IBM and 3Com have announced plans to offer an IP telephony suite for small and medium enterprises. IP telephony is surely destined to be a big thing some time very soon, and IBM and 3Com want in on the action, and will make available the 3Com VCX suite of IP telephony solutions on IBM's "all-in-one" System i business computing solution.

"The availability of the 3Com solutions on the System i platform will give our broad base of clients a powerful option to run a complete IP telephony solution without adding new boxes to their environment," said Mark Shearer, general manager, IBM System i in a statement. "This is a milestone in further simplifying the avalanche of data that small and medium-sized clients face and enabling innovation in their businesses. We think this offering will provide our community with yet another reason to be passionate about the System i."