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Foehn Deploys First Switchvox SMB 4.5 for Global Technology Firm, National Instruments.

Posted 15th March 2010.

UC EXPO, LONDON, UK, March 10th, 2010 Foehn Ltd, a UK-based systems integrator, today announces its first enterprise deployment of the newly released Switchvox SMB 4.5 into the Belgium office of global technology firm, National Instruments.

Based on Digium’s Asterisk, the world’s most popular open source telephony engine, Switchvox SMB 4.5, is a powerful new version of Switchvox, the full-featured and cost-effective Voice over IP (VoIP) Unified Communications (UC) solution. Switchvox SMB 4.5 delivers mission-critical applications traditionally accessed through the web interface directly to phone handsets, and adds greater flexibility and control for both users and administrators.

National Instruments offers expert, technical solutions to over 25,000 client organisations in the science and research sector from offices around the world and as such the design and provision of its communications solution is a strategic consideration.

We have people and offices all over the globe, all communicating with each other, explained Rene Sanchez, Regional Commodity Manager for National Instruments in the US. Therefore, we need a VoIP system where we can control the configuration from our central location in the US and capitalize on the lower call costs of SIP trunking.

National Instruments chose Switchvox because it could provide the call-routing flexibility required of a VoIP system and also came with a long list of affordable UC features.

The Nasdaq listed technology firm engaged with Foehn, Digiums Premier Solutions Partner and Switchvox integrator for Europe to handle the installation because of the systems integrators experience in handling Asterisk-based systems. Last month, Foehn spent four days installing, training and integrating the Switchvox platform with the current VoIP infrastructure at the Belgium HQ for National Instruments based in Brussels.

Technical Director and Founder at Foehn, James Passingham commented Were pleased that National Instruments chose Switchvox and Foehn. Unlike other systems, Switchvox comes with so many features as standard. That means we were able to offer a comprehensive solution and were looking forward to providing a rich communications infrastructure to National Instruments group.

One feature National Instruments already plans on to using is the SoftPhones. This means if staff cant make it into work, as was the case in the recent snow storms of the new year, they can simply log on to their SoftPhone reducing disruption for the office and the employee.

Gui Vieiro, Network and Telecom Manager at National Instruments was the project manager responsible for the deployment. We were pleased with Foehns efficient deployment and subsequent support. Besides the cost savings from intelligent call routing, we are also benefiting from the simplified commercial licensing. With Switchvox, we only need to purchase a one-off license fee to access all software features available. We look forward to using Switchvox at further National Instrument locations in the future.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the companys investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing nati@ni.com or visiting www.ni.com.

About Foehn
Foehn is a reseller and experienced integrator of Switchvox Digiums award winning turn-key IP PBX.

As Europes Premier Solutions Partner for Digium Asterisk, Foehn is also the leading provider of custom-built PBX and UC solutions based on Asterisk and offering consultancy and system support for all Asterisk-based systems.

Foehn was awarded its partner status by Digium, because of the companys demonstrated ability to design and deploy successful large-scale communication solutions based on Asterisk the worlds most popular telephony toolkit. Foehn has notable Asterisk references in call centres, financial services, public sector, on-line media and charity industry verticals across the UK and globally.

Foehns 10 year heritage lies in managing and implementing systems within mission critical / telco class Data Centres across the entire EMEA region. As such, delivering high standards of service and quality assurance are embedded in Foehns DNA. Founded in 2000, Foehn is a systems integrator with specific expertise in IP networking, VOIP and open source technologies. The company is privately owned, profitable, 100% debt-free and certified in IS027001 for information security. For more information please visit www.foehn.co.uk or call 0208 940 7919.

LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Switchvox and Asterisk are trademarks Digium Inc. Foehn is a trademark of Foehn Ltd.