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Lucent Unveils VoIP For Enterprises

Lucent Technologies Tuesday announced plans for a new line of voice-over-Internet Protocol hardware and software products aimed at enabling enterprises to manage and control business VoIP networks dynamically.

The solutions are designed to provide reliable and high-performance voice calling, multi-vendor networking and investment protection in their existing voice, data and IP application products. Implementation of the solutions starts this week and continues into the year 2000.

The new package of software and hardware, dubbed Real World VoIP Networks, is based upon nine existing Lucent voice, IP application and data networking products, and on Lucent's expertise in PBXs, call centers and messaging. Novell Inc. will be one of the first companies to deploy Lucent's voice and IP application solutions.

Lucent said that during the first half of 2000, it expects to deliver a directory-based scheme for all user information, based on existing work being done in standards groups, that will be employed by all of Lucent's enterprise applications, including the VoIP products. The applications will be deployed using a universal directory services standard, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The company said this will enable organizations to lower costs, streamline network access and deliver services to users based on class of service and quality of service (QoS) standards.

Lucent's Real World VoIP Networks product line includes DEFINITY IP Solutions, IP Exchange Systems, MultiMedia Communications eXchange (MMCX), CentreVu Internet Solutions, INTUITY AUDIX Multimedia Messaging System and PacketStar Internet Telephony System (ITS).

"Lucent is raising the bar on Voice over IP by doing much more than moving voice packets over IP networks," said Karyn Mashima, vice president of enterprise networks at Lucent.

"We are tapping into the power of voice and data at a new level with VoIP products that meet a business' changing priorities for high-quality, IP-smart communications. In addition, with these new solutions, directory information can be rapidly integrated into multiple voice and IP applications, making network management highly efficient and cost-effective for IT managers," Mashima said.