VoiceCon: IP Telephony Survives WAN Outages

Ferrari electronic AG, a
manufacturer of professional communications solutions and a Microsoft
Certified Partner, today presented the OfficeMaster Survivable Branch
Appliance (SBA) at the VoiceCon event, being held from March 22
through 25
Orlando. It is one of the first solutions to
support the planned Microsoft
Communications Server "14" and ensures that phones keep operating in
offices even if the wide area network (WAN) fails. Until now, many
have preferred to separate their IT and their telecommunications to
telephony being affected should the network go down. The OfficeMaster
switches over to ISDN if the IP connection to headquarters is
thus retaining all telephony functions.

"The combination of Microsoft Communications Server ’14’ and
SBA extends and enriches this new world of communication," said Yancey
director of Communications Server Product Management at Microsoft Corp.
"Office Master SBA complements the features and functionality in
Communications Server ’14’, ensuring phones continue operating at the
level of security and quality in branch offices during wide area network
(WAN) failures."

Ferrari electronic is one of five manufacturers throughout the
world who
offer a Survivable Branch Appliance for Communications Server "14". The
solution will be available for selected companies from April 2010
within the
framework of the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program (TAP) and Rapid
Deployment Program (RDP). Based on the same hardware components, the
OfficeMaster Hybrid Gate UC for Microsoft Office Communications Server
R2 will be available concurrently. After performing a software update,
hybrid gateway can also be used as a Survivable Branch Appliance when
Communications Server "14" is generally available.

Product highlights

OfficeMaster SBA is based on high-quality industry grade server
(HP ProLiant) that runs Windows Server 2008 Release 2 together with
survivable branch appliance software. Other features include:

– Inbound faxing for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (qualified by Microsoft)

– Test tool for PSTN connection that supports inbound and outbound test calls independently of SBA software components

– Integrated self-contained PCIe gateway board that is seen by the hosting server machine as a standard network interface card; all gateway functions are completely offloaded from host CPU

– 6 digital interfaces: 4 BRI and 2 PRI with flexible licensing-on-demand

– 4 analog ports on separate low-profile card

– Easy first-time setup and disaster recovery

Johann Deutinger , CTO at Ferrari electronic,
comments: "OfficeMaster
Survivable Branch Appliance is a product that supports all important
communications applications. It not only integrates the telephony
solution but can also act as a Unified Messaging Controller for Fax and
in combination with Exchange Server."

All critical information inside the gateway can be monitored
using SCOM
or similar tools. A fully-featured fax solution that also supports
faxing and interfacing to external platforms such as ERP, CRM or
SharePoint is available as an option. It can be installed directly on
appliance or on a separate server, including virtual platforms.

At VoiceCon exhibition representatives from Ferrari electronic
will be
available at booth 537.


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