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Grandstream and StarLeaf Form Partnership for UC OpenCloud

June 20, 2016

When StarLeaf announced the availability of UC OpenCloud, the company said it wanted a brand-neutral version of its advanced communications platform. It was made available exclusively to third-party solution providers and video endpoint manufacturers who wanted to extend their product line with a ready-made Video Conferencing as a Service (VCaaS) solution.

One of the first companies to do so is Grandstream, which made its GVC3200 series of video conferencing endpoints available optimized for the StarLeaf UC OpenCloud Platform.

The UC OpenCloud initiative allows all partners that have qualified to quickly adopt its cloud calling and conferencing services as their own. This includes a set of standard features and a reliable, secure, fully redundant global platform, centralized management, and a free software client partners and their customers can use.

UC OpenCloud delivers universal connectivity so users of any video equipment can start a conversation, whether it is with Microsoft Skype for Business, Polycom, Lifesize, Cisco, Avaya and other platforms.

StarLeaf has formed a partnership with Grandstream after certifying its GVC3200 and GVC3202 video conferencing endpoints were compliant with and supported the UC OpenCloud communications platform. This compatibility gives Grandstream access to StarLeafs customers so they can immediately deploy complete video conferencing as a Service (VCaaS) services.

"We have the most advanced communications cloud available today, and it has unlimited capacity to serve the very largest, right down to the smallest of businesses. It's been a long held vision of ours to create a cloud partner ecosystem and we are excited to partner with Grandstream on this initiative," said Mark Loney, CEO StarLeaf.

The hardware Grandstream brings, the GVC3200 series, are HD video conferencing devices with state-of-the-art video features and a user interface that allows for easy operation and management.

The GVC3200 has a built-in 9-way MCU for up to 3 HD monitors with a 12x optical zoom, while the GVC3202 has a 3-way built-in MCU and supports up to 2 HD monitors with a 9x optical zoom. Both units are Android-based with a user interface smartphone users are familiar with.

Some of the other features common on both models include, full 1080p HD video support, built-in computer screen sharing, integrated Bluetooth, Gigabit ports, HD audio support, and more.

"We are excited to partner with StarLeaf, a world-class video conferencing service provider, to offer their UC OpenCloud platform to customers using our easy-to-use, state-of-the-art GVC3200 series. This is a win-win situation for both Grandstream and StarLeaf and will surely expand both company's market footprint," said David Li, CEO of Grandstream.

Interoperability is more important than ever as workforce collaboration with remote access increasingly becomes the way we all work. The certification of Grandstream's GVC3200 series of video conferencing endpoints by StarLeaf and its UC OpenCloud means, it has become that much easier for customers of both companies to communicate with each other.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi