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December 01, 2011

Barry University Turns to Sagemcom for Help with IP Fax, Savings

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Justin Moses, director of Server and Messaging Systems Information Technology at Barry University, located in Miami Shores, Florida, said that the company recently started running Sagemcom’s XMediusFAX Fax over IP on Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows Server 2008.

How has it worked out? Pretty well, according to Moses.

As he explains, the XMediusFAX is deployed on a VMware Virtual Machine, “so we did not need to purchase any physical hardware. And since it is deployed in a SIP trunking environment, no physical PRI or any lines were required.”

The great advantage of this arrangement, as it is for so many other implementers, is that is saves the university from hardware installation costs and other physical limitations. And this is a pretty sizeable university we’re talking about, counting about 9,000 students from nearly all 50 states and close to 120 countries.

Being a large operation, the university’s IT and Human Resources department workers “often found themselves spending considerable time walking back and forth to the 75 multifunction printers  (MFPs) with fax lines on campus,” which is more than you might think: According to university officials, they were “sending and receiving on average 1,500 faxes per month.”

Bet you didn’t know faxing was still such an integral part of such a large operation. No, all communication isn’t via text, Twitter (News - Alert) or e-mail yet. Faxing is still a critical component of a full communications suite.

Luckily Barry was already running SIP trunking services in its network, so it was able to secure a pretty simple, easy-to-deploy Fax over IP (FoIP) that would integrate well with its IT and HR departments. That product was Sagemcom’s XMediusFAX Fax over IP, which university officials liked due to its virtualization compatibilities, scalability and reliability.  

“Our 150 users so far in the IT and human resources department love it,” Moses said. “They can fax from anywhere using Microsoft Outlook web access. It’s cohesive, and works very well.”

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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