Monday, March 31, 2008

Quintum Tenor Hybrid VoIP Gateway for Microsoft's Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007, wins Product of the Year award From TMC

Quintum Technologies, a leading innovator in VoIP technologies and a subsidiary of Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: NWK), announced today that the new Tenor Hybrid VoIP Gateway for Microsoft's Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007, has been awarded the 2007 Product of the Year by the Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®) Unified Communications Magazine. The Tenor Hybrid debuted at the recent TMC INTERNET TELEPHONY EXPO, and garnered the Best of Show Award for Best Large Enterprise Solution.

The first annual Unified Communications Product of the Year award is presented to companies who have designed innovative new products that address the needs of enterprises and service providers deploying unified communications. With the vast number of UC products entering the marketplace, TMC's awards are aimed at helping readers identify those products that offer the best solutions for their unified communications deployments.

The Tenor Hybrid Gateway includes Quintum's MultiPath VoIP switching technology and is Microsoft Mediation Server-ready to simplify deployments of Microsoft Unified Communications (UC). This new hybrid VoIP product is a single box solution, specifically designed to allow customers to easily integrate Microsoft OCS 2007 into existing enterprise voice networks and as a result, leverage past voice network investments and minimize disruptions to business.

Quintum's Unified Communications Proxy (UCP), included in the Hybrid Gateway, as well as all Tenor "S" gateways and switches, addresses the critical requirements for deploying Microsoft's OCS 2007. The UCP supports "any to any" switching, which enables the integration of OCS 2007 with the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and any legacy or SIP-based voice equipment, including analog telephony equipment, TDM PBXs, IP-PBXs, fax and modem based devices and SIP-based endpoints, including standard SIP phones.

The UCP also supports the deployment of multiple gateways behind a single mediation server, providing the ability to extend gateway capability to branch offices. The UCP addresses these critical business needs when deploying Microsoft OCS 2007 into today's diverse voice network environments. Traditional VoIP gateways lack the "any to any" switching thus limiting their ability to integrate all the elements typically found in the enterprise voice network.

"Quintum has consistently set the bar high for innovative technologies, and in this case, they have surpassed that standard," said Rich Tehrani, TMC President and Group Editor-in-Chief of Unified Communications. "The Unified Communications Proxy, which is standard on the Tenor Hybrid, expands Quintum's successful MultiPath switching to support SIP to SIP connectivity, and thus allowing Microsoft's OCS 2007 to be integrated with both TDM and VoIP networks."

"Quintum's Tenor Hybrid Gateway was designed specifically for Microsoft UC deployments," said Chuck Rutledge, Vice President of Marketing for Quintum. "The single box solution provides a mediation server ready unified communications VoIP gateway for those customers deploying Microsoft OCS 2007. Its MultiPath switching design and UCP makes it easy to install with minimum modifications to the existing network."

The Tenor Hybrid Gateway is generally available. For more information, please go to: Tenor Hybrid Gateway. For information on our new Unified Communications Proxy, please go to:

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