Comdials Latest PBX Joins the SIP Stack
Comdial lowers the cost of the first incremental steps toward VOIP for its small and medium-sized customers.I saw some high-end, feature-rich, browser-directable SIP phones at Supercomm last week, those exploiting the favored Session Initiation Protocol for VOIP. They all made use of presence awareness, and integrated with IM, conferencing, and other applications. Ill get around to describing them, seen at Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc.s and Alcatels exhibits. First, though, Im a little more tickled at the SIP product announcements from little Comdial Corporation, Sarasota, Fla.-based makers of PBXs for small to mid-sized businesses. They sell strictly through channel partners, have been particularly popular with hotels and hospitals, and have now come out with a SIP-based product line that combines PBX with SIP soft phone, hard phones, instant messaging and video calling. Theyve dubbed it the CONVERSip MP5000 Media Platform.
Mindful of its resellers CAPEX-resistant customers, Comdial has devised a component sales strategy that preserves existing Comdial investment wherever possible: in digital phone sets, the line cards they tie into, preexisting H.323 gateways, and even cabinet.