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Old 02-05-2006, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is this IP phone system a good deal?

Hello all,
I’m a Governor of my local school, and they’ve asked me to check up on this proposal for a new IP-based phone network to replace their normal phone system.
I’ve been given some info on it by the IT guy at the school and asked to check that it is ok, so does all this sound reasonable to people?
The network is based on a Cisco AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) system.


School will save about £4000 a year on phone calls and line rental, and £15,000 on "telephony management" (cost of moving and changing phone extensions).

Phone travels with the person even when they move office, with all their settings saved.

Teachers can phone other teachers wherever they are.

Parents can ring teachers directly, and leave messages.

Important announcements can be broadcast to all phones (very Big Brother)

Conference calling.

What other things can this system do that maybe they haven't realised?

BT Skynet Quotation:

Unity Server:
P4 3.4GHz 80GB Sata 1GB server = £2,064

Unity Software:
Unity VM, 200 users (w/ 16 sessions, no additional users) = £6,110

Call Manager Server:
PROLIANT DL380 G4 XE-3.4 1MB 800MHz SCSI 1GB = £4,311

Voice Gateway:
2821 Voice Bundle, PVDM2-32, SP Serv, 64F/256D = £1,794

IP Communicator:
Cisco Communicator x 3 = £276

7921G IP phone x 50 = £6,500
7940 IP phone x 10 = 1,750


Maintenance (1 year)

8x5x4 maintenance (CISCO 4503) = £1,164
8x5x4 maintenance (Call Manager Server) = £1,798
8x5x4 maintenance (Unity Server) = £848

TOTAL COST = £36,600
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