Sonus announced it is upgrading its session border controller (SBC) portfolio with Release 4.0 of the Sonus SBC 5000 series-- adding more than 100 new software enhancements including new security and management capabilities, extended multimedia features for Unified Communications (UC) and expanded IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) elements.
With the latest release, Sonus is introducing video interworking as well as embedded policy functionality, designed to improve multimedia SBC support for voice, video and collaboration. In addition, the new Sonus ePSX (embedded PSX) policy engine integrates capabilities from the centralized PSX policy manager into the SBC 5000 series hardware platforms, enabling businesses to manage multimedia sessions and centralize dial plans based on business rules and priorities.
In their announcement, Sonus pointed to a Nemertes Research's “Pervasive Video Collaboration Benchmark Report,” noting that "desktop video conferencing deployments are increasing rapidly. Twenty-three percent of companies have deployed desktop video to more than half of their employees, up from 9 percent who had deployed that extensively in 2012. In addition, more than half of respondents are using or are planning to deploy capabilities for business-to-business video conferencing." The Sonus SBCs are designed to integrate a company’s video endpoints by interworking different protocols and devices, helping companies maximize current video investments without being locked into one vendor or endpoint device.
Additional features and enhancements include: Microsoft Lync 2013 qualification for the SBC 5210 and SBC 5110 Session Border Controllers; increased IMS support as a Proxy Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) to enable the SBC 5000 series to act as an access device bridging endpoints into the IMS core; SIPREC call recording for standards-based, centralized recording in enterprises and contact center; and serviceability and supportability enhancements.
Commenting is a statement, David Tipping, vice president and general manager, SBC Business, Sonus said, “The pervasiveness of video, which is manifested in different forms, can create unneeded complexity for companies. An SBC’s ability to interwork disparate vendors and multiple protocols across different modalities is foundational to the success of video implementation.” He added, “Sonus multimedia SBCs with embedded policy features fuel a rich Unified Communications experience for customers, within or beyond the enterprise and regardless of device type. Our customers can be confident that their voice, video and collaboration are fully featured and Sonus secure.”