Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

Summary: The deal means that Google will own the voice and video conferencing engine behind its competitors' instant messaging systems.

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Google on Tuesday said it will acquire Global IP Solutions Holding, which makes processing software for voice and video over IP, for $68.2 million. The deal means that Google will own the voice and video conferencing engine behind its competitors' instant messaging systems.

The search giant said it will use Global IP Solutions (GIPS) for real-time video and audio communications over an IP network (statement). Google is paying 27.5 percent premium over GIPS closing price May 14. GIPS trades on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

The purchase of GIPS comes a day before Google's I/O conference. Given Google's acquisition of Gizmo5 and its existing Google Voice service, the search giant appears to be collecting enough assets to give Skype and others competition on the consumer and business fronts. GIPS’s software can also be layered into Google Apps in multiple areas as a business collaboration tool.

GIPS' software is installed in more than 800 million endpoints and the company touts integration with unified communications tools from the likes of Avaya and IBM. The company's software allows for video and voice processing, unified communications, fixed mobile, voice and video conferencing and enterprise IP telephony.

One interesting thing to note about GIPS is its customer list. On its site, GIPS touts Yahoo, IBM Lotus, AOL, WebEx and Baidu as customers. All of those companies compete with Google products. For instance, Yahoo uses GIPS VideoEngine PC product to deliver real-time voice over Yahoo Messenger. Is that really going to last when Google owns GIPS? It's the same story for AOL Instant Messenger. Simply put, Google will own the technology powering video and voice on the biggest IM clients. On the Google Apps front, WebEx uses GIPS VoiceEngine and so does Lotus Sametime. On the China front, Baidu also uses GIPS technology.

In a letter to customers, GIPS CEO Emerick Woods said:

Google has been a valued customer of GIPS for many years and has greatly contributed to the development and innovation of our products to date. We have always respected their position in the industry and share the common vision of accelerating next generation innovation in the web-based solutions for real time communications.

You may have many questions regarding this announcement but for now, until the successful completion of the offer, it will be business as usual for us here at GIPS. You will continue to interact with the same team members and can expect the same level of support and commitment that you have received in the past. Google has informed us that nothing will change for current and prospective customers of GIPS. Following the completion of the Offer, Google intends to continue servicing GIPS’s customers in accordance with existing contracts while offering them the opportunity to transition to new offerings developed by Google. Although we will not have more significant details until the process is complete and full integration efforts are underway, we will keep you informed throughout as events arise.

In other words, Google will continue servicing GIPS existing contracts, but after that rivals may be on their own.

Topics: Collaboration, Browser, Google, IBM, Telcos, Unified Comms, Social Enterprise

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  • Google has proven they can't be trusted, so if I were

    Yahoo, IBM Lotus, AOL, WebEx or Baidu, I'd start looking for some other provider, as we have zero garantee that Google won't try something unethical.
    John Zern
    • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

      @John Zern, and how did you come to that conclusion? Would you rather Apple buy them, and add them to Apples already closed system.
      scorpeo
      • Who said anything about Apple. I was just refering

        to Google's latest forays into data accumulation. What did they really need with people's wi-fi info they "didn't know" they were collecting? What's with Google Buzz exposing private emails addresses to all your friends without asking? What's with their entire attitude anymore?

        I would have hoped a less intrusive, more trustworthy company would have bought them.
        John Zern
      • Hey, look over there!

        @scorpeo Ah, the Apple redirection. That might work on the kids reading the gadget blogs, but will not work here. If you enjoy your Google overlords, that is fine. But for real openness, it is increasingly difficult to live a Google-free existence. They are in search, ads, cars, mobile, tv, energy, OS's, social networks, books, and now VOIP. (At least that we know of). Let me guess, why would I ever want to leave this utopia and live Google-free life when Google is so "open". Wait a year then maybe people will wake up. The Gorg will not be as cool with the tech crowd, however, by then it is probably too late.<br><br>Also, I see that Baidu uses this solution. Google is messing with the bull (China) and will soon get the horns if they are not careful.
        TobyS95
    • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

      @John Zern, the data collected was from OPEN, UNPROTECTED Wifi networks, Google did NOT do it deliberately.
      scorpeo
      • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

        @scorpeo

        Seriously? You actually believe that, for years, little snippets of websites, personal emails, photos, etc. from people around the world were just being gathered and accumulated on Google's Street View servers, and they didn't ever notice?!
        frankenstone
      • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

        @scorpeo <br><br>By that logic, someone stealing stuff from homes is okay as long as the doors were left unlocked. I guess the thief is the real victim, having been tricked into going into those unlocked doors.

