Scaling Your Business the Easy Way—with SD-WAN as a Service

SD-WANs are a critical component of digital transformation. Using software-defined networking (SDN) and virtual network functions (VNF) concepts to build and manage a wide area network (WAN) helps businesses successfully transition their infrastructure to the cloud by securely connecting hybrid multicloud architectures. But SD-WANs can do more than just facilitate a transition to the cloud —they make it faster and less expensive to expand your business.

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X-IO Technologies

We are excited to announce on October 16th, 2018 - X-IO Storage, the data storage division of X-IO Technologies, is being acquired by Violin Systems.

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Virtualization Can Help Substantially Reduce Computing Costs

Article | May 2, 2023

Businesses use a lot of technology to keep themselves competitive and Businesses use a lot of technology to keep themselves competitive and operationally efficient. One way that organizations use to make their technology infrastructure more accessible is through the use of virtualization. Let’s discuss what virtualization is, how it benefits businesses, and some examples of how you might consider leveraging virtualization to your company’s benefit. Virtualization for Hardware and Software Virtualization in its most basic sense is taking something and making it virtual. In regards to hardware and software, it involves taking these parts of your technology infrastructure and making them available in a virtual environment. Virtual applications and hardware solutions can be deployed to the cloud so that they can be accessed by any online device. Some examples of virtualization might include creating virtual machines, like workstations and server units, that are hosted in a virtual environment for as-needed access

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Virtual Desktop Tools, Virtual Desktop Strategies

Virtual Machine Security Risks and Mitigation in Cloud Computing

Article | June 8, 2023

Analyzing risks and implementing advanced mitigation strategies: Safeguard critical data, fortify defenses, and stay ahead of emerging threats in the dynamic realm of virtual machines in cloud. Contents 1. Introduction 2. 10 Security Risks Associated with Virtual Machines in Cloud Computing 3. Best Practices to Avoid Security Compromise 4. Conclusion 1. Introduction Cloud computing has revolutionized the way businesses operate by providing flexible, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure for running applications and services. Virtual machines (VMs) are a key component of cloud computing, allowing multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical machine. However, the use of virtual machines in cloud computing introduces new security risks that need to be addressed to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and services. Effective VM security in the cloud requires a comprehensive approach that involves cloud providers and users working together to identify and address potential virtual machine security threats. By implementing these best practices and maintaining a focus on security, cloud computing can provide a secure and reliable platform for businesses to run their applications and services. 2. 10 Security Risks Associated with Virtual Machines in Cloud Computing Denial of Service (DoS) attacks: These are attacks that aim to disrupt the availability of a VM or the entire cloud infrastructure by overwhelming the system with traffic or resource requests. Insecure APIs: Cloud providers often expose APIs that allow users to manage their VMs. If these APIs are not properly secured, attackers can exploit them to gain unauthorized access to VMs or manipulate their configurations. Data leakage: Virtual machines can store sensitive data such as customer information or intellectual property. If not secured, this data can be exposed to unauthorized access or leakage. Shared resources: VMs in cloud environments often share physical resources such as memory, CPU, and network interfaces. If these resources are not isolated, a compromised VM can potentially affect the security and performance of other VMs running on the same physical host. Lack of visibility: Virtual machines in cloud environments can be more difficult to monitor than physical machines. This can make it harder to detect security incidents or anomalous behavior. Insufficient logging and auditing: If cloud providers do not implement appropriate logging and auditing mechanisms, it can be difficult to determine the cause and scope of a security incident. VM escape: This is when an attacker gains access to the hypervisor layer and then escapes into the host operating system or other VMs running on the same physical host. Side-channel attacks: This is when an attacker exploits the physical characteristics of the hardware to gain unauthorized access to a VM. Examples of side-channel attacks include timing attacks, power analysis attacks, and electromagnetic attacks. Malware attacks: VMs can be infected with malware, just like physical machines. Malware can be used to steal data, launch attacks on other VMs or systems, or disrupt the functioning of the VM. Insider threats: Malicious insiders can exploit their access to VMs to steal data, modify configurations, or launch attacks. 3. Best Practices to Avoid Security Compromise To mitigate these risks, there are several virtual machine security guidelines that cloud service providers and users can follow: Keep software up-to-date: Regularly updating software and security patches for virtual machines is crucial in preventing known vulnerabilities from being exploited by hackers. Software updates fix bugs and security flaws that could allow unauthorized access, data breaches, or malware attacks. According to a study, 60% of data breaches are caused by vulnerabilities that were not patched or updated in a timely manner.(Source: Ponemon Institute) Use secure hypervisors: A hypervisor is a software layer that enables multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical server. Secure hypervisors are designed to prevent unauthorized access to virtual machines and protect them from potential security threats. When choosing a hypervisor, it is important to select one that has undergone rigorous testing and meets industry standards for security. In 2018, a group of researchers discovered a new type of attack called "Foreshadow" (also known as L1 Terminal Fault). The attack exploits vulnerabilities in Intel processors and can be used to steal sensitive data from virtual machines running on the same physical host. Secure hypervisors that have implemented hardware-based security features can provide protection against Foreshadow and similar attacks. (Source: Foreshadow) Implement strong access controls: Access control is the practice of restricting access to virtual machines to authorized users. Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide more than one type of authentication method before accessing VMs. Strong access controls limit the risk of unauthorized access and can help prevent data breaches. According to a survey, organizations that implemented multi-factor authentication saw a 98% reduction in the risk of phishing-related account breaches. (Source: Duo Security) Monitor VMs for anomalous behavior: Monitoring virtual machines for unusual or unexpected behavior is an essential security practice. This includes monitoring network traffic, processes running on the VM, and other metrics that can help detect potential security incidents. By monitoring VMs, security teams can detect and respond to security threats before they can cause damage. A study found that 90% of organizations that implemented a virtualized environment experienced security benefits, such as improved visibility into security threats and faster incident response times. (Source: VMware) Use Encryption: Encryption is the process of encoding information in such a way that only authorized parties can access it. Encrypting data both in transit and at rest protects it from interception or theft by hackers. This can be achieved using industry-standard encryption protocols and technologies. According to a report by, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 was $3.86 million. The report also found that organizations that implemented encryption had a lower average cost of a data breach compared to those that did not (Source: IBM) Segregate VMs: Segregating virtual machines is the practice of keeping sensitive VMs separate from less sensitive ones. This reduces the risk of lateral movement, which is when a hacker gains access to one VM and uses it as a stepping stone to gain access to other VMs in the same environment. Segregating VMs helps to minimize the risk of data breaches and limit the potential impact of a security incident. A study found that organizations that implemented a virtualized environment without adequate segregation and access controls were more vulnerable to VM security breaches and data loss. (Source: Ponemon Institute) Regularly Back-up VMs: Regularly backing up virtual machines is a critical security practice that can help mitigate the impact of malware attacks, system failures, or other security incidents. Backups should be stored securely and tested regularly to ensure that they can be restored quickly in the event of a security incident. A survey conducted found that 42% of organizations experienced a data loss event in 2020 with the most common cause being accidental deletion by an employee (29%). (Source: Veeam) 4. Conclusion The complexity of cloud environments and the shared responsibility model for security require organizations to adopt a comprehensive security approach that spans multiple infrastructure layers, from the physical to the application layer. The future of virtual machine security concern in cloud computing will require continued innovation and adaptation to new threats and vulnerabilities. As a result, organizations must remain vigilant and proactive in their security efforts, leveraging the latest technologies and best practices to protect their virtual machines, the sensitive data and resources they contain.

