Vendors selected for the “Cool Vendor report” are innovative, impactful and intriguing

Mountain View, California March 23, 2009 – NextPlane, a leading provider of enterprise class federation solutions for unified communication platforms, today announced that it was one of five vendors listed in the “Cool Vendors in Collaboration, 2009” (1) report by top analyst firm, Gartner, Inc.

The report profiles innovative technology companies providing solutions to extend the reach of enterprise collaboration environments. It focuses on vendors with “innovative approaches to collaboration support”, and notes that “While few enterprises are changing their main choices for ”anchor“ collaboration technologies like email and instant messaging, they are always looking for ways to extend how these technologies are used.”

“NextPlane is thrilled to be included in this report,” says Farzin Shahidi, CEO of NextPlane, Inc. “UC Federation is transforming cross-enterprise communication. Organizations want their end-users from different organizations – even different companies – to communicate via instant messaging and share presence regardless of underlying UC platforms or services. NextPlane Federation Server (NxPFS) provides a single point of control for any-to-any UC federation. Our solution allows organizations to present a single domain for all external communications while maintaining multiple internal domains, each with their own dedicated UC servers. Thus, NxPFS shields federated domains from internal UC complexity and configuration changes.”

NextPlane (www.nextplane.net) is the leading provider of enterprise class federation solutions for major unified communication (UC) platforms, including Microsoft OCS 2007 R2, OCS 2007 and LCS 2005, IBM Sametime, and Cisco Jabber XCP, and Google Apps.

About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Report

Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

1) Gartner, Inc. “Cool Vendors in Collaboration, 2009” by David Mario Smith et al, March 13, 2009