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November 5, 2009

Digium, Siemens partner to provide open IP communications

To provide organisations with benefits of Asterisk along with open communications approach

By CBR Staff Writer

Asterisk developer Digium and Siemens Enterprise Communications have entered into a partnership agreement that will allow organisations to integrate enterprise needs with the SMB flexibility of open source in one communications ecosystem.

The companies said that the agreement will give organisations the benefits of Asterisk along with SEN Group’s open communications approach and product portfolio which includes Enterasys networking, openscape voice and unified communications (UC), and open stage session initiation protocol (SIP) phones.

The two companies have partnered to create an offering for LVM Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Munster (LVM), a German insurance group that wanted to give its agents, local SMBs, an offering that could fit their needs, while integrating with the company’s corporate SEN Group telephony system.

Reportedly, LVM has decided to extend its existing SEN Group system with the open architecture of the Enterasys network infrastructure, including N-Series and C-Series switches and the Network Management Suite (NMS), ensuring that voice traffic is prioritised and secure.

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The partnership allows organisations such as LVM to integrate the desktop device with their chosen IP ecosystem, connecting corporate with their network of agents. In addition, the partnership provides Asterisk dealers and developers with access to the OpenStage product lines which offer variety of new SIP and DECT SIP telephones to meet customer requirements.

Danny Windham, CEO of Digium, said: Organisations worldwide are benefiting from the flexibility, low cost and extensibility of open source telephony. We’re fortunate to be partnering with SEN Group and working with integration partners such as Datus to bring advanced communication technologies to market and we’re pleased that LVM saw the value in this type of solution.

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