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November 09, 2009

Sagem-Interstar Intros IP Fax Solution for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

By Amy Tierney, TMCnet Web Editor

Sagem-Interstar, a company that provides advanced IP fax server solutions, announced that it has enhanced its FoIP server solution, XMediusFAX, to now allow unified messaging capabilities on Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange Server 2010.
With the solution, businesses can improve responsiveness, become more productive, and reduce fax costs, company officials said. In addition, businesses can receive their return on investment in three to six months time, the company said.
The enhancements reinforce Sagem-Interstar's (News - Alert) collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to develop business-driven solutions designed for Microsoft environments, including Windows Server, Exchange Server, Microsoft Office and Active Directory, company officials said.
“We are focused on continuous expansion of our strategic relationship with Microsoft, notably bringing to market timely and highly differentiated IP- and UM-optimized fax solutions that yield rapid ROI,” said Jean Champagne (News - Alert), general manager of Sagem-Interstar, in a statement. “By working closely with Microsoft, we guarantee a tailored XMediusFAX FoIP solution that offers Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 customers two things: a positive, value-added user experience; as well as a seamless and cost-efficient migration path for current users of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 unified messaging.”
Microsoft Exchange ServerUsers of Sagem-Interstar’s (News - Alert) XMediusFAX solution receive faxes as e-mail attachments. A user can send a fax by creating an e-mail message in the Microsoft Office Outlook messaging and collaboration client. Exchange Server 2010 then works with XMediusFAX to convert the e-mail message into a fax and sends it to the recipient.
Sagem-Interstar is a Microsoft Certified Partner. Microsoft relies on partners like Sagem-Interstar to offer integrated faxing capabilities for Exchange Server 2010, including support for the T.38 protocol for fax media. Unlike other market players, Sagem-Interstar owns its T.38 protocol stack, which eliminates the need for third-party software and provides increased responsiveness and simplified support. Companies can use the same media gateways and IP Private Branch Exchanges that they deploy for voice mail to send and receive faxes, company officials said.
“Microsoft is pleased that Sagem-Interstar is working to ensure that its XMediusFAX global FoIP delivery platform is fully compatible and application certified with Microsoft Exchange 2010,” said Julia White, director exchange product management, at Microsoft Corp., in a statement. “This highlights Sagem-Interstar's commitment to helping our mutual customers reduce costs, improve user productivity, and, hence, drive toward fulfilling the promise of unified communications.”

Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering business communications Her areas of focus include conferencing, SIP, Fax over IP, unified communications and telepresence. Amy also writes about education and healthcare technology, overseeing production of e-Newsletters on those topics as well as communications solutions and UC. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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