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Norton Rose Group Relies on NextPlane Federation Cloud
    Service to Connect Global Network of Law Offices
   Cloud-based Federation Platform Connects Disparate UC Systems to Deliver
      Presence, IM, and Multi-User Chat to 38 Law Offices Around the Globe.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (April 20, 2012) -- NextPlane, Inc., (http://www.nextplane.com)
the market leader in cloud-based unified communications (UC) federation services , today
announced that Norton Rose Group is now using the NextPlane Federation Cloud
Service. Norton Rose, one of the top 10 law firms in the word with 2,500 lawyers and 38
offices, has adopted NextPlane’s Federation-as-a-Service (FaaS) to link UC platforms in
London, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. By adopting NextPlane Federation Cloud
Service, Norton Rose can maintain disparate UC platforms in regional offices and still
support all common UC services including standard presence, custom status, enhanced
presence, instant messaging, and multi-user chat.

As part of its global expansion, Norton Rose LLP merged with Deacons, one of the largest
law firms in Australia, to form the Norton Rose Group. To facilitate the new integrated law
practice, Norton Rose Group had to find a means to connect the WebEx Connect UC
service being used in LLP with the Microsoft OCS platform being used in Australia. Rather
than forcing the different offices to change to a common platform, Norton Rose Group
opted to license NextPlane’s Federation Cloud to federate UC communications between
the different systems. Within two weeks of signing NextPlane as its federation provider,
Norton Rose had an integrated UC system up and running.

“When managing communications for a global law firm having integrated presence and IM
is crucial, particularly given the time differences between offices,” said Jason Berwick,
Innovation Analyst for Norton Rose Group. “Adopting NextPlane as our federation partner
eliminated the need to find a common UC service. It was like starting with a blank sheet of
paper. We made a couple of DNS changes and we were good to go, and the entire
process took less than two weeks.”

The NextPlane Federation Cloud Service enables disparate UC platforms to federate
without any upfront capital expense. The Federation Cloud solution can federate users on
Microsoft Lync 2010, OCS 2007 R2, OCS 2007 R1, and LCS 2005 environments
seamlessly and securely with colleagues on IBM Sametime, Cisco CUPS, WebEx
Connect, and Jabber XCP, Jive OpenFire, and Google Apps. It also eliminates the need to
maintain multiple address domains, since the Federation Cloud Service does the
translation so all users appear to be on one UC platform.

“Norton Rose is the ideal proving ground for the benefits of our Federation Cloud
solution,” said Farzin Shahidi, CEO of NextPlane. “Our Federation Cloud Service is ideal
for companies in transition, providing ongoing UC support during a merger or acquisition,
and we support all the core UC capabilities across multiple platforms as though they were
native services. Norton Rose has demonstrated that NextPlane’s Federation Cloud is
quick to deploy, seamless, reliable, and scalable to meet any requirement.”

As the Norton Rose Group continues to expand, it relies on NextPlane to federate UC
services. In addition to establishing Norton Rose Australia, the firm also has merged with
Ogilvy Renault and Denys Reitz to form Norton Rose Canada LLP and Norton Rose
South Africa. Berwick’s team now has a simple process for federating UC with any
organization on almost any UC platform, either from UC connections in the office or from
an iPad, iPhone, PC, or Web-connected device.

For more information, visit http://www.nextplane.net.

About NextPlane, Inc.

NextPlane offers enterprise-class Federation as a Service (FaaS) solutions for unified
communications (UC) platforms, seamlessly federating Microsoft Lync 2010, OCS 2007
R2, OCS 2007 and LCS 2005, IBM Sametime, Cisco Jabber XCP, Cisco Unified Presence
Server 8.x, Cisco WebEx Connect, Jive OpenFire, and Google Apps. Using NextPlane
Federation Cloud service, organizations can connect users from different companies
regardless of underlying UC platforms - with shared presence, instant messaging, multi-
user chat, voice, video, and other features – as if they are on the same platform.

NextPlane offers an ideal solution for companies migrating from one UC platform to
another, or to integrate different legacy platforms following a company merger or a new
contract or partnership. NextPlane even supports domain sharing, allowing two or more
UC platforms to federate internally and externally using the same domain name.

For more information please visit http://www.nextplane.net, or contact sales at
sales@nextplane.net.

Contact:
Farzin Shahidi
NextPlane, Inc.
(650) 305-7404
farzin@nextplane.net

Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing
(415) 259-5638
tomw@woolfmedia.com

				
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