Measurement Inc. Picks Mitel's Freedom Architecture
Educational testing company, Measurement, Inc. has recently adapted Mitel's Freedom Architecture to avail true voice virtualization across its entire organization.
Measurement officials said that they choose to switch from their existing communications infrastructure to use Mitel's entire suite of Unified Communications (UC) applications on industry standard servers in a virtualized environment, which offers absolute flexibility in tailoring the solution to meet the company's communications needs.
The other reason for switching to Mitel was for its seamless and scalable path that supports over 1000 devices, and connects the five buildings at Measurement's main campus in Durham, NC.
Ben Pryor, VMware Specialist at Measurement, Inc. said that out of the candidates they evaluated, the Mitel solution was able to take advantage of their High Availability and Data Recovery tools and they could deploy it alongside other apps on the same virtual machine.
“To us, being able to fold the voice network into our VMware datacenter represents the communications holy grail. So, while we initially had our doubts about virtualizing voice due to the potential strain on network resources, stability, and management, we're pleased to say that the Mitel solution has effectively met all of our needs,” Pryor added.
Mitel’s Unified Communications is the next evolution of communications and related technologies. It works with best-in-breed business productivity tools, such as IBM Domino/Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, Microsoft Exchange/Outlook, Office and OCS. In addition, its virtual appliance uses open standard definitions, and can be deployed on any VMware vSphere 4 certified industry standard server.
With Virtual MCD, users can access the full range of standard MCD telephony features such as Dynamic Extension, clustering, resiliency support, SIP service provider interconnect, and multi-node management.
And Mitel’s Virtual Unified Communicator Advanced combines the call control capabilities of Mitel communications platforms with contact management, dynamic status and collaboration applications to simplify and enhance real-time communications.
Stephen Beamish, Mitel's vice president of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances said that by deploying their virtual solution, Measurement has gained access to a wide range of integrated communications tools, which are designed to help them effectively streamline and manage its communications now, and in the future.
In other news, Mitel recently won a contract from PWGSC on behalf of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.Central to the deployment is Mitel's Freedom architecture, an advanced IP telephony solution based on a single software stream, giving Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) the ability to connect its users. The contract covers a rollout of a new communications infrastructure to support DFAIT's international users in its Canadian missions, consulates and embassies, the company said.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell