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NET Announces Support for Microsoft OCS 2007 Release 2


February 19, 2009

After extensive certification testing Network Equipment Technologies’ (NET) VX Series and Quintum Tenor unified communications gateways are both compliant with the interoperability standards of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 (R2).

The VX Series and Quintum Tenor UC gateways both qualified under the Microsoft Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program.
While today’s demanding business environment is forcing many companies to improve network infrastructures, deciding when to upgrade can be tough. Because so many are reluctant to scrap their legacy PBX systems for the opportunity to integrate UC solutions, there has been a growing demand for organizations to become compliant with Microsoft's Office Communications (OCS) Server 2007 R2.
The bottom line is businesses need the ability in an increasingly dynamic network to be flexible. And that means being able to combine legacy equipment with the new generation of unified communications.
NET, a global provider of multi-service network and voice exchange solutions for enterprise and government customers, says the direct SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) qualification for gateways and IP-PBXs will now ensure its customers have seamless experiences with setup, support, and use of qualified telephony gateways and IP-PBXs with Microsoft unified communications platform.

That is why certification is so important. Only products that meet Microsoft’s extensive testing requirements and conform to interoperability specifications achieve qualification under this program.
"NET's VX Series and Quintum Tenor unified communications gateways are specifically designed to provide interoperability between Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and existing enterprise voice systems and networks, supporting the seamless deployment of unified communications," said Talbot Harty, chief development officer at NET.
The extensive qualification testing was performed by tekVizion Labs, an interoperability certification lab based in Richardson, TX .

The NET products now qualified for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 include: the VX Series and the Quintum Tenor AS, AF, AX, BX, DX and CMS Series. The VX Series also received additional qualification for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 for Direct SIP with Transport Layer Security and Secure Real-time Transport Protocol.
"NET's qualification for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 further demonstrates our commitment to Microsoft's strategy and solutions for unified communications. With the challenges facing businesses today, it is clear that reducing infrastructure costs and increasing productivity are at the top of the IT priority list," said Harty. "UC is one of the few IT initiatives that can deliver on both of these."

Tim Gray is a Web Editor for unified communications, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Tim’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray




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