SANTA CLARA, CA -- May 13, 2002 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. is making the delivery of network applications simpler and more affordable than ever with the introduction of the Sun Cobalt RaQ(tm) 550 server appliance.
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The Strongbolt2 ROM
With the arrival of Strongbolt2, we have a new ROM for Cobalt servers.
The new ROM is based on the source from sourceforge.net, but modified to include a 2.6 kernel. The reason for this is to facillitate booting from USB and support for extra hardware.
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Strongbolt 2 upgrade released
A new year sees a completely new release of Strongbolt.
The Strongbolt2 upgrade is an easy process that just involves installing a couple of packages through the package management interface (bluelinq).
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Support from OS Office is nothing short of amazing.
Finding companies that stand behind their products these days can be challenging, but the staff at OS Office proves they still exist.
I continue to be stunned by their response times and outstanding service.
Jim Murray
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Asterisk provides Voicemail services with Directory, Call Conferencing, Interactive Voice Response and Call Queuing. It has support for three-way calling, caller ID services, ADSI, SIP and H.323 (as both client and gateway). Check the Features section for a more complete list.

Asterisk needs no additional hardware for Voice over IP. For interconnection with digital and analog telephony equipment, Asterisk supports a number of hardware devices, most notably all of the hardware manufactured by Asterisk's sponsors, Digium™. Digium has single and quad span T1 and E1 interfaces for interconnection to PRI lines and channel banks as well as a single port FXO card and a one to four-port modular FXS  and FXO card.

Asterisk is primarily developed on GNU/Linux for x/86. It is known to compile and run on GNU/Linux for PPC along with OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and Mac OS X Jaguar. Other platforms and standards-based UNIX-like operating systems should be reasonably easy to port for anyone with the time and requisite skill to do so.


Technical Specifications of our Asterisk Communications Appliance

Features     Description
Rack Mountable     YES
Unit Dimensions     Width: 387mm x Depth: 365mm x Height: 66mm
Unit Construction     Steel, aluminium and polycarbonate
Heat sink     Aluminium with twin heat pipe cooling system
Colour Options     Matt Black, Metallic Black, Metallic Silver or custom (OEM)
Front Panel     Laser etched, blue glow - with Power button, HDD LED, infrared RX, and covered optical drive
Rear Panel     Motherboard connections - 2x PCI slots and DC in
Weight     8.2 KG (gross)
Power Supply     External AC/DC converter and internal switcher.
Motherboard     VIA EPIA - M1000
PCI Expansion     2x (175mm) PCI cards
Hard Drive     1x 80GB
Working Environment     Max 36° Celsius air temperature
Memory     256MB
Power Supply     80W

ISDN Lines     4
Users     up t30 (recommended), upgradeable
Outgoing Sip Lines     5-25

Other Features

ADSI On-Screen Menu System
Automated Attendant
Call Detail Records
Call Forwarding
Call Monitoring
Call Parking
Call Queuing
Call Recording
Call Retrieval
Call Routing (DDI & ANI)
Caller ID
Dial by Name
Direct Inward System Access
Distinctive Ring
DNot Disturb
Fax Transmit and Receive (3rd Party OSS Package)
Flexible Extension Logic
Interactive Directory Listing
Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Local and Remote Call Agents
Music On Hold
Flexible Mp3-based System
Random or Linear Play
Volume Control
Predictive Dialer
VoIP Gateways
Visual Indicator for Message Waiting
Stutter Dial tone for Message Waiting
Voicemail temail
Voicemail Groups
Web Voicemail Interface
Computer-Telephony Integration


TDMoE (Time Division Multiplex over Ethernet)
Allows direct connection of Asterisk PBX
Uses commodity Ethernet hardware
Voice-over IP
Allows for integration of physically separate installations
Uses commonly deployed data connections
Allows a unified dial plan across multiple offices


G.711 (A-Law & µ-Law)
G.723.1 (pass through)
G.729 (through purchase of commercial license through Digium)


IAX™ (Inter-Asterisk Exchange)
SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)
MGCP (Media Gateway Control Protocol
SCCP (Cisco® Skinny®)