VoIP vendor AudioCodes has made key enhancements to its Enterprise Session Border Controller flagship offerings, the Median 1000 and Mediant 3000 platforms. AudioCodes is continuing its pursuit of the SIP market, the focus of many of its recent releases, while targeting hosted IP PBX, remote extension and contact center and conferencing services as well. The new upgrades are designed to bring session border controller (SBC) capabilities ensuring consistent security, QoS, and mediation across network boundaries for VoIP applications to those customers migrating from TDM to SIP trunking access, as well as those who have already made the move and just want a standalone SBC. This SBC functionality complements the vendors TDM to IP or IP to IP media gateways.
The Mediant platforms are all-in-one multiservice access devices for both service providers and the enterprise, combining Media Gateways, session border controller, data and voice security elements, data routing, LAN switching and WAN access.
The new SBCs particularly focus on security threats in the VoIP environment; the E-SBC line provides perimeter VoIP defense, signalling mediation and media transcoding to protect against VoIP spam, call fraud, identity theft, and eavesdropping. QoS monitoring and SLA enforcement are also strong components of the system, making these platforms well-suited to the SMB as well as enterprise market.
This release builds on the recently released UcSIPT, a platform that bundles Microsoft Corp.‘s Communications Server 14 with SIP trunking services. The system is based on AudioCodes full session border controller support, as well as a multipurpose Media Gateway that works for several Microsoft tools: Basic Gateways, Basic Hybrid gateways, Enhanced gateways, and Survivable Branch Appliances.
AudioCodes, a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, has already released several gateways that work with Microsoft tools, such as its Survivable Branch Appliance. These moves also give AudioCodes a toehold into the unified communications market via Microsofts Communications Server. Strategically, the company is emphasizing its gateway and SBC capabilities as key components that speed the migration to converged, IP-based access and services.
“The AudioCodes ESBC family is creating a new breed of CPE products for the emerging SIP Trunking market, said Elka Popova, Program Director at Frost & Sullivan. Customers have been looking for a safe and straightforward way to move their existing telephony environment from PSTN services to the more cost-effective SIP Trunking services. AudioCodes’ family of Enterprise Session Border Controllers allows them to transparently and securely connect their existing environment to SIP Trunking, while also providing investment protection and an upgrade path to more services and to a full MultiService Business Gateway environment. Service providers can use this innovative platform to provide basic SBC services and then add more services for their customers as required.