The Toshiba IP Vision
Today, Toshiba offers a comprehensive feature rich suite of
IP-ready communication solutions for the Small and Medium Enterprise
market with best in class migration, quality and reliability. We plan
to continue to evolve our product line to deliver on the value set
enabled through emerging technologies such as IP and Voice/Data
Mobility. Ultimately we will merge the best of our traditional and open
platform systems into a fully converged voice/data IP solution with
seamless wireline/wireless capability, unbeatable flexibility in call
handling, and comprehensive legacy support.
Our goal is to migrate existing and new customers to a highly
adaptive, applications enabled, IP Communications Solution that will
allow the Enterprise to do business the way they want to. Our system
will incorporate the best of today's quality and reliability, call
handling, messaging and other applications in a well abstracted,
cutting edge, rules based architecture for unparalleled flexibility.
We believe Enterprises shouldn't have to adapt to technology,
rather technology should adapt to the needs of Enterprises. We are
committed to delivering on the promise of emerging technologies by
developing and packaging these technologies into Communication
Solutions which allow Enterprises to be more cost effective, more
competitive, more connected to their customers, vendors and each other.
The Value of IP Technology
The value of Internet Protocol (IP) technology comes from how it will
revolutionize the way enterprises interact with suppliers, customers,
and employees. It may be years before organizations fully exploit the
potential of the Internet and IP network technology, but it introduces
new ways of communicating and conducting business. The successful
implementation of IP will not require business users to conform to the
technology, but the technology will conform to the users and how they
want to interact with the world.
IP technology is leading to the re-definition of business
communications systems. Business communications systems, from an
enterprise standpoint are much more than just telephone systems. These
systems are increasingly defined by integration of voice, data, and
applications all operating on a single network in a seamless manner.
This is what is referred to as convergence and it is what allows
enterprises to become more efficient by enabling customization of the
user experience. IP technology is the catalyst that is causing this
convergence trend to take shape.
IP Technology Takes Different Forms
New technology continually brings new capabilities to business
communication systems. This new technology comes in different forms.
Advances and improvements in traditional
PBX systems make them more functional and easier to use.
The adaptation of data networks to carry
voice provides ways to converge multiple networks together using Voice
over IP (VoIP) technology.
Both traditional PBX telephone systems and IP-PBX systems have
their advantages. Much is argued in the marketplace about which is
better. The truth is neither is better simply by its nature, but only
by its application to meet the individual needs of the organization
using it. Simply put, choose the type of system that's best for you.
Either way, IP technology is already showing how it can improve the
ways in which enterprises operate and reduce costs.
IP-enabled PBX Systems
The rock solid reliability of PBX systems cannot be argued. They almost
never go down and rugged digital telephones are equally durable. They
offer almost all the telephony features anyone could need. However,
while PBX systems support various Computer Telephony Integration (CTI)
and IP-enabling applications, converging the two technologies, the
telephones operate on a separate network from the organization's data
network. This may be an advantage or disadvantage depending upon the
amount of IP network infrastructure you already have in your
enterprise. However, the advantage is being able to add IP capabilities
as needed. IP-enabling these PBX systems provides VoIP trunk access and
remote telephone user applications over IP networks, to supplement
access through the public switched telephone network. The IP-enabled
PBX architecture typically involves the addition IP trunk cards and IP
station cards, with Ethernet interfaces, to existing PBX systems as
shown in the example below.
The IP-enabled PBX uses a single network of communication devices and
wiring for both data and voice traffic. This network consolidation is
assumed to result in decreased network administration, thus making
deployment of services and applications easier. However, the
appropriate network monitoring and management tools must be in place
because the exposure is greater with everything running on one network.
The network must also have sufficient bandwidth to provide adequate
voice quality for IP telephones. Hosting telephones connected through
one IP network, either locally via a LAN, or remotely in any location
via a private Intranet or the public Internet, provides the flexibility
of distributed configurations and remote telephone users. The IP
network will provide all the call switching, regardless of whether
calls originate from the public switched telephone network, digital or
analog telephones, or IP telephones.
The Best of Both Worlds
But why should enterprises have to choose or compromise between these
two approaches? Why not have the best of both worlds? For most
enterprises, the migration path to IP telephony will be a gradual
process rather than an event in time. Rather than acquiring new IP-PBX
technology through system replacement at higher cost and higher risk,
it is expected that most enterprises will integrate voice and data IP
traffic into their existing systems as the need arises. This approach
protects your investment in existing voice, video, and data networks
and represents a low risk migration path.
If you're thinking this way, you're not alone.
Industry sources show that most
enterprises with existing investment in traditional PBX systems prefer
this lower cost and lower risk transitional approach to IP integration,
accomplished through the addition of IP hardware and software to
existing traditional PBX systems.
This is also a less disruptive approach
that enables IP-based services, yet maintains the existing rich set of
features and functions as well as the reliability of the
IP-ready When You Are
Industry analysts identify the primary obstacles impeding organizations
from migrating to converged networks are perceptions about voice
quality over IP, system reliability, interoperability with existing
systems, and cost.
