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Cisco and MCI to Collaborate on SMB IP Services

February 22, 2005

 

ciscoThe partners will link together technology solutions and sales channels to faciltate SMB adoption of all forms of IP.

Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) and MCI, Inc (NASDAQ:MCIP) announced today a collaboration which will enhance Cisco channel partners’ ability to sell, deploy and support IP-based next generation services to small and medium businesses.

The products will include both hosted and premise-based IP solutions that combine MCI services and Cisco technology. Small and medium businesses will gain enhanced access to MCI network services based on Cisco technology, and MCI services will become available through Cisco channels.

Small and medium businesses that cannot afford to support advanced technologies are looking for competitive end-to-end support of IP applications, the companies say. By combining resources, both companies are able to offer them a larger selection of fully supported voice, data and security solutions.

Network and premise-based solutions to be offered will include MCI’s MCI Advantage VoIP service and Cisco’s Call Manager and Call Manager Express. MCI’s MPLS-based VPN service, Private IP, which just received Cisco Powered Network status, will also be available.

Sylantro and Leapstone Announce Service Delivery Partnership

December 14, 2004

 

sylantroThe combination of Sylantro hosted IP solutions and Leapstone content management systems will offer carriers new service delivery options.

Sylantro Systems Corp and Leapstone Systems today announced a partnership to deliver fully integrated business and consumer VoIP offerings for telecommunications service providers worldwide.

Sylantro Systems delivers hosted IP-PBX and IP Centrex applications, voice VPNs and consumer broadband applications via its carrier-grade feature server, which has telco-grade scalability, reliability, operability and regulatory compliance required for massively scalable carrier deployments up to millions of users.

Leapstone Systems delivers intelligent service delivery and content management solutions to network operators through its Communications Convergence Engine product suite, which enables operators to accelerate revenues via rapid service introduction and reduce costs via simplified integration and better management of network resources.

The companies already have deployments together in a large-scale U.S. RBOC network, and are currently in trials with other incumbent service providers. Their interoperability and partnership is expected to allow carriers to provide their own differentiated applications to end customers.

Ingate launches partner program at Spring VON

March 15, 2004

 

Extends Successful SIP Sales Support, Certification and Training Program – Already Established Overseas – to U.S. Market.

 

HOLLIS, N.H., March 15, 2004 – Ingate® Systems, which produces and sells the world’s only fully Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-capable enterprise firewalls, is launching the Ingate Partner Program, an extensive sales support, SIP certification and training program for resellers of telecommunications products, in the United States. The Partner Program is already a success in Europe, and is designed to create a powerful network of SIP-educated resellers that are well positioned to meet the demands of businesses looking to integrate VoIP or any SIP-based realtime communications applications into their enterprise.

The Ingate Partner Program will be announced at Spring VON 2004 on March 29.

The Ingate Partner Program brings together a broad knowledge base on the implementation and enterprise integration of realtime communications applications based on SIP. The standard protocol for VoIP, instant messaging, presence and a host of cost-saving business tools, SIP is quickly becoming a necessity for companies of all sizes looking to remain competitive. This growing demand for SIP-enabling products that can be integrated quickly, effectively and on-budget has many resellers eager for a resource from which they can draw information and sales support.

Key components of the program include education and training opportunities to prepare resellers for SIP-focused sales. Certification training will be available in the following areas: Ingate Firewalls, SIP, VPN and QoS, and sales. Becoming an Ingate Certified SIP Partner assures customers that resellers are fully knowledgeable about SIP and its enterprise implementation, and can deliver informed technical support. “NAT traversal and security are still issues facing IT managers as they SIP-enable their enterprises, but there are solutions that make sense for enterprises of all sizes,” said Olle Westerberg, Chief Executive Officer, Ingate Systems. “Resellers must be able to understand and anticipate questions about integrating SIP and be prepared with the right products for their customers.”

“The Ingate Partner Program started in 2003 in Stockholm. SIP adoption was starting to really take off, and customers were looking to adapt their networks. We found that resellers were eager to tap into our extensive knowledge of SIP and its implementation. Today, Ingate’s Partner Program in Sweden boasts 25 members and is still growing strong,” said Westerberg. “We look forward to meeting the needs of our U.S.-based resellers as well.”

There is no fee to join the Ingate Partner Program.

