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Sonus Software Session Border Controller Highlighted as Fully Featured Network Functions Virtualization Application

February 18, 2014

Sonus Networks, Inc. announced that the Sonus SBC SWe (Software edition) Session Border Controller (SBC) will be featured at Mobile World Congress 2014 as part of a joint project with HP to demonstrate how delivery of Cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) and Rich Communication Services (RCS) can be accelerated through virtualization.

According to a release, the demonstration - located in the HP Mobile World Congress booth (Hall 3, Stand 3A20) - will be comprised of the Sonus SBC SWe running as a fully featured Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) application on HP ProLiant servers. The goal of NFV is to reduce the hardware, power and space requirements to deploy network functions on industry standard servers, switches and storage. The virtualization of network functions reduces dependency on dedicated hardware appliances for network operators and leads to improved scalability and customization across the entire network.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for NFV is working to define the requirements, use cases and architecture for the virtualization of network functions. Together, Sonus and HP will demonstrate the Virtual Network Function as a Service (VNFaaS) use case, the goal of which is to allow service providers to virtualize enterprise customer premise equipment (CPE) on service providers' virtual networks so that enterprises can consume the resources they require as virtual services.

The SBC SWe can be readily deployed into existing virtualized infrastructure. The SBC SWe is a software-based SBC architected to deliver unlimited scalability with the same features and functionality of Sonus' SBC 5000 Series, powering many of the world's service provider networks. The portability and flexibility of the SBC SWe makes it the ideal choice for service providers that have invested in virtualization technology, prefer pre-packaged "solutions in a box," require remote network deployments or want to expand opportunities into new geographic markets where deploying a hardware solution would be impractical or cost prohibitive.

"Sonus is helping service providers better understand how virtualization of key network elements can open new revenue opportunities through efficient, scalable Cloud-based service delivery," said Kevin Riley, chief technology officer, Sonus. "Collaboration among industry leaders is essential in moving this technology and market forward, which is why the work between Sonus and HP is critical in helping service providers best leverage their network assets."

"HP and Sonus have architected a virtual SBC demonstration that showcases how service providers can accelerate the rollout of Cloud- based Unified Communications and Rich Communication Services," said Werner Schaefer, vice president, network functions virtualization, HP. "By aggregating the SBC function at the provider edge, the virtual SBC accelerates rollout into both consumer and enterprise markets to enable broader deployment of virtualization technology."

Sonus helps the world's communications service providers and enterprises embrace the next generation of SIP-based solutions including VoIP, video and Unified Communications through secure and scalable IP networks.

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