Toshiba VP/GM Brian Metherell to Speak on Hosted Services in the Telephony Marketplace

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 25, 2012 ― Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division (Toshiba —, today announced that its VIPedge, a cloud-based business telephone solution, makes its public debut at the Tigerpaw 2012 National Partner Conference being held in Chicago on Sept. 26, 2012 (  VIPedge delivers traditional telephony features and Unified Communications in a complete hosted package.  At the event, Brian Metherell, VP and general manager of the division, will speak on “Hosted Services in the Telephony Marketplace” on the main stage and in a breakout session.

“We are proud to debut VIPedge at Tigerpaw’s National Partner Conference,” said Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division.  “With VIPedge, Toshiba makes its bid for leadership in the hosted/cloud marketplace.  VIPedge offers the best of traditional telephony features plus Unified Communications in a complete hosted solution, giving users the features, functionality, quality, service and reliability for which Toshiba’s telephone systems are known, all in the cloud.  All users have to do is answer their telephones.”

With its VIPedge, IPedge and Strata CIX business telephone systems, Toshiba gives SMB and enterprise customers a choice of cloud, IP or converged business telephone systems. Now available from Authorized Toshiba Dealers nationwide, Toshiba’s VIPedge starts at an average of $29.99 per user.

Financial Benefits of Toshiba’s VIPedge Cloud Business Telephone System

An affordable alternative to an on-premises business telephone system, VIPedge allows companies to pay a monthly service fee — based upon system size and usage — instead of purchasing a telephone system.  This gives users a low upfront cost, making it easy to get started while giving companies the ability to reduce capital expenditures.  It also allows companies to budget for their monthly telecom expenses.  Software upgrades are included in the monthly service fee, so there are no expenses for upgrades or software fixes.  Users can dynamically scale cloud resources to add more users or applications as needed.  In addition, system administration is included in the monthly service fee, eliminating the need for on-site system management.

Feature- and Application-rich, VIPedge Supports Toshiba Endpoints

VIPedge provides all the communication tools a business needs to communicate effectively, including:

  • Complete business telephony features
  • Voice mail with unified messaging;
  • Unified Communications with Toshiba’s Call Managersolution, including:
    • Efficient call control from a personal computer;
    • Click-to-dial, presence and instant messaging; and
    • Integration with leading CRM programs, including, Act!, Microsoft Outlook and more;
  • Mobility solutions including find-me follow-me call routing, and simultaneous ringing of desk and mobile telephones;
  • Choice of endpoints, including Toshiba’s IP5000-series desk telephones, IP4100 wireless telephones, and Toshiba’s Call Manager with integrated voice softphone;
  • Ability to personalize endpoints in order to meet the needs of each individual user; and
  • Optional international calling plans.

The Power of Choice Through a Smooth Migration Path

Businesses that start with the VIPedge service can easily migrate to IPedge systems in the future as their needs change. This enables businesses to retain their investments in Toshiba telephones and endpoints and to continue to use the same familiar features and applications.

For more information on VIPedge, visit:

VIPedge Now Available Nationwide Through Authorized Toshiba Dealers

VIPedge is available now through Authorized Toshiba Dealers nationwide.  For more information, call 800-222-5800; or to locate a dealer near you, visit:

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