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The World NEXT ends 

I was waiting for more information before posting about this, but Mr. McDonald's comment has prompted me to post what I know at this point:

The IBM version of DUCS (all flavors: Avaya, Cisco, etc) is being discontinued and future development & support is being handed back to the respective vendor. (Thanks to Eric Wilson of Thinking Tools for pointing that out.)

IBM Lotus Domino® Unified Communications software is being withdrawn from marketing, effective May 8, 2008. See "highlights" section for more information. On or after that date, you can no longer obtain the withdrawn product directly from IBM. It may be obtained on an as-available basis through IBM authorized remarketers, Avaya and Cisco.
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UPDATE: Here's more detail (helpfully provided by Tom Krier of Big Sky Technologies).

We're Cisco partners, and have inquired about timing and availability of upgrades and when Notes 8.x will be supported. At this point, we're getting dead silence and confused looks. Hopefully that will be fixed, but it's kind of scary at the moment.

I'm not sure how I feel about IBM's decision to do this (abandon DUCS). If Cisco, Avaya, etc. pick up the ball and fully support Domino going forward, them I'm happy. But I'm not seeing that just yet.

If it plays out like it seems to be now, where Cisco, et. al. just back burner or ignore the product, then it bodes very poorly for the UC2 drive that IBM is pushing now. DUCS was UC2 v1.0, and IBM needs to make sure it's not left in the gutter....

Comments (2)
Craig Wiseman May 8th, 2008 02:00:00 PM

1) Follow up on -> IBM <- DUCS and Notes 8.x
Kevin 5/9/2008 9:56:38 AM

Did you attend the CMA event yesterday at lunch at Brennan's Steakhouse?

I heard it was good.

Server Virtualization...

and steaks


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