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June 26, 2008

MERA Expands Capabilities of its MVTS II Softswitch: Release 1.2.0

By Tim Gray, TMCnet Web Editor

MERA Systems (News - Alert), a developer of tandem softswitches and session border controllers for VoIP, has launched its latest version of MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II (MVTS II), a softswitch with fully distributed modular architecture and highly intelligent traffic handling options.
 
MVTS II is designed to increase the efficiency of VoIP traffic management on large scale networks, according to the company.
 
The MVTS II v. 1.2.0 now includes new mechanisms of Database replication and management node redundancy. Earlier, replication was provided by means of database management system (DB), but now it is fully ensured by intrinsic algorithms of Traffic Manager, according to the company.
 
The improvement has increased the solution’s reliability, as well as simplified the problem analysis, according to MERA.  For maximum fault tolerance all Traffic Switch nodes including the management node are now backed up by launching additional nodes of the same type on separate servers.
 
The invoicing functionality was revised and optimized to include the capability to:  Generate invoices according to predefined schedule; Generate .pdf invoices in one step; Calculate taxes and include the resulting tax amounts into the total invoice amount; Upload currency exchange rates to the Database from external servers.
 
A new node called “synchro” was introduced into Traffic Switch. The synchro node ensures synchronization of the System processes and control over the used resources. The synchro node interoperates with the signaling and Traffic Manager nodes.

To enhance the System performance the newly-introduced synchro node stores current statistics and provides efficient access to statistic counters. The synchro node allows for absolute accuracy when applying equipment capacity restrictions (database storage limits of statistics on active calls could exceed the threshold earlier).
 
Some issues of the previous releases were also fixed in the new version of MVTS II.  
 
Tim Gray is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To see more of his articles, please visit Tim Gray’s columnist page.

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