Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Cisco Advances in Defense Dept. VoIP Tests

Cisco Systems has passed additional U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) VoIP tests, confirming that the Cisco IP Communications system conforms to the interoperability, reliability, and resiliency requirements of DoD's multi-vendor voice network. Cisco's new Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) PBX1 certification allows DoD organizations to deploy the Cisco IP Communications system in mission-critical environments such as Command and Control Voice-Grade Local Area Networks (C2VGLAN).

Cisco said the certification makes it the first vendor to achieve PBX1 certification with an IP-centric softswitch. Cisco had already achieved JITC PBX2 certification.

JITC PBX1 certification is based on network requirements set by the Defense Information Systems Agency. Testing covers military features such as Multi-Level Precedence and Preemption (MLPP), which allows more important users to override routine traffic and ensures service during an emergency.

Certified elements include:

  • Cisco CallManager 4.1 call processing software, extending enterprise telephony features and capabilities to packet telephony network devices such as Cisco IP phones, media processing devices, voice over IP gateways and multimedia applications;

  • Stack-able, multi-layer Cisco Catalyst 3550 and 3560 switches, delivering high-performance IP routing, advanced quality of service (QoS) and enhanced data security across the network, while maintaining the simplicity of traditional LAN switching;

  • Cisco Catalyst 4500 and 6500 switches, supporting converged services from the wiring closet to the core to the wide area network (WAN) edge;

  • Cisco 2600 and 3700 gateways, providing on-board LAN/WAN connectivity and new high-density service modules in a compact form factor, and

  • Cisco 7940G, 7960G and 7970G IP phones, featuring large pixel-based displays to bring productivity-enhancing applications to the phone, as well as customization options that can be modified as needs change and provide inline power support over Ethernet.

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