Convergence clearly not the key driver for VoIP

Convergence clearly not the key driver for VoIP

Summary: Silicon.com's Ben King talks about how companies that have adopted voice over IP have decided to run separate networks for other data despite the inherent benefits of combining them.

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Silicon.com's Ben King talks about how companies that have adopted voice over IP have decided to run separate networks for other data despite the inherent benefits of combining them. "Does this mean the business case for convergence doesn't stack up?" he asks...

Topic: Networking

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  • No, it means they have no confidence in combining them

    If you want reliability, don't combine VoIP and Data on to a single network. You are asking for problems. There have already been some billion dollar busts in some VoIP projects that have been cancelled.

    ?Saving money? by combining Voice and Data for the most part is a myth unless you had a huge telecom department with a large staff that you laid off. For now, you?ll pay 10 times more for the ?merged? infrastructure so you can get double use.

    From a reliability standpoint, give me 5 minutes on 99.99% of the existing LANs out there and I can bring it down to its knees if I were so inclined. People expect voice to just work, they won?t tolerate the level of reliability that people have come to expect from networks, workstations, and servers. I?m not saying that you shouldn?t ever converge the two, just that you have to be extremely careful where the two should touch.
    george_ou
  • It's scary -

    Beacuse you cannot run your old crappy network
    installation anymore if you want to run VoIP on
    top of your daily networking.

    It's probably cheaper to install a designated VoIP
    network instead of resurrecting or correcting
    the old network.

    Besides! Who in their right state of mind
    will ever admit that their network installation
    was bodged because of funding constraints or
    worse - competence...

    The normal networking is a forgiving activity,
    voice are not.

    Besides, as the local support team are all in Bangalore or Mumbai........
    (And all of them are Steve's, Andy's and John's)

    Yikes!?

    Cheers
    dan@...