My schedule has been very full this week with bouncing between a few different clients on OCS, VM Ware, HP Lefthand, Cisco projects, and some remodelling at home. With everything going on I’ve not been able to complete all the documentation and writing for my next post. However, I wanted to start getting the info out there, so I’ve decided I’m going to cover my next topic over a couple of posts. Here’s installment 1 in a series about not just implementing OCS, but sitting it side by side with a non-supported, non-IP PBX, for a client who is ready to make the switch but has to ease their user base into it.
As of late I’ve been working on implementing OCS 2007 R2 as a stand-alone phone/conferencing/IM/Kitchen Sink solution, while sitting next to an InterTel Axxess PBX. We’ve been utilizing an Audio Codes Mediant 1000 to connect OCS to the PSTN and to the legacy PBX. The co-existance has been rather easy to manage at this point, we’ve been utilizing the Audio Codes to handle all the routing between the systems as well as manipulation to and from the PSTN. Currently the PBX still holds about half of the users, as well as faxing and paging, but with the next wave of user moves OCS will be doing the bulk of the work.
We will have OCS>PSTN calling, PSTN>OCS calling, faxing to email, overhead paging, Response Groups, Outlook Voice Access, Audio Conference Bridge, Live Meeting, Vidoe Conferencing and good old IM all housed in OCS within the next 2 weeks.
Stay tuned for more information on this solution (the same solution I implemented for my company PCMS IT Advisor Group) as well as some thoughts on how others can do the same to help retire their legacy PBX systems and take advantage of all of the great new technology in OCS 2007 R2.