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Sonus Networks Updates Its Software-based SBC

July 25, 2016

Sonus Networks, a developer of hardware- and software-based session border controllers (SBCs), has announced several updates for its Session Border Controller Software Edition (SBC SWe).

Changes to the SBC include automatic registration and configuration of the SBC itself, leveraging of traffic analysis to ensure high performance of a user’s network, changes to load balancing, and an update to licensing that will allow sharing of network instances. The SBC runs as a virtual network function as part of a business’s cloud deployment, a trend that Sonus CTO Kevin Riley said his company is tackling head-on with its SWe and other network controllers.

“Sonus has led several important network transformations and we are ideally positioned to lead our customers to the cloud with SBC technologies that are optimized for cloud deployments,” Riley said. “Sonus’ SBCs allow service providers to move to hybrid and pure software architectures with minimal friction and ultimately deliver services faster and win more customers.”

When business customers choose to move their assets to the cloud and wish to also use the Sonus SWe, they have a number of options. They can first choose to run their own private cloud with infrastructure software such as OpenStack. They may also want to use a public service such as Amazon Web Services. SWe supports both styles of cloud use because it does not require the use of proprietary hardware or a specific digital processor to work properly.

Users can also take heart in the latest improvements of the SWe. The Sonus SBC can now automatically configure itself to meet the demands of the cloud deployment method users have chosen. Network administrators can then attach their network services quickly by taking advantage of the on-demand instantiation that is now possible with the Sonus software.

Once such services are running, users can then rely on SWe to monitor their performance as well as the performance of the SBC itself. Sonus’ software makes sure that the network services it monitors have all the resources they need and that no single resource crowds out the rest. Updates to its load balancing capabilities keep all network functions running at peak performance alongside one another.

Businesses must also concern themselves with licensing when running software in the cloud. The final, but certainly not least important, change Sonus made to SWe is its handling of licenses. Users can now use a collection of licenses to share across an entire network. All virtual network functions can use the license pool, which will give administrators an idea of how big their pool needs to be and, therefore, what sort of needs-based pricing model the business should seek from Sonus.

In addition to these updates, users can also take note of the SWe’s recent certification from Miercom that assure the SBC can work in the most demanding of network conditions. SBCs play a vital role in the management of communications traffic; the Miercom certification further shows that SWe can work as well as Sonus’ hardware-based brethren while giving businesses a viable means of moving to the cloud.

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