Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division (Toshiba -- today announced that it has been awarded an agreement for the PEPPM ("Pep-um") Technology Bidding and Purchasing Program. Toshiba's award-winning IPedge®Strata® CIX and VIPedge® business telephone solutions are now available on PEPPM. Created in 1982, PEPPM has been the bid program of choice for U.S. K-12 schools, colleges, universities, libraries, and government agencies. It has exceeded $2 billion in sales while providing more than $500 million in savings.

"PEPPM delivers a one-stop shop for secure bidding and affordable purchase of Toshiba's VIPedge, IPedge and Strata CIX business telephone solutions," said Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division. "Toshiba's solutions can also be combined for a Hybrid Cloud network for multiple locations."

PEPPM is the marketplace for technology products for California and Pennsylvania. Other states can piggyback on these contracts to make purchases for eligible schools, libraries and government agencies. Toshiba offers its PEPPM bid prices listed on the PEPPM website to all states except Alaska. 

For buyers, PEPPM reduces the time, effort and cost of purchasing technology by eliminating the need to bid. It ensures the best price, adheres to statutes and regulations, maintains all bid documentation and delivers a reliable, convenient and easy-to-use bid and purchase process. Using PEPPM results in a lower cost of ownership of technology for schools, libraries and government agencies.

For Authorized Toshiba Dealers, PEPPM provides a single reach to bids from thousands of schools, libraries and government agencies nationwide. PEPPM coordinates the bids and purchases, eliminating the need for dealers to respond to individual bids. It conducts bids according to individual state statutes and regulations, making the bid process easier for dealers. PEPPM also archives pricing and purchase orders for audit verification for audit protection. 

Toshiba business telephone solutions available via PEPPM include:


  • VIPedge, a cloud-based business telephone solution that delivers the advantages of Toshiba's IPedge business telephone system in the cloud; 
  • IPedge, an on-premises IP business telephone system that delivers unified communications, mobility, and contact center applications; 
  • Strata CIX, an on-premises converged business telephone system that lets users mix-and-match IP and digital endpoints; 
  • IPedge Virtual Server, an on-premises, all-in-one business communications and contact center solution; 
  • VIPedge Application Service, a cloud-based subscription service that provides advanced unified communications, mobility and messaging for Strata CIX business telephone systems; and 
  • UCedge®, a robust unified communications solution that empowers users to communicate on Windows® and Mac® laptops and desktop computers and Apple® and Android? smartphones and tablets across Toshiba's cloud and on-premises business telephone solutions, including hybrid cloud and on-premises networked solutions. 

PEPPM contracts can be used for E-Rate purchases. The E-Rate Program provides $2.25 billion annually to U.S. public and non-profit K-12 schools, as well as all public and many private libraries, to help them obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. E-Rate discounts range from 20 percent to 70 percent of the cost of eligible voice services based on the location and income levels of the school or library. Toshiba's VIPedge cloud-based business telephone solution is eligible for the E-Rate Program (see press release here). 

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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
Telecommunication Systems Division (TSD)

Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division is one of the four business units of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS) and offers business communication solutions for SMB enterprises and enterprises with multi-site or regional locations. Toshiba's VIPedge cloud-based business telephone solution supports up to 500 users, and the IPedge and Strata CIX systems support from 8 to 1,000 users and offer Voice over IP, voice mail and unified messaging, conferencing and collaboration, unified communications applications, networking, mobility and more. Together with Toshiba's PCs, tablets, copiers, and surveillance video cameras/recorders, Toshiba's Telecommunication Systems Division helps enterprises maximize business efficiency in communications and mobility. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information, visit

About Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, "Committed to People, Committed to the Future," Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing "Growth Through Creativity and Innovation," and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society. Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today's Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). To find out more about Toshiba, visit

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