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December 15, 2011

Sagemcom, Alcatel-Lucent Launch Co-Branded IP Fax Server

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

Following the news that Barry University recently started running Sagemcom’s XMedius IP fax on Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows, Sagemcom and Alcatel-Lucent have teamed up to launch a co-branded communication server for mid-sized enterprises.

The server, called OmniPCX Office Rich Communication Edition Fax Server (RCE Fax Server), is one of several Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) products to include Sagemcom’s IP fax solutions.

Company officials said the RCE Fax Server communication server blends well with the Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Office RCE ecosystem.

“Mid-sized enterprises and SMBs benefit from the offering which is composed of a business level network infrastructure with a broad range of solutions for communications, mobility, unified communications and collaboration on high-speed and mobile networks,” according to a company statement.

RCE Fax Server allows users to send and receive faxes directly from a computer, as easily as sending an email, saving time and increasing prod­uctivity, all while reducing paper consumption since digital faxes are more economical and ecofriendly. Alcatel-Lucent RCE Fax Server will be marketed across the world through the group’s business partner network.

In related news, 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 IP fax on Microsoft Windows Server 2008, TMCnet reported.

As Moses explained, 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, counting about 9,000 students from nearly all 50 states and close to 120 countries.

Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TMCnet, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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