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Zultys offers gateway software

Posted: 04 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IzZultys technologies? software? mx250? ip pbx system? media gateway control protocol architecture?

IP phone and gateway maker Zultys Technologies has introduced software for its MX250 integrated gateway/IP PBX systems that lets as many as 32 gateways behave as one shared environment for telephony, fax, video, voicemail, instant messaging and presence applications.

The MXgroup software not only allows a distributed enterprise to treat disparate locations as a unified Internet Protocol telephony environment, but a "foreign login" application lets users log in to any MX250 gateway within the system, appearing as they would in a primary system. Since the MX250, Zultys' smaller gateway, has embedded virtual private network support, the features of the MXgroup environment allow the Session Initiation Protocol-based system to offer distributed capabilities similar to the central controller in a system based on the Media Gateway Control Protocol (Megaco) architecture.

Patrick Ferriter, VP of marketing at Zultys, said the company's founders determined in 2001 that all IP-based call functions will rely on SIP, a client-based IP telephony model that does not require the centralized control of Megaco. Since then, the company has introduced a range of IP phones based on the PowerPC and Red Hat Linux, as well as MX gateway products, based on PowerPC, DSP and control ASIC hardware married with Monta Vista's "soft real-time" environment.

The strategy for MX250, the smaller gateway, and the new MXgroup software is to offer more call-control and PBX-like features in an IP telephony environment, and then to allow one to 32 MX250 gateways to synchronize their directories and behave as a unified network. The price will be $7,000 per gateway.

- Loring Wirbel

EE Times

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