Cisco & Compaq drive IP telephony

Cisco and Compaq are working together to provide the hardware and services necessary for companies to migrate from legacy PBX to IP telephony systems.

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By  Rob Corder Published  February 12, 2001

Cisco has extended an existing alliance with Compaq that will see the two companies work together to provide the hardware and implementation services necessary for companies to migrate from legacy PBX to IP telephony systems. The alliance is designed to accelerate adoption of Cisco’s Avvid as a platform for voice and data convergence on corporate networks.

At the heart of Cisco's Avvid solution is a media-convergence server, which consists of Cisco's CallManager software running on Compaq ProLiant servers.

Cisco and Compaq have committed to developing media convergence servers on both the high and low ends of the ProLiant line. Cisco is testing Avvid on high-end Compaq eight-way ProLiant servers and plans to make them available later this year.

On the low end, Cisco is offering Avvid on Compaq's DL320, a one-way server generally used for deploying and managing Web-hosting environments.

Since September 1999, Compaq and Cisco have shipped more than 11,000 media-convergence servers running on ProLiant DL380 and DL320 models, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per server. Compaq Global Services is the primary provider of IP telephony assessment, architecture, planning and design, IP implementation rollout, and support services.

Cisco's arrangement with Compaq doesn't exclude Cisco from signing similar Avvid alliances that leverage IBM or Hewlett-Packard hardware and services. Says Marthin De Beer, VP and general manager of Cisco's enterprise voice/video business, "Cisco has partnered with Compaq at this time because Compaq is furthest along in terms of providing high-availability servers with remote-management software."

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