Sonus Cloud Link enables migration to Microsoft’s Cloud PBX hybrid and cloud deployments

Sonus Networks, Inc. has announced support for Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition with Sonus Cloud Link, a solution enabling enterprise migration to Cloud PBX in Office 365.  Sonus Cloud Link also supports Skype for Business hybrid Cloud deployments.

Microsoft’s Cloud Connector Edition is a hybrid offering consisting of a set of packaged virtual machines that implement on-premises Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) connectivity with Cloud PBX in Office 365. 

By deploying a minimal Skype for Business server topology in a virtualized environment, Cloud and on-premises users can send and receive calls with other endpoints through existing on-premises voice infrastructure.

Sonus Cloud Link integrates the Cloud Connector Edition application into a single, flexible and secure communications appliance that reduces enterprise server capital expenditure costs, while speeding time-to-market of Cloud PBX services. 

Sonus Cloud Link also preserves existing PSTN connectivity, supports analog devices and provides enterprise-wide legacy dial plan and active directory dial plan integration to help customers migrate to Cloud PBX in Office 365 at their own pace with no disruptive cutover. 

Powered by Sonus Session Border Controllers, Sonus Cloud Link delivers robust security features to prevent unauthorized access and preserve communications through hacker attacks.

According to T3i Group’s August 2015 InfoTrack for Unified Communications Report, 76% of small and medium businesses in the U.S. estimate they will have deployed some form of Cloud-based telephony, whether a hybrid mix of Cloud and on-premises or completely Cloud-based, by 2018. 

The main driver of the transition to cloud is the ability to move to an Opex model. Meanwhile, the op concerns for the migration to the cloud are related to support and security for remote workers and the management of multiple legacy PBXs on-premises.