eTechHelp, a global technology consulting firm and Ingate® Systems certified consultant for their line of Session Border Controllers, has recently completed another major enterprise project in Texas for The City of Weatherford. This project involved implementing a secure enterprise integration of their existing Cisco Unified Communications platform with Microsoft Office 365 online in the cloud. The UC environments were Cisco Unified Communications and Microsoft Exchange Online.
eTechHelp was chosen as the systems integrator based upon the success story that eTechHelp had implementing a 900+ Cisco Call Manager to Office 365 integration for North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), a non profit organization that serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, including Dallas and Fort Worth working with more than 230 member governments.
eTechHelp designed and deployed a secure integration between dual Cisco Call Managers operating in redundancy for disaster recovery purposes and Microsoft Office 365/Exchange Online for voice mail and presence. The configuration supported over 500+ Cisco IP phones spread out in numerous locations in Texas.
All VoIP traffic between the Cisco Call Managers and Office 365 in the cloud was fully encrypted for privacy and security. The configuration utilized an Ingate SIParator® Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) at the enterprise edge to protect and secure the internal network from undesired and unauthorized SIP traffic. Since the cloud connection is over the Internet, another key function of the Ingate E-SBC is to protect the enterprise and VoIP/UC solution against theft of service and DOS attacks. The Ingate SIParator also adds privacy by encrypting the SIP signaling and media traffic from The City of Weatherford's remote locations that use Cisco IP phones to Microsoft Office 365/Exchange Online for voicemail and presence.
eTechHelp also installed a secondary SIParator as a failover unit in The City of Weatherford's disaster recovery location in the event of a power interruption or PBX failure at the primary location. “To be able to integrate all systems and services used by The City of Weatherford's and to meet their stringent security requirements, eTechHelp installed the Ingate SBC in this combined Cisco and Microsoft environment on the enterprise LAN and in the cloud,” said eTechHelp President Rich Garboski. “With compatibility to more than 40 PBX platforms and 80+ SIP trunking providers, the Ingate SBC is our ‘go to’ solution to connect SIP globally, to resolve any interop issues with PBX platforms and SIP trunking providers in both small and also larger enterprise environments.”
Interoperability between competing platforms can quickly escalate into a finger-pointing match. The City of Weatherford's worked with eTechHelp to remain platform-agnostic, allowing them to leverage both Cisco UCS as well the Office 365 Exchange Online environment.
“Large-scale enterprise migrations to Office 365/Exchange Online need to be seamless. Businesses minimize risk in these migrations by using proven solutions like the Ingate SIParator and a proven technology consulting company such as eTechHelp, a trusted Ingate partner for more than a decade,” said Steven Johnson, President, Ingate Systems.
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