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PBX PCI Adapter

November 11, 2009

Positron's PBX PCI Adapters Enable Fast and Easy Migration Path to Microsoft OCS

By Patrick Barnard, Senior Web Editor, TMCnet


Looking for a faster, more reliable way to bring enterprise-grade unified communications to your organization?

Companies that deploy Positron Telecom’s integrated VoIP solutions have a fast and reliable migration path to UC -- thanks to the fact that these SIP-based solutions can be quickly integrated with Microsoft Office Communications Server.

OCS is Microsoft's (News - Alert) flagship unified communications product. The solution integrates VoIP, instant messaging, conferencing and (through integration with MS Exchange 2007) email, and offers a slew of advanced UC features, including “presence,” on a single, IP-based platform.

The OCS platform, however, requires integration with IP PBXs and media gateways to enable communication between corporate offices and networks.

Positron Telecom’s VoIP solutions combine IP PBX (News - Alert), media gateway, Ethernet and echo canceller on a single PCI card, thus making them many times simpler to deploy. What’s more, the company claims to have the only SIP-enabled PCI (News - Alert) card on the market that allows system integrators to create custom, scalable and easily-supported solutions for Microsoft OCS.

What makes Positron Telecom’s solutions unique, compared to the products of other open source telephony board makers, is that they come with SIP already embedded on the card itself, which saves installers time. Competing telephony board makers, such as Digium (News - Alert) and Sangoma, only offer line card interfaces which are bound to the application via a driver. That means if you want to change applications, you’ll need further development.

Positron Telecom products, however, don’t need a driver and can process SIP traffic directly. Because each board is a “standalone” system that only requires power from the PC, it can be installed into any operating system environment.

Standards-based protocols means integration with leading UC systems such as Microsoft OCS is a snap. Because Positron’s V-series telephony products install as Ethernet adapters into the host PC and can directly take SIP traffic from other systems, that means no CPU load on the host PC; no hardware interrupts issued on the host PC for TDM channels; plus the built-in echo canceller means no echo processing on the host PC.

In addition, there is no “codec penalty” on the host PC; board-to-board communication is free to occur, using SIP; load balancing is easily achieved, using SIP; and any mixture of boards can be used in the host PC as the actual interface is transparent to the system.

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Patrick Barnard is a senior Web editor for TMCnet, covering call and contact center technologies. He also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet e-Newsletters in the areas of robotics, IT, M2M, OCS and customer interaction solutions. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard


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