The 10th anniversary is traditionally celebrated with tin or aluminum, but over at Voxeo (News - Alert), it's all gold as it marked its own 10th anniversary of session initiation protocol (SIP) support. SIP is one of the biggest parts of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communications, and Voxeo's support for the service has led to some even more impressive milestones beyond the sheer longevity of its operation.
The 10th anniversary for Voxeo's support of SIP goes well beyond just marking months and years. Thanks to the support, Voxeo has successfully processed an enormous amount of voice calling--Voxeo's estimates put it in the range of tens of billions of minutes--and an even larger amount of VoIP packets, measuring up in the trillions. Voxeo counts a substantial number of customers at the enterprise and the service provider levels, and offers a complete solution for the needs of those groups, including conferencing systems, call control that can be programmed as needed, and of course, VoIP calling.
Voxeo is built on SIP from its most basic components, representing what Voxeo's chief technology office RJ Auburn calls "...a bet that SIP and Voice over IP would be the industry standard...," and 10 years later, it's fairly clear it was a bet that paid off. The process of building Voxeo's systems ran across two years--it started building in 2001, and opened access in 2003 to developers and enterprise users. Voxeo owns its own SIP stack, and therefore, can bring in a communications system compatible with any environment using SIP. Voxeo is regularly seen at industry event SIPit (News - Alert), and has been attending the interoperability testing event since December 2001.
But what about the future? We've already seen a lot of movement going toward WebRTC; what place will SIP-heavy systems like Voxeo have when WebRTC becomes a full-fledged operation? Voxeo is already, at last report, working to prepare for this switch, and is even the co-editor of the World Wide Web Coalition's own WebRTC specification, putting it in a very good position to take advantage of the new movement. Voxeo even chairs outright the VoiceXML (News - Alert) and CCXML working groups, giving it a broad exposure to upcoming communications strategies.
Basically, Voxeo is not only ready to handle the needs of communications today, but also the needs of communications in the future as well. While the exact nature of those communications is unclear, Voxeo has been getting ready for change for a long time, and is in an excellent position to provide as those changes take their full effect. Only time will tell what news Voxeo has at its 15th anniversary to share, let alone its 20th or even 50th, but it should still be very impressive nonetheless.
Edited by Brooke Neuman