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November 10, 2012
TMCnet VoIP Routers Week in Review

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

This past week, the VoIP routers community was once again active with new announcements, improved offerings and better customer services. In addition, a VoIP specialist unveiled a new innovator contest for SMBs.

To promote the use of unidirectional security gateways, members of the CIP version 5 team revealed the carefully drafted CIP standard, which addresses and encourages the use of hardware-enforced unidirectional security gateways. A report by TMCnet contributor Calvin Azuri shows that unidirectional gateways provide a far more secure alternative to firewalls, which is why they are extensively used in defense-in-depth security designs for the control systems that run power grids.

Per Azuri’s report, the new version of the CIP standard has been written to help reduce both requirement and compliance costs associated with unidirectionally-protected equipment. The robust security delivered by unidirectional communications effectively eliminates the need for secondary protective measures.

In other news, TMC (News - Alert) executive editor Erin Harrison reported that Brocade is expanding its software-defined networking expertise with the acquisition of virtualization startup Vyatta in an all-cash transaction. Brocade (News - Alert) said Vyatta complements the investments company made in the Ethernet fabrics and SDN. It bolsters the company’s so-called build and partner efforts.

The report suggests this move will enable Brocade to pursue new market opportunities in data center virtualization, public cloud, enterprise virtual private cloud and managed services.

An IT online piece shows that VoIP was marketed on the sole basis of its total cost of ownership (TCO), including upfront costs of acquisition/implementation and costs of ongoing operation support and maintenance. Unwanted costs have been prohibiting many companies from adopting this new technology. With innovative and interoperable solutions, Patton (News - Alert) Electronics is ready to address the cost issues surrounding VoIP, according to a report by TMCnet contributing editor, Susan J. Campbell.

Additionally, Patton Electronics revealed its newest and most sophisticated form of customer support. These include the platinum-level Premium Support and platinum-plus Premium 24/7 support services. TMCnet Web editor Allison Boccamazzo’s report suggests Patton is taking the existing unparalleled gold-standard free support to an unbelievable new level.

Lastly, Phonebooth, a VoIP division of Bandwidth, announced the first-ever SMB Innovator Awards contest. Designed to honor the achievements of SMBs, the top prize is a hefty $20,000.

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