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April 28, 2008
Aricent Partners with Technology Companies and OEMs to Form MSBG Alliance

Aricent (News - Alert), the communications software company, has announced that it has partnered with a group of leading technology companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to form the communication industry’s first Multi-Service Business Gateway (MSBG) Alliance.

This new Alliance will have a primary mission of accelerating the development of MSBG systems and complete solutions for service providers.

By combining voice, video and data communications in a single multi-service broadband platform, MSBGs replace the need for separate PBX (News - Alert), routers, firewalls, gateways, cable modems, VPN and other security appliances.

These gateways are designed to simplify the communications equipment of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and remote branch offices (RBOs) of large enterprises. This Alliance was built around the Aricent Converged Access Solution (CAS) and a number of additional partners to be announced during Interop (News - Alert) 2008.

Aricent and the Alliance members plan to showcase MSBG solutions, at the LSI booth.
The first application software provider in the Alliance, Aricent has developed Aricent CAS for MSBGs, a software product that combines SIP-based VoIP services, virtual private networks (VPN) and security, Wi-Fi access, quality of service (QoS), LAN switching, IPv4 routing, WAN access and network management into a single compact gateway solution.

“We’re proud to be a co-founder and the first applications software provider in the MSBG Alliance. This Alliance has the capability to deliver products that enable businesses of all sizes to tame the complexity in their communications systems,” said Sajal Gupta, Head of Products, Aricent, in a Monday statement.

“We are delighted that the Aricent Converged Access Solution is proving to be a foundation for the MSBG market. Our ongoing relationship with LSI has opened up the opportunity to partner with more companies that are integral to the production and distribution of MSBGs.”

"Aricent has a unique offering for the MSBG software market today with the Aricent Converged Access Solution," said Charlie Kawwas, vice president of segment marketing for the Network and Storage Products Group, LSI, in Monday’s statement.

"We’re happy to be jointly delivering our first OEM product powered by Aricent CAS at Interop. The MSBG Alliance launch will ensure that more companies can benefit from the Aricent CAS solution."

On Tuesday, Charlie Kawwas, and Tony Pereira, Business Communications Portfolio, Nortel (News - Alert) Networks will present the session, “Managed Services: The Real-Time Tipping Point” where they will discuss the new services enabled by the application of MSBG systems and introduce the MSBG Alliance.

The forming of this Alliance is sure to provide significant benefit for not only those within the Alliance, but also to end customers that can gain competitive advantage from the solutions that will emerge from these companies working together. Service providers will be able to benefit from the Alliance as new technologies are developed to allow for new revenues.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMC (News - Alert) and has also written for eastbiz.com. To see more of her articles, please visit Susan J. Campbell’s columnist page.
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