1. Cisco Adds a Routing & Switching Specialization
Cisco Systems has introduced a Routing and Switching Technology Specialization that provides a structured training roadmap and verification process to ensure channel partners have the expertise to plan, design, install and support the company’s core routing and switching solutions. The recognition is based on demonstrated knowledge of building, configuring, and troubleshooting campus networks and remote access networks using Cisco’s Catalyst multilayer switching technologies over high-speed Ethernet and routers connected in LANs and WANs. The specialization will include technologies such as cable, content networking, DSL, IP telephony, VPN/security, and network management and wireless LAN.
Channel partners are required to place individuals into the specific job roles of account manager, system engineer and field engineer. The account manager is responsible for the knowledge of market conditions and sales methodology of Cisco’s routing and switching solution. The system engineer is responsible for network planning and design, and the field engineer is responsible for implementation and support. The engineers are required to pass the Building Scalable Internetworks and Routing and Switching Specialization exams.
The new specialization is worth 20 points towards a Cisco certification under the Channel Partner Program.
Cisco’s Channel Partner Program
3. Nikotel Launches Wholesale Termination
Nikotel has launched a wholesale voice termination service that targets ISPs, carriers, and CLECs. The service will terminate both SIP and H.323 traffic on the same network.
5. Comstor to Resell Interstar’s FoIP Server
Comstor, a European distributor of Cisco gear, will resell Interstar Technologies’ boardless T.38 fax over IP solution, XMediusFAX. The FoIP server uses T.38 to trasmit faxes using VoIP gateways.
XMediusFAX runs on a Windows NT/2000 server. The solution can support an unlimited number of users. It integrates with Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, and SMTP email.