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Artesyn Helps Shape the Future of Service Provider Networking

June 16, 2014

There’s a lot of talk lately about software-centric service provider networks, and now much of the smoke is clearing around why this model provides value, Chris Kosikowski, director of advanced solutions in embedded computing at Artesyn Embedded Technologies, told RealTimeCommunications last week at GENBAND Perspectives14.

Software-centric models require efficient hardware platforms, and will require standards, he added, but they won’t all be cookie cutter solutions.

Artesyn, formerly Emerson Network Power’s Embedded Computing & Power business, provides embedded solutions for such companies as GENBAND. In this case, it supplies the high-density voice transcoding engine that shapes communications traffic within GENBAND’s Q50 session border controller, Kosikowski explained.

The Q50, which is now in beta and is slated for general availability in the fall, allows carriers to scale signaling and media independently. That’s important, according to GENBAND, given signaling typically requires far less capacity than media.

As for Artesyn, it is developing solutions that address the need for large scale packet forwarding and processing as carriers move to networks based on network functions virtualization and software-defined networks. The company also continues to add to its media processing portfolio with higher density voice and video processing to address multimedia and over-the-top applications.

During GENBAND Perspectives last week in Orlando, the company addressed how the company and its partners are working to help service providers support multimedia and respond to OTT challenges and opportunities. As GENBAND President and CEO David Walsh, who gave the opening keynote at the event, mentioned, key tenets of the GENBAND strategy including the cloud, fast and flexible service innovation, mobility, NFV, real-time communications, SDN, and WebRTC.

GENBAND Perspectives14 also featured speeches from executives at some of the industry’s top service providers, including Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, BT, Century Link, T-Mobile, TW Telecom, and Verizon.

“The event was top notch, and I think GENBAND did a great job, especially in providing feedback from communications service providers,” said Kosikowski.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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