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November 11, 2010

Acme Packet, Glowpoint Deliver Business-to-Business Video Conferencing Solution

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Glowpoint and Acme Packet (News - Alert) , a provider of session border controller solutions, announced an on-demand video conferencing solution for business-to-business or “B2B” video communications.

The new solution is formed by deploying Acme Packet's Net-Net session director of session border controllers in Glowpoint's (News - Alert) Open Video platform, the next generation of Telepresence interExchange Network or “TEN” and hosted cloud-based infrastructure.

Scheduled for commercial release in early 2011, the video conferencing solution will provide business users with a seamless way to meet and communicate across a broad range of systems, on differing carrier networks, without compromising security policies, according to company officials.

Combined with its managed service offerings, Glowpoint's Open Video platform will offer options for seamless point-to-point video dialing, ad-hoc (reservation-less) multi-point conferences for mixed SIP and H.323 environments and fully managed conferences and video devices.

“Interactive video is the primary driver for IP communications and is poised for dramatic growth,” said Zeus Kerravala (News - Alert), senior vice president and distinguished research fellow, Yankee Group, in a statement.

According to Kerravala, Glowpoint's use of Acme Packet session border controllers to enable their on-demand video conferencing offering is a leading example of the next generation all-IP service that is delivered as the industry finally moves beyond voice-only communications.

With Acme Packet's Net-Net SD, Glowpoint can offer on-demand video conferencing based on SIP-SIP, SIP arbitrage, H.323-H.323 or SIP-H.323 interworked signaling, offering greater flexibility to users.

 The Net-Net SD also resolves any signaling inconsistencies between endpoints, enhancing Glowpoint's ability to accommodate disparate video conferencing endpoints with a centralized provisioning model that reduces costs by eliminating the need for Glowpoint to customize individual customer endpoints.

Acme Packet's Net-SAFE creates clearly defined security borders, offering a comprehensive mix of security functions including: Layer 2-7 Denial of Service or “DoS” attack detection and prevention; topology hiding; VPN separation and interworking; and dynamic access control lists.

As part of the pre-launch of Open Video, the companies are offering Virtual Video Room or “VVR,” which offers a dial-in "meet me" room for ad-hoc multi-point meetings. VVR delivers B2B meetings to SIP, H.323 and ISDN-based video--as well as audio-only--participants without having to re-configure customer owned MCUs and without having to establish carrier interconnects for private MPLS networks, company officials stated.

Earlier in September Acme Packet announced that its Net-Net Session Director has successfully achieved interoperability qualification with Microsoft (News - Alert) Office Communications Server or “OCS” 2007 R2 when the SD is used along with IP trunking service offering from Verizon Business.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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