August 4, 2008

ShoreTel’s Unified Communications System More Energy Efficient Than Cisco Unified Communications Manager

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a power consumption study of IP telephony components conducted by independent testing firm, The Tolly Group, the ShoreTel(R) Unified Communications system held a clear advantage over the Cisco Unified Communications Manager, requiring up to 45 percent less energy. Testing and analysis was conducted across three classes of enterprise deployments.

Based on energy consumption projections, ShoreTel, the leading provider of Pure IP Unified Communications (UC) solutions, bested Cisco in using less energy to drive VoIP communications in specific large, medium and small enterprise-class scenarios, according to the July 2008 study commissioned by ShoreTel.

-- In a large-scale network with 1,500 users at a headquarters site, regional office and branch office, ShoreTel's UC system was calculated to use 37 percent less power.

-- In a medium network with 350 users in a central headquarters and 19 branch office sites, ShoreTel's UC system was projected to consume 45 percent less power.

-- In a self-contained single site office with 65 users, ShoreTel's UC system was calculated to use 44 percent less power.

"With escalating energy costs, the energy efficiency of UC solutions is heavily weighted in buying decisions," said Kevin Tolly, founder, president and CEO of The Tolly Group. "The reduced power usage of ShoreTel's UC system translates into lower cooling expenses, which results in lower cost of ownership. For today's energy-conscious buyer, the green footprint is increasingly important."

In addition to testing power consumption of VoIP communications in enterprise scenarios, The Tolly Group conducted a comparison test of monochromatic GbE-based IP phones. The ShoreTel phone required almost 60 percent less power than its Cisco counterpart in idle state, and 33 percent less power in active mode during a voice call -- a clear demonstration of ShoreTel's engineering ingenuity in designing energy-efficient phones.

"The Tolly Group study validates what we frequently hear from our ShoreTel customers and distribution partners regarding energy savings in both large and small deployments," said Kevin Gavin, vice president of product marketing, ShoreTel. "In addition to helping lower total cost of ownership, reduced energy consumption also helps us deliver on our commitment to being environmentally friendly."

About The Tolly Group

The Tolly Group, an independent testing and strategic consulting organization based in Boca Raton, FL, offers a full range of services designed to furnish both the vendor and end-user communities with authoritative and unbiased information. Additionally, The Tolly Group is recognized worldwide for its expertise in assessing leading-edge technologies. For more info, visit:

About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel, Inc., is a leading provider of Pure IP Unified Communications solutions. ShoreTel enables companies of any size to seamlessly integrate all communications-voice, video, messaging and data -- with their business processes. Independent of device or location, ShoreTel's distributed software architecture eliminates the traditional costs, complexity and reliability issues typically associated with other solutions. ShoreTel continues to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, ease of use and manageability while driving down the overall total cost of ownership. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit or call 1-877-80SHORE.

    Press Contacts:    Kevin Gavin    ShoreTel, Inc.    408-962-2554    [email protected]  

ShoreTel, Inc.

CONTACT: Kevin Gavin of ShoreTel, Inc., +1-408-962-2554,[email protected]

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