Have you ever stopped and realized how many communication applications you have open at any given time? There’s email, instant messaging, video and voice chat, and even “soft phone” applications. Well, our customers are realizing just how difficult it can be to manage these various communication technologies and they’ve asked Dell to help not only streamline the way employees communicate but also give them the tools they need to become more productive.

Over the last few years, Dell has worked internally to connect 80,000 employees to the Microsoft Unified Communications platform, a solution that integrates numerous technologies into a single, easy-to-manage infrastructure. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 which is being launched today delivers complete presence, instant messaging, conferencing and enterprise voice capabilities through a simplified interface that is homogeneous across a PC, browser, and mobile device. This means one set of contacts for all of your Lync and Office applications, real-time collaboration, and no long distance charges on VoIP. This solution creates a single user experience across your PC, phone, mobile phone and browser, ultimately providing a more efficient business communications solution. Here's a blog post from Kirk Koenigsbauer at Microsoft's TechNet team team that drove reaction on Techmeme yesterday click on the image to go there):

Microsoft Lync Server on Techmeme

We’re seeing strong demand from our client and data center customers for Microsoft Lync Server technology and customers are turning to Dell to provide the complete experience — from services and software, to efficient hardware architectures based on Dell’s 11th generation PowerEdge servers and EqualLogic storage. So how can a customer start the process of deploying a unified communications solution?

We’ve listened to our customers and are focused on delivering the solutions and services they need to improve efficiency and productivity in their environments. Today, Dell is introducing new Microsoft Lync Server 2010 solution architectures and guidance to help customers get unified communications up and running quickly. Our engineering team is providing reference architectures for multiple size deployments including 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 25,000 users. In addition, we’ve taken a modular approach to our services offerings and are allowing customers to choose to implement only those capabilities that are right for their environment. We’re offering a range of services including workshops, assessments, design, implementation and optimization/management solutions and with Dell, customers can choose all or only those services they need. To find out more click here.