Keeping communication costs down to a minimum. Has a nice ring to it, when you stop to think about it. And with Avaya IP Office Release 6.1, the time couldn’t be sweeter. According to the company line, using Avaya IP Office Release 6.1 translates into improved ease of use for all involved, while providing 25% savings in ownership costs. With numbers like that, it’s easy to understand why making the switch to Linux to run this doesn’t seem all that scary all of a sudden.

Now not everything involved here is completely rosy or without concern. Fact is, the entire Avaya IP Office Release 6.1 experience is available for installation through a single DVD. So despite the risk of losing that single DVD being a bit of a drag, the time saved in installations might very well make any perceived risk completely acceptable. After all, the company boasts installation time savings of up to 75%. Those are some big numbers!

The company vision is what you might expect. More value from the software, without the hefty price tag that would make this communication software unavailable to smaller companies unable to pay out the huge costs¬†associated¬†with competing software. Despite the usual droning that Microsoft owns IP (which it never bothered to prove) or that Linux means it’s higher in IT costs (again, never actually proven), this provides small businesses with a viable option when looking to shave a little off their budgets.