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Avaya buys Nimcat Networks

The acquisition wave continues this morning.  Avaya announced they have just acquired Ottawa based, privately held Nimcat Networks for C$46 million.  As Rich Tehrani pointed out, that leaves only Peerio as a Peer to Peer IP PBX play.

Peer to peer is probably most suited to the small business market, as well.  Embedding the basic functions of the IP PBX in each station eliminates the requirement to purchase and manage a central PBX.  That’s exactly what small businesses are looking for, and one of the reasons that hosted IP PBX solutions are so popular.

Watch for Skype to introduce more small business oriented features — features like call transfer, park, and managed attendant consoles, or auto-attendant.  These will be required as they integrate their services with EBay merchants.

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