NextPlane Now Offers Free Google Federation

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					           NextPlane Now Offers Free Google Federation
    NextPlane Takes the Pain out of Federating Microsoft OCS/Lync and IBM
                      Sametime platforms with Google.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (November 16, 2012) -- NextPlane, Inc., the market leader in
cloud-based federation services for unified communications (UC), is now offering free
Google federation to organizations using Microsoft OCS, Microsoft Lync, or IBM
Sametime. NextPlane shortens the time it takes to setup federation with Google to less
than a day, and eliminates the hassle of installing and configuring an XMPP gateway.
NextPlane's cloud-based service does not require any on-premise hardware or
software component.

Unlike using XMPP gateways from Microsoft or IBM, end-users benefit from a richer
feature set, such as presence, and enhanced presence (custom presence states and
activity-based presence). Moreover, IT organizations benefit from greater reliability and
scalability, access to usage reports, and 24/7 service availability with no hidden costs.
Google federation is being offered as part of free membership in UC Exchange, a
cloud-based UC federation service that allows members to find, connect, and
collaborate with other federation-ready organizations. Companies who upgrade to a
paid subscription to the NextPlane UC Exchange federation service can access
additional features including voice and video federation with Google (a feature unique
to NextPlane), and federation with other UC platforms, social media, and Skype.

"Our free Google federation for organizations with a Microsoft or IBM unified
communications platform gives users a significantly better real time collaboration
experience." said Farzin Shahidi, founder and CEO of NextPlane. "By using NextPlane
UC Exchange IT departments can go beyond the serious limitations of Inter-vendor UC
interoperability solutions which are not being addressed by UC vendors."

In addition to the free Google federation service organizations can access to the UC
Exchange Management Portal to search the UC Exchange Members Directory of over
100 'federation ready' organizations, accept inbound federation requests at a no
additional charge, and get access to usage reports.

For more information, visit or contact sales at

About NextPlane
NextPlane Inc., is the provider of 'UC Exchange,' a cloud based community focused
federation service for unified communications (UC). UC Exchange enables member
organizations to find, connect, and collaborate with business partners across a wide
range of UC platforms and includes powerful features such as UC Federation Services,
centralized Members Directory, Social Media Federation, and Skype Federation. Using
a unique federation management portal, organizations can search a member's
directory for federation-ready partners; manage federation requests and access
reporting and analytic tools.

UC Exchange Federation Services enable seamless federation across Microsoft Lync,
OCS and LCS, Cisco Jabber XCP, Unified Presence Server (CUPS) and WebEx
Messenger (formerly Cisco WebEx Connect), IBM Sametime, Google Apps, Jive
OpenFire, Isode M-Link and eJabberd. Organizations can connect users from different
companies regardless of their underlying UC platform - with enhanced presence,
instant messaging, multi-user chat, voice and video - all as if they are on the same UC
platform. Moreover, UC Exchange enables its member organizations to federate their
UC platforms with social business communities such as Yammer,'s
Chatter, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn, and XMPP hosted chat rooms.

For more information please visit, or contact sales at

Farzin Shahidi
NextPlane, Inc.
(650) 305-7404

Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing
(415) 259-5638

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