3Com to make VoIP push for SMBs

3Com is to offer its VCX suite of IP telephony products on IBM's all-in-one System i business computing system.

3Com is to offer its VCX suite of IP telephony products on IBM's all-in-one System i business computing system.

The agreement, says 3Com, will enable SMBs to integrate IP telephony with the System i, which comes pre-integrated with hardware, database software, storage and security. The two companies intend to deliver the first IP telephony suite that can run in a single Linux on Power partition on the System i.

Mark Shearer, general manager, IBM System i, says, "This is a milestone in further simplifying the avalanche of data that [SMBs] face and enabling innovation in their businesses. We think this offering will provide our community with yet another reason to be passionate about the System i."

Focusing on the SMB market, 3Com delivers a native, standards-based IP telephony and application system using SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). By using SIP and other open standards, 3Com claims the offerings will be more easily integrated with other applications on the System i to extend their functionality with telephony features and applications, including unified messaging, large scale audio conferencing, video conferencing, contact centres and enterprise mobility.

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