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March 29, 2007

Esnatech and Iwatsu Team Up on Unified Communications Solution for SMBs

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Senior Editor

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) using communications solutions from Esna Technologis, Inc. (Esnatech), and Iwatsu Voice Networks this week gained a new level of integration. The two companies announced the merging of their Telephony Office-Linx (Esnatech) and Enterprise Communications (News - Alert) Server (ICS, from Iwatsu) solutions into a single platform.
The new Enterprise Communications Suite ties together telephony, mobility, messaging and enterprise-class presence in a system that is affordable for SMBs. The result is a tool companies can use to change the way they communicate from “latent ‘inbox’ response to proactive real time live communications,” the companies said in a Thursday announcement.
Esnatech, which considers itself to be a leader in the IP integrations market, is planning further expansion of its product portfolio, which will focus in the future more on session initiation protocol (SIP).
Iwatsu, in the announcement, highlighted its ECS solution, which delivers QuadFusion technology through the combination of four protocols (SIP, H.323, TDM and VoIP).
Both companies said that, by merging their products, they are leading the field with what they claim is the first enterprise telephony provider solution that seamlessly integrates “a unified communication suite as part of it’s core telephony offering.”
By pooling their technologies, Esnatech and Iwatsu are using SIP integration to reduce the cost of hardware, enhance deployment location flexibility and remote site support, and provide support for high-availability and resiliency initiatives.
“SIP is a very important protocol for IP telephony, video, instant messaging and presence,” said Esnatech CEO and CTO Mohamman Nezarati, in a statement. “It is the ideal protocol for Esnatech/Iwatsu to leverage their collective future development for unified communications solutions like the enterprise communication suite.”
Nezarati continued: “The enterprise communication suite will allow us to provide seamless integration into different business applications and deliver real time availability of content from any access point to our customers.”
Don Gant, vice president of marketing at Iwatsu, added that his company’s contribution to the new solution is delivery of an SMB-targeted (25-500 users) platform designed to “seamlessly work with any email/group ware environment as well as integrate any wireless device into the IP telephony infrastructure.”
In the announcement, Iwatsu also highlighted the fact that its ECS solution already is tightly integrated with Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows, Exchange, Office, Terminal Service and Outlook. That means it can be administered from a company’s Microsoft Management Console, or through Terminal Services over the Web. Active directory and group policy tools allow for easy management of users.
To learn more about how Esnatech and Iwatsu are working together to deliver cutting-edge communications solutions for SMBs, please visit Iwatsu’s channel, Unified Communications.

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Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page. Also check out her Wireless Mobility blog.

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