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.
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.
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.
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