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Newburyport, MA, United States, 2013/06/17 - eZuce, Inc., leading provider of open unified communications, announces that they are offering openUC ™ software licenses for free to higher education institutions - eZuce.com.
eZuce Inc, leading provider of open unified communications, announces that they are offering openUC ™ software licenses for free to higher education institutions. This limited time promotion, running until September 30th, is part of SIPfoundry Higher Education Program’s (HEP) ongoing initiative to bring lower costs and modern virtualized communications to universities, colleges, and school districts. This fast-expanding membership program partners with higher education institutions to create solutions by EDU, for EDU, replacing campus PBX systems with a cloud solution that scales to large deployments and integrates with Lync and Zimbra. Most importantly, it offers an open standards alternative for expensive and outdated vendor siloes. The popular product is the commercial version of sipXecs, the world’s leading open source project for virtualized communications, which boasts over 3.4 million downloads.
"Our campus selected sipXecs because it was necessary to invest in a product that allowed us to save money and collaborate with our peers. We are confident that this program will enhance our ability to communicate and is well suited to meet the learning, research and academic needs of our university and others,” says David Rotman, Associate VP for Technology CIO, Cedarville University.
The eZuce solution is compatible with EDU IT because it is both highly sophisticated and highly affordable. Its extensive features and functionality such as presence, instant messaging, and video conferencing bring modern features to large deployments, within a budget. It is also an elegant solution for IT administrators dealing with BYOD. Colorado State University (CSU) and Cedarville University are founding members of the program and they have since been joined by many more educational institutions. Members range from public to private, national to international, but all enjoy the following benefits:
• Memberships on HEP councils shaping the future of the product;
• Training and consulting help with production deployment;
• EDU pricing on commercial support with SLA;
• EDU discount on commercial openUC ™ Enterprise Edition software from eZuce;
• Free admission to the annual CoLab user conference.
The free license promotion was conceived of by eZuce in collaboration with higher education institutions and it is intended to further its mission to offer a mature software solution that can both support educational goals and be realistically deployed.
“It’s a very, very nice solution for us. It meets all of our requirements. I’m convinced it’s going to save us literally millions of dollars in terms of vendor alternatives,” says Patrick Burns, CIO, Colorado State University. “We are very excited to be offering this way to support higher education in their mission to virtualize IT infrastructure and cut costs,” says Martin Steinmann, CEO of eZuce. “Universities need a modern, cloud-based communications system that provides them with the features they need. With HEP, our goal is to provide their users with the consumer experience today’s students and faculty expect, with mobile, video, and collaboration supporting learning.”
About eZuce, Inc.
eZuce Inc. (ezuce.com), established in 2010 by the creators of SIPfoundry, delivers open enterprise communications solutions and support based on the standards established by the SIPfoundry community. eZuce serves as the commercial support entity and primary contributor sponsoring the sipXecs open source project. It is the first company to provide a SIP-based software only solution that enables Unified Communications-as-a-Service, a platform for next-generation, open UC architecture. For more information about eZuce, please visit
SIPfoundry, founded in 2004 by Dr. Martin Steinmann and Jerry Stabile, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and advances Session Initiation protocol (SIP)-related open source projects. It is a collaborative open source community that dedicates itself to the development and advancement of unified communications.