• U.S. pharmacy chains use fax servers to log prescriptions, renewals, and clarifications from doctors in every state they serve.
• Financial institutions use fax to process multibillion-dollar transactions.
• Large global investment companies log significant fax traffic with orders and confirmations from customers.
• Law firms use fax servers and fax machines to exchange hand-marked-up contract drafts, as well as final signed versions, as legally valid means of communications.
• A manufacturer of cleaning supplies uses fax to respond to requests for U.S. Material Safety Data sheets for emergencies. Requests may come from hospitals and fire departments with no e-mail or Web service.
Cisco and Sagemcom: Creating a Complete Unified Communications Solution
• Integrates with the Cisco Integrated Services Router Series 2800 and 3800(no server required) on an Application Runtime Network Module (NME)
• Greatly reduced analog connections and traditional fax connectivity issues sometimes found in IP networks
• Significant cost reduction by eliminating dedicated analog fax circuits, equipment, maintenance costs, and supplies
• E-mail integration so Cisco Unified Communications users save time by sending and receiving faxes from their desktops
• Real-time delivery any time, anywhere to support critical business communications
• Automated faxing from enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems (for example, SAP, Siebel, and Oracle)
• Security and privacy protection for confidential fax documents
• Supports deployments of Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CallManager) Version 4.2(3) and Version 6.1+
• Operates within the Cisco Integrated Services Router, providing high reliability and the benefits of inherent security features like IPSec and Virtual Private Networks available with Cisco IOS
– Saves on extra servers, fax boards, rack space, and energy consumption
– Tight integration into the network infrastructure
– Provides transparent enhanced Active Directory integration for fast deployment
– Archives all fax transactions to any network storage device
– Is completely transparent to end users
• The Cisco Application Runtime Network Module provides dedicated resources for processing, memory and storage, independent of the Integrated Services Router to host Sagemcom XMediusFAX.
• The Cisco Application Extensions Platform hosting environment provides the infrastructure to securely host, install, upgrade, manage and 3rd party applications and services.
How It Works
Figure 1. Before and After (Cisco AXP-XMediusFAX)
AXP Product Overview
• Application Runtime Network Module providing dedicated resources to host applications.
• Application eXtensions Platform Hosting environment providing the infrastructure to securely host, install, upgrade, manage and 3rd party applications and services.
• IOS Integration APIs allowing the application to integrate and leverage the features of the router.
• Software Developer Kit (SDK) allowing certified customers and partners to develop applications and services.
• AXP Partner Program provides the collateral, extended technical support and online resources to help partners, develop, deploy and market their AXP based solutions.
Solution and Business Highlights
• Reduced ongoing fax machine-related costs.
– Eliminate junk faxes
– Reduce overall printing costs, paper consumption, toner, and maintenance
– Improve presence and increase user productivity by up to 90 percent
• Reduced hardware footprint: a green initiative
– Eliminate single-purpose server hardware
– Avoid unnecessary deployment of servers to preserve local fax numbers
– Help ensure remote site survivability for mission-critical faxing
– Reduce energy consumption
• Extremely low total cost of ownership (TCO)
– Is easy to deploy and manage for the IT professional
– Is part of the Cisco network with familiar Cisco CLI for IOS
– Has reduced server refresh requirements and costs
– Is software-only solution: no expensive fax boards or third-party integration kits required
– A central Web management interface across the network
• Secure sensitive fax transactions
– Leverage the security features inherently available with Cisco IOS to further secure fax communications
– Route sensitive documents to designated recipients, including secured printers
– Provide audit trail of fax transactions to facilitate compliance requirements (for example, Sarbanes-Oxley, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA], and payment card industry [PCI])
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