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September 29, 2010

Network Equipment Technologies Announces Wire Speed Mediation Platform

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Network Equipment Technologies (News - Alert) (NET) a provider of high performance networking equipment optimized for real-time communications, introduced its UX Series high performance mediation platform.

The company also announced the general availability of its UX2000, the first of a series of products based on the new platform.

The UX platform uses the company’s state-of-the-art network and signal processing technology. It features a 24Gbs, non-blocking, IP-core backplane capable of routing more than 35 million packets per second.

The high performance digital signal processors (DSPs) operating on this backplane provide wire speed performance during even the most demanding, high complexity transcoding and security encryption operations, the company said.

“The UX platform has been designed from the ground up with an amazing set of technology placed into a 1U chassis. We have taken the mediation platform to a whole new level,” Talbot Harty, chief development officer, NET (News - Alert), said.

The UX2000 from NET is a modular 1U system specifically designed for unified communications, enterprise border controller and multi-service business gateway applications.

Featuring up to six high performance DSPs and two telecom card slots with a choice of 2, 4, or 8 port DS1 cards, the UX2000 offers the industry's best mediation processing for IP-to-TDM, IP-to-IP, or TDM-to-TDM solutions, according to NET officials.

UX2000 can be supported with a third-party optional, high-performance, server-class application solutions module or “ASM (News - Alert)” based on a 2.53Ghz Intel Core i7 processor.

According to Harty, the UX2000 is a true enterprise-class product designed for modularity, outstanding performance, and ease of use. “We are now in position to build upon the capabilities of this platform to deliver a comprehensive set of UX Series products for our target markets.”

While the media gateways can have severely degraded call capacities during high complexity media processing operations, the UX2000 can support up to 600 simultaneous transcoded and encrypted calls, the company claims.

The addition of UX Series to NET product portfolio goes in line with the company’s vision to encourage the adoption of UC, enterprise SIP-Trunking and real-time communications.

The UX2000 provides interoperability with NET's VX Series Voice Exchange and Tenor media gateway products while supporting the transparent "drop-in" installation methodology for the upstream deployment model that was pioneered by NET, company officials said.

The initial software release for the UX2000 includes powerful QoE features, industry leading voice quality, intelligent call routing, call forking, and comprehensive PBX (News - Alert) interoperability, the company said.

Like in the VX Series, NET has built the directory-based call routing feature directly into the UX platform. The multi-mode user interface provides configuration and real-time management of UX nodes. A Web-based user interface simplifies and accelerates installation using a "task" configuration mode.

The UX platform is designed in such a way that NET can add additional features in the future through the issuance of software releases. Additionally, new chassis models are planned to address the requirements of smaller branch offices as well as larger enterprises and service providers, company officials said.

In June NET announced a partnership with Convergent, a Minnesota-based provider of Microsoft (News - Alert) unified communications, to implement NET's VX Series as the organization's strategic VoIP unified communications solution for Red Wing Shoe Company, TMCnet reported.

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

Edited by Erin Monda