Edgewater Networks announced the availability of the EdgeProtect Series Enterprise Session Border Controllers, which connect remote employees to headquarters-based unified communications systems. The EdgeProtect solution uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to simplify connectivity and provide confidentiality, authentication and encryption for all IP-based voice, video and data connections. It also integrates passive call quality monitoring to isolate network impairments to local or wide area network segments.
Deployed at a headquarters location, the EdgeProtect system terminates multiple TLS connections from remote locations using EdgeMarc Enterprise Session Border Controllers. This combination provides secure connectivity between branch offices and headquarters locations that is interoperable with existing network infrastructure including firewalls, routers and switches. U.S. list pricing for the family of EdgeProtect Enterprise Session Border Controller products ranges from $2,495 to $19,995 depending on configuration.
The EdgeProtect 5300LF2 platform provides 1 x 10/100/1000 M bps Ethernet WAN, 1 x 10/100/1000 M bps Ethernet LAN and 1 x 10/100/1000 M bps Ethernet secure out-of-band management port and supports up to 300 concurrent TLS connections, 300 concurrent VOIP (voice over IP) calls or 25M bps of video traffic. The EdgeProtect 4550 platform provides 1 x 10/100M bps Ethernet WAN and 4 x 10/100M bps Ethernet managed LAN switch and supports up to 10 concurrent TLS connections, 10 concurrent VOIP calls or 1M bps of video traffic, and the EdgeProtect 4552 platform provides 1 x T1/E1 WAN interface, 1 x 10/100 M bps Ethernet WAN and 4 x 10/100 M bps Ethernet managed LAN switch and can be used to terminate T1 access links directly and supports up to 10 concurrent TLS connections, 10 concurrent VOIP calls or 1M bps of video traffic.
"Extending unified communications systems to remote offices poses significant challenges for enterprises, including navigating firewalls, ensuring security for UC traffic and implementing tools for the real-time diagnosis of network issues," said Richard Ptak, co-founder and managing partner at Ptak, Noel & Associates. "Edgewater Networks has developed a simple, straightforward solution for addressing the complexities of UC deployments, allowing enterprises to gain the full potential of their UC investment."
EdgeProtect software features for all models include TLS encryption, support for PKI or self-signed certificates, UDP based transport to minimize the negative effect of network impairments on call quality, passive call quality monitoring, QoS support for traffic prioritization and packet inspection and filtering for tunnel based traffic. In addition, priority voice and video traffic will be forwarded in the secure TLS tunnels before lower priority data and the system uses secure UDP transport to minimize the negative effects of packet loss on voice and video call quality.