Zultys Comes Late But Strong to the IP PBX Party - Page 3
What alternatives had he considered? A Xerox machine for $8,000 that would have received and disseminated faxes electronically. Half the price of the Zultys, it would have done nothing about voice. Looking a little ahead, Siciarz would also like to use the Zultys to support a dictation line, a sophisticated voice mail application in which doctors could leave notes to be transcribed. As a startup with no prior IP or telephony brand, Zultys has a hard row to hoe. It shares this row with predecessors Snom, a few others and, with more brand awareness, ShoreTel. But at this point, it does have some arrows not found in ShorTels or Snoms quiver. And it is aiming high and wide: Its site claims representative offices in 24 countries. It has added support for Japanese network interfaceswhich differ from Europes and Asia Pacificsand a wide range of languages for voice mail, auto attendant and client interface. Executives say their Japanese distributor, Nissho Electronics, sells $1 billion of Internet telephony products as the hardware arm of the Fusion and Netwave carriers. Theyre also announcing a resale arrangement with an Internet telephony service provider soon.Well worth researching and considering, especially after our folks at eWEEK Labs gives them the twice-over, with a thorough report due in coming months.Technology Editor Ellen Muraskin can be reached at Ellen_Muraskin@ziffdavis.com. She has been observing and illuminating the murky intersection of computer intelligence and telephony since 1993. She reaches for her VOIP line when the rain makes her POTS line buzz. Check out eWEEK.coms VOIP & Telephony Center at http://voip.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on voice over IP and telephony.