AnyNode SBC Review – TE-Systems

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Good Morning All

Recently. I had the pleasure of meeting the guys from Anynode. If your not aware, Anynode are a German based company who provides a software based solution as in Session Boarder controllers which are certified to work with Skype for Business and the predecessors Lync 2010/2013. Interesting of late they have announced that they also can provide telephony capabilities into the new SkypeFB cloud Connector which I’m sure will become of interest to a lot of people.

The underlaying technical architecture is a well guarded secret, however on face value Anynode states their SBC solution can work with any Telcos SIP platform, so with the challenge laid, i set about building the Anynode SBC in my lab to work along side my PureIP SIP trunk.

Below are my findings.

From the start as you can see the interface is one that is a lot different to what we might has seen before (in relation to Sonus, Audiocodes), yet it was one of simplicity. There are a number of things you need to align within the wizard build before the wizard takes over and completes, however if you have all the necessary FQDNs & IP addresses etc at hand literally within 10 minutes you can be up and running with calls traversing between your SIP carrier and Skype for Business.

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In my lab i wanted to ensure that the SBC can do all the things a hardware appliance is capable of, meaning smart routing, DDI transformation, cause code rerouting, message  header manipulation etc etc. so with this in mind i started to tweak my configuration.

Back at the main page, on the left hand pane you see your configuration from the wizard on the select down tabs and from there you can start to get cute with your configuration to make it work exactly how you want.

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Other things of interest are..

If the Server running the Anynode software is being hammered with traffic or maybe there has been a dodgy OS patch which is causing the CPU to spike, Anynode has built in resilience to specify CPU load conditions and for the software to make a judgement on what happens next, whereas more traditional hardware appliance will try and soldier on and in turn provide poor audio quality calls due to the CPU ramping.

My Synopsis on Anynode the company and also the SBC software

The guys at Anynode could not be more forthcoming with help and assistance and are willing to provide time to suit the customer to get the Software configured to your requirement.

The SBC software is excellent in truth and for any customer looking for a SIP only solution and maybe doesn’t have the outlay of money to purchase a physical appliance, then running Anynodes SBC on a VM would be a perfect option. Like i say there has been nothing lacking i can see within the software which you would get from a Sonus/Audiocodes hardware based solution.

Its worth mentioning in terms of physical\Virtual hardware, the footprint is minimal and the software is happy running on a small subset of CPU and RAM.

All in All, i really like this solution and at the time of writing in the UK the likes of Audiocodes and Sonus don’t have a low end/user software based solution which in some respects opens the door for a company like Anynode to provide an offering.

If you are interested in reviewing, trailing or even speaking to the guys at Anynode about something you are trying accomplish within your company then they are more than happy to assist.

Details are below

http://www.anynode.de

Contact Nick DiCiaccio on Email : support@te-systems.de

 

 

Lync for Mac 2011 ver. 14.3.3 -instability and balloon Spinning hanging

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Hello All

Recently i have suffered from a real pain in the ar5e issue with Lync for Mac 14.3.3

Backtracking to February when 14.3.3 arrived as GA, i noticed that my Lync for mac client became really unstable with random crashes and general instability of the client. As this only become present with the 14.3.3 update, i downgraded back to the 14.1.1 build which brought the client back to a workable/normal state. At the time of going to 14.3.3 i had also been running a few Microsoft UC TAP/beta programs and i was thinking that it could be these clients causing the issues and instability i was seeing.

So, i decided that it was time for a new OSX rebuild of my machine and to get a good clean image to build upon. Following the OSX installation, i loaded Office 2016 for mac, and set my profile correctly before installing Lync for Mac 14.3.3 **without any TAP/Beta installations!..  AGAIN i saw the same random instability issues including the spinning beach ball cursor (not responding) from the Lync for Mac client. Again i ran with this setup for a few days, but then decided that the client was physically unworkable and was left again with no choice but to downgraded back to 14.1.1 which like before worked flawlessly.

This now led me to believe (in error) that it was either el-capitan OR office 2016 for Mac. ? so i set about investigating both with more several rebuilds… On builds i did notice that applying my profile before Office 2016 meant the issue was still seen.??? arghh.

One common dominator though was on a fresh rebuild of OSX THEN the installation of Lync for Mac 14.3.3 without Profile and Office 2016 would work perfectly and that the issue would only arrive back when i installed either Office 2016 or on the configuration of my profile (dock, power setting, screen saver etc).

Anyhow after a far to long and drawn out process of elimination, i finally cracked the riddle of the problem, and this being……

There is a bug in Lync for Mac 14.3.3 which is nothing to do with El-Capitan OR Office 2016  but was in fact the use of a OSX profile picture greater in mb size of 5mb.! IF you changed your picture to > greater than 5mb you will start to see instability of the Lync for mac client 14.3.3. (this didn’t happen in 14.1.1).

Simple resolution was to downgrade the profile picture to less than <5mb and the client became workable using 14.3.3 **note: this has been raised with Microsoft.