3Com enables large enterprises to extend voice over IP solutions to home, branch and mobile workers
3Com Teams with Ingate System's Technology to Deliver New Convergence Applications that Help Companies Increase Productivity, Lower Costs
VoiceCon Fall 2005, San Diego, Aug 29, 2005-
3Com Corporation today introduced a new set of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications for large enterprises that enable remote users to gain secure access to a company's converged communication network. By deploying the new 3Com® IP Telecommuting module, enterprises are able to increase employee productivity, reduce telecom costs and build stronger customer interactions, even if employees are working from home, on the road, or from a small branch office.
"The 3Com IP Telecommuting module provides a critical capability for
businesses with remote workers, satellite offices, even customers and
partners who need reliable access to convergence communication applications
including, but not limited to, IP telephony,". said Denis Aull, 3Com vice
president and general manager, Convergence Business unit. "Existing 3Com IP
telephony system customers looking to add remote access capabilities will
benefit from secure, converged seamless interoperability, a tremendous asset
for any large enterprise today."
Like all 3Com products, the new 3Com IP Telecommuting module is open and standards based, leveraging Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to provide the flexibility, interoperability and ease-of-use needed in a truly converged environment.
"3Com and Ingate Systems are addressing an important need for enterprises to provide an open standards-based telecommuting solution which improves business processes," said Zeus Kerravala, vice president of enterprise infrastructure for The Yankee Group. "It is imperative today that enterprises find a way to help their associates who telecommute and travel a great deal to remain productive while accessing their communication applications in a secure, converged fashion."
Benefits of Secure, Converged IP Telecommuting Solution
The 3Com IP Telecommuting module significantly enhances the mobility of employees by enabling the use of corporate IP telephony applications, such as IP conferencing, IP messaging, IP contact center and other communication services from most any location outside the LAN. No longer tethered to their office, users leveraging the 3Com IP Telecommuting module can make calls through the 3Com IP telephony system from anywhere . including a broadband-enabled airports, hotels and hospitals, as long as there's access to an Internet connection.
Mobile and remote users can also manage incoming calls by redirecting their office phone to a mobile phone, hotel room or even a second or third office used by those who are "road warriors". This application also enables enterprises to deploy home agents of corporate contact centers.
3Com has agreed to source Ingate® Systems. technology as part of its 3Com IP Telecommuting module. Using Ingate's technology, the 3Com IP Telecommuting module solves the far-end Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal issues inherent in SIP communications. Since NAT hides private IP addresses from the public Internet, 3Com IP Telecommuting module enables seamless secure connectivity by matching SIP communications originating from outside a company with the appropriate internal IP address.
"Being chosen by 3Com to provide the far-end NAT traversal solution for the 3Com IP Telecommuting validates Ingate's technology as the best solution for enterprise remote connectivity," said Ingate Systems Chief Executive Officer Olle Westerberg. "Ingate Firewall® and Ingate SIParator® products offer businesses a proven solution for SIP-enabling the enterprise and for IP-PBXs. Through this arrangement Ingate brings 3Com an important but small portion of its full traversal technology."
Pricing and availability
The 3Com IP Telecommuting module is available now and consists of all applicable software and licenses for concurrent users. A module for 100 concurrent remote users has a list price of $80 per user. More information can be found on the 3Com Convergence and IP telephony product information page located at www.3com.com/voip. 3Com sells and markets networking hardware and other 3Com-branded products through a network of authorized system integrators and channel partners worldwide.
About Ingate® Systems
A world leader in next generation firewall technology, Ingate® Systems produces and sells the world's only fully SIP-capable enterprise firewalls and the Ingate SIParator®, a device that connects to an existing network firewall to seamlessly enable the traversal of SIP communications and three-time winner of Internet Telephony magazine's Product of the Year Award. Ingate Firewalls solve the NAT traversal issues inherent in using SIP, and address the growing need for SIP-capable firewalls among enterprise users. Ingate Systems has a long history of developing secure communications technology and today offers enterprises unprecedented value and ability to develop SIP-based, person-to-person realtime communications. Ingate's security products currently protect the networks of retail companies, financial institutions, industrial firms, government agencies and small-to-large enterprises throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Ingate's principal shareholders are Intertex Data AB and Bell Net Corp. Ingate Systems AB is located in Stockholm and Linköping, Sweden. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ingate Systems Inc., is located in Hollis, New Hampshire. For more information on Ingate Systems,
About 3Com Corporation
3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. Through its TippingPoint division, 3Com is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth application protection, infrastructure protection, and performance protection for corporate enterprises, government agencies, service providers and academic institutions. For further information, please visit www.3com.com , or the press site www.3com.com/pressbox.
For more information, please contact:
Kevin Petschow, 3Com
Hillary Call, Public Relations Manager, Ingate Systems