February 02, 2009
ITEXPO Exhibitor Critical Links Selected by ONI Communications
By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor
Critical Links, a company skilled in providing unified voice, data and IT solutions for small- to medium-size businesses (SMBs), today revealed a major European telecommunications operator has chosen its edgeBOX Business Gateways to support a new managed services offering.
ONI Communications selected Critical Links’ (News - Alert) edgeBOX solution in an effort to enhance its next-generation fixed line telecommunications offering for SMBs.
With this new partnership agreement, ONI Communications will be able to offer SMBs a comprehensive suite of managed communication and networking services based on the remotely managed edgeBOX “all-in-one” customer premises equipment. SMBs will also increase productivity and their competitiveness while cutting their operational costs.
Best of all, SMBs will benefit from this superior set of networking capabilities without any upfront investment.
According to Pedro Aleixo, corporate business unit sales director at ONI Communications, “The edgeBOX business gateway is enabling ONI Communications to deliver a managed communication and networking services offering that is innovative, reliable and is in fact, the best value in the market for SMBs. Simultaneously, the edgeBOX is allowing us to simplify the service deployment and increase our capability to manage, upgrade and maintain all the communications and networking needs of a company.”
Aleixo explains that with ONI, SMBs gain the ability to outsource all their business communications, networking services and infrastructure deployment and management to one service provider. This helps free up their resources and enables them to shift their focus to another, crucial part of their business.
ONI Communications provides communication solutions specially created for the corporate and carrier markets. In 2007-2008 it had a turnover of more than 132 million Euros in corporate telecommunications services. More than two-thirds of this revenue was due to complex data and integrated solution services. The company has a market share of more than 20 percent in the corporate and carrier’s carrier segments, which positions it as the European alternative network operator with the highest market share in these segments.
“The edgeBOX is a service provider-ready platform to deliver voice, data, networking and security services. It enables services such as VoIP, VPN, WiFi (News - Alert) and a whole lot of others; by effectively replacing several dedicated devices, it significantly reduces the operational and management costs associated with delivering these services,“ said Abdul Kasim (News - Alert), vice president, global marketing and business development at Critical Links. “We are glad that ONI Communications has recognized the edgeBOX value proposition and launched its very appealing managed service offering.”
With the edgeBOX device, the SMB customer’s LAN will be connected to the ONI WAN, allowing customers to further leverage ONI’s IP-MPLS network and the highest quality of services in the market.
As a global provider of converged voice, data and IT solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs), Critical Links aims to dramatically simplify and reduce costs for its customers, enabling them to consolidate over a single scalable and fault-tolerant platform.
The company’s flag ship product, the edgeBOX, is an award-winning multi-function gateway appliance that includes VoIP/IP-PBX (News - Alert), VPNs, security, NAC, QoS and a WiFi access point as well as a fax server, Web server, e-mail server, print server and data storage. The device is available on a range of hardware platforms that support up to 300 users, with different form factors and a host of broadband interfaces such as BRI/PRI (T1/E1), FX0/FXS, Ethernet, etc.
To learn more about how Critical Links’ edgeBOX solution is helping SMBs reduce the initial investment in a comprehensive communications system (voice, data and IT) by over 66 percent, visit them at this week’s INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO at the Miami Convention Center.
Find out how to save thousands in on-going costs with the edgeBOX solution by visiting Critical Links’ booth # 628 at the ITEXPO (News - Alert) East, held February 2nd – 4th, 2009.
Michelle Robart is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Michelle's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Michelle Robart