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February 23, 2015

Wheelings & Dealings: NS-Technologies Acquired by Dialogic

Without standardization, we end up with a combination of various and usually disparate networks. Dialogic (News - Alert), Inc. is one company whose goal is to boost the reliability of any-to-any network connections. Dialogic is able to efficiently connect these disparate networks through an assortment of networks and networking protocols that include IP, SIP and IMS.

It was announced today, February 23, 2015, that Dialogic has acquired Neo Silurian Technologies, more commonly referred to as NS-Technologies. This is a company considered to be at the leading edge of Internet Protocol (IP) multimedia communications. NS-Technologies is able to use its vast amount and range of industry experience to provide consultancy on emerging and migrating telecommunication systems. The company is currently in the process of developing a range of next generation multimedia services.

One of Dialogic’s products is PowerMedia Media Resource Broker (MRB (News - Alert)), which is a software-based Media Resource Broker that is standards compliant. Essentially, it allows application developers, service providers and enterprises to dynamically scale and distribute a media server resource pool across disparate applications and datacenters.

It is due to products like this that Jim Machi, senior vice president of product management and marketing at Dialogic can make the following comments, “Dialogic has been at the forefront of software-based media servers since the early 2000s. Performance and scalability have continued to improve; however, as software-based media servers enter the IMS realm, performance in the tens of thousands of sessions is required. The MRB has already been deployed and is running with PowerMedia XMS in a Tier 1 European customer in a mission-critical conferencing environment. Now we can offer highly scalable and reliable software-based media processing, because the MRB can also control multiple media servers, which could be in different locations. PowerMedia XMS will also have the fail-over and reliability required in an IMS network. Integrating PowerMedia XMS with the NS-Technologies MRB enables PowerMedia XMS to have the performance and reliability of hardware-based media servers and MRFs, at a much more economical price.”

The combination of NS-Technologies’ industry experience which makes it a leading provider of a standards-based, software-based Media Resource Broker (MRB) and Software Load Balancer and Dialogic’s products seems to be a good fit. It is evident that Dialogic’s president and CEO, Kevin Cook (News - Alert), feels the same way based on his comments.

Cook said, “Acquiring NS-Technologies means Dialogic’s PowerMedia XMS customers can confidently deploy software media servers in large scale environments. NS-Technologies is a leader in media server scalability and in fact co-authored the IETF MRB spec RFC 6917. Dialogic has an exciting and evolving IMS portfolio, with PowerMedia XMS as our MRF, the ControlSwitch system as our MGCF and Bordernet Helix as our Diameter Signaling Controller. We are dedicated to moving our IMS portfolio to NFV environments and we know highly elastic scalability is required in NFV and cloud-based environments.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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