Simplifying converged data

Mitel and Foundry have completed the interoperability testing of their respective Gigabit Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions.

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By  Angela Sutherland Published  March 7, 2006

Mitel and Foundry have completed the interoperability testing of their respective Gigabit Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions. The partnership between the two vendors focuses on simplifying the deployment of converged data and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) networks implementing Gigabit PoE, security, and auto-configuration. While Gigabit Ethernet is shipped in laptops and desktops through personal computer vendors worldwide, enterprise customers who are embracing VoIP are now upgrading their data infrastructures to support Power over Gigabit Ethernet. In addition, customers who are deploying Foundry’s FastIron SuperX series and FastIron Edge X424-POE, can now add Mitel 5200 series phones equipped with Gigabit Ethernet. “By expanding our partnership with Foundry, we are able to offer unparalleled performance with the broadest industry feature set for enterprise customers seeking to leverage the business benefits of converged networking,” says Mitel president and chief operations officer, Paul Butcher. To ensure the security of VoIP conversations, the two vendors are now offering end-to-end secure convergence solution that leverages existing enterprise servers to deliver advanced secure VoIP and instant messaging. The joint solution, based on standard protocols, including 802.1X, AES, and SSL-based security, supports single/multiple hosts for 802.1x and local/remote users. “Foundry and Mitel are collaborating to give customers best-of-breed telephony and networking solutions that are secure and interoperable, without locking them into expensive proprietary systems,” says Bob Schiff, vice president and general manager of Foundry's enterprise business unit. “Mitel and Foundry have a growing number of satisfied joint customers because our telephony and networking solutions provide fast ROI and the flexibility to support converged services without costly upgrades.”

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