Whats So Cool About VOIP?
I got a lot of mail asking why Cisco and 3Com weren't in my Oct. 21 analysis of voice over IP (VoIP) product platforms.I got a lot of mail asking why Cisco and 3Com werent in my Oct. 21 analysis of voice over IP (VoIP) product platforms. Nortel Networks Ltd. and Avaya Inc. did yeoman work to get equipment and engineers in place to respond to the RFP and set up equipment. We were very favorably impressed with these companies ability to quickly turn our test plans into ringing telephones and packet switching infrastructure. Cisco declined to be a part of this story, but company officials indicated that they were interested in being a part of future stories if they had more lead-time and a more specific RFP. 3Com, to its credit, admitted from the start that its NBX system could not scale to the 10,000 IP handsets called for in the second stage of the RFP. I should have explained the absence of these two obvious VoIP players in the story. One thing I learned in putting this package together is that it takes a lot more time to set up for a VoIP test than it does for the network and systems tests that are the heart of my beat.
But the other thing I learned is that while readers who wrote in were concerned about the absence of these companies, very few readers questioned the main premise of my storythat VoIP applications, more than cost reductions, would drive consideration of converging voice and data traffic onto the same network.