LONDON, U.K – October 15, 2014 – Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions and services, will work with Avaya Connect Platinum Partner, Six Degrees, to launch Europe’s first cloud-based IP telephony and unified communications service for midmarket businesses powered by the Avaya IP Office™ Platform.

Six Degrees’ midmarket unified communications service, will enable UK based small and midsize businesses to access voice, video and collaboration tools on virtually any device. The hosted service, which scales to 2,000 users, will help midmarket companies better manage costs by eliminating the need for large, up-front capital investments and upgrades. At the same time, it also provides the speed, flexibility and scalability that midmarket enterprises so frequently depend upon to differentiate themselves and grow.

The service will be delivered over Six Degrees’ high speed, high quality, secure network; leveraging Six Degrees’ SIP services and business continuity capabilities. Significantly, Six Degrees’ customers will benefit from the exact same capabilities they would receive with an on premises-based deployment of the Avaya IP Office™ Platform,

Now combined with the flexibility and OPEX design only achievable with cloud. As a result, customers can have the advantage of a truly converged service with the scalability they have come to expect from cloud computing.

Avaya IP Office delivers enterprise grade telephony and unified communications combined with an ease of install and an intelligent user interface. These features enable employees to effortlessly collaborate, improving response times and driving customer engagement, and business productivity for midmarket companies in any sector.

Ioan MacRae, head of midmarket, Europe, Avaya said: “Cloud services deliver a new path to greater business agility – the life blood of any midsize enterprise. New and existing customers can now achieve a true pay-as-you-grow Unified Communications environment. The service will harness Six Degrees’ highly secure, privately owned network, giving midmarket businesses all the scalability and flexibility of the Avaya IP Office Platform combined with a robust level of service and security from our local channel partner.”

Campbell Williams, group strategy and marketing director, Six Degrees said: “When it comes to telephony and mission-critical technology, it has to work. Businesses are using cloud platforms to be more scalable and flexible in how they deploy IT and now we’re bringing fully-featured enterprise-grade unified communication to the cloud. We are proud to be the first Avaya channel partner in the UK to build a cloud service around Avaya  IP Office and to deliver it with geographical resilience using our own NGN, SIP trunks and IP softswitching estate. The offering we are providing with Avaya is truly unique and will deliver the best of on-premise infrastructure with all the business benefits of the cloud.”