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Microsoft Lync in One Appliance With PSTN Connectivity: NetBorder Lync Express

Lync_Express

Smaller and smaller companies want to enjoy all the benefits of Microsoft Lync. The Sangoma NetBorder Lync Express appliance is an attempt to make an all-in-one appliance to meet the needs of very small Lync implementations.

Below are some notes about the NetBorder Lync Express appliance from Sangoma:

  • Has Hyper-V Virtualization to Run Lync Front End and AD Server
    • The documentation does not say it, but with 3 Ethernet ports you may be able to have the Edge server on a that extra virtualmachine
  • Includes PSTN inside the appliance
    • 1 T1/E1/J1 span
    • 4 FXS ports
  • Designed for 100 or less users
  • 3 RJ-45 Ethernet ports
  • 1U rack mount device
  • No server hardware specs mentioned that I could see.
  • Fax Relay support
  • MSRP 6,995USD (Source: http://www.voipsupply.com/sangoma-lync-express)
    • This does not include Lync Licensing
  • What are the hardware specifications? we are mostly left to guess. This is what we know
    • 4 USB ports
    • 1U Rackmount
    • 250W Universal AC Power
    • 1 DVI Video output
    • 3 RJ-45/Ethernet ports

diagram

This looks like an interesting device. For some reason hardware specifications are never mentioned, which leads me to some suspicions about that area.

Julien Nephtali is the product manager for Lync Express.

Sangoma Site:
http://sangoma.com/products/microsoft_unified_communications/lync_express/purchase.html
http://www.sangoma.com/assets/docs/datasheets/en/netborder_lync_express.pdf

Press Releases/Etc:
http://www.telecomreseller.com/2012/06/25/sangoma-releases-lync-express-appliance/
http://www.telecomreseller.com/2012/06/25/sangoma-launches-lync-express/

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