Why I love Lync Server 2013 Standard Edition and so will you!

I am a big fan of Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition but it was lacking in some key areas which held it back from being a deployment architecture of choice. From my experience with UC over the last 7 years there is a lot to be said for simplistic architectures.  Lync Server 2013 SE has some new DR features that could mean it’s a whole lot more applicable in the UC space for mid to small organizations.

What can Standard Edition do for you?

    • Scalable up to 5000 users, which covers a large percentage of companies.
    • Simple to deploy. No load balancers required for the Front Ends.
    • Separate SQL deployment not required for Front Ends.
    • Supports all workloads (IM, Presence, Voice, Video, Desktop Sharing and Web conferencing).

What's new in 2013?

Overall Standard Edition has a lot to offer to small and midsized organizations. I expect to SE deployed more often with Lync Server 2013 as companies look to consolidate down their server footprint and simplify their environments.


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