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Win a $35k Cisco router – Cisco EDGE QUEST Tournament of Aces

Cisco is trying to do some ‘viral marketing’ and have developed a game where you can win a $35k Cisco router or $10k in Cash.“What could the winner do with a Cisco ASR 1002 router? The question is really more what can’t you do with it,” said Webster. “You could donate it to your local university or Cisco Networking Academy or use it to train for Cisco Networking Certifications; you could get in serious favor and become part of your company’s lore by giving it to the IT department; or you could use it to have unmatched bragging rights as owner of absolutely the most powerful, awe-inspiring home network in your city!”

Avaya leads voice and unified messaging market

Avaya Inc. achieved leadership of the North American voice and unified messaging market in both revenue and shipments, according to a key industry report measuring this core component of the unified communications (UC) sector.

The research, by global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, analyzed all aspects of enterprise voice and unified messaging in 2007, including a competitive assessment of 14 vendors. Avaya led with over 27 percent of the market for revenues, more than 7 points ahead of its nearest competitor. In unified messaging shipments, Avaya led with 21 percent of the market, outpacing the next vendor by 6 points. Other companies measured in the report included Cisco, Nortel, Siemens and new market entrants.

Enterprise voice and unified messaging is a market that Frost & Sullivan expects to grow to $1 billion by 2013. Unified messaging is a technology that combines voicemail, email and fax into a single interface for easy access to all of one’s messages. According to the research, many vendors view unified messaging as a first step towards unified communications – a way to bring together many modes of communications such as email, voicemail, instant messaging, video and presence to deliver a seamless, always-on experience.

“Unified messaging is beginning to ride the unified communications wave,” said Krithi Rao, industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan. “Avaya is front and center due to a smart, open and solutions-based unified messaging strategy. Avaya’s leadership in messaging is a result of focusing on what customers need today, while helping ensure they have a simple migration path to greater value tomorrow.”

The open and interoperable nature of Avaya’s messaging platform, Avaya Modular Messaging, helped drive the company’s leadership in this space. In its research, Frost & Sullivan states that Avaya Modular Messaging provides a “clear and non-disruptive migration path” to new unified communications capabilities. The research also highlights Avaya’s “first mover’s advantage in next-generation enterprise communications,” due to its innovation in technologies such as Communications Enabled Business Processes.

“Avaya is committed to delivering advanced unified messaging technologies that enhance business productivity at an affordable price,” said Jorge Blanco, vice president, Product Strategy, Avaya. “We believe these results demonstrate that customers understand the value of Avaya unified messaging tools and are putting them to work for real business benefit.”

To access Frost & Sullivan’s research, please visit: www.frost.com.

About Avaya Unified Messaging Solutions
Avaya Modular Messaging – part of Avaya’s portfolio of Unified Communications solutions – combines messaging systems such as e-mail, voicemail, and fax into a single, scalable solution that seamlessly integrates with existing platforms. It can communicate with other Avaya messaging systems and non-Avaya voice mail systems in a network, and can be deployed with advanced speech automation capabilities for faster access to voicemail, email, calendars, tasks and corporate directories. Avaya provides messaging applications as part of its small, mid-sized and enterprise market solutions.

About Avaya
Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than 1 million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500

TA Members Choice Award for Master Agency goes to Telarus

Telarus has been voted the Top Master Agent for 2008 by members of the Telecom Association. The award is the Association’s highest honor and is a direct result of votes cast by all eligible members of TA, including agents, vendors, and VARs – all of whom work full-time in the telecom industry.The TA Member’s Choice Award comes on the heals of the Gold 5-Star designation that Telarus received in the 2008 VARBusiness Magazine Partner Program Guide, a guide that acknowledges the commitment and strength of a vendor’s partner programs for its Channel resellers, IT integrators, and technology consultants.

Adam Edwards, president of Telarus at the 2008 Spring Channel Partners Expo

“I feel like we’ve won the Super Bowl and World Series, all in the span of one week” commented Adam Edwards, president of Telarus. “Many people have asked the secret to our recent success; as though Telarus became successful overnight. The fact is, we’ve been executing on our unique business model for well over 4 years, quietly attracting new partners and finding new customers both online and offline. Likewise, our agents work extremely hard and they are extremely loyal. We work as a team, not individuals, and we reward our team with new technology that allows them to process more orders in less and less time. It’s just that simple.”

Telarus was nominated for the TA Members Choice Award for Top Master Agent for the first time in 2006 and was awarded the President’s Choice Award for Innovation. After another year of double-digit growth, voting members of the Association finally gave Telarus the nod for the Top Master Agent award.

“On behalf of the Telecom Association I’d like to congratulate Telarus and the other candidates for an outstanding vote” added Dan Baldwin, president of the Telecom Association. “Telarus has always been a peculiar entity because they attract business through affiliates and then distribute such leads to their agents – a model many inside the telecom industry thought would never work. Kudos to Telarus for not following the status quo and for becoming the newest winner of the top Master Agent category.”

“Winning this award is a major coup for Telarus” said Lance Akins, VP of Sales. “It shows just how committed we are to our agent’s livelihoods. We really do lose sleep over how to help them become more successful and they return the favor by leveraging our technology to increase their own productivity. We hope that this award will increase public awareness that there is a master agent who can write software, integrate with all of its carriers for real-time quotes, deliver internet leads to its agents, and wire accurate commissions on-time each and every month.”

About the Telecom Association

Originally founded in 1995, TA is a membership organization for telecom agents, channel partners and vendors that provide the telecom and technology business services. Of TA’s 2,000 members, about two-thirds are distributors and the rest are providers. TA collects, creates, publishes and distributes information and content that TA members need or desire to help make their businesses more efficient and profitable. To learn more visit http://www.telecomassociation.com/ or contact Dan Baldwin at 951-245-6877.

About Telarus

Telarus is a premier master agency who’s goal is to make agents more successful than they can be on their own or with any other master agency. Telarus provides is agents tools, automation, superior support, all in an atmosphere of cooperation and ethical community. Telarus drives warm leads to its agents and VARs through its web marketing portals which include: ShopforT1.com, ShopforEthernet.com, VARNetwork.com, and VARPartner.com.

Avaya Mobility Edition for Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks

Avaya and Lenovo announced the availability of the Avaya Mobility Edition for Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops, a solution targeted for business users that embeds the Avaya Internet protocol (IP) Softphone application into Lenovo PCs. The unified solution enables complete, enterprise communications from any location with optimum security, usability and quality of service.

With an Avaya IP Softphone, a Lenovo PC becomes the office phone by integrating with an existing office extension number and linking it with multiple office, home and mobile numbers that can ring simultaneously or in a sequence at the user

Avaya goes SIP

Avaya introduced enhancements to its market-leading IP Telephony solutions delivering advanced Intelligent Communications capabilities using end-to-end, full-featured Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). This includes the latest version of Avaya’s flagship IP telephony software