Alcatel-Lucent reveals next-gen converged architecture

19 Oct 2010

Communications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent has unveiled a new converged architecture for its next-generation communications platforms, bringing ‘SIP-to-the-core’ to enterprise applications, like unified communications and collaboration.

The next-generation SIP-based communication platforms deliver multimedia conversations, including video, voice and SMS, to customers and employees across any device.

It can also drive cost reduction by consolidating all access points and devices across the enterprise and federate existing communication systems – including multi-vendor environments – to implement next-generation communications into a service-oriented model.

Alcatel-Lucent has a history of innovation in SIP, beginning in 2000 with the introduction of SIP trunking to its Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX platform, followed by the release of Genesys SIP server and the addition of SIP device support to the OmniPCX.

Open applications

The new architecture leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s carrier grade Multimedia Resource Function for multi-party communications. A cornerstone of the next-generation multimedia communications platforms is the ability to deliver advanced communication services and open applications independent of the device, delivering a consistent conversation in context.

“Our commitment to open systems is stronger than ever,” said Paul Segre, president, applications, Alcatel-Lucent.

“As enterprises start to realise the powerful benefits of communications-enabled applications, we are putting SIP at the core of our enterprise platform strategy to drive this innovation across the enterprise,” Segre added.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years