VOIP Assessment And Evaluation Pointers

Smith, Cassidy D.; Stein, David
January 2005
Business Communications Review;Jan2005, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p46
Trade Publication
The article presents suggestions for Voice-over-Internet protocol (VOIP) assessment and evaluation pointers. The authors emphasize the importance of the planning phase for converged networking. After planning, they advise to assess the current network infrastructure and traffic environment. It means looking at the local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) equipment, carrier services, cable and closet facilities and power. To some extent, assessing the existing data and voice networks is just a matter of gathering information, verifying its accuracy and determining its impact on procurement and implementation plans. The need to fully assess the existing LAN and WAN prior to a converged application deployment is a product of the complexity of supporting VOIP, plus the technical interdependencies among the various devices in the network. A thorough assessment will make it that much easier to proceed with the rest of the deployment project. An accurate network evaluation also will eliminate unpleasant surprises and save the company's significant time and money.


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