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August 18, 2008

HP ProCurve Alliance Offers Open Standard Foundation to Aastra's VoIP Products
By Anshu Shrivastava
TMCnet Contributing Editor

Aastra (News - Alert), a provider of enterprise communication products, systems and solutions, said that it has joined the HP ProCurve alliance.

The alliance ensures that ProCurve will provide an adaptive open-standard foundation to Aastra’s voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and unified communications (UC) products. A networking vendor, HP ProCurve enables customers to adapt to changing needs, offering a choice of products, solutions, customer care and product support.
Initially, the products to be made available through the HP ProCurve alliance are Aastra’s NeXspan range of Internet protocol private branch exchanges (IP PBX (News - Alert)), open source-based session initiation protocol (SIP) telephony terminals and Aastra mobility solutions.
Aastra officials said NeXspan range is compliant with VoIP market standards, including SIP, Wi-Fi, H323 and interfaces for computer telephony integration (CTI (News - Alert)) application and unified administration.
The NeXspan range adapts to any already existing IT installation and networks, and is capable of managing all terminal types—SIP, IP, Wi-Fi, DECT (News - Alert) IP, DECT, digital, analogue, softphones.
Mobility solutions from Aastra allow users to be reached anywhere inside the enterprise with the same level of features and functionality as on their desktop telephones. Aastra delivers a host of solutions that include DECT, DECT over IP and digital cordless.
Peter Hofman, president for MENA at Aastra, said that alliance customers now benefit from a complete offering of network and enterprise communication solutions, especially on the Large Enterprise market which is a focus market for Aastra.
Alberto Soto Garcia, vice president and general manager of operations for EMEA at ProCurve Networking (News - Alert), said that HP ProCurve's approach includes flexible, fully secure, open standards-based solutions which offer interoperability and support Aastra's VoIP and UC technology.
He also said in a statement that this means customers can “ultimately” enjoy higher return of investment and lower total cost of ownership.
Garcia believes that with the addition of Aastra's enterprise communications technologies his company can give even further choice of convergence solutions to customers and resellers.
The nature of this agreement is global, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and will be the first region of focus, according to Aastra. Also, the company expects other products to be approved by HP ProCurve in the near future.
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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

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