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Interstar Launches XMediusFAX Express 4.1 Software-Only Fax-over-IP

November 29, 2004

 

The shrink-wrapped, rapid-install 1 to 4-channel fax server for T.38 IP Fax can be bundled by telecom resellers and carriers for lower-traffic fax users or SMBs.

Interstar Technologies Inc announced the release of version 4.1 of its XMediusFAX Express T.38 Fax-over-IP boardless server software, designed to provide from 1 to 4 channels of centrally managed fax for converged IP networks.

By seamlessly integrating into IP-PBX and IP-voice mail systems, XMediusFAX is designed to offer centralized faxing from the desktop or a multifunction device (MFD), as well as automatic inbound routing, all without fax hardware or leased lines.

Long-distance charges are eliminated by routing the faxes over IP in TIFF or PDF format to a VoIP branch office closest to the destination area code, using VPN encryption for security.

The product supports 3Com, Cisco and Alcatel gateways, as well as Microsoft Exchange / Windows / Office 2003. It includes support for H.323 and SIP for compatibility, as well as SMTP-compliant email clients, G4 (Group 4) fax, and HTML email notification.

Interstar introduced its hardware-based LightningFAX fax server in 1996, and the first version of the boardless XMediusFAX in 2002. The company maintains technology partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco Systems, IBM, HP, Lotus, Pitney Bowes, Brooktrout, Groupe SAGEM, Artisoft, Bell Canada, SAP and Onset Technology.

Data Connection releases MeetingServer v2.1 web conferencing solution

January 28, 2004

 

Data Connection releases MeetingServer v2.1 – the web conferencing solution for Service Providers

 

London, UK: January 23, 2004. Data Connection today announced the latest version of its MeetingServer web conferencing solution. MeetingServer gives Service Providers the capability to host their own self-branded web conferencing service, rather than reselling the services of a third-party provider, and is the result of Data Connection’s 10 years of experience at the heart of the conferencing industry.

“Service Providers – whether they are Audio Conferencing SPs, Enterprise Portal providers, general ISPs, or even ILECs and CLECs – desperately need to increase the value of their hosted service offerings,” said Graeme MacArthur, General Manager of Data Connection’s Internet Applications Group. “Web conferencing is an ideal way of doing this, but many SPs worry about the resource costs and time-to-market of deploying an in-house solution. MeetingServer is aimed squarely at addressing those concerns – by providing a high quality, competitive solution, packaged for rapid and easy customization and deployment, supported by an outstanding engineering team with a world-class reputation.”

Frank J. Michela, Vice President at Connect-Us, backs up these claims. “We wanted a web conferencing solution that we could host and manage ourselves, with our own branding and look-and-feel. MeetingServer gives us exactly what we were looking for, and the new V2.1 release will provide our end users with some great new services.”

MeetingServer provides highly featured, reliable conferencing capabilities for both small and large conferences. Its intuitive GUI, which has received praise throughout the industry for its simplicity and ease of use, presents access to a complete range of conferencing and application sharing capabilities, and with this latest release now includes voting and polling functions and high-performance presentation up/download. It is easily integrated with audio bridges, and the UI is fully customizable to allow rebranding.

Gary Anderson, President and CEO of Netbriefings, confirms that integration is straightforward. “Data Connection has been great to work with. Integrating MeetingServer with our existing meeting management software has been easy, and Data Connection’s superb support team has been very responsive in giving us all the help we need.”

MeetingServer uses a reservationless scheduling model, where participants are invited to the meeting using a simple click-to-invite function. This increases user take-up, because conferences can easily be set up on-demand without requiring pre-configuration.

Several other Service Providers, including British Telecom, have already licensed MeetingServer technology. It is also OEMed by equipment vendors and conferencing providers including Latitude Communications (now owned by Cisco), Spectel and Documentum.

