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December 15, 2008

The Tolly Group Evaluates Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform

Mitel, catering organizations of all sizes with its unified communications solutions has reportedly commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its Mitel (News - Alert) 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP), to measure the energy required to drive critical Unified Communications solutions.

The Tolly Group (News - Alert) provides third-party validation services for vendors of IT products, components and services. After a rigorous test, The Tolly group has come out with a report stating that, the power consumption of Mitel solutions is amongst the lowest in the industry.
The company measured the power consumed (total watts) in October which included variety of Mitel IP voice switches and IP phones.
Engineers computed the energy requirements to support three enterprise scenarios — a large-scale network with headquarters, regional office and a branch office; a medium network with 350 users distributed across 20 locations, and a self-contained single-site, small branch office of 65 users. The computations factored in voice switches, phones and the power required supporting them.
"In the current economic environment, all areas of businesses are looking to reduce operating costs and eliminate unnecessary expenses," said Kevin Tolly, founder, president, and CEO of The Tolly Group. "This applies in data centers where CIOs and managers are looking for energy savings all across their IT infrastructure. The low power consumption of Mitel's Unified Communications (News - Alert) Solutions translates back into a lower cost of ownership for businesses."
The report revealed that Mitel uses only 2.4 watts compared to other phones ranging from 3.1 to 6.0 watts or higher. These power savings directly impact the bottom line as phones are generally responsible for two-thirds of the power consumption for standard telephony systems.

"Mitel factors both power consumption and environmental sustainability into the functional design of its products," said Jim Davies, chief technology officer, Mitel. "Not only do our solutions help customers decrease their environmental impact but the cost savings they receive from reduced power consumption goes directly to the bottom line."
The report also elaborates the impact of reduced power consumption across the data and communication infrastructure which includes lower costs for cooling and higher phone density per Power over Ethernet Layer 2 switch.
"Mitel's low power result is impressive in comparison to others. The significance of power savings is huge in today's economic environment," said Allan Sulkin, president, TEQConsult Group. "More frequently we are seeing customers question energy efficiency and the desire to optimize power."

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek


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