Full Telephony Services Come To HP

HP’s new Business Communications Server (HP BCS) is the first product resulting from the March 15-announced collaboration between Nortel Networks, Microsoft, Intel and HP. The HP BCS system provides an integrated voice and data communications platform that combines the Nortel Networks Voice Product Portfolio with a fully functional server designed to address the business applications and Internet needs of the small- to medium-sized business. The voice-over-IP option also fits for remote or satellite offices of larger organizations.

HP is touting the simplicity and reliability built into the HP BCS unit. Basic telephony functions operate even when the server is rebooting and the HP BCS system has many telephone applications typically associated with higher-level PBX systems -- unified messaging, IP telephony, call-center control, auto-attendant and mobility applications.

The system will be backed by HP Service and Support and is scheduled to be available in the United States and Canada on July 8. It will initially be distributed through Ingram Micro, and sold through HP-certified resellers. Pricing ranges from $12,995 to $44,995, depending on user requirements. The basic system configuration supports analog trunk-line input and 16 station lines for digital output, scaleable to 80 lines. Application processing is provided by a 400MHz Pentium II, 128MB DRAM, 9.1GB HDD, Windows NT Server 4.0. Sixteen user licenses for basic messaging and telephony, remote access modem, network management tools and Media Services Card are also included. For more, check HP Telecom’s Web site.