SARASOTA, Florida (November 1, 2012)—Sarasota-based SouthTech, one of southwest Florida’s best-known IT services firms, has announced plans to begin offering Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to its clients.
The company has entered into a reseller agreement with Star2Star to provide consultation, installation, training and maintenance on Star2Star’s fully integrated, business-grade VoIP solutions.
“Computers and voice technologies are starting to converge and use the same basic networks and infrastructure,” explains Paul Hoffman, President of SouthTech. “VoIP is a way to put both voice and data communications on the same network, making it a simpler and more cost-effective communications delivery system.”
Star2Star fits in well with SouthTech’s recent emphasis on cloud computing technologies, Hoffman adds.
“It’s a blended architecture – simultaneously a hosted service and an onsite service,” he says. “There’s no bulky hardware in your office – just a small, lightweight device that guarantees call quality by prioritizing voice communications over data. But everything else, from features to data security, is handled in a managed hosting center.”
But VoIP isn’t just about cost control or bandwidth management. According to Hoffman, its cloud-based nature can also integrate different communications devices into one seamless system.
“Essentially, you can configure the system so that callers only need one phone number for you,” he says. “If you’re not at the office, incoming calls to that number will simply follow you, either to another line or a mobile device. You are in complete control of how your phone works and where it rings.”
Overseeing the push into VoIP will be Jackson Haskins, SouthTech’s new Business Development Manager. Haskins was one of the original employees at Star2Star, and has a depth of VoIP knowledge and experience that Hoffman was looking for.
“At SouthTech, we’ve long known the time would come when voice and data technologies would begin to come together like this,” Paul said. “I knew that, in order to be successful, I’d have to build the right team.”
SouthTech is an IT services firm that has delivered and supported infrastructure and business management solutions throughout Florida since 1994. Capitalizing on their deep understanding of network infrastructure and finance, SouthTech provides planning, guidance and support where technology drives their clients to their ultimate business goals. To supplement their client’s IT needs, SouthTech offers network design and integration services, along with their trademark PowerView Manage, Security, Cloud and Hosting services. Financial applications and related services are available through its Business Solutions Division as a Certified Partner for Deltek, Intacct and Avectra. VoIP telephone systems are available through SouthTech as a Star2Star Authorized Dealer. For more information about SouthTech, visit www.southtech.com or call 941.953.7455.
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