September 07, 2012
Sonus Expands Portfolio of SBC Solutions to Accelerate Adoption of SIP Trunking, UC
By Ashok Bindra,
With customers in over 50 countries across the globe, IP networking solutions provider Sonus Networks is on a mission to expedite the adoption of SIP trunking and unified communications (UC). Consequently, the IP networking company late last month acquired Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NET (News - Alert)) to expand its portfolio of Session Border Controller (SBC) solutions for enterprise customers.
It brings proven engineering resources, broader channel capability and a broad U.S. Federal Government installed base to leverage into SIP-enabled platforms, said Sonus. The combined portfolio of Sonus and NET offers enterprise customers an end-to-end SBC platform for real-time, SIP-enabled unified communications (UC) applications, said the supplier.
According to Sonus, the company’s entire SBC portfolio has been Microsoft Lync certified so customers can deploy Unified Communications (News - Alert) solutions from the core to the edge of their network with confidence.
Hany Taha’s blog indicates that key accomplishments due to NET acquisition are that it opens new channels and adds Federal government installed base for the company, Microsoft Lync certified SBCs are available for enterprise core and branch locations, including service provider deployments, and it brings a combined Sonus-NET product roadmap.
The blogger wrote SBC offers excellent solution for Tier 2/3 service providers and medium-to-large enterprises (250 to 10,000 concurrent sessions). Its key features include unique design with embedded transcoding/encryption processing for unbeatable real-world performance and scalability, advanced policy and routing intelligence, new IP-based multimedia services beyond VoIP , superior protection against network attacks, overload and outages while preserving stateful call handling, a proven SIP trunking solution with support for multiple SIP variants from IP-PBX (News - Alert) vendors, built-in media transcoding featuring custom-built DSP firmware.
The blog also sheds some light on new family members SBC 1000 and 2000, formerly known as NET UX 1000 and NET UX 2000, with unique features. Some of these include full SBC SIP security, demarcation, policy, and interworking functionality (including media interworking). Plus, they offer Microsoft Lync enhanced gateway/SBA (Survivable Branch Appliance) services for small to mid-size offices. And provide alternate SIP trunk(s) and/or TDM gateway for assured continuation of services. Additionally, there are analog ports for fax and low cost phones.
Sonus Networks (News - Alert) is a Platinum sponsor of ITEXPO West 2012. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) is the world’s premier IP communications event. Visit Sonus Networks in booth # 901.Mykola Konrad, Director of Enterprise Product Management, and Raymond P. Dolan, President and Chief Executive Officer, will be keynote speakers at the event. For more information on IEXPO West 2012, click here.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli