Mitel & Foundry Networks Collaborate on VoIP and Gigabit Ethernet

PBX vendor Mitel has extended its collaboration with Foundry networks with the aim of simplifying the deployment of converged data and VoIP networks using gigabit Ethernet networks with network supplied power.

They claim that customers deploying Foundry Networks' FastIron SuperX Series and FastIron Edge X424-POE can now "cost-effectively and easily add Mitel 5200 series phones equipped with gigabit Ethernet to enable gigabit Power over Ethernet VoIP capability to the desktop."

Mitel and Foundry Networks also offer an end-to-end secure convergence solution based on existing enterprise servers such as Microsoft IAS, Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005. The combined solution is claimed to deliver advanced secure VoIP, instant messaging, and presence.

The companies say they are working together to simplify the deployment and configuration of VoIP in enterprises so as to minimise the opportunities for human error and to maximise business continuity.