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Press Release -- November 6th, 2013
Source: Sonus Networks
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Sonus SBC 5210, SBC 5110 Session Border Controllers Receive Microsoft Lync 2013 Qualification

  Industry’s Broadest End-to-End Lync Qualified SBC Solution Delivers SIP-enabled Applications from the Enterprise Headquarters to the Branch Office

Key Takeaways:

  • The Sonus SBC 5210 and SBC 5110 Session Border Controllers (SBCs) received Microsoft® Lync® 2013 qualification.
  • Sonus’ status as a Microsoft Gold Communications partner signifies the company’s expertise in securing and enabling interoperability in Microsoft Unified Communications deployments.
  • The Sonus SBC portfolio provides the industry’s broadest end-to-end Microsoft Lync qualified SBC solution, delivering Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-enabled applications from the enterprise headquarters to the branch office.

WESTFORD, Mass. – Sonus Networks, Inc., a global leader in SIP communications, today announced that the Sonus SBC 5210 and Sonus SBC 5110 Session Border Controllers have achieved Microsoft Lync 2013 qualification for Session Border Controller (SBC) deployments.

Lync Enterprise Voice continues to gain market momentum, offering companies a way to reduce costs and improve productivity. The SBC – which Microsoft recommends be included in a Lync Enterprise Voice deployment to ensure interoperability and functionality – is installed at the border between the internal Lync Enterprise Voice network and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking services at the network border, to enable a more seamless flow of SIP-based multi-vendor media for Unified Communications (UC).

Sonus SBCs serve a critical role in enabling and activating Microsoft Lync within enterprise SIP networks. By integrating Sonus SBCs into Lync deployments, these powerful network devices protect, secure, simplify and standardize real-time, SIP-based multimedia communications – including voice over IP (VoIP) and video – enabling enterprises' UC vision to become a reality.

A Nemertes Research report, “Microsoft Lync Reality Check,” indicated that most enterprises are implementing an evolutionary implementation strategy to Lync Enterprise Voice. Most enterprises are starting small and either augmenting existing telephony systems or gradually migrating those groups most well suited to a softphone-centric working model. For this reason, it is critical that the SBC enables interoperability between different network elements provided from a variety of UC vendors. Sonus SBCs deliver built-in media transcoding, network security (such as encryption, authentication and denial of service (DoS) protection), robust SIP interworking, intelligent call routing and multi-vendor interoperability.

Quotes:

“Sonus continues to drive innovation in the SBC market, and Microsoft Lync 2013 qualification is another demonstration of our portfolio excellence,” said David Tipping, vice president and general manager, SBC Business, Sonus. “Sonus is the only vendor offering enterprises and service providers a complete end-to-end Lync qualified SBC solution. From the enterprise headquarters to branch offices, Sonus SBCs empower customers to communicate in the most efficient ways – whenever and wherever – with seamless, secure access to Unified Communications applications such as instant messaging, collaboration, video, conferencing and voice.”

“We are pleased to continue the long-standing relationship between Sonus and Microsoft by recognizing its certification for Microsoft Lync 2013,” said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager of Lync Product Marketing at Microsoft. “As a Gold Communications Partner, Sonus offers a broad portfolio of Microsoft Lync qualified SBCs to help enterprises of all sizes maximize Enterprise Voice investments.”

Other Facts:

  • Sonus has launched a new resource and informational microsite designed to educate enterprises and service providers about the value of SBCs in Microsoft Lync Enterprise Voice deployments. Visit the site at www.sonus.net/lync.
  • The Sonus SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 Session Border Controllers also received Microsoft Lync 2013 qualification in several categories, including SBC, survivable branch appliance (SBA), E-911 ELIN gateway and enhanced gateway. The SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 also received Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Unified Messaging qualification.
  • Sonus is positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for Session Border Controllers," published October 21, 2013 by Gartner, Inc.
  • The Sonus SBC 5100 was named a 2012 Product of the Year by TMC and the editors of Internet Telephony and Customer magazines.
  • Sonus is the fastest growing brand of SBCs (Source: Infonetics Research, 2011 – 2012)
  • Sonus was named to the 2013 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators in the U.S. for a second consecutive year. Sonus received the award in recognition of its 2013 companywide UC deployment, featuring Microsoft Lync Enterprise Voice and SBCs.

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Sonus, SONS, Microsoft, Microsoft Lync, Unified Communications, UC, SIP, session management, cost savings, employee productivity, smartphones, tablets, savings report, study, trends, session border controller, SBC

About Sonus Networks:

Sonus helps the world's leading communications service providers and enterprises embrace the next generation of SIP-based solutions including VoIP, video and Unified Communications through secure, reliable and scalable IP networks. With customers around the globe and 15 years of experience transforming networks to IP, Sonus has enabled service providers and enterprises to capture and retain users and generate significant ROI. Sonus products include session border controllers, policy/routing servers, subscriber feature servers and media and signaling gateways. Sonus products are supported by a global services team with experience in design, deployment and maintenance of some of the world's largest and most complex IP networks. For more information, visit www.sonus.net or call 1-855-GO-SONUS.

Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

The information in this release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Although Sonus believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this report are forward-looking statements. Our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Sonus' business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of Sonus' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Any forward-looking statements represent Sonus' views only as of the date on which such statement is made, and should not be relied upon as representing Sonus' views as of any subsequent date. While Sonus may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point, Sonus specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law.

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