Market leading SBCs enable service providers to introduce fully-featured and interoperable Microsoft Lync-based UC services for enterprises
BEDFORD, MA, MARCH 6, 2012 – Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, today announced that Microsoft Corp. has selected the Acme Packet Net-Net Session Director session border controllers (SBCs) for the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting, a unified communications (UC) hosting solution for telecom and hosting providers. In addition, Acme Packet announced today that its Net-Net Session Director is part of the Microsoft Lync Hosted Pack Reference Architecture, a blueprint that hosting providers use to create UC services for enterprise customers, and that Acme Packet has joined the Microsoft Lync Hosted Pack Reference Architecture Partner Ecosystem, a group of IP communications product vendors and service providers organized by Microsoft to create solutions that enable the introduction of an array of UC services based on Microsoft Lync.
“Acme Packet’s SBCs are an excellent addition to the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting,” said Warren Barkley, general manager for Lync at Microsoft. “They provide key session control and interworking functions that help enable hosted UC providers to easily connect with third party SIP trunk services.”
“We chose the Acme Packet Net-Net Session Directors as our SBCs to provide the interoperability and service assurance essential for connecting our hosted voice products, which include Microsoft Lync and SIP trunk services,” said Daniel Allen, CEO, SIPCOM, a Microsoft enabler of Hosted Unified Communications to telcos and service providers. “Through Acme Packet, we can deliver next-generation hosted voice and unified communications services to our customers in over 6,000 cities around the globe with the quality and reliability they demand.”
“Microsoft is the leader in delivering hosted UC services and Acme Packet is excited to join their Microsoft Lync Hosted Pack Reference Architecture Partner Ecosystem,” said Mark Vella, vice president, business development, Acme Packet. “We believe that our session border controllers will play a key role in enabling Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack to drive a new wave of enterprise UC adoption.”
The Acme Packet Net-Net Session Director enables hosted service providers to connect Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack to third party IP telephony networks. Acme Packet SBCs provide critical interoperability and service assurance functions that enable delivery of trusted, first-class UC across IP networks. Microsoft has chosen Acme Packet as an SBC provider for the reference architecture.
Acme Packet SBCs have been qualified by the Microsoft Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program (UCOIP) since September 2011 and satisfy rigorous testing requirements designed to help ensure seamless setup, support, and operation. The UCOIP qualification enables telecom and hosting providers to deploy complete UC services based on Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack. Acme Packet SBCs are widely deployed in service provider and enterprise networks to provide interoperability across diverse IP telephony and UC solutions from leading third-party vendors and construct uniform end-to-end IP communications services.
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack is a UC hosting solution for telecom and hosting providers. Service providers are able to offer their customers integration between their communication and productivity tools creating a highly collaborative team environment with improved organizational flexibility. It allows service providers to build their own unique value and differentiation.
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About Acme Packet
Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. Our Net-Net product family fulfills demanding security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Acme Packet designs and manufactures its products in the USA, selling them through over 220 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,600 customers in 107 countries have deployed over 16,000 Acme Packet systems, including 88 of the top 100 service providers and 41 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit www.acmepacket.com.
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