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Xorcom Unveils New Dedicated Redundant Power Supply Unit

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January 25, 2010

Xorcom Unveils New Dedicated Redundant Power Supply Unit

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Xorcom, a manufacturer of IP-PBX (News - Alert), reportedly has unveiled a dedicated redundant power supply unit, in order to support up to 16 Astribank telephony interface chassis.

The company leverages Asterisk (News - Alert) Open Source IP-PBX telephony platform to design and produce its hardware telephony solutions for commercial installations.
Xorcom’s (News - Alert) latest offering offers redundant power for up to 16 Astribank telephony interface units through four independent internal power units in a microcomputer-based control system, thereby constantly monitoring power requirements. All four independent power supply units are accommodated in the new 19-inch 1U rack-mountable product.
Additionally, the new dedicated redundant power supply unit can supply power to hundreds of Asterisk telephony ports (up to 512 analog ports), alerting the system administrator and balancing the load in the event of malfunction. The new offering complements TwinStar, a commercially-supported hot failover solution for Asterisk-based PBX, said officials.
If any one of the power units malfunctions, an alert is dispatched to the system administrator via e-mail or automated pre-recorded phone message, in order to schedule the maintenance accordingly. Meanwhile, all of the Astribank telephony modules will continue to function seamlessly, because the remaining power units regroup to provide the necessary power.
Furthermore, the new redundant power supply unit also encompasses eight internal USB 2.0 hubs with four ports each, in order to support a total of 32 USB 2.0 connections. Consequently, the unit is considered a perfect complement to TwinStar Asterisk-based PBX that connects via USB 2.0 to both the primary and the backup PBX.
“While the flexibility and features of open-source PBX systems have triggered substantial and ever-increasing worldwide acceptance, PBX reliability cannot be compromised,” Israel Gal, vice president innovation at Xorcom, said. “That’s why Xorcom systems are designed to ensure maximum uptime by providing built-in failover and load balancing mechanisms, ruggedized components, monitoring capabilities with automated alerts, and a variety of utilities for increased reliability.”
Astribank is a USB channel bank for Asterisk and it utilizes USB 2.0 ports to connect to the Asterisk server, thereby eliminating the requirement for PCI (News - Alert) (E1/T1) card and even for PCI slots. By making use of different USB 2.0 ports, or using USB 2.0 hub or USB 2.0 PCI card, multiple Astribank units can be used on a single server.
Xorcom products are leveraged by various system integrators, telecom equipment manufacturers, and customer premise telephony, as well as VoIP providers, in order to offer added value to their end users.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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