AudioCodes Announces Survivable Branch Appliances for Microsoft Communications Server "14"
AudioCodes Mediant 1000 and Mediant 2000 Multi-Service Business Gateways are now field-upgradable to support Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) new functionality
Lod, Israel, March 22, 2010, AudioCodes (NasdaqGS: AUDC), a leading provider of Voice over IP (VoIP) technologies and Voice Network products and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has taken its next step in enabling customers the migration to Microsoft unified communications (UC) solutions, by expanding its line of gateways to support Microsoft’s Survivable Branch Appliance functionality.
Fortune 500 companies have been using AudioCodes’ Mediant 1000 and Mediant 2000 Gateways with both Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. With the introduction of Microsoft Communications Server "14" and the Survivable Branch Appliance, customers can upgrade their AudioCodes Gateways to support the Survivable Branch Appliance features. In addition, the same gateways also support the connection to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
AudioCodes Mediant 1000 and Mediant 2000 Survivable Branch Appliances offer a combination of a Media Gateway platform running the SIP control functions, a DSP farm, running the media functions, and a separate, Intel Core2Duo high performance server module, running the Microsoft Survivable Branch Appliance software.
In addition to the standard Microsoft Survivable Branch Appliance feature set, the AudioCodes Survivable Branch Appliances offer a rich selection of advanced features, built specially to support the Microsoft UC technologies. These features include integrated support of Active Directory Lookup, "Crossover Gateway Resilience" for a fully redundant configuration, and many more.
The AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Survivable Branch Appliance offers a very flexible and modular world-class architecture, supporting a mixture of FXS, FXO, BRI and E1/T1 PBX and PSTN connections. This modularity allows customers to connect the Mediant 1000 Survivable Branch Appliance to virtually any PBX, IP-PBX or PSTN network around the world, supporting up to 120 concurrent calls and 1000 registered users. In addition, it allows the utilization of a new Communications Server "14" feature, by connection of legacy analog phones into the Microsoft UC environment, using the FXS integrated ports. Fax can also be enabled, using embedded T.38 and fax routing features of the Media Gateway.
The AudioCodes Mediant 2000 Survivable Branch Appliance offers great scalability, supporting up to 16 E1/T1 PBX and PSTN connections, 480 concurrent calls, and 1000 registered users, in a compact, 1U integrated system. Using a combination of the Mediant 2000 and MediaPack analog gateways, customers can enable the connection of legacy analog phones into the Microsoft UC environment.
"AudioCodes is happy to move ahead together with Microsoft into the next step of implementing world-class, survivable, distributed Unified Communications Networks," stated Lior Aldema, Chief Operation Officer at AudioCodes. "We have seen the momentum being built with our introduction of products qualified with Office Communications Server, which can now be easily upgraded to support the Survivable Branch Appliance functionality. Many customers are buying into our joint solution with Microsoft, and we are confident that with the release of Communications Server "14," we will see even more of them joining the UC world we enjoy ourselves, every day of our business lives."
"AudioCodes Survivable Branch Appliance extends Microsoft Communications Server "14", enabling the same level of security and quality in branch offices during wide area network failures," said Yancey Smith, director of Communications Server Product Management at Microsoft Corp.
For more information about AudioCodes’ Survivable Branch Office Appliances for the Microsoft unified communications environment, please visit www.audiocodes.com/SBA.
AudioCodes will be exhibiting at VoiceCon, Orlando, March 22-24, 2010 in booth #428.