Telephones run on switched networks. Computers run on IP networks. This is the fundamental infrastructure challenge facing every technology department. It forces businesses to invest in two complex infrastructures, each with their own specialists and maintenance costs. But software can bridge the gap. By deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, businesses can get the benefits of VoIP and unified messaging without tearing out their existing telecommunications system.
Office Communications Server 2007 manages all real-time (synchronous) communications including: instant messaging, VoIP, audio and video conferencing. It works with existing telecommunications systems, so you can deploy advanced VoIP and conferencing without tearing out your legacy phone network.
The same Active Directory that underpins the rest of your IT infrastructure supports directory information and click-to-call functionality. Office Communications Server 2007 uses the same management tools as Exchange Server 2007. Microsoft unified communications technologies are interdependent solutions. Ideal working environments have a complete build-out of technologies, but some technologies can work on their own.
Complete VoIP service requires:
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007
An IP-PBX gateway for legacy systems
Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
Desktop computers with voice and video capabilities