        Regardless, I hope you realize that the only way to make your point of view stick is to admit that Google is technically inept to a degree that is almost unthinkable.
        inkswamp
      • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

        @inkswamp

        First of all, there's a huge difference between someone entering into your house and stealing information. The information collected by google was BROADCASTED un-encrypted to anyone who might be listening. That's like having a baby monitor running. Anyone with a radio could listen in. It's not an invasion of privacy if you're too ignorant to protect your information from being broadcasted to the world.

        @frankenstone

        If you assume that Google was capturing SSID's being broadcast to be used in establishing location information based on WiFi connectivity (how do you think your laptop and ipod touch knows where it is?), then they probably just collected all broadcasted WiFi data, archived it locally in the street view vehicle, later uploaded it to street view servers, then parsed out the relevant SSID information after-the-fact on their powerful servers. They weren't looking for credit card information or nudy pictures, so they probably never looked any deeper into the data than that, and either the engineers working on the project didn't notice the information, or didn't think about the privacy concerns in having it. I seriously doubt there was any "evil" intent.
        ergophobe
      • You have Google's hook swallowed deep.

        @scorpeo

        It will never get unset.
        Bruizer
      • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

        @scorpeo <br><br>I can't think of anything in the cyber world that gets "collected" by accident regardless of who is making the claim.<br><br>I don't necessarily believe Google is the evil overlord they are being portrayed as here but don't be foolish enough to think that information like that was collected by accident and stored without anyone having any knowledge of it... I'm not completely familiar with this particular conspiracy but my question to anyone in the know would be why were they sniffing for SSIDs to begin with?
        brentroger
    • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

      @John Zern
      John Zern is a sad, sad conspiracy theorist.
      chefp
  • And the list keeps growing

    I'm all for Google. I've pretty much use everything they offer. I'm waiting for the Google Death Star to be in orbit next or a futurama Brainspawn type device absorbing all useful and worthless information about the world.
    Maarek
    • RE: And the list keeps growing

      @Maarek LOL now I'm not laughing at you, but saying "A futurama Brainspawn type device" is funny as h***. I loved it... LOL
      Par-Pro
    • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

      @Maarek This is bad. People don't see that Google does this just to serve customer information to Advertisers. This is just another way for Google to sell information to spammers. That is how they have always <a href="http://www.protopage.com/order-cipro-online">order cipro online</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/order-amoxil-online">order amoxil online</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/order-lasix-online">order lasix online</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/buy-keflex-online">buy keflex online</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/buy-diflucan-150-mg">buy diflucan 150mg</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/buy-clomid-online">buy clomid online</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/buy-lipitor-usa">buy lipitor usa</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/buy-synthroid-online">buy synthroid online</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/brand-cialis-cheap-order">brand cialis cheap order</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/order-brand-name-viagra">order brand name viagra</a>, <a href="http://www.protopage.com/buy-neurontin-online">buy neurontin online</a> made their money. That's the dirty little secret. This will blow in the end for a whole bunch of companies and customers. You know must use Google for almost any internet communication with this purchase, email, Voice,& video conference.
      Peter38
  • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

    Death Star being cool, we would need a Facebook group and Twitter account for the countdown.
    tabletwise.com
  • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

    RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing
    @John Zern, the data collected was from OPEN, UNPROTECTED Wifi networks, Google did NOT do it deliberately. scorpeo

    And you think thats OK? God help us.
    Eddy-ICUR12
    • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

      @Eddy-ICUR12 Well when you lack due dilligence to secure your network, you lose all reasonable expectation of privacy. Airwaves are public and free. If you expect privacy, encryption is mandatory. Google DIDNT break encryptions, they meerly gathered was was publicly available (albiet unintentionally).
      JT82
    • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

      @Eddy-ICUR12
      W.C. Fields said it best: "A sucker is born every day."
      eargasm
  • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

    I DO think that gathering data from open, unprotected WiFi networks is okay. If you are not going to be careful, then you should accept the consequence of sending anything important over such a network.
    horusbedhetys@...
  • RE: Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing

    I'm almost wondering if the technology used by Yahoo, AOL, WebEX, and Lotus might not be "spun off" under Google's umbrella and left alone.
    docqualizer