Those who might still wonder whether voice over IP is fundamental to the enterprise or just a fad need only reflect on the volume of discussion to recognize its importance. Joining the fray, they might well find themselves bewildered
Almost two years ago, at NetWorld+Interop 1999, Cisco Systems Inc. first announced AVVID (architecture for voice, video and integrated data), its all-encompassing blueprint for converged enterprise networks.
When it comes to rolling out converged networks, early adopters of IP PBXs are trying a variety of attack plans ranging from the toe-in-the-water approach to full-bore immersion. However they do it, network professionals are finding that in addition to saving big bucks, simplified management and unified messaging applications were the biggest payoffs for running their phone networks over IP.