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Vertical Receives Unified Communications® Magazine's 2010 Product of the Year Award

Wave 2.0 Software Release Recognized for Exceptional Innovation

SANTA CLARA, California, April 15, 2011 – Vertical Communications, a leading provider of next-generation IP-based phone systems and voice applications announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) has named the Wave 2.0 software release, for its Wave IP® 500 and Wave IP 2500 converged business communications systems, as a recipient of its 2010 Unified Communications magazine Product of the Year Award. Wave IP's unique Application-Ready architecture means Vertical's Unified Communications capabilities and suite of voice applications are available 'on-box' so they can be easily deployed and managed without expensive add-on software.

“Today's award for exceptional innovation in Unified Communications is validation of the power of Wave IP's Application-Ready architecture – the ability to deliver high-value voice applications integrated with VoIP telephony as a single system”, said Peter Bailey, President for Vertical Communications. “Wave IP offers customers a full portfolio of voice applications that can enhance business operations, increase productivity through best practices, and drive savings in operational and management costs. As a fully integrated "on-the-box" solution, these capabilities do not require any additional infrastructure investment and can be deployed and managed through Wave IP's Global Administrator console.”

The Wave IP Business Communications System is a comprehensive IP business phone system family designed for enterprises of all sizes. Cost-sensitive small- to medium-sized businesses, and larger distributed organizations seeking to reduce overhead associated with managing business communications can easily transform their legacy telephony infrastructure into an application-rich, next-generation VoIP solution by deploying Wave IP. As a fully integrated solution, Wave IP offers customers ultimate flexibility and features – unified communications, contact center, call recording, reporting, networking, management, custom call routing applications and IVR – in a single system.

“Vertical Communications has proven they are committed to quality and excellence while addressing real needs in the marketplace. Unified Communications is pleased to grant a 2010 Product of the Year Award for the Wave 2.0 software release,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “We're proud to honor their hard work and accomplishments and look forward to more innovative solutions from Vertical Communications in the future.”

“Our focus has and continues to be offering the best Unified Communications solution for businesses. It is critical for UC solutions to offer simple and easy deployment scenarios, intuitive applications to drive end user adoption, a comprehensive feature set that is standard for every user, extensive options for customization, and the ability to easily extend solutions through rich APIs – all of which are key attributes of Wave IP. The bottom line is our customers typically realize a return on investment within 12 months of deployment of a full UC solution – which is an unprecedented for our industry”, said Bailey.

About Unified Communications magazine

Launched in July 2007, Unified Communications magazine is devoted to educating enterprise decision makers on why and how they need to deploy unified communications (UC) solutions. Every issue of Unified Communications magazine features a comprehensive news section; case studies of successful deployments and lessons learned; interviews with leading hardware and software companies; and an 'industry' section, featuring analysis of important mergers and acquisition, partnerships and a Wall Street perspective on the unified communications market. Unified Communications has a readership of 100,000. For more information, please visit www.uc-mag.com

About TMC

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is a global, integrated media company helping our clients build communities in print, in person and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, and NGN magazines. TMCnet, TMC's Web site, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMCnet is read by two million unique visitors each month on average worldwide, according to Webtrends. TMCnet has ranked within the top 3,500 in Quantcast's Top U.S. sites, placing TMCnet in the nation's top .03% most visited Web sites. In addition, TMC produces INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO (ITEXPO); 4GWE Conference and M2M Evolution (in conjunction with Crossfire Media); Digium|Asterisk World (in conjunction with Digium); and Smart Grid Summit (in conjunction with Intelligent Communication Partners).

TMC also serves technology professionals with industry-specific Web sites: IT.TMCnet.com, 4G-wirelessevolution.TMCnet.com, M2M Evolution.com, Smart-Grid.TMCnet.com, Smart Products Ecosystem, Robotics.TMCnet.com, Cable.TMCnet.com, Satellite.TMCnet.com, Green.TMCnet.com, Healthcare.TMCnet.com, and Education.TMCnet.com.

For more information, please visit www.tmcnet.com

About Vertical Communications, Inc.

Vertical Communications is one of the largest telephony vendors in North America and a global leader in next-generation IP-based business communications systems and applications, with a current installed base of over 200,000 customers. Vertical combines voice and data technologies with business process understanding to deliver integrated IP-PBX and application solutions that enhance customer service and business productivity. Vertical's customers are leading companies of all sizes, from small to large and distributed, and include CVS/pharmacy®, Staples and Apria Healthcare. Vertical delivers its solutions through a worldwide network of over 1800 business partners. With headquarters in Santa Clara CA, Vertical has facilities in Charlottesville VA, Phoenix AZ, Santa Clara CA, Munich Germany and Hyderabad India. For more information about Vertical, please call 1-877-VERTICAL or visit our Website at www.vertical.com.

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Craig Morgan
Vertical Communications, Inc.
cmorgan@vertical.com
+1 (408) 404-1643

Jan Pierret
TMC
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+1 (203) 852-6800, ext. 228