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RadiSys Convedia CMS-9000 Media Server Now Has Redundancy

RadiSys (News - Alert) Corporation (, a major global provider of advanced embedded solutions, particularly for the communications networking and commercial systems markets, recently announced that their RadiSys Convedia CMS-9000 is the industry’s first media server to offer N+1 Media Processing Card (MPC) redundancy. RadiSys Convedia media servers now having this fault-tolerant feature enable Conferencing Service Providers (CSPs) and enterprises to provide their customers with VoIP conferencing services possessing an extremely high level of reliability.

Ray Adensamer (News - Alert), Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Senior Manager, Product Marketing for the Media Server Business Unit for RadiSys, says, “We’ve been in the Voice-over-IP industry for a number of years now, and the initial motivation for people to migrate from traditional circuit-switched technology to VoIP concerned economic reasons, bandwidth efficiencies, and so forth. We’re now starting to see a maturity in the market where it’s going beyond that, into improved reliability of VoIP network components.”

“Specifically, our business unit does a lot of work in the conferencing industry,” says Adensamer. “Nine of the top ten conferencing service providers worldwide use our products, and they’ve deployed those products for the usual economic-related reasons: lower price per port, higher capacities, lower power consumption and less ongoing maintenance. But this release addresses service level agreements. A conferencing service provider offering a hosted conferencing service has to provide some sort of service level guarantees to their customers. This new feature is all about yet again improving the reliability of supporting conference customers. We had system control card redundancy in our product for a number of years now, and this improvement now adds a layer of media processing card redundancy. So, if any one card fails – and an actual failure is a rare event – then the conference as well as all of the participants and all of the parameters that go with it, are handed over to a standby card. This is a unique capability in the industry. As far as we know, no other media server/conference bridge vendor can do something like this.”

“The key benefit is obvious,” says Adensamer. “There are no dropped conference calls at all. So this is a huge value proposition, especially for our conferencing customers. This feature has been discussed and has been in planning for a number of years. There was a major investment that the RadiSys Media Server Business Unit made to create this feature and that’s why we’re pretty excited to announce it.” IT

Richard Grigonis (News - Alert) is Executive Editor of TMC’s IP Communications Group.

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