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Manufacturers Sonus Session Border Controllers

Published on July 10th, 2014 | by Ian Langmead

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Sonus Delivers Enhanced Investment Protection for Microsoft Lync Enterprise Voice and Real-Time Communications

New Software Upgradable Configurations for the Sonus SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 Session Border Controllers Deliver Investment Protection by Minimizing the Requirement for Hardware Upgrades

Sonus Networks, a global leader in SIP communications, have introduced new software and hardware enhancements to the Sonus SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 Session Border Controllers (SBCs) which provide customers greater investment protection by enabling increased session and port capacity in a quick, simple manner. With the continued rapid growth of new real-time communications applications such as Microsoft Lync Enterprise Voice, there is a corresponding demand for more session throughput in customer deployments. The announcement simplifies how enterprises – and the resellers who support them – can scale session capacity to meet the needs of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video and other latency-sensitive collaboration tools associated with Unified Communications (UC) deployments.

With the introduction of Release 3.2, increased session and port capacity on the SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 can now be activated remotely with a license key, removing the need for technician-assisted installation of additional hardware. The flexible architecture of the SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 allows service providers, resellers and enterprises to quickly add capacity without the inconvenience of service disruption. Sonus is the only brand to offer such ease-of-use capability in a branch office SBC portfolio.

As workplace communications increasingly take place outside of formal office locations, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based communications have become foundational as companies strive to deliver the same capabilities regardless of where an employee works. SBCs serve a critical role in securing and enabling disparate technologies across service provider and enterprise networks to work together seamlessly so that Microsoft Lync and similar collaboration platforms can deliver real-time communications such as VoIP, video, presence, unified messaging, find me/follow me, virtual whiteboarding and document sharing. By integrating Sonus SBCs into real-time communications deployments, these powerful network devices protect, secure, simplify and standardize what otherwise would be very complex SIP-based multimedia communications.

By helping customers future-proof their networks without over- or under-subscribing to session or port capacity at the time of deployment, the new configurations of the SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 address today’s dynamic business environments. Customers can purchase the capacity they need today with confidence that increased session and port count can be added in minutes, instead of hours or days, through the use of a software license key. The expanded control over network growth empowers service providers and enterprises to simplify network design, reduce costs and more effectively deploy advanced real-time communications features.

The Sonus SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 are integrated into the Sonus Element Management System (EMS), delivering one common network management solution across the complete Sonus SBC product portfolio. This release amplifies EMS functionality on the SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 with support for network-wide provisioning, scheduled backup/restore and scheduled updates to help customers reduce operating costs, optimize investments and maximize network performance.

Customers choose The Via Group based on our ability to help them deploy and leverage technology in a way that makes their business more productive. It is raining Lync upon us right now, so anything we can do that quickly scales our back-end operational efficiency and enables The Via Group to spend more time focused on adding value to a customer’s experience versus simply managing technology is highly beneficial,” said Michael Cassady, director of operations, The Via Group. “The ability to remotely expand session and port capacity with the Sonus SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 makes these products a foundational element to real-time communications and large-scale, multi-site customer deployments.

The days of reconfiguring SBCs with a truck-roll to accommodate growth of session or port capacity are a headache of the past. With the SBC 1000 and SBC 2000, increasing session or port capacity is as simple as downloading a license key,” said David Tipping, vice president and general manager, SBC Business, Sonus. “With Release 3.2 of the SBC 1000 and SBC 2000, service providers and resellers can meet customer demand more rapidly, remove unneeded operational friction, and ensure investment protection on behalf of their customers.

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