My contributions to BCStrategies take many forms, and from time to time I’ll do a spotlight feature, usually focused on a particular technology that’s important to the collaboration space. This time around, the format is an executive Q&A, which I recently did with long-time industry colleague, Steve Johnson of Ingate Systems. Entering its 20th year, Ingate is an SBC pioneer, and Steve runs the North American operation, which accounts for some 80% of overall revenues. Here’s our conversation, and I hope you enjoy it.
When you think of breakfast cereal, you most likely think of Kellogg's. With 2014 sales of $14.6 billion and more than 1,600 foods, Kellogg's is the world's leading cereal company; second largest producer of cookies, crackers and savory snacks; and a leading North American frozen foods company in over 180 countries. To help its 30,000 employees communicate and collaborate, Kellogg's is moving to a software defined telecommunications infrastructure which leverages innovative technologies such as SIP.
New Sonus Session Border Controller Software Releases Expand Interworking, Management and Multimedia Capabilities across Voice, Video and Collaboration Platforms
Software Editions of Sonus' Centralized Policy and Routing Engine, and Diameter Signaling Controller Deliver the Same Exceptional Performance and Functionality as Hardware
During a presentation I gave at the XChange Conference in Los Angeles this week, I encouraged the solution integrators and MSPs in the audience to embrace the UCC ecosystem. As I mentioned in a recent article, Microsoft Lync solutions require several elements other than Lync, including Session Border Controllers (SBCs), desk phones, headsets, video systems, contact center, and more.
When it comes to deployments of cutting-edge Unified Communications technology like Microsoft Lync, including a session border controller (SBC) in your implementation plans is vital. Without this foundational element you may be hampered by dial plan complexity, numerous carrier trunking contracts, no branch office support and limited survivability in the event of a wide area network (WAN) failure.
AudioCodes is boosting its SBC game, with a new high capacity Session Border Controller. It's also showing notable growth, with a new customer for its SIP Trunking services, indicating a greater demand for larger SBCs. Noting that an increasing number of large enterprises are using centralized SIP Trunking services to consolidate their calling traffic, AudioCodes is taking the opportunity to advance its services and offerings.
In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies team discusses session border controllers and gateways.
Broadsoft is holding its BroadSoft Connections 2013 conference later this week, which means lots of cloud announcements. Just in time for the conference, AudioCodes announced a new relationship with iCore Networks. According to the press release, iCore Networks will be using AudioCodes' media gateways, SBCs, and business routers for its iCore Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) offerings.
SBCs for Increased Enterprise Voice Security and Resiliency
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