Sonus enhances SBC portfolio

Sonus has enhanced its session border controller portfolio, targeting both enterprise and service provider market opportunities. Among the enhancements: modular form factor session border controllers (SBCs) designed to permit customers to field-install digital signal processor (DSP) cards at their own pace, nearly 100 new software enhancements, and an enhanced Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) functionality with mobile broadband 3G/4G failover capability meant to ensure Microsoft Lync Server operations during wide area network (WAN) failures.

Sonus has enhanced its session border controller portfolio, targeting both enterprise and service provider market opportunities. Among the enhancements: modular form factor session border controllers (SBCs) designed to permit customers to field-install digital signal processor (DSP) cards at their own pace, nearly 100 new software enhancements, and an enhanced survivable branch appliance (SBA) functionality with mobile broadband 3G/4G failover capability meant to ensure Microsoft Lync Server operations during wide area network (WAN) failures.

Sonus' two new modular platforms, the SBC 5110 and SBC 5210, are built on the same proven hardware and software as the SBC 5100 and SBC 5200 session border controllers with a modular design that allows customers to install up to four digital signal processor (DSP) cards that is field upgradeable. New DSP cards increase system capacity.

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The new software, Release 3.1, delivers nearly 100 feature enhancements across the entire SBC 5000 Series, including:

  • media interworking; call recording for contact center, regulatory compliance, and security applications
  • expanded transcoding support for G722.1 for Polycom high-definition voice; and DTMF and fax enhancements
  • bandwidth-based call admission control (CAC) to improve voice quality and simplify management
  • support for Proxy Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) to enable the SBC 5000 Series to act as an access device bridging endpoints into the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core
  • increased security and management capabilities

Sonus SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 session border controllers are purpose-built for the unique requirements of Microsoft Lync deployments, designed to deliver enhanced survivable branch appliance (SBA) functionality with 3G/4G failover capability. The capability offers a wireless mobile broadband 3G or 4G connection to keep the Lync signaling and data layers operational so that Lync features such as presence, address book and Web conferencing are available in the event of a WAN outage.

Commenting on the SBA introduction, Giovanni Mezgec, general manager, Lync Product Marketing, Microsoft, said, "We applaud Sonus' commitment to supporting Lync interoperability across its SBC portfolio as well as for delivering the industry's first Survivable Branch Appliance functionality with 3G/4G failover capability for Lync Enterprise Voice environments, ensuring that enterprises can maintain branch office operations if there is a service disruption."

David Tipping, vice president and general manager, SBC Business Unit at Sonus, added, "Today's announcement represents the culmination of technology innovation and industry experience to help companies deploy advanced Unified Communications tools, such as Lync, in a more robust and secure manner from the main office to the branch office."

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