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Vertical Communications Using SURF-HMP Platform to Support NFV for its Virtual IP-PBX

By Laura Stotler April 05, 2016

In a bid to incorporate network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities and more into its virtual IP-PBX, Vertical Communications is now using the SURF-HMP media processing platform from SURF Communication Solutions. Vertical, which focuses on helping companies transition from traditional phone systems to comprehensive platforms and cloud services, was interested in virtualizing media functions to lower its operating expenses, increase efficiencies and improve time to market.

The SURF-HMP handles all media-related tasks for the Vertical IP-PBX, including codec transcoding for modern and legacy systems, messaging, call recording and conferencing, fax processing and encryption. The platform is easily scalable, making it an ideal fit for virtualized environments of all sizes as well as non-virtualized deployments. It also offers efficiencies by optimizing use of CPU multiple cores and hyper-threads, striving to help companies virtualize a sizeable chunk of their media processing functions.

“SURF-HMP is in many respects an enabling technology bringing business justification for service providers upgrading to NFV/SDN and WebRTC,” said Ariel Linker, VP sales and marketing at SURF. “As SURF-HMP can be licensed as a media, or media and signaling platform for voice and/or video, Vertical now has near-complete flexibility in its business model and product offering."

SURF-HMP is also designed to address interoperability challenges for WebRTC, supporting transcoding among H.264, H.265, VP8 and VP9. Ultimately, the platform aims to meet the needs of growing and large-scale media deployments by supporting all major video and voice codecs and protocols to facilitate delivery of a wide variety of applications and services.

"SURF-HMP's JSON APIs are extremely easy to use, which helps us achieve an extremely short time to market,” said Bobby Mohanty, senior vice president and general manager for products at Vertical. “In addition, SURF's flexible licensing models and platform scalability enable us to manage costs as we look to satisfy the needs of our diverse customer base."

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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