Subject: News for and about the Internet2 community
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- Subject: [I2-NEWS] FW: Internet2 NET+ SIP Program News
- Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:08:47 +0000
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Internet2 NET+ SIP Program with Hosted PBX Offers Lower Total Cost
Of Ownership to Internet2 Members than Other Cloud Offerings
Emeryville, CA—Feb. 19, 2013--A new case study available today from Constellation Research exploring the benefits of hosted
solutions shows that SIP Services – facilitated by Internet2 and powered by Aastra Clearspan®
-- deliver a lower total cost of ownership than equivalent cloud-based offerings and
comparable total cost of ownership with premise-based communications solutions. The study
compares proposal responses for 13 different communications solutions, some premise-based
and some cloud solutions.
A new case study available today from Constellation Research shows that SIP Services – facilitated by
Internet2 and powered by Aastra Clearspan® -- deliver a lower total cost of ownership than equivalent cloudbased
offerings and comparable total cost of ownership with premise-based communications solutions. The
study compares proposal responses for 13 different communications solutions, some premise-based and some
cloud solutions. The proposal was for a 2,000 person, multi-location, unified communications solution and fiveyear
costs were normalized to enable an accurate comparison.
“Our data show that the total cost of ownership for cloud-based communications solutions is almost always
higher than it is for premises-based offerings,” said Dr. Brent Kelly, vice president and principal analyst,
Constellation Research. “A notable exception is that the SIP Services offered to the Internet2 community are
less expensive than all other cloud-based competitors, and it compares very favorably with all of the onpremises
offerings as well.”
Several universities are deploying SIP Services and working together to further develop features and
functionality tuned to work particularly well in a research and education environment. The early adopter
campuses include Texas A&M University, Tulane University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County
with general availability to all eligible campuses spring 2013.
Beyond the specific technology features of the SIP Services, the cloud-based communication solution preserves
capital by moving to a subscription basis and provides built-in geo-redundancy and the ability to redeploy
scarce internal IT resources to focus on local institutional priorities. In addition, the SIP Services integrate with
the public switched telephone network for local off-net calling and for long distance, provided by Level 3
Communications. Alternatively, universities can use their existing providers for local and long distance dialing
by deploying an on-premises telephony gateway. Monthly basic SIP Services including voice and voice
messaging start at about $6 per user.
“The white paper reinforces that Internet2 members now have a scalable and cost effective way to leverage
unified communications that is quick to implement, preserves capital, less costly, easy to maintain and provides
a lower total cost of ownership over time,” said Internet2 Sr. Vice President Shel Waggener. “The community
collaboration results in easier deployment and a lower cost for institutions as more members subscribe.”
The Hosted PBX Services are provided using the Clearspan Unified Communications solution from Aastra.
Clearspan is a carrier-grade SIP soft switch for very large enterprises, cost-effectively scaling from 1500 -
100,000+ users. It has a full suite of applications built-in including unified messaging, conferencing, fixed
mobile convergence, and desktop integration. It seamlessly integrates with collaboration platforms and business
To read the entire case study, visit www.aastrausa.com/cloudROI. A more detailed discussion from
Constellation Research of drivers and benefits around cloud communications is also available by visiting
www.aastrausa.com/cloudreport. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu/sip or email
to learn about trialing the service through a pilot program, or register for one of two webinars at
http://intecom.aastraintecom.com/internet2/register-test.php taking place on February 27 and March 7.
Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher
education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education
organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their
educational, research, and community service missions.
Internet2 consists of 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and
state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing
more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; New York, NY;
and Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu.
About Aastra USA
Aastra USA Inc. is the US business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited, a company at the forefront of the
enterprise communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers
innovative communications products and applications for businesses. Aastra’s operations are truly global with
more than 50 million installed lines around the world and a direct and indirect presence in more than 100
countries. Aastra is entirely dedicated to enterprise communications and offers IP telephony and Unified
Communications solutions individually tailored to satisfy its customers’ requirements. These range from
feature-rich call managers for small and medium businesses and highly scalable ones for large enterprises,
associated UC applications, integrated mobility, multimedia call center solutions and high definition video
communications to a wide selection of desk phones and cordless terminals. With a strong focus on open
standards, Aastra enables enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. For additional
information on Aastra, visit our website at www.aastrausa.com.
PR & Media Relations Manager
- [I2-NEWS] FW: Internet2 NET+ SIP Program News, Todd Sedmak, 02/19/2013
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