Apple adds enterprise apps to iPhone; Cisco releases high-end router; Vertical delivers converged VoIP telephony

* New product announcements from Apple, Cisco, and Vertical Systems

Last week was a busy one for new product announcements. Today, we'll recap the announcement highlights from Apple, which is enabling enterprise applications on its iPhone; Cisco's launch of its ASR 1000 router; and Vertical Systems, which launched its converged VoIP telephony system is designed for single- and multi-location small businesses.

Apple introduced new features for its popular iPhone to run enterprise applications on the device. Upgrades include access to mobile e-mail, calendars, and contact lists with the addition of Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync user access. The iPhone will also add security features with support using Cisco IPsec VPN.

Cisco announced the introduction of the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services (ASR) routers last week that includes a wide range of features like: "instant-on" provisioning, firewall, IPSec VPNs, deep-packet inspection, and a built in Session Border Control (SBC) capability. The company invested $250 million in research and development over more than five years for the new platform. The system is designed for use by carriers (for both hosted and on-premise managed services) and by enterprises. The Cisco ASR 1000 Series is scheduled to be generally available next month, with prices starting at $35.000. According to Joe McGarvey, Principal Analyst for Carrier IP Telephony at Current Analysis: “The router provides the foundation for the Cisco ASR 1000 Series SBC, which is designed to handle the flow of bearer traffic related to real-time SIP sessions traversing the access portion of service provider networks.”

Vertical Systems launched the Vertical SBX IP 320 last week. The converged VoIP telephony system is designed for single- and multi-location small businesses. Developed in partnership with LG-Nortel, the SBX IP 320 includes VoIP with support for both digital and IP phones, SIP trunking, integrated voicemail/auto attendant, VoIP, CTI, conferencing, Wi-Fi phones for mobile users, and an IP Soft phone. Each system can support 32 users per site and the systems can be networked together at up to 72 sites.

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