Not too daunting of a task for SMBs
A Microsoft Exchange environment, complete with email and Active Directory can seem be a daunting task for small and medium sized businesses. You may think you need a highly trained and certified IT staff to configure and maintain this complex web of technology. Also the servers and software needed to run it can require a significant capital investment.
Microsoft Office 365 is a service that brings a comprehensive Microsoft solution to even the smallest operation, through a hosted system that delivers Microsoft Exchange and Office applications. This cloud-based solution eliminates the burden of investing in capital and technical staff required to deploy a full Microsoft solution on-site.
A version of Office 365 that contains Lync is also available. Lync is a complete Unified Communications (UC) solution which delivers a suite of collaboration tools including instant messaging, presence, conferencing, screen sharing, whiteboard and file transfer, as well as voice and video communication between Lync client software endpoints.
However, Lync on its own, does not offer telephone connectivity outside of the Lync network.
Once Lync is deployed and integrated into the work flow, it makes sense to add telephony to Lync. Without connections between Lync and the public telephone network, some of the advantages of Lync are lost, including powerful call delegation features and a single telephone number that works in the office, at a remote office, and with a mobile phone.
It is even possible to replace an entire PBX with a Lync-based solution, however, special considerations need to be made for 911 access, and FXS support for legacy equipment like fax machines and door phones.
Did you know that the corporate PBX can be entirely replaced by a Microsoft Lync installation?
If you are familiar with Lync’s predecessor, Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS), may be interested to know that Lync has been augmented with functions that enable many enterprise voice features. On its own, Lync supports voice communication between Lync clients, along with a rich mix of Unified Communications (UC) offerings, including presence, conferencing, screen sharing, whiteboard and file transfer. But to make Lync a true PBX replacement, certain key elements must be provided by outside vendors. With some additional equipment and system configuration, full PBX functionality, including connection to the outside telephone network, is possible. Using Lync as the corporate PBX can generate the best ROI when Microsoft Exchange is already deployed, or is part of the IT roadmap, because Microsoft Exchange is the key to providing features such as voicemail and Interactive Voice Response (IVR).
Shenzhen, China –January 4th, 2015 OpenVox Communication Co., Ltd, a global leading provider of the best cost effective open source Asterisk® telephony hardware and software products, today announces innovative and affordable UCP(Unified Communication Platform) solutions for enterprises to help them to build up their telecommunication systems with a variety of options in a simple way. The unique modular design of OpenVox UCP enables the solutions are simple to deploy, highly scalable, feature-rich and for the best value.
The OpenVox UCP is more than just a VoIP gateway or an IPPBX. It is a 2U hybrid unified communication platform with both VoIP gateway and IPPBX functions. You can simply customize your IPPBX and VoIP Gateway solutions in one box with different interface modules. The UCP supports FXS, GSM and E1 interface modules and CPU board modules. The CPU board module comes with X86 architecture and works as an independent IPPBX system, supporting both Linux and Windows. The UCP supports two independent IPPBX systems in one box. Thus one system can be set as a master IPPBX system and the other as a redundant system. All data storage can be saved synchronously in the two systems. The UCP brings you the real all-in-one solution.
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Tie-in your knowledge of Sangoma Session Border Controllers with this FREE ($299 Value) Online Introductory Technical Training. The presentation will last approximately 90 minutes followed by a Q&A section.
• The Sangoma SBC
• Variations (Carrier/Enterprise/VM)
• Key features
• Initial Configuration of SBC
• Signaling and media interfaces
• Walkthrough: Configuration of Signaling and Media Interfaces
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The trend for businesses, large and small, to move away from traditional dedicated PBX telephone systems is common in markets throughout the world. Voice over IP (VoIP) adoption is just one factor that continues fueling this change. Another catalyst for change are the empowering features and capabilities included in Unified Communications (UC) products, such as presence, messaging, and database integration, all of which are made much more efficient in an all-IP environment. Through several generations of solutions, Microsoft has addressed the UC market with software platforms, and its most recent product, Microsoft Lync, is reaching its stride just as many legacy PBX systems that were replaced in response to Y2K concerns are beginning to be phased out.