Partners will receive substantial sales support through Ingate partner WEB, a repository of technical information, sales materials, template sales presentations and a product roadmap for enterprise-wide SIP integration. Information about Ingate activities will also be available through the Ingate partner WEB.

Ingate Partners will also enjoy the following benefits:

• An Ingate Firewall 1200 demo or Ingate Firewall 1400 demo unit at a reduced price.

• E-mail newsletter

• Public relations and marketing support

• Posting of logo on the Ingate home page (www.ingate.com)

• Active sales support

Brix Networks announces Service Assurance Solution

December 17, 2003

 

Brix NetworksCompany’s New BrixMon Software Provides Proactive Performance Monitoring Of IP Telephony Networks And Applications.

 

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — December 16, 2003 —Brix Networks, the trusted provider of real-time service assurance solutions to operators of service-centric networks, today announced BrixMon (TM), the company’s new performance management and service assurance software offering specifically designed for large enterprise networks.

BrixMon provides network administrators with proactive, end-to-end verification of their IP-based networks and applications, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video, Virtual Private Network (VPN) access, and Web services. It affords remote visibility into service performance across the enterprise LAN and WAN, including branch offices, through the management of a network of software-based Brix Verifier Agents or optional hardware Brix Verifiers.

A secure, central-site software system, BrixMon provides automatic test threshold auditing, compliance analysis, sophisticated real-time and historical reporting capabilities, storage for performance data, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for integration with various third-party management tools. BrixMon offers carrier-class reliability and scalability as it delivers a streamlined performance deployment environment especially for enterprises. The system supports the enterprise-standard Windows 2000 operating system, and embeds Oracle’s database management system for transparent installation and management.

BrixMon also sports a powerful, Web-based provisioning, monitoring, and reporting user interface. The easy-to-use BrixMon user interface provides a comprehensive reporting interface designed to effectively troubleshoot network operational issues, monitor network and application performance in real time, and mine historical performance data for trends. Users can choose from among a suite of pre-configured Quick Reports or create Custom Reports, while Executive Reports provide a host of bottom line-focused performance summaries.

BrixMon software supports a complete set of modular, extensible, plug-in test suites for measuring today’s IP-based services, plus network connectivity and traffic monitoring. In addition to active tests that simulate end-user transactions, BrixMon also supports tests that passively monitor network traffic. All tests can be customized to meet the precise testing requirements of an organization, and are automatically downloaded to the testing endpoints deployed throughout the enterprise.

Proactive performance management, through the continuous evaluation of easy-to-set warning and failure thresholds, gives enterprise network managers the opportunity to reroute traffic or reapportion resources and avoid degradations in service levels before their users are affected. With the optional BrixMon Alerting Package, operators can choose to be notified via e-mail, page, and SNMP traps, or to monitor the user interface for current information on IP service “hotspots.”

“Brix Networks’ real-time performance monitoring solutions provide comprehensive network and application coverage,” said Jay Mohr, network manager at the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a Brix customer. “Brix products allow enterprise users to assess the performance impact of IP services on their networks — and on the other critical services being delivered — before, during, and after implementation.” “BrixMon will help empower IT organizations in large enterprises with flexible and detailed analyses of IP services, including VoIP, that have significant wide area requirements,” said Dennis Drogseth, vice president at Enterprise Management Associates, an industry research firm that specializes in network management software and services. “BrixMon can then map these analyses in an automated fashion to service level requirements to prioritize their impact on business. This should help IT further evolve towards enhanced business alignment and control, as IT becomes more and more like a functioning and accountable service provider within the larger business.”

VoIP Service Testing

The optional BrixMon Advanced VoIP Test Suites enable network managers to perform pre-deployment testing, ongoing performance monitoring, and troubleshooting of VoIP networks and applications. The targeted Advanced VoIP Test Suites provide performance and quality tests for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), H.323, or Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP) networks. Detailed test results pinpoint key VoIP quality factors, including call setup, media transmission performance, and voice quality.

Video Conferencing and Streaming Testing

In order for network administrators to control the performance of video services, key quality indicators – like service availability, session initiation, and video transmission quality – must be measured. The optional BrixMon Advanced Video Test Suite provides objective measurements of these quality-impacting factors, including one-way and round-trip latency, jitter, packet and frame loss, rebuffering time, server redirects, bandwidth utilization, and more.

BrixMon software delivers carrier-class functionality, reliability, and scalability and provides enterprise network administrators with complete, end-to-end, service assurance and performance management of multiple IP services from a single system.