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Eyeball Updates Solution for Microsoft Lync Server 2010


December 22, 2010

Eyeball Networks has updated its AnyFirewall Engine firewall and NAT traversal solution for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Eyeball is a developer of firewall and NAT traversal infrastructure and developer tools for VoIP, video, IMS, and enterprise networks.

AnyFirewall Engine is the industry's leading independent NAT traversal solution based on the standards STUN (Session Traversal Utilities for NAT), TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT), and ICE (Interactive Connectivity Establishment). Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (formerly known as Microsoft Office Communications Server 2010, or OCS 14), an enterprise real-time communications platform offers presence, instant messaging, file transfer, peer-to-peer and multi-party VoIP and video calling, audio, video and Web conferencing and enterprise-class telephony calling features.

In order to enable NAT traversal using its Lync Server 2010, Microsoft utilizes a proprietary variant of ICE, dubbed Microsoft Interactive Connectivity Establishment Extensions 2.0 (MS-ICE2). Eyeball's AnyFirewall Engine has adopted the MS-ICE2 extensions in order to provide support for service providers, application developers and device makers who wish to update their products to fully interoperate with Microsoft Lync Server.

In a statement, Chris Piche, CEO for Eyeball, said that Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is a next-generation communications platform for enterprise customers, and builds on the company's previous success with Office Communications Server 2007 and the company has been supporting NAT traversal in OCS for several releases now, so the addition of support for Lync Server 2010 is a logical extension for Eyeball Networks.

According to the press release, Eyeball Networks has helped a number of customers improve their NAT traversal for Microsoft OCS/Lync by delivering AnyFirewall Engine both as software code embedded in physical endpoints, as well as an SDK component bundled into client applications.

Eyeball's NAT traversal software is enabling such devices as IP phones, videoconference endpoints, media gateways, network peripherals and softphones from major OEM vendors to function properly in Microsoft Lync deployments.

Matt Brunk, president of Telecomworx and a frequent contributor to "No Jitter,” an online website dedicated to enterprise IP telephony, said that Microsoft designed Lync to be a replacement for the PBX in a corporate environment and the reality is that most enterprises are not just going to throw out their embedded communications infrastructure and applications to use Microsoft technology.

In other company news, unified communications reported that Eyeball Networks released its AnyFirewall Engine firewall and NAT traversal solution for Android.


Mandira Srivastava is a unified communications contributor. She works as a full-time writer, ghostwriter and blogger, and has more than two years of experience in print and Web media. She has also worked on company brochures, website content and product descriptions, as well as proofreading and editing content. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf




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