Simple software upgrade on Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform
OTTAWA, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Mitel(R) today announced it has further
advanced the completeness and ease of integration between its flagship Mitel
3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Unified Messaging with direct Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) connection
"Mitel continues to apply its expertise to drive down the complexity and
cost of integrating IP communications with the productivity-enhancing Unified
Messaging capabilities of Exchange Server 2007," said Donna Conner, group
product manager for Unified Communications at Microsoft Corp.
Mitel's embedded SIP integration eliminates the need for a separate SIP
gateway as a go-between from a 3300 ICP SIP connection to an Exchange Server
2007 resulting in support for multiple forms of Unified Communications
including voice, email and fax. Mitel can deliver this capability to existing
3300 ICP customers through a software upgrade that simply delivers the SIP
server's (gateway) functionality resulting in reduced complexity, time and
cost for our customers. Native support of SIP on the 3300 ICP enables
customers to take full advantage of the deployment of open standards and
maximize their investment either in a Mitel or a multi-vendor environment that
supports an open standards approach.
"Mitel has long recognized the importance of SIP and open standards,"
said Stephen Beamish, vice president, business development and strategic
partnerships. "SIP trunk integration between the 3300 ICP and Exchange Server
2007 is another step in our drive to continue to simplify the deployment and
adoption of Unified Messaging to help people regain control of their
Kelley & Swain, Inc., a Sacramento, California, benefits consulting firm
serving large and small businesses, recently migrated to Exchange Server 2007
as part of an upcoming move to new offices. Mitel Platinum Solution Provider
Standard Tel Networks took the opportunity to optimize the value of the
overall upgrade to the firm's IT infrastructure by connecting Exchange Server
2007 Unified Messaging servers directly to the existing 3300 ICP.
"Kelley & Swain was looking for a best-of-breed Unified Messaging
solution that would integrate to into our Microsoft Live Communications Server
environment," said Barry Chapman, IT director at Kelley & Swain. "After
evaluating several vendors we concluded that the 3300 ICP embedded SIP
integration to the Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging provides us with a
robust unified voice mail system that gives the features we need to run our
business and also provides a cost savings by eliminating costly gateways."
Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging delivers a unified inbox
experience that includes email, voice mail and fax reception functionality, as
well as new capabilities such as a speech-based auto attendant, and Microsoft
Outlook Voice Access that allows users to access all their vital business
communications from any wired or wireless device, using speech recognition or
a touchtone interface.
"As a first experience, the integration of Exchange Server 2007 with the
3300 ICP using a SIP trunk was painless," said Keith Askew, chief technology
officer, Standard Tel Networks. "Support from Mitel and Microsoft was
excellent and the customer now has access to the full feature set of Exchange
Server 2007 via the 3300 ICP."
Over the coming year, Microsoft is bringing a variety of unified
communications solutions to market including updated versions of its real-time
collaboration technologies, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007,
Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, and Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007
along with a set of new communications devices from partners. Microsoft's
unified communications portfolio also includes Exchange Server 2007, which
delivers enterprise-grade email, mobile email, and messaging security and
compliance along with new Unified Messaging capabilities.
Mitel and Microsoft have collaborated to deliver unified communications
solutions since 2004.
Mitel, a leading provider of unifying IP communications solutions and
applications for business customers, is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with
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