Westcon Sole Distributor for new ACS Express 'Lync iPBX' Appliance

Active Communications releases ACS Express: All-in-One Microsoft® Lync® Gateway powered by AudioCodes, optimised for Hosted Provider and SMB markets

Crawley, UK, June 13th, 2013 - Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today announced it is the sole distributor for the newly launched ACS Express Solution from Active Communications across EMEA. 

Scaling from 25 up to 100 users, ACS Express combines the Microsoft Lync 2013 Server with AudioCodes Mediant 800 voice gateway on a single appliance, including PSTN or ISDN, analogue extensions and SIP connectivity with ESBC functionality, and radically simplifies the deployment and management of Microsoft Lync Unified Communications platform for SMBs, and Hosted Service providers of Lync solutions.

“The cost-effective ACS Express solution provides SMBs with the advantage of having an enterprise class UC solution that includes high quality voice and the full functionality of Lync such as: video and voice conferencing, instant messaging and screen sharing from any device,” said Marco de Jager, Director of Business Development, Active Communications. “ACS Express should be seen as the enabler of Lync voice in Office 365. The ACS family of Lync solutions consisting of ACS Express, ACS Appliance and ACS Enterprise can now support 25 to 80,000 users either on-premise or on Office 365 Lync deployments,” de Jager continued.

“As an innovator in how we bring Lync solutions to market, and as Active Communications’ exclusive distribution partner for ACS Express across EMEA, Westcon is excited about the incremental sales opportunities for our partners represented by this new class of integrated Lync solution,” said Guy Koster, Director Microsoft Lync Business Practice EMEA at Westcon Convergence. “The ACS Express represents a compelling proposition, firstly it extends the reach of Lync 2013 enterprise voice into organisations of less than 100 users at cost effective and competitive price points for arguably the first time; and secondly the ability to deploy ACS Express either on Office 365 or on-premise solution. We anticipate that Office 365 reseller partners and Lync hosting providers in particular will be quick to recognise the new sales and services opportunities this solution represents.”

“AudioCodes is pleased to partner with ACS as the platform provider of choice for the ACS Express,” commented David Messer, Director of Business Development at AudioCodes. “ACS Express extends the simplicity paradigm offered by our recently launched and enthusiastically received ‘One Voice for Lync’ initiative. ACS Express in combination with our new Lync IP Phones, delivers a simple, end-to-end solution for SMB Lync deployments.”

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About Westcon Group

Westcon Group, Inc. is a value added distributor of category-leading unified communications, infrastructure and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. Westcon's teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. Westcon Group's portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Brocade, Cisco, Juniper Networks, F5, Avaya, Polycom, Check Point, and Blue Coat. For more information, please visit


About Active Communications

Active Communications is a software developer and supplier of solutions that improve effectiveness of communications between customers, employees and suppliers. The company helps organizations ranging from 20 to 100.000 employees realise the full value of their UC investments with ease of use and low Total Cost of Ownership as the key values. With offices in The Netherlands, Australia and Hong Kong and a worldwide partner network, Active Communications delivers best-in-class Unified Communications solutions. For more information, visit


About AudioCodes

AudioCodes Ltd. (designs, develops and sells advanced Voice over IP (VoIP) and converged VoIP and Data networking products and applications to Service Providers and Enterprises. AudioCodes is a VoIP technology market leader focused on converged VoIP and data communications and its products are deployed globally in Broadband, Mobile, Enterprise networks and Cable. The Company provides a range of innovative, cost-effective products including Media Gateways, Multi-Service Business Routers, Session Border Controllers (SBC), Residential Gateways, IP Phones, Media Servers and Value Added Applications. AudioCodes’ underlying technology, VoIPerfectHD™, relies on AudioCodes’ leadership in DSP, voice coding and voice processing technologies. AudioCodes’ High Definition (HD) VoIP technologies and products provide enhanced intelligibility and a better end user communication experience in Voice communications. For more information on AudioCodes, visit


Marco de Jager
Active Communications Europe BV
+31 36 546 1229
David Messer
Director, Marketing and
Business Development
AudioCodes Ltd.

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