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Metaswitch SBC Cited for 'Outstanding Performance,' Critical to NFV

By Erin Harrison June 14, 2013

When it comes to network reliability, critically important features include scalability, performance and security. Metaswitch Networks was recently lauded for such credentials by independent test lab Miercom, which tested Metaswitch’s Perimeta Session Border Controller (SBC).

According to the report, running on either standard servers or as a complete hardware appliance, Perimeta offers “exceptional scalability, performance and security for service providers.”

In fact, while running on standard commodity servers, Perimeta successfully processed over 54 million calls at a rate of 1,000 calls per second while under a 15-hour denial-of-service attack, without dropping any calls – higher capacity than Metaswitch’s competitors, according to Rob Smithers, CEO of Miercom.

“Metaswitch’s Perimeta software – either running on off-the-shelf commercial servers, or as a complete hardware appliance – compared well with competitive SBC products we have tested,” Smithers said in a statement. “The software was able to achieve higher capacity than its competition in many metrics, such as resiliency under DoS attacks, and comfortably meet performance in other areas as well.”

Metaswitch’s goal is to provide the industry’s most scalable and flexible session border controller which leverages standard hardware for maximum cost effectiveness, according to Alastair Mitchell, Metaswitch’s SVP of product management and marketing.

“We’ve proven time and again with our customers that Perimeta is robust and scalable. These results also show that we can help our service provider customers mitigate the risk of outages when malicious activity threatens their networks,” Mitchell said.

Perimeta is a software-centric solution, able to run on standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware or virtualized in the cloud, which is a critical component in the path towards network functions virtualization (NFV) and in helping to transition network operators into software telcos.

A key requirement for the success of the nascent NFV market is the emergence of an independent software community to drive innovation in telecom software, according to Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research.

“NFV is being championed by a number of Tier 1 communications service providers as a standards-based approach to virtualizing a range of telecom applications, thus enabling them to run on industry standard servers,” Doyle explained in a recent CIO report.

In the Miercom tests, Perimeta was able to handle 4 million concurrent subscriber registrations at 2,222 registrations per second. The system showed scalability in concurrent subscriber capacity with increased hardware capacity, which underscores its value as an investment to service providers.

Carriers evaluate session border controllers on the product’s ability to protect their networks and maintain call quality at all times, according to Diane Myers, principal analyst at Infonetics.

“With its latest test from Miercom, Metaswitch demonstrates that it can provide the flexibility operators need when their networks are challenged,” Myers said.

Edited by Melissa Warten

Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

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