Aastra (News - Alert) recently announced the release of version 4.1 of the Aastra BluStar Application Server (BAS). Designed to enhance video conferencing experience for the customers, release 4.1 works with Aastra BluStar endpoints and supports a wide range of BluStar-enabled devices such as the BluStar 8000i Desktop Media phone, BluStar for PC, BluStar for iPad, and BluStar for iPhone (News - Alert) and clients.
In a release, Simon Beebe, vice president of product line management at Aastra, said, “The mainstream adoption of video conferencing by remote workers has been hampered in the past by technology hurdles such as complexity of implementation, achieving acceptable quality, and deployment security. With this latest release of the BluStar Application Server, Aastra has eliminated these barriers to successful integration of remote workers into the new collaborative enterprise.”
Highlighting features of BAS 4.1 include support for Aastra BluStar Ecosystem of devices & clients; BluStar 8000i Desktop Media Phone (News - Alert); BluStar for PC and iPad, and iPhone; divided account support for up to 5 devices or clients; in-built VPN server support for remote users with automatic configuration; Asymmetric channel support; Intelligent Bandwidth Management capabilities; Automatic channel adaptation; and improved network performance alarms as well as real-time graphing of performance data.
Release 4.1 will provide remote workers with enhanced integrated VPN capability and supports the creation of a secure tunnel between the BAS and a BluStar 8000i phone used in a remote location. With the new release, Aastra has improved the BAS via an open standards-based SSL VPN capability, which can now be deployed through the BAS Web user interface easily.
Additionally, Aastra has included improved bandwidth management capabilities within Release 4.1. Using multi-way video conferencing increases the challenges and potential bandwidth consumption. However, the in-built Bandwidth Manager (BWM) of the BAS application ensures the automatic control of the per call bandwidth and initiates required actions anytime the limits are reached.
The BluStar 8000i and BAS 4.1 can also support asymmetrical connections during situations when the transmit rate differs from the received rate. This capability is inherently more important to remote users who ideally experience high downstream bandwidths and lower upstream bandwidths. Asymmetrical channels are combined with peer-to-peer and multi-way BluStar 8000i conference calls. With its ability to provide HD video conferencing and robust collaboration, the Aastra BluStar solution delivers high-quality video images to the desktop.
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