Earlier this month, Toshiba announced that it has launched IPedge, a new offering from the company featuring a single server IP telephony system that works in conjunction Strata CIX, another Toshiba product.
By offering a product that complements the existing Strata CIX converged telephony platform, Toshiba can now present its customers with an IP-only platform that runs on a single Linux-based server. Multiple applications run on the server: call processing, voice-mail, and centralized management are built-in and standard on the system, while unified messaging and UC client software are present on the system and can be activated with a license. Additionally, Toshiba will be releasing an update to the IPedge software in late summer. This update will offer “Meeting” as another licensed activated application. Meeting is an audio and web conferencing product produced by Toshiba. Until the update is available, Meeting will need to run on a dedicated server that is connected to IPedge.
Three types of the IPedge, all with a 1U footprint, will be available. These will be able to support, on a per server basis, 40 users, 200 users, and 1000 users, respectively. Varying models of Toshiba’s IP5000-Series phone will also be available. The phones are divided between 10/100Mbps models and Gigabit models, with different feature sets available from each model.
Because Toshiba recognizes that most small and medium sized businesses, especially those with less than 100 users, still buy lower cost digital phones and intend to do so for a few years yet, the company will continue to develop enhancements to its Strata CIX product. IPedge will only be offered in conjunction with current Strata CIX systems. The enhancements Toshiba is developing for the Strata CIX product will be fully compatible with IPedge. Therefore, if a customer wishes to deploy IPedge into locations with Strata CIX in the future, they will be able to do so easily and without replacing existing infrastructure.
Toshiba began shipping the new IPedge in North America on June 14, 2011. Existing Strata CIX customers have the option of upgrading by replacing hardware and software while retaining all end user devices (save for digital phones), or by networking into the new system.
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