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Equant: Shift To VoIP Is Inevitable

Michael Burrell, head of the enterprise telephony group at network and communications service provider Equant, talks about why IP-based voice services are becoming mainstream, especially among multinational corporations.

While Voice over IP (VoIP) may be a new technology to many IT professionals, it's old hat to communications and network services provider Equant, which supports voice as just part of the traffic carried over its IP VPN services.

In a phone conversation with Michael Burrell, head of enterprise telephony at Equant, we asked about VoIP in general, and how IP VPNs can help companies looking to add VoIP to their mix of technologies, among other topics.

Networking Pipeline: What benefits can enterprises gain by moving from traditional WAN services to an IP-based VPN?

Michael Burrell: It starts with an application performance assessment. Most enterprises don't have a good handle on which applications are using bandwidth. In an assessment, you may find out that a lot of bandwidth is being consumed by applications that are not mission-critical to the business. With an MPLS-based IP VPN, you can optimize and properly size the bandwidth -- and you may even end up saving money by using less overall bandwidth, with converged services.

Networking Pipeline: Can voice be a part of the IP VPN?

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