In Search Of The VOIP Killer App

Mler, Edwin E.
September 2004
Business Communications Review;Sep2004, Vol. 34 Issue 9, p20
Trade Publication
The article focuses on: unified messaging, which has come to mean the merger of voice mail, email and fax, conferencing applications, collaboration applications and multimedia packages. According to 3Com engineers, a single VCX Linux server can handle hundreds of concurrent audio streams, which can serve a user community of thousands. Instant messaging doesn't add much server load because of its peer-to-peer operation and the videoconferencing uses mainly desktop video mixing, and so doesn't load the server much either 3Com says. No special environment is required on the client PC except a Web browser and an appropriate Java Virtual-Machine Environmental. The conferencing application consists of a series of Java applets, including a softphone, which the server pushes onto the client PC.


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