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3Com targets SMBs with new IP telephony systems

Immediately after news of its cash acquisition last week, 3Com is all business-as-usual. It showed its intention to move into the small- and mid-size business IP telephony market with the rollout of three new IP PBX systems.

Immediately after news of its cash acquisition last week, 3Com is all business-as-usual. It showed its intention to move into the small- and mid-size business IP telephony market with the rollout of three new IP PBX systems.

The 3Com VCX Connect range is targeted at organizations with up to 250 phone users. It is an all-in-one platform that delivers Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) software-based IP telephony call control and unified messaging in a single-server package. Administration is via a Web-based interface for ease of administration.

It comes in two favors; the lower-end VCX Connect 100, which is meant for organizations with between 30 to 100 users, and the VCX Connect 200, which delivers robust performance for up to 250 users.

One of the primary attractions of the VCX Connect platform is that it can be configured with primary and secondary servers to provide a transparent failover solution.

For organizations with less than 30 phone users, 3Com is launching the 3Com Asterisk Appliance, a VoIP system based on Digium's Asterisk Appliance. It delivers plug-and-play operation right out of the box and is backed by 3Com's warranty, service, and support. The 3Com Asterisk Appliance also works with 3Com's full line of telephone handsets.

Excerpt from the official press release:

"Small and medium-sized businesses demand flexible and affordable communications solutions to ensure effective collaboration and productivity," said Brian Riggs, research director for Current Analysis' Enterprise Communications practice. "With these new products, 3Com is bringing enterprise-caliber VoIP communications and applications to organizations of all sizes."

The VCX Connect 100 has a U.S. list price of $7,000 if deployed as a single or primary server. A secondary server has a U.S. list price of $5,500.

The VCX Connect 200 has a U.S. list price of $7,500 if deployed as a single or primary server. A secondary server for the VCX Connect 200 has a U.S. list price of $6,000. VoIP Gateways for the VCX Connect 200 are available separately.

The 3Com Asterisk Appliance has a U.S. list price of $1,595.

All three products are immediately available in North America. Worldwide availability will arrive in early 2008.

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