July 06, 2013
Session Border Controller Week in Review
By Ed Silverstein
It was a busy week in the Session Border Controller sector. Here are some of the major stories.
When it comes to IP communications, policy is a topic that is sometimes overlooked, but it is extremely important. Mykola Konrad, general manager of the policy business unit at Sonus Networks, and Mohan Palat (News - Alert), from the product marketing team, explained the importance of policy. They said there are three types of policy: application policy, regarding when you can access an application; subscriber policy, which is applied to individual subscribers, depending on subscription level; and network policy, which consists of a broad spectrum of policies related to the core network, and including SLA policies, QoS policies and routing policies.
In addition, Session Border Controllers (SBCs) make it simpler to manage a network. They also make deploying new solutions such as Unified Communications (News - Alert) and video easier. Microsoft is integrating the SBCs from Sonus Networks into its Technology Centers. This integration is a part of Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync Unified Communications (UC) demonstrations.
It was also reported how Sonus Networks and John Wiley and Sons have unveiled a learning guide for Microsoft Lync, titled “Lync Enterprise Voice For Dummies.” Organizations can now take full advantage of Microsoft Lync implementations using this guide. Users can communicate in a protected manner, both inside and outside the organization, using Microsoft Lync. Microsoft Lync also allows users to remain linked with colleagues and customers, from any place, with the help of applications like instant messaging, association, conferencing and voice.
Also, SIP-based communications is increasing rapidly. Consequently, service provider SBCs had a stellar first quarter, passing the $100-million mark to hit an all-time high for a single quarter, according to market research firm Infonetics Research’s latest study: “Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers report.”