Compaq has teamed up with US phone equipment maker, Altigen, to deliver voice over IP services to small and medium sized businesses and corporate branch offices of up to 150 people.
The move follows a similar deal earlier this week, whereby Candle agreed to port its Roma middleware to Compaq's "Tru64" Unix and the Windows NT operating system (OS). Roma enables applications to communicate when running on different OSs, but both alliances fall within Compaq's ebusiness initiative.
Compaq and Altigen have now started selling Altigen's AltiServ private branch exchange (PBX) software running on Compaq's Windows NT Server based Proliant and Compaq Prosignia servers, which eliminates the need for a separate PBX system. Prices vary depending on configuration.
Ray Villareal, vice president and general manager of Compaq's Enterprise Solutions and Services Group, said: "Compaq intends to stake out a leadership position as the preferred business partner for the fast growing computer telephony market."
Altiserv includes basic functionality such as phone, voicemail, auto attendant and basic automatic call distribution, but also provides a VoIP gateway, "follow me" features, client call control, Internet integration, unified messaging, and support for Microsoft's Exchange workflow server.
The two companies have also enhanced the software to support Microsoft's Windows TAPI (Telephony Application Programming Interface), COM (Component Object Model) and DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model).
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