SOURCE: Network Equipment Technologies

December 11, 2008 16:02 ET

NET's Unified Communications Gateways Provide Integration With Microsoft Active Directory to Ease UC Implementations

VX Series Provides Single Point-of-Administration, Highly Flexible Call Routing, and Simplification of Phased Migration to Converged Infrastructure

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - December 11, 2008) - Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: NWK), a leading innovator in VoIP technologies, announced today that its VX Series gateways for unified communications (UC) now provide robust integration with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and other Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) solutions.

Directory integration provides significant benefits to customers migrating to a converged data/voice infrastructure, such as Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS). These benefits include:

--  use of AD or LDAP as a single point-of-administration, allowing
    customers to perform all moves, adds, and changes in one place;
--  the ability to flexibly define call-routing rules using AD or LDAP
    fields; and
--  simplification of phased technology migrations by identifying which
    end-users are being served by Microsoft OCS, the PBX, Cisco Call Manager,
    etc., at any given time.
    

Customers can leverage the directory integration features of the VX Series UC Gateway in numerous ways. Using information from AD, customers can add enterprise mobility applications to the UC solution. For example, customers can automatically route incoming calls to an end-user's cell phone or local SIP device when the OCS Communicator client is unavailable. The VX gateway can also route incoming faxes directly to end-users' Microsoft Exchange mailboxes.

"The ability to use AD to drive voice and fax functions in a converged environment saves administrators and end-users significant time and effort, while also enabling companies to implement all kinds of useful call management rules," said Talbot Harty, Chief Development Officer at NET. "By delivering robust AD and LDAP integration in our VX Series UC Gateways, we provide customers migrating to Microsoft OCS and other UC solutions with significant business value."

The VX Series UC Gateway's robust AD and LDAP support also provides advantages to resellers and integrators by making it easier for them to install, configure, and maintain convergence solutions.

"Directory integration provides real value to customers by providing a consistent method for managing call routing based on Active Directory when implementing unified communications solutions such as Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007," said Jeff Zaremba, Sr. Director of Collaboration Technologies at Avanade. Avanade, which is majority owned by Accenture, was founded in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft Corporation. "Additionally, it provides flexibility in migration by allowing customers to migrate over time as their business requirements dictate. For Avanade, directory integration enables us to implement more sophisticated solutions for our customers with less time, effort, and technical complexity."

More information about the VX Series UC Gateways and the application of directory integration to a variety of real-world business scenarios is available at http://www.net.com/Pages/Solutions.aspx?pgid=97.

About Network Equipment Technologies, Inc.

Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NET) provides network and VoIP solutions to enterprises and government agencies that seek to reduce the cost to deploy next generation unified and secure communications applications. For a quarter of a century, NET has delivered solutions for multi-service networks requiring high degrees of versatility, security and performance. Today, the company's broad family of products enable interoperability and integration with existing networks for migration to secure IP-based communications. Broadening NET's voice solutions, Quintum Technologies, now a part of NET, is a VoIP innovator whose applications bring the reliability and clarity of public telephone networks to Internet telephony and unified communications. NET is headquartered in Fremont, CA and has 14 offices worldwide including the US, the UK, France, the Middle East, China, Japan, Australia, and Latin America. The company sells its solutions through a direct sales force and an international network of resellers and distributors. For more information, visit www.net.com.

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