Monday, March 5, 2007

Acme Packet Extends Session Border Control Capabilities

Acme Packet introduced over 30 new features and enhancements that further extend the control capabilities of its Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) for interconnecting IP voice (VoIP), video and multimedia networks to one another. The new features enhance security, service reach maximization, SLA assurance, revenue and profit protection and regulatory compliance.

Acme Packet said the new peering features in Net-Net OS Release 5.0 enhance the precise signaling and media control required by service providers in their interconnect deployments. More specifically, the numerous new edge routing features in Release 5.0 are designed to optimize the selection of the best-available peered network for sessions leaving a provider's network to ensure quality while minimizing transport or termination costs. Similarly, the admission and signaling overload control features assure SLAs for incoming traffic and police network usage. Many SIP, H.323, SIP-H.323 interworking and SDP enhancements facilitate greater interoperability to extend service reach while maintaining security. More flexible and optimized accounting for sessions crossing the interconnect border are enabled via RADIUS Call Detail Record (CDR) enhancements.

Acme Packet's control capabilities have also been extended to the data, text, image and application content of multimedia sessions such as gaming and collaboration.

To protect session privacy between peered networks, the scale of the IPSec encryption capabilities has been increased to 512,000 security associations per SBC using new physical network interface hardware. Lastly, service availability commitments in SLA agreements are addressed with several enhancements in the areas of SBC management, troubleshooting and high-availability operation.


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