Just wrapped up a great session with the F5/Microsoft team discussing Microsoft Lync Server and designing deployments for optimal availability and scale. As companies start to deal with the major wave of mobile/remote workers (in one report, IDC suggests that 75% of the U.S. workforce will be mobile in coming years – I think that’s high but I doubt few argue it’s a legitimate trend), Lync seems to pose some nice enhancements and quite possibly a better, more centralized (i.e. IT desired!) approach to support mobile workers vs. the many free IP-based tools users could begin using out of necessity (i.e. something IT doesn’t likey…)

If you missed it, you can replay the Ustream presentation below.

For those curious about how an F5 customer has deployed OCS 2007 R2 with F5 gear, you can here’s a great article to read.

You might also like to check out F5’s tested and documented Deployment Guide for Lync Server.

Finally, if you use F5 and Microsoft products together, you really need to join the Microsoft/F5 Solutions Group. You can post questions, keep current on tips and updates about these combined technologies, and connect with others in the DevCentral community deploying similar solutions.