizes optimized headsets, strong change management, mobility.

What needs improvement?

Make the Skype applications work with unified end user computing. For example, so that Apple headsets can be used. Instead… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It depends on your infrastructure. There is value in using Skype only when your organization is Microsoft shop.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No.

What other advice do I have?

Look at your end users and computing needs and find a suitable solution for them.

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What is Lync Server?

Lync Serve is a powerful communications platform that connects people from all over the world to one another using its current operating systems, delivering one of the most consistent and streamlined services out there. Users can connect through a range of devices including tablets, laptops, and iPhones, and regardless of which one is being used at the time, users will receive the same, familiar experience consistently.

Lync Server features include instant messaging, video messaging, audio meetings, and more. Technical stats include the ability to connect various operating systems under one meeting roof through an HTML5-basedbrowser, unified platform for all services for easier deployment and better support, as well as many other added advantages over a multi-app option.

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