IBM and 3Com have developed IP telephony to run on a single server along with a customer’s core business applications.
IBM’s System i, based on IBM's “all-in-one” business computing platform and 3Com’s VCX, replaces the established IP telephony model where customers have to dedicate one or more servers to support each function of the telephony suite - call processing, messaging and conferencing, for instance.
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“You can’t help but recognise the benefit of running your entire business and your IP telephony simultaneously on a single system,” said Mark Shearer, general manager of IBM System i.
“System i IP telephony can support fewer than 100 to thousands of phone users and can deliver a return on investment in months, not years,” he said.
The usual model presents integration and systems management challenges, especially for small and medium-sized businesses that may have limited IT resources, said IBM and 3Com. The system will be available from both companies next month.