Companies will be able to converge voice and data networks onto the internet protocol with the help of a set of products from 3Com.
The products include a new version of an enterprise-class IP voice module that runs on Linux-based servers.
The voice module revision, the 3Com VCX 5.0 IP Telephony module, starts at $250,000 (£140,000) and is designed for operations with more than 400 users.
The VCX is based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), which makes it easy to provide connections to a variety of new user applications, including e-mail notification.
Other products in the 3Com Convergence Applications Suite include the NBX V3000 IP Telephony system for up to 40 users, priced at $1,995 and available at the end of October; an NBX SuperStack 3 IP Telephony system for small to medium-size companies of 41 to 400 users; and an NBX 100 IP Telephony system for small businesses with two to 200 users.
Johna Till Johnson, president of Nemertes Research, said surveys of companies considering or using voice over IP show that most want improved productivity with such deployments and not simply cost savings.
SIP and other standards will help enable applications that can deliver productivity enhancements, she said.
Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld