SOURCE: Network Equipment Technologies

June 26, 2008 08:30 ET

NET VX Gateway Eases Belgian Publisher's Microsoft OCS-Based Unified Communications Deployment

Adaptable IP/PSTN Interface Delivers Convergence Benefits While Supporting Fax, Emergency Services Access and Other Key Needs

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: NWK), a global provider of multi-service network and voice exchange solutions for government and enterprise customers, announced today that Brepols Publishers, an international academic publishing house in Belgium, successfully facilitated its Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS)-based implementation of unified communications (UC) and unified messaging using NET's VX Series intelligent VoIP switches and gateways.

The NET VX Series' exceptional compatibility and interoperability enabled Brepols to effectively implement Microsoft's solution in its existing network-and-telecom environment so that it could rapidly gain the business benefits of convergence without losing the use of its existing fax machines, compromising access to local emergency services, or otherwise disrupting its ongoing business.

Brepols has two main offices plus a warehouse in Belgium, as well as an office in New York. Nearly half of the company's employees are teleworkers utilizing a laptop and VPN connection. By moving to VoIP and unified communications, Brepols sought to significantly improve staff productivity and accelerate a wide range of important day-to-day business processes. It selected OCS as its core convergence platform.

The company faced several challenges, however, in implementing Microsoft OCS in conjunction with VoIP on its existing infrastructure. These challenges included:

--  Avoiding costly PBX replacement and/or re-configuration
--  Ensuring reliability of communication between all internal and
    external end-points
--  Supporting existing fax machines, door phones, and other legacy analog
--  Implementing Auto-Attendant functionality for three different
    languages (French, Dutch, and English) for a single inbound number
--  Allowing the company to migrate to Microsoft UC over time in a manner
    that makes the most sense for the business

To address these challenges, Brepols selected the NET VX1200 gateway. The VX Series intelligent VoIP switches and gateways provide flexible 'any-to-any' connectivity, robust call routing functions, Active Directory integration, and the granular control of messaging parameters necessary to accommodate complex Microsoft OCS configurations. The VX Series also provides essential features such as SIP registration for WiFi clients, embedded QoS mechanisms, and simplified connectivity to both PSTN and external IP telephony service providers -- which gives the company optimum flexibility for reducing its international toll charges.

Because of this rich, complete feature set, Brepols was able to fulfill all of its communications objectives without project delays, cost over-runs, or unexpected problems.

"NET's VX Series enabled Brepols to quickly and effectively implement highly sophisticated converged communications in a relatively small -- but still rather complex -- existing infrastructure," said Wim Borgers, IT and Administration Manager for Brepols. "We are extremely satisfied with both the functionality of NET's hardware and the obvious expertise that NET demonstrated in accommodating our very exacting technical requirements."

"There are a lot of potentially lucrative things that companies can do with communications to improve their bottom lines, but there can also be significant obstacles to achieving those short- and long-term project goals," said Chuck Rutledge, VP of Corporate Marketing for NET. "Brepols has used the advanced VoIP gateway features found in the VX1200 to address the complexities of integrating Microsoft OCS into their network. Their roadmap has a number of challenges, including SIP WiFi clients registered to the VX, SIP trunks to other countries, such as France, the US and Italy, and Polycom SIP phones. All of these can be addressed with the VX Series."

For more information on the Brepols unified communications deployment, see the case study at:

About Network Equipment Technologies, Inc.

For nearly a quarter of a century, Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NET) has provided voice and data communications equipment for multi-service networks requiring high degrees of versatility, interoperability, security and performance. NET's broad family of products are purpose-built for mixed-service, multi-protocol networks; bandwidth-sensitive site communications; high performance, security-sensitive transmissions; and converged communications. The company's NX Series for network exchange solutions and VX Series for voice exchange solutions enable interoperability and integration with existing networks for seamless migration to secure IP-based voice and data communications. In addition, Quintum, a subsidiary of NET, delivers VoIP access solutions that bring the reliability and voice clarity of public telephone networks to Internet telephony.

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