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February 23, 2006

Quintum, Intel Empower ISVs, OEMs with Gateway Bundle

Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Associate Editor

VoIP gateway provider Quintum Technologies has empowered service providers with a cost-efficient way to bridge legacy telephony systems with next-generation networks that can support a myriad of new applications with the recent introduction of its Gateway bundle, tied to Intel NetStructure Host Media Processing (HMP) software.
The bundle, introduced earlier this month, is comprised of Quintum’s Tenor AS and BX lines of gateways and switches as well as Intel’s NetStructure platform. Targeted towards independent software vendors (ISVs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the bundled offering is available through value-added resellers such as Paracon.
The bottom line with HMP technology is flexibility, Quintum officials said. By utilizing HMP technology, developers put forward services that are not only cost-effective, but scalable for developing applications. The combination of Intel HMP software with Quintum's switches and gateways helps complete the line of network access solutions.
“Utilizing the HMP platform and connecting into both future and legacy networks really provides the opportunity for a lot of applications to be developed,” Chuck Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Quintum Technologies told TMCnet in an interview. “What HMP brings to the table is that ability to have these pre-packaged modules of telephony functions that can be assembled very quickly in a relatively inexpensive way. It provides an environment that people can be creative with.”
HMP software from Intel performs media processing tasks on a general-purpose computing architecture without the use of specialized hardware. When installed on a system, the software acts like an Intel Dialogic board with DM3 architecture to the customer application.
“The real benefit is that the HMP platform provides a flexible platform for developing applications. Together, the pair can provide a very flexible platform because the Quintum Tenor is designed as a multipath switch as opposed to a gateway. The HMP can leverage the strength of the Tenor to really enhance the overall applications that can be created on that platform,” said Rutledge.
According to the company’s release, ISVs and OEMs will profit by using Quintum's switches and gateways with HMP software by rapid product development. Between the different scales of servers and the different sizes of Quintum devices, developers can address a wide range of applications: IP-PBX, Contact/Call Center Applications, Messaging, IVR Services, Conferencing, and SMS Services.
“Quintum has such a broad range of increments. We go from 2 to 48 in relatively nice increments and 48 is certainly the top of what you can find in terms of capacity on an analog VoIP device. One great aspect about HMP is I just have to scale up my server for more capacity,” noted Rutledge.
In terms of convergence, the real value is in applications. With a broad range of applications offerings, providers gain competitive edge over the market and enhance the productivity of their workforce.
“The function that we provide at the edge of the network is the complete aspect of addressing the concerns that any kind of converged application is going to face at the edge of the network. It’s going to need to be able to provide productivity to all of the legacy equipment inside, out to the PSTN,” concluded Rutledge.
Michelle Pasquerello is Online Channels Editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit Michelle Pasquerello’s columnist page.


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