Network architecture
Business Communications Manager
delivers a flexible, scalable solution for
growing businesses. Ideal for creating
branch office connectivity between
multiple sites, the hybrid digital/IP-based
solution delivers multiple benefits in
terms of creating a more unified,
cohesive, and cost-effective network for
businesses. Capable of supporting a
hybrid environment of digital telephony,
IP telephony, and 10/100 Ethernet data
networks, this innovative platform
maximises the utility of a company's
existing equipment while providing a
smooth migration to the IP-enabled
networks of the future.
Until now, companies of all sizes have
traditionally used separate cabling
installations to support their data
network and PBX phone systems. Each
telephone needed its own twisted-pair
copper connection to the central PBX
unit, and typically had to be located no
more than 1,200 metres away. In the
converged environment created by
Business Communications Manager,
voice connections can now be transmitted
over the same fibre connection as the
LAN. This eliminates the need for dual
cabling plants, dramatically increases
cabling distances, and provides a network
architecture that is both more efficient
and easier to manage.
Key benefits are realised by enabling
personnel at different sites to reside on
the same network. Companies of all
sizes can use Business Communications
Manager to create a unified
communications network that supports
multiple branches - and even home
offices - over IP connections. Companies
with a Meridian 1 PBX phone system
installed at the central site can extend
CallPilot and Meridian Mail services
to remote offices where a Business
Communications Manager is installed,
optimising their existing investment by
extending unified voice/fax/email
messaging to the remote site. Both
approaches provide centralised voice
services, and offer four-digit extension
dialling to any point on the network -
including home offices connecting over
broadband or cable.
Prioritising network
traffic with the BayStack
46D-24T-PWR Switch
Now there's a way to make a company's
network priorities mirror those of their
business. By installing the BayStack 460
Switch with Business Communications
Manager, the network becomes an
intelligent partner that can prioritise
business-critical traffic, helping to get the
most out of the existing infrastructure.
DiffServ ensures that latency-sensitive
applications and selected users will
receive platinum-level service, while less
urgent traffic is allocated bandwidth on
a lower-priority basis.
Traffic prioritisation is especially
important for businesses that support
mission-critical IP applications -
including IP telephony - but do not
want to incur higher costs by over-
provisioning the network to ensure
bandwidth availability.
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