We had a lot of things to show on the booth at Enterprise Connect (photos of the booth) - and I didn' t get time to capture the full array of solutions and services on offer from HP, but I did grab a few minutes with Mushtaq Ahmed, Global Product Manager, from the HP Networking team to discuss HP's integrated solutions from Microsoft and Avaya, and the integration that will become possible with the next release of HP's VCX platform.
Avaya Aura™ Session Border Controller
The first solution Mushtaq talks about is the Avaya Aura™ Session Border Controller powered by Acme Packet (J9486A), which integrates a SBC into a services module hosted within the E5400 switch chassis. The SBC provides security and protection for SIP trunks by providing a trusted border between your network and the service provider's network.
This makes a good solution for distributed midsize and large enterprises, branch offices, and small contact centers - allowing the use of a SBC in remote sites, without necessatating the addition of another physical device. Take a look at the Avaya Aura SBC solution brief for more information.
HP Survivable Branch Communications powered by Microsoft® Lync™
Mushtaq then moves on to the HP Survivable Branch Communication zl Module powered by Microsoft® Lync™ (SBM). This module combines the SBA (Survivable Branch Appliance) function from Lync Server 2010 and software from HP — including a public switched telephone network (PSTN) to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway, a graphical user interface (GUI), and management interfaces, all integrated on a module that fits in the chassis of HP E8200 and E5400 switch series products.
The SBM's PSTN interfaces ensures that voice services can continue to operate in the case of an IP network outage between your remote site and main data-center. For more information on the module, grab the HP Microsoft Lync SBM solution brief, or read this article on the Microsoft TechNet blog about the Lync SBA function.
You can also read what we had to say about Microsoft and HP at VoiceCon 2010, along with an interview about this module at last year's VoiceCon
HP VCX Unified Communications platform
Finally Mushtaq previews the upcomming release of HP VCX system software 9.8 with the demonstration of interoperability between the VCX running on a HP MSR connecting to the Microsoft SBM via a SIP trusted interface. He places a call from a HP 3503 IP phone connected to the VCX, through the SBM to a Polycom desktop phone optimized for Microsoft® Lync™. This is a great way for existing VCX customers to gain the benefits of Microsoft Lync, and to use this as a migration strategy.
Take a look at the video below for more details, and let us know if you have got any questions in the comments below.
- HP Networking UC&C: http://hp.com/networking/uc
- HP Networking Alliances: http://hp.com/networking/AllianceONE
- Blog post: Setting the record straight on the VCX platform
- Blog post: UC&C overview from the HP NetworkDay
Updated: Added a few more links, and corrected terminology for Survivable Branch Appliance vs SBM.