Brix Networks announces Service Assurance Solution

December 17, 2003

 

Brix NetworksCompany’s New BrixMon Software Provides Proactive Performance Monitoring Of IP Telephony Networks And Applications.

 

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — December 16, 2003 —Brix Networks, the trusted provider of real-time service assurance solutions to operators of service-centric networks, today announced BrixMon (TM), the company’s new performance management and service assurance software offering specifically designed for large enterprise networks.

BrixMon provides network administrators with proactive, end-to-end verification of their IP-based networks and applications, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video, Virtual Private Network (VPN) access, and Web services. It affords remote visibility into service performance across the enterprise LAN and WAN, including branch offices, through the management of a network of software-based Brix Verifier Agents or optional hardware Brix Verifiers.

A secure, central-site software system, BrixMon provides automatic test threshold auditing, compliance analysis, sophisticated real-time and historical reporting capabilities, storage for performance data, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for integration with various third-party management tools. BrixMon offers carrier-class reliability and scalability as it delivers a streamlined performance deployment environment especially for enterprises. The system supports the enterprise-standard Windows 2000 operating system, and embeds Oracle’s database management system for transparent installation and management.

BrixMon also sports a powerful, Web-based provisioning, monitoring, and reporting user interface. The easy-to-use BrixMon user interface provides a comprehensive reporting interface designed to effectively troubleshoot network operational issues, monitor network and application performance in real time, and mine historical performance data for trends. Users can choose from among a suite of pre-configured Quick Reports or create Custom Reports, while Executive Reports provide a host of bottom line-focused performance summaries.

BrixMon software supports a complete set of modular, extensible, plug-in test suites for measuring today’s IP-based services, plus network connectivity and traffic monitoring. In addition to active tests that simulate end-user transactions, BrixMon also supports tests that passively monitor network traffic. All tests can be customized to meet the precise testing requirements of an organization, and are automatically downloaded to the testing endpoints deployed throughout the enterprise.

Proactive performance management, through the continuous evaluation of easy-to-set warning and failure thresholds, gives enterprise network managers the opportunity to reroute traffic or reapportion resources and avoid degradations in service levels before their users are affected. With the optional BrixMon Alerting Package, operators can choose to be notified via e-mail, page, and SNMP traps, or to monitor the user interface for current information on IP service “hotspots.”

“Brix Networks’ real-time performance monitoring solutions provide comprehensive network and application coverage,” said Jay Mohr, network manager at the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a Brix customer. “Brix products allow enterprise users to assess the performance impact of IP services on their networks — and on the other critical services being delivered — before, during, and after implementation.” “BrixMon will help empower IT organizations in large enterprises with flexible and detailed analyses of IP services, including VoIP, that have significant wide area requirements,” said Dennis Drogseth, vice president at Enterprise Management Associates, an industry research firm that specializes in network management software and services. “BrixMon can then map these analyses in an automated fashion to service level requirements to prioritize their impact on business. This should help IT further evolve towards enhanced business alignment and control, as IT becomes more and more like a functioning and accountable service provider within the larger business.”

VoIP Service Testing

The optional BrixMon Advanced VoIP Test Suites enable network managers to perform pre-deployment testing, ongoing performance monitoring, and troubleshooting of VoIP networks and applications. The targeted Advanced VoIP Test Suites provide performance and quality tests for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), H.323, or Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP) networks. Detailed test results pinpoint key VoIP quality factors, including call setup, media transmission performance, and voice quality.

Video Conferencing and Streaming Testing

In order for network administrators to control the performance of video services, key quality indicators – like service availability, session initiation, and video transmission quality – must be measured. The optional BrixMon Advanced Video Test Suite provides objective measurements of these quality-impacting factors, including one-way and round-trip latency, jitter, packet and frame loss, rebuffering time, server redirects, bandwidth utilization, and more.

BrixMon software delivers carrier-class functionality, reliability, and scalability and provides enterprise network administrators with complete, end-to-end, service assurance and performance management of multiple IP services from a single system.