We've written about softswitch replacement and migration, but it's not all about rip and replace. Another use case for a cloud communications platform is to power new business VoIP and unified communication services (what some call white label cloud PBX).
With the acquisitions of the VoIP 1.0 softswitch vendors, including BroadSoft, GENBAND, and Metaswitch, communication service providers are asking: what is the future of my VoIP softswitch network? Is my current supplier the one that can take me to the web-scale, cloud-centric future?
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Your softswitch has had a good life. It's time to retire it before your switch techs do. For many technological innovations, what was considered state-of-the-art 15 or 20 years go has now gotten to the point where end of life is looming large. Softswitches are no exception. They may morph to a virtual form, but in reality the risks are still very real.
The cloud is one of the most impactful technological innovations of the past ten years. The way we build and consume software has changed radically and continues to evolve daily. As the value of cloud infrastructure and cloud software delivery becomes clearer, more vendors are looking for a way to jump on the bandwagon. In this rush to be seen as a cloud solution, new terms are being defined and old terms are being redefined. Separating true cloud solutions from vendors wanting to appear to have a cloud solution has never been more difficult. In this post, I attempt to clarify key cloud related terms, address how to determine if a vendor’s solution is truly cloud or is simply being marketed as cloud and explain why cloud sourcing is clearly the future-proof software delivery model for many services, including service provider VoIP.
As VoIP 1.0 softswitches near end-of-life, service providers face decisions on how to evolve their voice networks to be more agile, competitive, and profitable. There's a softswitch migration coming, so what are the replacement options? What is the role of the cloud-based vs cloud-building solutions?
One of the topics I've been talking with customers and prospects about lately is innovation. Usually, when people discuss VoIP and UC innovation, they think of the highly visible, cool new end-user products and features. This is what I refer to as, "above-ground innovation". But above-ground innovation is only half of what we focus on when it comes to innovation at Alianza. The other kind of innovation is what I call "below-ground innovation" and it's all about less visible supporting services and solutions that make service providers more efficient and accelerate revenue.
ETI Software Solutions announced the support and integration with Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform providing a simplified operational environment for VoIP service management.
Rural telcos are adopting VoIP, but it's a slow go. According to the NTCA's latest survey, just one-third of members have a VoIP service offering. Today's legacy networks are dangerously obsolete and telcos need to move to next-gen IP solutions. Cloud sourcing next-generation VoIP infrastructure can help telcos migrate to IP faster in order to deliver a better experience to their customers and realize impactful financial and operational improvements.
In March two reports were published offering more proof that the telecom industry is embracing cloud solutions. Communication service providers (CSPs) are increasingly saying yes to cloud sourcing, not cloud building, when it comes to network evolution.
Last week at the UTC Telecom and Technology annual show Alianza was recognized with the UTC Impact Award for services. The Utilities Technology Council (UTC), a trade association for power utilities, awards this annually to a UTC Associate Member that is “making a great impact on the utilities industry through an innovative and proven solution.”