Toshiba adds partners for networking line

Toshiba America's Digital Solutions Division (TAIS DSD) announced last Thursday it is offering a total IP telephony solution consisting of its new Toshiba Strata CIX pure IP telephony system along with networking, security, and wireless products and services from Peak Technologies, SMC Networks, and SonicWALL.

The IP telephony solution is designed to provide a complete communications solution for small- and medium-size enterprises and larger corporate users with multiple sites, according to Toshiba officials.

"Toshiba is making it faster and easier for enterprises to get a fully tested and integrated Voice over IP communications solution," said Michael E. Durance, vice president and general manager at TAIS DSD. "Toshiba's new 'best of the best' total IP communications solution features award-winning IP telephony technology from Toshiba, proven networking assessment from Peak Technologies, respected WLAN/LAN products from SMC Networks, and the industry's best network security technologies from SonicWall."

The wired and wireless network assessment and installation will be provided by Peak, and the wired and wireless networking products and services are provided by SMC, which also will provide its suite of Fast Ethernet managed switches. Network security technologies will be provided by SonicWall.

Toshiba's Strata CIX supports as many as 192 ports, offers new FeatureFlex capabilities and provides a migration path from Toshiba Strata CTX and Strata DK digital business communication systems. FeatureFlex allows users to customize existing features and create their own using a scripting language.

Peak will provide wireless network assessment, site surveys, installation and services to customers of Toshiba Strata CIX pure IP business communications systems. SMC will deliver a portfolio of wireless and wired network infrastructure, including 802.11 Wireless Access Point and Bridge, several Fast Ethernet switches, a high performance nonblocking PoE (power over Ethernet) switch and a single port PoE Injector. SonicWall is providing its Pro 2040 and TZ 170 VPN firewalls and value-added security services such as gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware and intrusion prevention products to the offering.

All these products have been selected following extensive testing for integration with Toshiba's Strata CIX IP communications solution. They are also compatible with Toshiba's Strata CTX family of digital business communications systems, which can be IP-enabled. The products are available now.

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