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Sonus Gains Certification for SBC SWe

July 20, 2016

Sonus has developed its SWe software-based session border controller (SBC) to help businesses break away from the constraints of hardware. It seeks to offer the same network controls as traditional SBCs but in a virtualized form; in fact, Sonus markets it as having the same capabilities as its SBC 5000 series of hardware controllers.

As a virtualized project, it only makes sense that Sonus would want to see how its out-of-the-ordinary SBC can perform in computing environments that use network functions virtualization (NFV). It has looked to certification company Miercom to achieve that testing and this month stated that is has performed well enough to meet Miercom’s standards and show that it is capable of weathering extreme network conditions.

Kevin Riley, the senior vice president and chief technology officer at Sonus, has more on the development:

“Miercom’s certification program is the industry’s most trusted assessment of product usability and performance,” Riley said. “Sonus has long maintained that call capacity should be measured by real-life workloads. Miercom’s certification of the SBC SWe’s performance in extreme conditions is exactly the assurance our customers require as they migrate their real-time communications to the cloud.”

Riley’s statement echos a single part of business life – communications – and its function and importance in any industry. The function of communications software and hardware within an enterprise serves more than just an outlet for speech or action in voice and video. It connects many individuals across spaces as small as an office and as big as the entire globe. Within a single office, employees may have access to calling systems such as voice-over-IP that allow them to speak to fellow employees in the next room or reach to customers at any number they choose to dial. Similarly, larger operations take that idea and stretch it further, often using methods of calling to connect with thousands of customers each day through legions of employees that fill call centers.

In both situations, small and large, session border controllers handle the setting up and tearing down of calls. They are vital to the operation of calling for any business that has on-premise hardware (excluding personal mobile devices in some cases). Businesses of course want their SBCs to work well and to remain as unobtrusive as possible. This is where Sonus enters the picture.

Sonus can offer its traditional SBCs like the 5000 series to companies that wish to take the usual route to calling. The future of Sonus’s business, however, will likely lead to more deployments of software-based controllers. The launch of a piece of software takes less time and requires fewer physical resources that clients must purchase and maintain. Companies such as Sonus that want to make the jump from hardware to software must show their customers that the new method of call handling will work just as well, if not better, than the former. Hardware has a lot of years of development in its pocket, so software must take away that crown by force.

Sonus and other market competitors can make their presence known in more businesses as they continue to achieve certification for their software-based products. In a world full of virtualized network functions, SBC represent only the beginning of a wave of new hardware-to-software transitions.

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