November 01, 2012
Sonus Networks' Two New Session Border Controllers Offer Unexpected Advantages
By Steve Anderson Contributing TMCnet Writer
Sonus Networks (News - Alert) has plans to roll out a pair of new session border controllers, the SBC 1000 and the SBC 2000. While this by itself would be impressive enough news for those familiar with the Sonus Networks lineup of hardware, this new set of offerings boasts a little something extra – the first branch appliances to offer qualification on Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync 2013.
Sonus Networks has long been a competitor within the SIP communications field, so it's not surprising to see them carry on the tradition with a new line of products. The SBC 1000 and the SBC 2000 look like they won't be casting any shadows on that reputation, offering up access control list capabilities for better security, not to mention offering up better quality in the event of wide area network (WAN) failures.
During those events, the SBC 1000 and the SBC 2000 can handle both intra-branch voice calls and IM sessions, but can also handle communications between branches as well via the PSTN. They can also handle virtual local area network (VLAN) support duties, SIP message manipulation, traceroute support, ping support and even port mirroring, among other functions.
But the clear winner here is that newfound support for Microsoft Lync 2013. That's going to make things a lot smoother for service providers looking to get into the Microsoft Lync environment, and establish the Sonus line as the best choice for providers looking to engage in managed services.
More and more companies are proceeding in a direction that leaves behind the old standards of communication. Phone (News - Alert) lines are being replaced with Internet service, and telephone is being thrown over for telephony in a growing number of cases. The extra features, lower costs and plenty of other aspects are driving the decision to move to unified communications, and as such, the necessary infrastructure to support those communication methods is becoming more prized.
Valuable products spur competition, and those who want to stand out need to bring unique features that other firms won't offer. Sonus Networks is doing just that in its SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 line with the Microsoft Lync 2013 certification.
Those looking to make the jump to telephony in need of session border controllers, especially those that work well with Lync, will likely want a better look at the Sonus line of SBC hardware.
Edited by Braden Becker