Sonus Networks has introduced the Sonus SBC SWe, a software-based Session Border Controller (SBC) designed for a virtualized platform, offering unlimited scalability with the same advanced features and functionality of hardware-based systems. The new Sonus platform is designed to provide robust security, superior voice and video quality, centralized policy management and broad interoperability for Unified Communications (UC).
The SBC SWe features are equivalent to Sonus’ hardware-based SBC 5000 Series, a carrier class platform. Scalable from as few as 25 to an unlimited number of sessions, Sonus SBC SWe customers can add performance and capacity by adding computing resources and memory. Sonus will provide customers with a set of performance specifications for customers’ host platforms, and customers can then expand capacity, calls per second, features, transcoding, and security capabilities with a simple license key as business demands change.
Sonus is using same code base across its hardware and software SBC portfolio. For customers looking to leverage new and existing virtualized platforms to support other network functions, the SBC SWe can be deployed co-resident with other applications. This flexibility will be attractive to service providers and partners that have invested in virtualization technology—especially those who prefer pre-packaged “solutions in a box,” require remote network deployments or want to expand opportunities into new geographic markets where deploying a hardware solution would be impractical or cost prohibitive.
For larger enterprise customers that might require a physical SBC, the Sonus SBC SWe can extend the same SBC capabilities to remote locations and branch offices without deploying more hardware at each location, increasing session counts with a license key to accommodate dynamic call volumes such as those in a contact center. According to Infonetics Research estimates, more than 60% of enterprise SBCs ship with 800 SIP sessions or less.
Irwin Lazar, VP and service director at Nemertes Research commented saying, “More than 67 percent of companies have virtualized Unified Communications applications to reduce costs, improve resiliency and enable more efficient utilization of server resources. The ability to run Unified Communications infrastructure on virtual servers is critical buying criteria.”
David Tipping, VP and general manager, SBC Business at Sonus added, “Unlike most virtualized SBCs on the market today, with the Sonus SBC SWe, service providers and enterprises are not ‘boxed in’ by hardware and no longer have to compromise on features or functionality when moving to software. Put simply, the Sonus SBC SWe sets a new bar for what customers should expect in SBC performance.”