Session Border Controller Week in Review
It was a busy week in the session border controller sector. Here are some of the major stories.
Employees at Sonus Networks have quickly become converts to the usefulness of unified communications (UC). One employee who had misgivings about the technology when it was first installed in Sonus in 2012 was senior principal product manager, Rich DeFabritus. “The idea was to save the company money, but I was miffed that a telephone would no longer sit on my desk - I would now speak into a headset connected to my laptop,” noted DeFabritus in a recent blog post. “This is a bad idea, I thought to myself.”
“There’s no way an application like Lync could ever surpass the capability and reliability of a telephone,” he added. But when Sonus began using Lync, his opinion evolved. Sonus used its own session border controller technology to prioritize UC communications and ensure they were reliable. This set the scene for Lync and the benefits that come from UC. When he had the opportunity to use Lync, coupled with the reliability that came from the Sonus SBC, it was clear that Microsoft (News - Alert) was right about the future being owned by UC and not the traditional telephone network.
In another story about Sonus Networks, it was reported that the company is not just a leader in IP networking, it also is a client. There are a lot of comments about the firm’s company-wide rollout of Microsoft Lync, a UC platform that is changing how Sonus employees work together. For instance, found on the Sonus internal chat forum are such comments as: “Lync has changed the way (we) interact with others within Sonus and those external to Sonus. Over the last couple of weeks, I have truly appreciated the ability to move from an Instant Message, to an audio call/conference, to a data collaboration session quickly to resolve an inquiry from the field or from our customer base.”
In addition, Rachel Ramsey reported how organizations of all sizes are shifting their focus from hardware to software, and are seeing the potential impact on unified communications. Software-based solutions really enable the “unified” part of unified communications, allowing for seamless collaboration, integration and functionality needed in today’s mobile world. Sonus Networks, a provider of IP networking solutions, understands this, and introduced the company’s first software session border controller (SBC). Ramsey reported comments from David Tipping (News - Alert), vice president and general manager of SBC Business at Sonus, who discussed the company’s software-based SBC and how its scalability, functionality and performance help make UC work for organizations.
And there was a report how there are many benefits when using session border controllers (SBCs) and then migrating to a SIP-based unified communications (UC) system. It means increased productivity, improved communication among employees and lower costs when it comes to connections. It also can lead to less travel by employees and increased use of shared services. As far as security, SBCs help control communications sessions. “It ensures that only legitimate traffic is allowed to pass to and from specific communications systems. It protects against [Dedicated] Denial of Service attacks and other hacking techniques,” according to a blog post from Sonus Networks, which is a provider of SBCs and SIP gateway solutions.