Bolstering security for larger installations of a communications technology that IT experts are hailing
as a market phenomenon, a Stockholm, Sweden-based company today launched
a pair of products designed to serve large enterprises and service providers pursing VoIP through session initiation protocol, or “SIP.”
In general terms, SIP trunking is a service offered by Internet telephony service providers so that businesses can adopt VoIP using their Internet connections. That way, they can communicate with others who rely on the PSTN, since the enterprise IP-PBX (News
) is connected to the service provider’s PSTN gateways over the Internet.
Today, officials at Ingate – a company that develops firewall technology and products that enable SIP communications for the enterprise while maintaining control and security at the network edge – launched a pair of high-capacity SIP security products, the so-called “Firewall 2950” and “SIParator 95.”
The products can handle up to 1,800 simultaneous VoIP calls.
According to Ingate’s chief executive officer, Anders Eriksson – who has picked up a strong industry reputation, in part, through the company’s participation and leadership in seminars at the ITEXPO
East and West – the two new products are designed to meet a need for growing demand for large-scale secure SIP trunk installations.
“As an Enterprise Session Border Controller, the SIParator 95 is addressing these customer deployments, as is the 2950 for Firewall installations,” Eriksson said. “In addition to SIP trunks, they provide the ability to adopt the full breadth of UC applications and do so in a secure manner.”
That’s essentially what the company’s Firewalls and SIParators do: Deliver secure, simplified adoption of SIP communications, including VoIP and Unified Communications (News
Specifically, they solve Network Address Translation traversal with SIP, and enable far- and near-end NAT traversal to extend the SIP capabilities within the corporate network to remote workers. They also feature Ingate’s SIP proxy technology, which delivers maximum control over SIP signaling, traffic and network security, creating one truly converged network for both data and VoIP.
That’s an IP communications scenario that’s gaining momentum in this slower economy, including among incumbent Internet and cable service providers, Eriksson says.
“I think we are coming to a situation where SIP trunking is really coming off as a market phenomenon,” Eriksson told TMCnet during a recent interview
. “We have been working since 2001 with the SIP development and you know we’re waiting for it to stick. But more and more, I think the market now is telling us that it’s taking off and that it’s becoming a standard technology.”
The new products fit nicely into Ingate’s popular family of Firewalls and SIParators. Both the 2950 and 95 have six interfaces and offer 4.5 Gbit/s throughput. They include 50 SIP user licenses that can be used for the registration of SIP users on the SIP registrar. 50 SIP traversal licenses are also included, allowing up to 50 calls to traverse the firewall simultaneously.
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Michael Dinan is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Michael's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Michael Dinan