Prominence Announces New Management Solution

May 5, 2004


Prominence Networks announces new configuration and management solution for IP telephony and videoconferencing over diffServ networks. MediaIP Release 3.0 incorporates diffServ capability, redundant configuration & support for distributed, multi-site VoIP deployments.

Holmdel, New Jersey, May 4, 2004 – Enhancing and extending the configuration and management of Differentiated Class of Service (DiffServ) networks, Prominence Networks, Inc. today announced MediaIP Release 3.0, the latest version of its MediaIP service control and management solution for IP telephony and videoconferencing. In addition, MediaIP Release 3.0’s advanced redundancy and clustering features support large, distributed, multi-site IP Telephony deployments requiring increased reliability and availability.

Many enterprises have adopted the DiffServ quality of service (QoS) model to transport real-time traffic such as voice and videoconferencing over their converged IP networks. MediaIP Release 3.0 extends DiffServ’s packet marking, classification and policing mechanisms with:

– End-to-end network intelligence to ensure bandwidth is available end-to-end for high quality IP voice and video calls.

– Network wide call admissions control to admit calls only if sufficient bandwidth is available throughout the network.

– Simplified DiffServ configuration and management through automation and dynamic bandwidth management.

Availability and Reliability for Enterprise Deployments

In addition, as enterprises deploy IP telephony across their multi-site footprints, they require high availability and reliability. MediaIP Release 3.0 meets these needs through a new active/standby cluster configuration with 1+1 physical redundancy to provide higher levels of availability. Moreover, MediaIP Release 3.0 has been engineered to support multiple gateways, gatekeeper zones and IP PBX clustering to meet the needs of large enterprise deployments that feature distributed architectures for redundancy, scalability and resiliency.

“Configuring, managing and maintaining real-time applications such as VoIP and IP videoconferencing with DiffServ can be a challenge as the network evolves and traffic patterns change, notes Sid Nag, Prominence Networks Founder and CEO.

“MediaIP Release 3.0’s automated configuration and management simplifies the configuration process, and its dynamic bandwidth management adapts to real-time traffic changes automatically. MediaIP’s end-to-end network view enhances DiffServ’s capabilities to support network wide call admissions control; calls are only admitted if there is sufficient bandwidth at every hop.

Key Features/Capabilities of MediaIP Release 3.0:

Differentiated Class of Service Support

– End-to-end network view supporting dynamic bandwidth management

– Enhanced, network-wide call admissions control

– Automated configuration and management of router queues and policies

Redundant Configuration for Enhanced Availability and Reliability

– Active/Standby cluster configuration with 1+1 physical redundancy

– Cluster configuration for the MediaIP Controller and Director

– Database replication and backup; automatic failover

– Support for Distributed, Multi-Site IP Telephony Deployments

– Support for redundant IP PBX configurations

– Multiple gatekeeper zones support

– Multiple gateway support

Pricing and Availability

Prominence Networks Release 3.0 products are available immediately. The Prominence MediaIP Service Control Solution is flexibly priced to accommodate small branch offices to Fortune 50 corporate headquarters. Prominence’s MediaIP Service Controller is available in appliance and 1U server models and is licensed based on the number of simultaneous calls supported. The standard, rack mountable MediaIP Director is licensed by the number of sites managed.

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