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Server Hypervisors

Virtualizing Broadband Networks: Q&A with Tom Cloonan and David Grubb

Article | September 9, 2022

The future of broadband networks is fast, pervasive, reliable, and increasingly, virtual. Dell’Oro predicts that virtual CMTS/CCAP revenue will grow from $90 million in 2019 to $418 million worldwide in 2024. While network virtualization is still in its earliest stages of deployment, many operators have begun building their strategy for virtualizing one or more components of their broadband networks.

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Virtual Desktop Strategies

Digital Marketplace: The Future of E-commerce

Article | July 12, 2022

It is no surprise that e-commerce has grown dramatically in recent years. I don't want to be boring, but certainly the pandemic and a few other market factors have had a role. From ancient times, marketplaces of all shapes and sizes have served as the foundation for all types of business. As the world transforms and becomes more digital, the rise of digital marketplaces, e-commerce, and other types of online business is exploding. E-commerce marketplace platforms are rapidly expanding in the digital environment and are expected to acquire momentum as the future of e-commerce. This increase is because of the fact that online marketplaces combine user demand and provide customers with a broader selection of products. Digital Marketplaces Are the Way to the Future of E-Commerce Without a doubt, online marketplaces will dominate the e-commerce business in the coming years. According to Coresight Research, marketplace platform revenue will more than double, reaching around $40 billion in 2022. This means that by 2022, online marketplaces will account for 67% of worldwide e-Commerce revenues (Forrester). Today, the issue is not whether you sell online but how far you can reach. E-commerce offers limitless opportunities, and all you need to do is keep pace with the trends. What are you doing right now? How far can you go? Have you already made the transition from local to global? Digital marketplaces are indeed the way of the future of e-commerce. The earlier you realize this and integrate it into your sales and marketing approach, the better. I really mean it. The world is changing, and your competitors are not sleeping. You cannot overlook this trend if you really want to stay ahead. It's all about the people in business, as it has always been. Understanding who you're pitching to is critical to your success. You should be aware. Everything you do in business should get you closer to your target audience. Closing Lines: Digital marketplaces are indeed the future of commerce. People will inevitably start shopping online even more in the future. That implies methods and means will be developed to make such transactions easier for the common individual. Explore how your business might profit from these markets and trends that suggest the future of physical and online shopping.

