Recently Sonus announced the general availability of release 4.0 software for the SBC 5100 and SBC 5200 platforms. This release brings over 100 enhancements and some significant updates to enable multimedia deployments of the SBC product range for Voice, Video and Collaboration. Within the new software release comes certification for Lync 2013, a ‘must have’ for all organisations deploying SBC technology today, enhanced network management through an embedded policy engine supporting centralised dial plans and video interoperability and interworking.
Microsoft Lync 2013 – on premise or in the cloud?
With Microsoft Lync growing at an exponential rate, support for Lync 2013 ensures that Sonus plays in what is a competitive and rapidly growing market supporting the various approaches that organisations are taking to Microsoft Lync adoption whether this is on-premise or in the cloud.
- New Lync 2013 deployments: Organisations and service providers planning to deploy or offer Microsoft Lync solutions can deploy the Sonus 5100 and 5200 platforms for enterprise voice connectivity and delivery.
- SIP PBX integration: Existing multiple installations of SIP PBXs can be integrated together and interoperate with Lync 2013.
- Migrations and upgrades: Current on-premise deployments of Lync 2010 can now proceed with Lync 2013 rollouts retaining the same 5100 or 5200 SBC hardware used for the previous Lync 2010 solution.
- SIP trunk interoperability : As organisations grow, whether this is through acquisition or organic growth, a ‘patchwork’ voice network is very quickly created. Sonus SBCs enable support for interoperability between multiple SIP trunk providers and disparate SIP PBX estates. When organisations proceed with a Microsoft voice strategy, this can be achieved with Sonus maintaining the core voice interoperability and connectivity and Microsoft Lync 2013 enterprise voice delivered to the desktop.
- Office 365 enablement of Enterprise Voice: For organisations that have bought into an enterprise-wide deployment of Office 365, delivering the Lync enterprise voice workload can now also be part of their overall Microsoft strategy. Through an on-premise deployment of Microsoft Lync integrated with the existing Office 365 solution, Sonus SBCs can be used to provide the voice connectivity to the Lync endpoints.
Video – Managing video and integrating multi-vendor solutions.
Organisations continue to examine ways of minimising travel costs and delivering a consistent user experience for both home and office workers. Video conferencing provides a compelling solution to achieving this and is extending beyond the room system and reaching out to the desktop. According to the Nemertes Research “Pervasive Video Collaboration Benchmark Report,” desktop video conferencing deployments are increasing rapidly. Twenty-three percent of companies have deployed desktop video to more than half of their employees, up from 9 percent who had deployed that extensively in 2012. In addition, more than half of respondents are using or are planning to deploy capabilities for business-to-business video conferencing. Organisations that are deploying Microsoft Lync today are, by default, installing a video conferencing solution not just for the desktop but for the room system also. Increasingly there are requirements from organisations to identify ways of bringing different video solutions together and managing not just the different traffic streams – voice, video and data, the codecs being used but also the bandwidth that these streams can consume. The Sonus SBC solution enables organisations to integrate and manage disparate video solutions and provide them with the choice of video vendor without being ‘locked’ into a single solution.
Network and Policy Management – Introducing virtualised applications.
Organisations that have multi-site, multi-vendor voice solutions have the requirement to manage their voice and video traffic as effectively as possible. This can be a particularly complex and time intensive task. The PSX policy server application that has been used in conjunction with the Sonus SBC 5000 appliance range as an external sever, is now available as an embedded virtualised application on-board the SBC 5000 products as part of the version 4.0 upgrade. The ePSX (embedded PSX) allows organisations to build a variety of policies as well as centralised dialling plans and centralised call routing plans. This can significantly improve call quality, and security and prevent traffic overloads in the voice network by routing calls via more available paths. Additionally at an application level, applications that can impact business critical real time voice and video applications such as gaming or other non-business based streaming applications can be blocked.
In summary, the new 4.0 software release brings some significant updates to the SBC 5000 series products that can improve call quality, security, throughput and efficiency whilst maintaining a consistent approach to management continuing to drive down the cost of ownership. Enablement of Microsoft Lync 2013 is a big plus for enterprises that want to deploy on-premise based or cloud based Microsoft Lync 2013 enterprise voice.
Sonus Webinar: Enabling and Enhancing Lync Enterprise Voice
Roger Jones, Sonus, introduces the Sonus portfolio and offer insight on how to enhance and develop revenue streams in the SBC market, SIP Trunking and Microsoft Lync Enterprise voice.