Digium announced the official launch of “Respoke” on their blog today, offering a cloud platform designed to enable communications for web and mobile applications. Respoke provides an API so developers can add live voice, video, messaging, and data services as to other applications; the platform is intended to allow communications feature development in a matter of days. Respoke began as a virtual startup within Digium and is staffed with a mix of communications industry veterans and cloud computing experts. Hundreds of invited developers have been working the platform in the beta mode released last year.
The Respoke platform allows their customers to add features such as individual and group chat messaging, WebRTC-based voice and/or video calling, screen sharing, and file sharing to web applications-- all without the need to install a plug-in. The WebRTC “Platform as a Service” pricing model is based on the number of connections and bandwidth used. A free tier is offered for evaluation and development using up to five connections.
Features planned for beta release within the next quarter include Android and iOS mobile SDKs, which will enable mobile developers to easily add messaging, voice, and video to their mobile apps, providing a great differentiator for those in that market segment. Respoke also plans to release plug-ins within the next quarter to provide interoperability with legacy Internet Explorer and Safari browsers.
In other industry news, Dialogic announced that it has acquired NS-Technologies, a provider of a software-based Media Resource Broker (MRB) and Software Load Balancer. The MRB is used in an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture to enable scale because it controls multiple Media Resource Functions and Application Servers.
Kevin Cook, president and CEO of Dialogic commented in a statement on the acquisition saying, “Dialogic has an exciting and evolving IMS portfolio. We are dedicated to moving our IMS portfolio to NFV environments and we know highly elastic scalability is required in NFV and cloud-based environments.”
Diane Myers, principal analyst at Infonetics Research, part of IHS Inc. added, “This acquisition supports Dialogic’s long-term vision as a software vendor and enables them to offer highly scalable software-based media processing.”