Toshiba recognizes that to grow and stay competitive, business
enterprises must be able to incorporate the latest IP technologies into
their communication systems both cost effectively and without
disrupting the flow of business. For example:
The Strata CTX100 and CTX670 are
reliable and feature rich IP-ready PBX systems using high quality
digital telephones. These same digital telephones, as well as IP
telephones, can also cost effectively communicate over your IP data
network to support remote telephone users in any location. By
IP-enabling the Strata CTX, remote telephone users via your IP network
get the same feature functionality as those locally connected to the
The Strata CS is an IP-ready
communication server, using various means to provide effective voice
communication over your IP data network, including both digital
telephones and IP telephones. By IP-enabling the Strata CS, remote
digital telephone users get the same feature functionality as those
locally connected to the PBX, and remote IP telephone users via your IP
network get the same feature functionality as analog telephone users
These IP-enabling capabilities can be
added to Strata systems on an as-needed basis. By IP-enabling existing
systems, your investment in these systems is protected while leveraging
the power of the Internet and your IP data network infrastructure.
Using this approach, Toshiba is
transforming today's traditional voice telephone systems into IP
converged communication systems.
The Future of IP Telephony in the Enterprise
No enterprise application is being more impacted by convergence to IP
than voice communication. Most industry analysts predict that voice for
enterprises will become more IP-based to support remote user and other
applications. Traditional telephone systems, which are TDM based, will
gradually be upgraded with IP capabilities as needed, so the Strata CTX
you buy today will meet your needs and IP applications both now and in
For most enterprises, IP technology will evolve in various
forms to serve their applications in the future. Enterprises need this
flexibility to meet their needs and give them options to ease into IP
technology as their needs develop.
Their existing traditional PBX systems
will take on more IP-enabling capabilities on an add-on as-needed
New types of IP-PBX systems will provide
pure IP alternatives for those who want to make the transition to an
all IP environment.
The most successful providers of these
products will offer a product mix that offers customers a choice of the
type approach that best meets their needs.
As one of the leaders in the industry, Toshiba is committed to
the business telecommunications marketplace with robust product lines
and one of the longest track records in this business.
Toshiba provides both traditional type
telephone systems, using proprietary hardware, and communication server
telephone systems, based upon the use of Windows PC servers, both of
which offer IP-enabling options that you can add as you need them.
Toshiba will also offer a pure IP-PBX
system and a family of IP telephones if you choose to make the leap to
a pure IP communications environment.
IP-based applications will allow enterprises to transform their
business in a way that will enable them to enjoy a sustainable
competitive advantage. The IP-based voice application will be
integrated with other applications such as Unified Messaging, ACD, CRM,
and e-commerce to allow enterprises to work the way they want to work.
There will be linkages between various databases connecting remote or
traveling employees to the office and their customers all the time,
from anywhere, and through various portals. True and useable mobility
will be realized.
IP applications will be smart and the business communication
systems will be configurable and adaptable. For example, imagine your
cell phone and laptop computer connected to your enterprise network
wirelessly with the ability to know when you are in the office and
automatically 'configures' your system based on this, while also
downloading updated contact information to your PDA or cell phone. The
system could also route your cell phone calls to your office telephone.
Information will be presented to users the way they need it based on
where they are. Smart and configurable systems will create the winning
advantage in the marketplace.
The converged network will continue to become a more critical source of
an enterprise's competitiveness. Network initiatives need to support
specific business goals that reduce the cost of doing business,
increase business productivity, and improve customer service.
With network access and physical convergence of voice and data
services over IP, virtual tie lines, enterprise tie lines,
multiple-system networking, and Voice over IP (VoIP) are now achievable
in one combined Toshiba solution. Toshiba Strata CTX, Strata DK, and
Strata CS users can go from simply transmitting all of their traffic
over the same physical link, to encapsulating all of their traffic into
the same protocol (IP) for transmission.
By delivering a broad array of voice and data services through
the same protocol platform, companies avoid the complexities and
expense of using different providers and different devices to deploy
these services. Unlike other systems that require an external gateway
between the PBX and router to handle VoIP, Toshiba's integrated
interface cards provides direct conversion between telephones and IP
trunks, eliminating the need to configure multiple devices.
Based on and providing capabilities that seamlessly bridge
Strata business telecommunication systems, telephones, and fax machines
with digital data networks, organizations can more fully exploit their
existing intranet and Internet facilities. Since communications take
place over a digital data network, the reduction or possible
elimination of long distance costs for voice communications over
conventional telephone networks.
What's the conclusion? Stick with Toshiba. We know where IP
technology and business communication systems are going. We provide the
solutions today to get you there safely, and Toshiba has an evolving
product strategy to keep you moving in the right direction in the
Toshiba's Current IP Networking Solutions
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