Nortel Networks Corp. last week unveiled a new vision and several products for enabling enterprises to deliver voice, data and multimedia over a converged IP network.
The goal of the Brampton, Ontario, companys "One Network, a World of Choice" campaign is to create a seamless experience for employees and customers whether they are accessing corporate information inside a company over the LAN or from outside the company over the WAN.
To back up the vision, Nortel rolled out upgrades to an IP PBX device and a networking switch, as well as enhanced unified messaging software.
The IP PBX device, called the Succession Communications Server for the Enterprise 1000 Release 2.0, provides converged voice and data networking across LANs and WANs. Release 2.0 supports services fully distributed across WANs, and it increases the number of call center end points supported from 640 to 1,000. Release 2.0s Call Server component has an operating system that reduces the cost of operations.
The next release of this device, due next year, will add support for the H.323 standard for videoconferencing interoperability and for the Session Initiation Protocol standard for establishing interactive multimedia sessions over a network, officials said.
The BayStack 460-24T-PWR Power over Ethernet Switch is resilient, secure and stackable. It provides power to devices that comply with the IEEEs 802.3af protocol. This means that it provides electricity to power wireless devices, such as wireless access points, as well as to IP phones and network cameras.
This version features up to 24 ports and supports split multilink trunking, which makes voice connections more resilient, officials said.
Finally, the CallPilot 2.0 unified messaging platform has more than 40 new advanced features, including the capability to translate text to speech, enabling the system to read e-mail to a user. Other new features include Symposium Call Center server integration, a mobility bundle and fully functional Web browser interfaces to competing platforms.