March 06, 2013
Sonus 1000, 2000 Session Border Controllers Now Qualified for Microsoft Lync 2013
By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer
Two Sonus Networks products, the Sonus SBC 1000 and Sonus SBC 2000, received Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync 2013 qualification this week for session border controller (SBC) and survivable branch appliance (SBA) deployments.
“We are very proud to have received this qualification,” said David Tipping, vice president and general manager of the SBC Business Unit at Sonus, in a statement. “As the Unified Communications (News - Alert) functions provided by Microsoft Lync are increasingly utilized in mission-critical applications, the survivable branch application of the Sonus SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 provides essential capabilities for enterprises to ensure that their intra-branch communications and business-continuity are maintained, even in the event of a wide area network failure.”
Sonus is a Microsoft Gold Communications Partner, helping enterprises to optimize Microsoft Lync voice deployments with secure SIP trunking services at the network border, while providing a more seamless flow of SIP-based multi-vendor media for unified communications deployments. Furthermore, Sonus' portfolio is the industry's only end-to-end SBC solution that delivers SIP-enabled applications from an enterprise's headquarters to branch offices.
The popularity of Microsoft Lync as a platform for unified communications and enterprise voice is on the rise, according to a recent Webtorials study. Indeed, 58 percent of those surveyed said they plan to deploy Lync for IM and presence. However, a recent Nemertes Research report found that most companies are gradually implementing Lync by either augmenting existing telephony systems or gradually migrating certain groups best suited to softphone use.
Sonus' SBCs help support this transition with legacy equipment interoperability, as well as with multiple SIP vendors and standards, application providers and international standards. Sonus has been working toward seamless Microsoft Lync compatibility for some time, having achieved Microsoft Unified Communications Interoperability Program for Lync Server 2010 certification for its SBC 5000 series in August of last year.
Meanwhile, Microsoft Lync has been improving and evolving, adding H.264 video codec support and creating a more unified approach to virtual PBX.
Edited by Rich Steeves