(via Network World)
In just a little while from the time I am posting this, Nortel will introduce a new WAN router with VoIP features.
Intended for corporate branch offices, the Nortel Secure Router 4134 will be Microsoft and Nortel network-compliant, and as Network World notes, be dedicated to speeding up Web-based enterprise apps such as Microsoft Outlook, IBM WebSphere or SAP.
Network World also reports the 4134 (as shown in the Network World screencap at the top of this post) will soon include a gateway card that will allow the router to act, in effect, as a remote-office gateway to Microsoft's VoIP, collaboration and messaging Office Communications Server. That capability will be added later this year.
In addition, VoIP capability for Secure Router 4134 will also include a localized version of Nortel's Communication Server 1000 IP PBX server. This is supposed to work via synchronization with a centrally hosted CS 1000 server- providing the branch with local VoIP features, call control and PSTN back-up just in case.