Extreme Networks Automates IP Handset Provisioning

Helps enterprises toaccelerate IP telephony deployments by removing tedious, manual aspects of new device configuration.

March 7, 2007

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Extreme Networks launched new software this week at VoiceCon 2007 that it says will eliminate much of the manual labor associated with provisioning new IP phones.

Extreme's new Handset Provisioning Module automatically finds newly activated IP handsets, configures the new phones and provisions the appropriate network resources to support the new devices. It is used along with Extreme's Universal Port software, which provides a connection-management framework to configure switches in response to changing network conditions.The software can identify handsets from Cisco Systems, Mitel Networks, Nortel Networks and ShoreTel, which account for 65 percent of the IP phones sold today, Extreme said.

The handset-provisioning software helps network managers avoid the tedious and often error-prone task of provisioning new devices at the edge by distributing an edge-port profile to each new phone on the network. If network devices are moved or added, the software can set network parameters to comply with policies in the areas of access control, network topology, power and bandwidth allocation, and QoS (quality of service). The software module can also configure IP handsets if they support the LLDP (Link-Layer Discovery Protocol).

Extreme is publishing the Handset Provisioning Module source code in the public domain. It will support developers with a guide on testing and by releasing customer-created advances made to the software, the vendor said.

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