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Edgewater to Bring New SMB Security Capability to Market in 2015

June 12, 2014

Edgewater Networks is at GENBAND Perspectives14 this week talking about its session border controller solutions, its embrace of network functions virtualization and software-defined networking, as well as a new capability it’s developing to help service providers bring security services to the SMB market.

The company has more than 10 years of experience in providing managed services platforms for the delivery of real-time communications, including IP-based voice, video and data services. Its portfolio includes EdgeMarc Enterprise Session Border Controllers, which simplify the deployment of converged voice, video and data services while improving call quality, security and the overall end user experience; EdgeProtect Enterprise Session Border Controllers, which enable enterprises to securely and simply extend unified communications applications to remote employees; and the EdgeView VoIP Support System, which allows service providers and enterprises to reduce operating expenses by streamlining configuration, automating routine tasks, and simplifying the diagnosis and resolution of networking issues.

More than 4 million Edgewater E-SBC sessions are currently deployed by some of the largest service providers, including one of the two largest U.S. carriers and three of the top five U.S. cable operators. More than 200,000 of the company’s units are deployed.

GENBAND resells select Edgewater solutions, Edgewater CEO Dave Norman explained. That includes the Edgewater site survivability solution. It works like this: If you lose access to call control in the cloud, the SBC can either do local dialing, or can take the traffic and run it on another path.

“The joint customer base at GENBAND Perspectives14 is fantastic,” said Norman. “And then the industry as it’s moving into this phase of more software, it’s great to see other perspectives. And we’re all gelling on the same ideas.”

Indeed. In fact, in April, Edgewater announced it has raised $5 million in debt financing from Eastward Capital to develop NFV and SDN solutions. Norman at that time commented: “We believe that SDN and NFV are driving significant transformation in service provider networks and opening new avenues for service delivery. We are excited about the expansion of our product portfolio and how it will help our customers to easily deliver a new class of profitable business services.”

Yesterday at GENBAND Perspectives14 Norman told RealTimeCommunications that Edgewater is focused on looking at NFV and SDN as an enabler for service providers like the cablecos to provide small business services. The company is currently in alpha with a platform that can chain with other solutions to deliver security to SMBs. Norman said Edgewater’s goal is to have four to five partners for the solution and to launch it in the first quarter of next year. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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