The Business Communications division of Samsung Electronics has launched an IP communications device in Europe for SMBs with between 20 and 150 employees, charging E233 ($285) per seat for 30 users and less as the number increases. The US launch is scheduled for the first week of October.
The OfficeServ7200 comes with a WAN module, FW, Snort-based IDS, policy management, QoS and, unusually, packet shaping. It supports both H.323 and SIP, or indeed the Korean vendor’s own proprietary protocol SPNet, and there is of course also support for legacy TDM phones.
The form factor of the 7200 is a chassis with up to six modules in two rows, explained Barry Castle, head of product marketing for Europe for the Seoul-based company. You can also link them in pairs with a special daisy chain cable, enabling up to 210 IP or digital phones to be served, he said.
A second form factor is scheduled for launch in the next couple of months, namely the 7400, which will again be a chassis but with four instead of two rows, enabling up to 12 modules to be plugged in. With one of those you’ll be able to support up to around 350 users if you’re using the box exclusively for voice, and since three of them can be daisy-chained together, you should be able to support up to around 720 voice extensions in a voice-only mode.
Of course, the box can also be populated with Ethernet ports, enabling the user to converge voice and data services on a single box, he said.
We let Cisco, Extreme and Foundry serve the Ethernet switch market, but we’re going for the convergence space. That said, he touted the features available on the 7200, arguing that it had twice the sophistication of the equivalent low-end box from Avaya, which has a firewall but no IDS or packet shaping.
Equally, he considered the device to be well ahead of what vendors from the data networking side of the business can offer in terms of voice functionality. We’ve got 1,400 features for voice users in this box, whereas the data guys will normally manage about 600.