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October 02, 2012
Internet2 and Virtual PBX Provider Aastra Unveil New Capabilities on Platform
By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

Aastra (News - Alert), a provider of virtual PBX services, and Internet2, operator of the nation’s fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, have recently expanded the Internet2 NET (News - Alert)+ SIP portfolio by adding a voicemail-only option and Clearspan Unified Messaging.

The voicemail-only feature will help companies that are not yet ready to move all their communications to a cloud-based service. It provides users with the flexibility to use and manage their messaging service from anywhere and over any interface. It also offers all the capabilities typically found in a traditional voice messaging solution such as fax messaging and much more.

Clearspan Unified Messaging can be deployed as a stand-alone application in conjunction with an institution’s existing PBX (News - Alert).

“We have created this Clearspan UM-only offering to allow organizations to start enjoying the productivity benefits of a unified messaging solution immediately,” said Aastra’s Tim Whittington, regional oresident North America, in a statement. “Clearspan’s Unified Messaging application can be deployed into the existing environment, allowing the institution to keep their existing PBX, phones and other applications. Then when the time is right to move to a full VoIP environment, the institution can add the rest of the Hosted Clearspan solution as their communications platform. End users won’t have to learn a new interface and the institution can maximize their investment.”

Originally making its debut back in April, Internet2 NET+ SIP services include a hosted PBX that is powered by Aastra Clearspan and SIP trunking from Level 3 Communications (News - Alert). These offerings have been designed to leverage the Internet2 Network, which is the world's first transcontinental network deployment of 100G technology.

The Internet2 NET+ SIP Services are cost-effective, easy to access, simple to administer and tailored to the unique needs of the research and education community.

Shel Waggener, senior vice president, Internet2 added, "Internet2 NET+ SIP Services have received a tremendous response thus far; over 150 people from nearly 100 institutions have expressed interest.” “Migrating a core communication service like voice to a cloud-based service takes planning and coordination to manage the timing with budgeting cycles and existing contracts while planning the sunsetting of legacy PBX systems. The new NET+ Clearspan UM-Only option allows campuses to take their first step for voice in the cloud by offering productivity tools to their constituents now."

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Edited by Jamie Epstein

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