Friday, May 18, 2007

NETGEAR and Avaya Partner on VoIP for SMBs

NETGEAR and Avaya are partnering to deliver an IP telephony solution for small businesses of 20 users or less. The solution will feature the Avaya Quick Edition peer-to-peer technology, which eliminates the need for a central phone server or PBX. In addition to call hold, transfer, paging and other basic functions, the phones provide advanced features such as auto attendant, conferencing, a single inbox for voice and e-mail messages, and the ability to have office calls ring on a mobile phone. NETGEAR will provide the network infrastructure for the solution, including Smart Switches with power over Ethernet (PoE) capability that can remotely power Avaya phones. When supported by an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), these switches can continue to power Avaya Quick Edition during a power outage. A NETGEAR VPN firewall provides a secure and seamless connection for teleworkers who need to link back to the main office.

The companies plan to bundle their solution for easy deployment by value-added data resellers who are unfamiliar with IP telephony.

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