Covergence Supports ATCA
Covergence’s Eclipse aSBC combines traditional session-border-control functionality with comprehensive security features and management tools to allow service providers to predictably scale performance, reliability and quality at the access edge of the network. Eclipse also enables the rapid deployment of new revenue–generating services such as presence-enabled instant messaging (IM), audio, video, multimedia conferencing, click-to-dial and others. With the new Eclipse-ATCA solution, providers can further reduce the time and cost of deploying new, next-generation network services.
Over the last decade the telecom industry has been moving away from proprietary hardware and software solutions. The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) defines the components and standard interfaces for the software elements of Next Generation Networks (NGN), while the ATCA initiative defines the standards and interfaces necessary for the creation of a common hardware platform for NGN solutions.
“Vendor support for the ATCA standard is required for service providers to get the full cost benefits from their investments in Next Generation Networks (NGN) and the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS),” said Joe McGarvey, senior analyst, carrier IP telephony infrastructure, Current Analysis. “Covergence’s support for the ATCA standard means that the award-winning Eclipse access-edge session border controller, with its comprehensive security and management capability, can now be deployed as a blade within an ATCA chassis at the access edge of NGN networks.”
“It has always been clear to us that service providers must be able to leverage standards to maintain their competitive edge,” said Bob O’Neil, CEO and president, Covergence. “We have always leveraged standard hardware platforms to reduce costs and increase our customer’s ability to quickly deploy new services. The move to ATCA was a natural extension of our existing business strategy.”