BURLINGTON, MA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced the introduction of its Net-Net 4500, a new addition to the Net-Net 4000 series that increases performance and capacity by 100% or more in session border controller (SBC), multiservice security gateway (MSG) and session routing proxy (SRP) product configurations. Positioned between the Net-Net 4250 and Net-Net 9200 in terms of price, performance and capacity, the Net-Net 4500 satisfies service provider, large enterprise and contact center requirements at both network access and interconnect border points.
As the number of subscribers utilizing IP-based interactive communications continues to grow on a worldwide basis, service providers are making investments in network expansion. Similarly, enterprises who have already embraced voice over IP (VoIP) are expanding session capacity in their networks in order to reap the business benefits offered by presence-enabled unified communications (UC). Emerging wireless services leveraging femtocell or Wi-Fi access points to enable fixed-mobile substitution (FMS) and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) will require security gateway platforms with high-IPsec tunnel capacity. Industry experts have similar perspectives on these trends: in a recent survey conducted by Infonetics Research, session capacity and performance were identified by service providers as the top two SBC requirements. Infonetics cited “unabated VoIP subscriber growth” as the driving factor behind this survey’s results.
“Acme Packet constantly strives to anticipate the ever-changing demands of new services and applications, so our customers can evolve their networks to meet those demands,” said Patrick MeLampy, CTO of Acme Packet. “The positive customer feedback we’ve received from beta and early customer deployments of the Net-Net 4500 assures us that our vision is aligned with that of our customers.”
Net-Net 4500 raises the bar for performance and capacity
The Net-Net 4500 provides the extra measure of performance and capacity needed to help Acme Packet customers support an ever-increasing number of users and volume of sessions. Relative to the Net-Net 4250, the Net-Net 4500 platform offers enhanced levels of performance and capacity that benefit all Acme Packet product categories:
In SBC configurations, the Net-Net 4500 processes up to 160% more messages per second (MPS) for SIP, H.323, SIP-H.323 interworking and MGCP, optimizing the number of calls per second (CPS) that the network can accommodate. With a 100% increase in media capacity to 64,000 sessions, the Net-Net 4500 eases the transition to next-generation services and applications, such as interactive video, that generate more media flows per session.
As an SRP, the Net-Net 4500 supports 2 million local routing rules, 100% more than the Net-Net 4250. This expansion can reduce the number of routing elements required in many networks, reducing overall complexity and cost.
· When operating as an MSG, the Net-Net 4500 supports 512,000 IPsec tunnels for backhauling SIP or GSM traffic over untrusted networks from femtocells or dual-mode endpoints. This is 300% more than the Net-Net 4250, greatly reducing the cost per tunnel.
The Net-Net 4500 also delivers enhanced security capabilities in SBC or MSG configurations with the ability to support up to 300% more dynamic access control list (ACL) entries. Dynamic access control protects both the Net-Net 4500 and core service infrastructure from attacks and overloads.
New hardware evolves industry’s leading carrier-class border control platform
The Net-Net 4500 inherits many of the platform characteristics that made the Net-Net 4250 the industry’s leading SBC platform. Like all other Acme Packet platforms, the Net-Net 4500 operates on Acme Packet’s Net-Net OS, which delivers the industry’s richest set of functions and features for controlling traffic across and between IP network borders, including carrier-class high availability for non-stop service delivery. The increased performance and larger capacities of the Net-Net 4500 are made possible by a series of system-level enhancements, including:
more powerful host processor
higher capacity content addressable memory (CAM)
higher speed secure services module (SSM) for IPsec and TLS
Network interface unit (NIU) modules offering a variety of copper and fiber interfaces at speeds up to 1000 Mbps, redundant load-sharing 300 watt power supplies, and the easy-to-read blue LCD display are all retained on the Net-Net 4500.
Additionally, the Net-Net 4500 utilizes a new power supply subsystem that consumes less power, offering lower operating expenditures (OpEx) and a more eco-friendly footprint, as well as other platform enhancements designed to simplify and enhance installation and maintenance.
About Acme Packet
Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first class interactive communications—voice, video and multimedia sessions—and data services across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family of session border controllers, multiservice security gateways and session routing proxies supports multiple applications in service provider, large enterprise and contact center networks—from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services to fixed-mobile convergence. They satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks; and support multiple protocols—SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248—and multiple border points—interconnect, access and data center. Our products have been selected by more than 540 customers in 84 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 85 of the top 100 service providers in the world. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com.
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Infonetics Research, Service Provider Plans for VoIP: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America-Caribbean 2008, Copyright © 2008 Infonetics Research, Inc.