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May 06, 2009

Sagem-Interstar Customers to Discuss Benefits of IP Fax during Cisco IT Innovations Forum

By Patrick Barnard, Group Managing Editor, TMCnet

Two of Sagem (News - Alert)-Interstar’s customers will be talking about how the company’s IP fax solutions have helped them cut costs and boost employee productivity during the virtual Cisco (News - Alert) IT Innovations Forum, to be held this Thursday, May 7, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at

Company officials from Van Meter Industrial, one of North America’s largest electrical and automation wholesale distributors, for example, will be talking about how Sagem’s XMediusFAX 6.0 branch survivability FoIP solution helped it minimize the impact of the loss of fax service at a remote branch due to WAN link problems.
“We have been using the XMediusFAX solution for over 3 years,” said Ron Rathjens, senior network engineer, Van Meter Industrial, in a release. “During the past year we have experienced some WAN issues (i.e. over-subscribed bandwidth) and needed a ‘quick fix’ so we could continue receiving faxes while our WAN was being upgraded. We selected the XMediusFAX AXP solution because it gave us that ‘quick fix’ we were looking for.”

Rathjens said the XMediusFAX AXP solution has provided the company with a robust, redundant IP fax system that easily integrated into its Cisco AXP/ISR 2800 networking environment. He said the new global IP fax server solution -- the first to run inside the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) -- was installed by simply plugging the NME module into the router and configuring the software.

The Cardiovascular Group, a northern Virginia cardiology practice with 11 clinical offices, is another Sagem-Interstar (News - Alert) customer which will be participating in the event. It, too, has benefitted from its migration to IP fax. Recently the company, which handles anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 faxes a month, deployed the Cisco AXP–XMediusFAX FoIP to easily and cost-effectively harmonize faxing of confidential patient, physician, hospital and internal communications.

“Cisco AXP-XMediusFAX FoIP is a green solution, since it integrates directly into our existing ISR, and does not require additional cooling, power consumption and rack space,” said Daryl Schweiger, information systems manager, The Cardiovascular Group. “In all, The Cardiovascular Group anticipates monthly savings of $3,000 in telecom and document handling costs.”

The Cisco IT Innovations Forum gives customers and partners the opportunity to share ideas, tactics and stories on weathering the current economic climate, all while driving IT innovation and ROI success. The live, online event facilitates a global and interactive virtual discussion about IT innovation and strategies for thriving in turbulent times, reducing cost and complexity, and doing more with less in diverse industry sectors.

The event will feature keynote speeches from Cisco’s Marie Hattar, Mick Scully and Shailesh Shukla. Each keynote will be followed by round-table discussions from customers exemplifying the theme “Driving IT Innovation and ROI Success.” Van Meter Industrial and The Cardiovascular Group will be among the Sagem customers participating in these round-table discussions.

During the session break-outs, attendees can visit Sagem-Interstar’s virtual Exhibit Hall booth and learn more about its XMediusFAX branch-optimized FoIP solutions.

A key topic for the Sagem-Interstar sessions will be survivability. Companies today rely on IP fax for mission critical communications and also for compliance reasons. As such, companies need reliable fax solutions that can failover to another network or operate on back up power in the event of a service disruption. As such, organizations should take IP fax into account when developing their corporate business continuity plans -- and should consider solutions like XMediusFAX 6.0, which can be tailored to address a wide range of system availability and disaster recovery objectives.

Another key topic will be how these solutions help organizations cut communications costs and boost employee productivity.

For more information on the Cisco AXP–XMediusFAX FoIP solution, as well as how FoIP survivability benefits enterprises in disaster recovery and offsite replication scenarios, click here.

Patrick Barnard is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To read more of Patrick’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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