The MIT embraces Internet telephony, after six years of observation

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At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduate students are creative and brilliant technicians. They created the Kismet perfect emotive automate for example. One may object hosts the campus hosts enough brilliant minds to switch its telephone system to Internet telephony a long time ago. It thought about it, since 2001, nevertheless, it has just started to be fully effective by 2010. MIT Network Manager Jeff Schiller told ComputerWorld about the situation.

“We have 500 people on our voice-over-IP system, so we’ve really moved beyond the pilot stage to the service stage, and we’re ramping up to 1,500 users in the next couple of months, and to be a VoIP campus not too many years from now, MIT plans to switch all 15,000 of its phones to VoIP.”

Technically, the phone structure would be SIP-ed and will rely on a Polycom system. “The media gateways to the 5ESS are Cisco high-end voice-over-IP switches, and of course we do everything in pairs in different locations. We’re running the OpenSER SIP Express Router [MIT is also evaluating commercial offerings] on Dell 2850s redundantly, and our toilet server, which does voice mail and all the other crap, runs Asterisk software. It’s fair to say it’s mostly an open source deployment.”

Open source, SIP, every sounds good to be impatient. Well, for now, the 500 beta testers are those working in the IT department — “since you’ve got to eat your own dog food.” Unfair.

Jan 22, 2007 | By Nuno

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