AST gets Cisco certification

AST Networks, a business unit of the AST Group, has received Cisco CallManager Express certification, specializing in IP Communication Express.

AST Networks claims that it is currently the only Cisco Systems Inc. partner to have completed the CallManager Express certification in the country.

Cisco CallManager Express, according to AST Networks, is a solution embedded in Cisco IOS Software, providing call processing for Cisco IP phones. The solution, says the company, enables the large portfolio of Cisco access routers to deliver a robust set of features commonly used by business users, thereby enabling deployment of what is said to be a cost-effective, highly reliable, IP Communications solution for the small office.

"As Cisco silver partners, specializing in VPN Security and Wireless LAN, the move to IP Communications for AST Networks was a natural step, as both wireless and security play an important part in communications," says Debbie Lane of AST Networks.

The company says customers can now scale IP telephony to a small site or branch office with a solution that is very simple to deploy, administer and maintain. It says the Cisco CallManager Express solution provides customers with a low-cost, reliable, feature-rich solution for a deployment of up to 100 users.

"The ability for AST to deploy data and voice capabilities in a single, integrated routing platform to our clients will allow us to increase their productivity, decrease costs and lower their total cost of ownership," concludes Lane.

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