Zultys, you’re the real MVP

LA Kings captain Dustin Brown hoisting the Stanley Cup

LA Kings captain Dustin Brown hoisting the Stanley Cup

Los Angeles Kings and Zultys: Champions of the Universe

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Looks like the press loves Zultys’ cloud offerings as much as we do.

tl;dr – Zultys cloud solutions are just as awesome as the award-winning premise version – in fact, it is the same core software and features.

Zultys has a single software stream of solutions – that means whether you install a phone system in your office in a Zultys server, run Zultys on VMware, throw Zultys in your data center, use Extenda’s data center, use Zultys’ data center, or just rent the system from Extenda, Zultys or another vendor, it is the exact same multi-media unified communications system, with the same features and interoperability between locations.

Below is the press release regarding the various 2015 Product of the Year honors won by Zultys.

“Zultys, a leading provider of innovative unified communications solutions that empower businesses to collaborate effectively, has been awarded top honors by TMC, a global, integrated media company. Zultys’ MXvirtual, an integrated unified communication solution and IP phone system in a VMware®-Ready virtual appliance, was named a 2014 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award winner.  Meanwhile, Zultys Cloud Services—fully-hosted turnkey Software as a Service (SaaS) offering—was recognized as both the 2015 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year as well as CUSTOMER Magazine Product of the Year Award recipient.

In 2014, Zultys introduced the cloud-based version of their award-winning MX IP-PBX platform; MXvirtual brings all of the advanced functionality of premise-based MX solutions to the cloud. Zultys Cloud Services, which launched towards the end of the year, makes deploying a Zultys Business Phone System easier than ever in a Software as a Service model with Zultys providing their users with a fully hosted highly advance business phone system. Zultys Cloud Services extends the power of Zultys MX enterprise grade IP-PBX into a fully hosted solution, while preserving the exact same experience regardless of the platform. Zultys’ cloud-based and premise-based phone systems share exactly the same user client and administration interfaces, simplifying training and making it easy for users to transition from a premise-based system to the cloud if necessary, as well as allowing businesses to mix and match premise and cloud systems within the same organization. Despite various different deployment options, the premise-based MX phone systems, MXvirtual and Zultys Cloud Services offerings boast exactly the same feature set including: chat, IM, presence, auto attendant with IVR, sophisticated contact center functionality, smart phone integration, outbound dialer application, 3rd party integration and much more.

“Hosted IP phone systems offer businesses unmatched convenience and ease-of-deployment, but often at the price of advanced functionality. Zultys aims to create a universal experience for all of our users regardless of whether they are utilizing a premise-based MX system or are hosting their phone system in the cloud. We are proud to see our efforts recognized by such reputable publications,” said Steven Francis, chief sales and marketing officer at Zultys.

2014 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award

TMC named MXvirtual as a 2014 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award winner.

The Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award, presented by Cloud Computing magazine, honors vendors with the most innovative, useful, and beneficial cloud products and services that have been brought to market in the past year.

“Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC is proud to announce MXvirtual as a recipient of the Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Zultys is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation and excellence to the market, while leveraging the latest technology trends.”

2015 CUSTOMER Magazine Product of the Year Award

Zultys Cloud Services was declared 2015 CUSTOMER  Product of the Year Award winner.

“On behalf of both TMC and CUSTOMER magazine, it is my pleasure to honor Zultys with a 2015 Product of the Year Award,” saidRich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Its Cloud Services solution has proven deserving of this elite status and I look forward to continued innovation from Zultys in 2015 and beyond.”

The 17th Annual Product of the Year Award winners will be published in the January/February 2015 issue of CUSTOMER magazine.

2015 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award

Zultys Cloud Services was also a recipient of a 2015 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize Zultys with a 2015 Product of the Year Award for its commitment to excellence and innovation,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “In the opinion of our distinguished judges, Cloud Services has proven to be among the best communications and technology solutions available on the market. I look forward to continued innovation from Zultys.

The winners of the 2015 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year are featured in the 2015 January/February issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine and online at www.itmag.com.”

Zultys Wins 2014 Product of the Year

Zultys MXvirtual wins Best Unified Communications platform in 2014

We’ve been saying the Zultys MX telephone system is pretty cool for some time.  The good folks at ‘Internet Telephony’ magazine agree – they recently awarded Zultys with the 2014 ‘Unified Communications Product of the Year’ for the MXvirtual product.

Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC, is quoted as saying:

“I am excited to proclaim Zultys as a 2014 recipient of TMC’s Unified Communications Product of the Year Award for their innovative product, MXvirtual. Our judges were very impressed with the ingenuity and excellence displayed by Zultys in their groundbreaking work on MXvirtual.”

Which tells you nothing about why the award was given, but definitely makes this a legit post, since I used a quote from someone else.  Mind you I lifted that quote entirely from the Zultys press release.

I would hazard a guess that the MXvirtual was chosen for the award because it is the only telephony platform that has an identical user and administration experience no matter how you deploy it.  Whether you rent the phone system hosted in a Zultys-managed environment in a traditional cloud telephony model, install the phone system in a data center or your server cluster, or use a Zultys-branded server installed in your office, nothing changes on the feature and functionality side of things.  In a completely unique-to-Zultys configuration, you can even have these different configurations networked together, so your hosted phones can failover to a local server.

Other advantages of the MXvirtual platform include SIP-at-the-core architecture that is unlike the competition, where it is SIP at the product edge, usually involving a conversion somewhere.  Customers should care about this because conversion means latency, and latency – lag in sending data –  is the enemy of a pleasant-sounding telephone call.  There are few things more frustrating than a phone call where it feels like you are slowly shouting into a well, hearing your own echo.

Being built using SIP from the ground up also means we can deliver on the promise of a shared standard.  Pick the phones you like, from any manufacturer that supports SIP. Connect to a SIP service provider and make your phone calls over the internet, instead of using gateways and carrier edge devices to use old T1 and PRI technology on a 21st century phone network. It means the most choices for deploying phones, which are the most expensive part of the installation, and the best user experience and audio.