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The VAR Guy | ShoreTel Rebrands Cloud Solutions Portfolio to ShoreTel Sky

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ShoreTel (NASDAQ: SHOR) has officially rebranded its cloud solutions portfolio to ShoreTel Sky, some seven months afterbuying M5 Networks for $160 million, a deal that enabled the communications provider to offer on-premise and hosted unified communications (UC) services. For customers, it meant not having to house their phone systems in a closet and for channel partners, the deal presented a data center-focused UC solution to sell.

ShoreTel is developing an architecture that allows the applications to be accessed on-premise or in the cloud. ShoreTel Mobility was the first application that was originally premise-based but is now also available in the cloud from ShoreTel Sky. The company recently released the ShoreTel Sky Communicator, a collaboration service that includes instant messaging, voice and video chat, screen-sharing and file transfer. In June, it extended the UC features and functionality of the M5 cloud-based solution to mobile devices under its ShoreTel Mobility tag.

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