We?re packing our bags, bundling together our presentation materials and making ready for a road trip. With the enterprise
telephony market getting hotter, BCR is launching the Voice on VOIP Implementation Tour
2004-one-day workshops that will take place in San Jose, New York City, Chicago
and Orange County. At each stop, we?ll analyze the issues that shape procurement decisions and the effectiveness of a subsequent rollout. We?ll start with a market overview, and then representatives from Avaya and Cisco will square off to debate the key issue affecting the business case for
IP-Telephony. The third session of the day will focus on a question that plagued many of the early adopters: Is Your Data Network Ready for Voice? Experience to date indicates that unless and until the enterprise data network is upgraded and enhanced for real-time voice traffic, IP-telephony is essentially a non-starter.
Implementation Guide for Network performance management The long-hyped convergence of voice and data onto a single network is finally becoming reality. Major industry magazines and analysts are now discussing the explosion of VoIP deployments, and corporate rollouts have commenced in order to take advantage of the operational efficiencies and competitive advantages that are facilitated through VoIP's advanced communication services. Almost universally, industry analysts talk about incomplete and delayed VoIP implementations caused by poor pre-deployment analysis, planning and lack of
well integrated management tools that address both networked voice and data applications.
The risks are not only the investments made in the VoIP equipment and
upgraded infrastructure, but also in the potential impact on organizational
productivity when a voice initiative has a negative effect on existing
networked business services. The reputation of the IT organization can hinge
on the success or failure of a VoIP implementation.
Implementation Evaluation The Network Performance Monitoring System You've Been Looking For Switch Monitor
enables you to:
* Discover network bottlenecks
* View the current utilization of any network interface
* Locate errors and broadcast storms
* Isolate virus/worm outbreaks
* Justify equipment/link upgrades by providing facts about network usage
VoIP implementation allows for better applications by using a common protocol and lower costs through integration of separate support staffs. Some of the ways that Carroll Communications can bring a Voice over IP phone system to your office are
below. Private voice networks can be constructed making use of available unstructured data circuits (X.21, V.35) at speeds of up to 2 Mbits. These data circuits are accessed via IP Offices equipped with an optional Voice Compression Module
(VCM) providing from 2 to 60 VoIP calls. This approach can realize significant savings by allowing compressed VoIP calls to be interleaved with data on any leased circuit with spare bandwidth.
Where multiple sites exist, the addition of the ?IP400 Office WAN3? Module allows larger networks to be designed. Two Modules can be supported on a single system providing a total of 7 leased lines.
Windows XP: VoIP Implementation works
Many conversations among the voice-over-IP cognoscenti who have cycled through our labs recently turned to the new Windows XP operating system and its embedded Session Initiation Protocol stack.
A cursory tire kicking during our recent SIP-H.323 interoperability testing left us with the distinct impression that Microsoft has a SIP-based voice-over-IP implementation that actually works.
While most of the network industry is busy shaking its collective head at XP's well-chronicled security debacles, voice-over-IP professionals are positioning their products for the real opportunities Microsoft's SIP move will soon present.
Implementation The vast majority of campus is scheduled to be Voice-over IP enabled in the summer of 2006. Below is a schedule of which buildings will be VoIP-enabled over the course of VoIP Implementation. The first building to receive VoIP was the Information Technology department, as part of the testing phase. Voice-over IP has been proven to be reliable, stable, and quite superior to the previous telephony system.
The staff in each building will be informed of the date when they will receive a VoIP phone approximately 10 days before the date of activation. UMR IT will conduct training seminars on the date of completion for all faculty and staff located within the newly VoIP-enabled buildings.
Voice over IP Implementation The declining economy will speed the VoIP Implementation in the World Wide Web; however, it will slow down the implementation by various telcos as they see their revenue stream declining. This will exacerbate the problem with their revenues as more and more pc-connected users opt for dialing via the web vs. the more expensive telephony network. Only a reversal of the stock market trends will cause a change in this direction. By the time the telcos realize the impact of their revenue loss, VoIP will be firmly entrenched in the web community, and getting those customers back will be impossible. Manufacturers of products that achieve communications via DSL and cable modems will see the larger benefit of this new technological direction.
A business case for investing in a VoIP Implementation requires evaluation of the associated benefits and risks.
For University of Notre Dame CIO Gordon Wishon and Deputy CIO and CTO Dewitt Latimer, the decision to move to VoIP and to outsource the technology made good sense. With their traditional phone contract up for renewal in January 2006, the pair had already started talking with existing carrier SBC about telecom alternatives, which included VoIP. "We didn't have a problem with our existing service, but we are always looking to improve our offerings," says Wishon. Moving to VoIP offers the potential for unified message capability and improved move/add/change (MAC) functionality. In an environment where faculty, staff and students are constantly moving and new construction is a mainstay, improvement in MAC services was huge.
ESI Enhances VoIP Implementation
and Support ESI, an innovative manufacturer of IP telephone systems, has introduced an enhanced version of Esi-Tools, a suite of applications that help customers and resellers support ESI VoIP solutions from pre-sales to post-installation.
Esi-Networx, the most popular application within Esi-Tools, has been enhanced to provide additional support for customers in issues related to the LAN and WAN. It analyzes an existing LAN for any potential problems and then simulates the load of an ESI IP phone system to determine its suitability for an IP installation. Esi-Networx then creates a detailed report that identifies areas requiring network design adjustment prior the introduction of an ESI phone system. After installation, Esi-Networx can routinely monitor the network?s performance to insure the on-going quality of voice traffic.
Esi-Tools also offers diagnostic applications specifically for the ESI Remote IP Feature Phone.