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August 20, 2010

PortaSwitch Maintenance Now Available in Updated Version

Global communications software company PortaOne has announced PortaSwitch Maintenance Release 22 (MR22), a major new release of the company's flagship VoIP call control and subscriber management platform.

This newest offering features a number of important upgrades that add value and performance for customers and service providers alike. Company officials said that MR22 is now available to current PortaSwitch owners for field testing, and there is no additional license fee required.

Additionally, the company also introduced a new “long-life” designation for sanctioned prior releases of PortaSwitch. Company officials said that “Long-Life” denotes a stable version of PortaSwitch that will be supported with bug fixes, minor improvements and other software support for an extended period of time.

Only after extensive field test in real commercial operations, “Long-life” status is expected to be assigned to certain maintenance releases. Company officials said that a new maintenance release, such as MR22, may gain “long-life” status after going through several consecutive builds and providing its long-term stability.

Company officials said that the “long-life” designation is applied to Maintenance Release 20, the last version of PortaSwitch to run on the FreeBSD operating system.

To PortaOne’s (News - Alert) platform, PortaSwitch MR22 brings a number of new performance features. With the newest release, user can see where a forwarded call comes from. Company officials said that Visible Call Forwarding allows hosted IP PBX (News - Alert) users to see the source of forwarded calls.

Thanks to a new capability in SIP proxy for PortaSIP, PortaSwitch’s SIP softswitch can now enable caching of successful registration information. The new feature for businesspeople, MP3 voicemail, is an addition to traditional WAV (News - Alert) recording that allows voicemails attached to outgoing email to be played on new MP3-compliant platforms such as iPhones. 

Company officials said that a new layer of protection for residential VoIP users, password protection ensures that popular PIN-less dialing services based on outgoing ANI or CLI are not spoofed. 

“We believe the debut of MR22, as well as our new 'long-term' designation, will provide a comprehensive and powerful development path for any PortaSwitch user,” said Andriy Zhylenko (News - Alert), chief technical officer at PortaOne.

Additionally, the company said that caching authentication during IP phone registration introduced with MR22 results in 100 percent PortaSwitch performance increase.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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