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ShoreTel Delivers Benefits of Customizable Virtualization without the Complexity for All Sized Businesses

Customers can mix-and-match hardware-based and virtual appliances for highest reliability and scalability at the lowest cost
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Sunnyvale, Calif. – Jan. 30, 2014 – ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications (UC) solutions for the cloud and premises, today launched ShoreTel 14.2 which allows companies of all sizes to deploy a ShoreTel communications system in a virtual environment. ShoreTel 14.2 delivers greater flexibility for customers, with the ability to mix and match hardware-based and virtual appliances in a single network, all managed using a single web-based management interface. With ShoreTel 14.2, customers may now select the UC deployment model that best suits their business and infrastructure needs – virtual, physical or any combination of both. The benefits are immediate – reduced hardware and operational complexity, higher application availability, increased scalability and reliability.

Communication systems requirements vary widely from company to company, and the availability of virtualization technology is changing how unified communications is deployed in small- and medium-sized companies as well as large enterprises. Virtualization technology can deliver a number of benefits to customers, depending on customer uses and needs. According to VMware, most physical servers operate at less than 15 percent of capacity – not only is this highly inefficient, it also introduces server sprawl and complexity. VMware also reports that server virtualization delivers 80 percent greater utilization of server resources, up to 50 percent savings in capital and operating costs, and a 10:1 or better server consolidation ratio.

“The time is now to take advantage of virtualization for unified communications – the infrastructure is in place, the market is ready, the channel is knowledgeable, and customers are clamoring to virtualize their PBX and entire communications platform,” said Pej Roshan, vice president of product management at ShoreTel. “Virtualization complements our distributed architecture and allows customers to benefit from virtualization features and ShoreTel’s inherent N+1 redundancy to deliver high availability at the lowest cost. In addition, virtualization sets the foundation for customers to consume VoIP services via on-premises, hybrid, and cloud deployment models.”

ShoreTel enables customers to choose the unique deployment model that best suits their needs. This allows customers to leverage virtual servers they already own and operate.

“My customers are ready to deploy virtualization technologies, and with ShoreTel 14.2, they have the ability to mix and match hardware-based and virtual appliances on a single network,” said Jeremy Vignaux, vice president of technology at Harbor Networks. “This brings greater flexibility along with reduced hardware and operational costs because virtual appliances support higher phone and SIP trunk capacities. And terminating SIP trunks on virtual appliances is a lot simpler while also increasing the capacity of the virtual machines.”

ShoreTel 14.2 enables all ShoreTel UC components, including call control, SIP trunks, and collaboration applications, to be virtualized and implemented on industry standard servers.

In addition, virtualization allows customers to take advantage of features for higher availability, such as VMware vSphere High Availability, and zero-downtime live migration of running virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion, to improve applications availability and enable disaster recovery practices companies already have in place.

The ShoreTel UC Virtualization Advantage

The new ShoreTel software also allows easy scalability for enterprise-grade customers by quadrupling the port capacity per appliance. ShoreTel virtual switches support up to 1,000 phones and 500 SIP trunks. This increased capacity simplifies deployment and eliminates the need to manage multiple appliances, especially for customers that choose a centralized UC deployment.

The ShoreTel solution can be implemented on industry-standard virtualized servers, thus consolidating the server hardware across multiple applications, reducing energy requirements and minimizing hardware footprint.

ShoreTel 14.2 is available now from qualified ShoreTel reseller partners.

About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of Pure IP unified communications solutions. ShoreTel enables companies of any size to seamlessly integrate all communications - voice, video, messaging and data - with their business processes. Independent of device or location, ShoreTel's distributed software architecture eliminates the traditional costs, complexity and reliability issues typically associated with other solutions. ShoreTel continues to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, ease of use and manageability while driving down the overall total cost of ownership. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com or call 1-800-425-9385.