Microsoft announces the availability of Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition

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Microsoft today announced the general availability of Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition. This makes it possible to connect any existing telephone circuit to Cloud PBX in Office 365 using a single server and minimal configuration allowing for the user’s phone capability to be managed out of Office 365 while their phone calls continue to use their existing phone number, circuits and PSTN provider contract. Office 365 customers without Skype for Business on-premises can now bring their PSTN circuits to Cloud PBX with minimal infrastructure investment using this new tool.

Delivered as a set of packaged virtual machines for deployment on-premises, Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition uses with the same binaries as the full server, but packaged to just the components necessary for cloud connectivity.   So while Edge Server manages connectivity to Office 365 and Mediation Server connects to the next-hop SIP Peer, other components for registration and meetings are excluded.  The result is faster to deploy, easier to configure and operated from the cloud.

Because the same software components are being used as the server, the interoperability between Cloud Connector Edition and your existing PSTN circuits is the same as with Skype for Business Server.  An extensive array of Gateways, SBCs, IP-PBXs and IP telephony service providers have been tested with Lync Server and Skype for Business and this same infrastructure is supported.  You can find the infrastructure qualified with Skype for Business here.  For PSTN infrastructure that hasn’t yet been tested with Skype for Business, you can use a Gateway or Session Border Controller from our partners including AudioCodes and Sonus.

Read more about it from Microsoft here.

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