Monday, October 3, 2011

Avaya Acquires Sipera for Securing Unified Communications

Avaya has acquired Sipera Systems, a privately-held supplier of Unified Communications (UC) enablement and security solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

Sipera supplies set of fit-for-purpose, enterprise-class SBC capabilities for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking that offers customers and channel partners flexibility, security and value. Sipera provides application-layer security. Security features include a patent-pending remote worker solution that helps deploy VPN-less solutions and advanced toll fraud protection.

"Sipera's broad portfolio of open, enterprise-focused security technologies strongly align with our own Avaya Aura unified communications architecture. Together, we will help customers simplify deployment, management and maintenance of secure, multi-vendor UC and contact center environments while providing them with greater flexibility to support remote and mobile employees using the device that best suits their needs," stated Dr. Alan Baratz, Senior Vice President and President, Global Communications Solutions, Avaya.

  • In May 2010, Sipera Systems raised $10 million in venture funding for its real-time Unified Communications (UC) enablement and security solutions. he new funding was led by S3 Ventures, and includes participation by prior investors Austin Ventures, Duchossois Technology Partners (DTEC), Sequoia Capital, and STAR Ventures. This brings Sipera's total funding to $48 million. The company was founded in 2003.

    Sipera's "Borderless UC" architecture enables enterprise managers to safely extend UC over any network to any device, including office phones, home office phones, remote call center agents, video devices, soft-phones, collaboration tools, and smartphones. The company's portfolio includes its smartphone UC security solutions and UC-Sec enterprise UC security product family. Its UC security appliance protects against signaling and media vulnerabilities while maintaining the highest quality of service (QoS). It terminates encrypted UC traffic, offers fine-grained policy enforcement to apply different security and call routing rules, and solves firewall/NAT traversal among other UC deployment issues.