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X-IO Technologies

We are excited to announce on October 16th, 2018 - X-IO Storage, the data storage division of X-IO Technologies, is being acquired by Violin Systems.

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Mobileum and VoerEir Partner to Provide End-to-End Service Assurance and Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure Testing and Benchmarking

Mobileum | February 25, 2022

Mobileum Inc., a leading global provider of analytics solutions for roaming and network services, security, risk management, testing and service assurance, and subscriber intelligence, is pleased to announce their technology partnership with VoerEir, an award-winning edge cloud technology company. The partnership between Mobileum and VoerEir creates the most comprehensive and powerful test platform for end-to-end Service Assurance and network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) benchmarking, certification, and validation. Combining Mobileum's SITE active test solution with VoerEir's TOUCHSTONE test suite provides a vertically integrated, full-stack testing solution that enables Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to test services and infrastructure from end-to-end. From the lab to the live network and from virtual and cloud-native network functions and applications (VNF/CNF) to the end device - all in a fully automated manner. Extensive RESTful API and automation capabilities allow the joint solution to be integrated into Telco Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines and provide an essential Continuous Testing (CT) component. Gabriel Chiriacescu, Mobileum's SVP for Testing and Service Assurance said: "The virtualized network infrastructure is the foundation on which 5G and future 6G cellular networks are being built. Assuring the NFVI's strict SLAs are met should be top of mind for all communication service providers. Together with VoerEir, we are proud to offer our global customers a best-in-class solution that ensures their next-generation networks are performing as expected." We are excited to announce this cooperation with Mobileum, which will provide our customers with the most comprehensive end-to-end testing solution for network applications (VNF/CNF), infrastructure (NFVI), and devices. VoerEir has been working steadily over the past six years to develop the best automated NVFI performance testing solution in the industry, and thanks to this partnership, we can prepare for the next level of growth." Javier Garcia Gomez, VoerEir´s CEO VoerEir's Touchstone Platform enables Telco operators to facilitate the benchmarking of multiple telco cloud environments spanning across multiple data centers. It provides support for Openstack and Kubernetes environments using an advanced test engine developed by VoerEir. The Touchstone platform includes a wide array of features for environment benchmarking, report management, and Enhanced Platform Aware (EPA) test suites. It is a leading-edge platform for cloud environment test automation, benchmarking, certification, and validation. The Mobileum-VoerEir partnership marks an important breakthrough for operators looking to accelerate their 5G rollouts and scale 5G and Edge testing capabilities. It also highlights Mobileum's open collaboration strategy of working alongside technology partners to integrate and expand its analytics capabilities to help CSPs meet their subscribers' rising service performance standards and expectations. About Mobileum Inc. Mobileum is a leading provider of Telecom analytics solutions for roaming, core network, security, risk management, domestic and international connectivity testing, and customer intelligence. More than 1,000 customers rely on its Active Intelligence platform, which provides advanced analytics solutions, allowing customers to connect deep network and operational intelligence with real-time actions that increase revenue, improve customer experience, and reduce costs. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Mobileum has global offices in Australia, Germany, Greece, India, Portugal, Singapore, UK, and United Arab Emirates. About VoerEir AB VoerEir AB offers Touchstone, a test tool to facilitate telco cloud testing, deployment, and operation. VoerEir is headquartered in Kista (Sweden) and supplies its test suite and services to Tier-1 Telecommunication Operators and Vendors operating in several countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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6WIND's Virtual Cell Site Router sets new standards in Virtualized & Disaggregated Networking

6WIND | January 27, 2022

6WIND, a leading high Performance and Secure networking Software Company is proud to announce the launch of its novel Virtual Cell Site Router (vCSR). 6WIND vCSR is a virtualized cell site router solution, part of 6WIND's Virtual Service Router (VSR) product family. The vCSR is tailored to the (radio) access network needs of 5G and 4G mobile network operators. The primary purpose of the vCSR is to provide best-in-class-efficiency IP/MPLS routing and high-performance end-to-end IPsec VPN security in a radio access network for hauling the aggregated traffic to the operator's core network. Just like all of 6WIND's VSR applications, vCSR runs on COTS servers, minimizing capital expenditure, maximizing economies of scale in equipment procurement and skirting around vendor lock-in. Based on 6WIND's core technology, vCSR boasts the industry-highest, linearly scalable forwarding performance on COTS hardware. It also caters for the lowest and, above all, deterministic latency, which is of utmost importance for real-time low-latency 5G network applications. vCSR can be deployed on bare metal (PNF), virtualized (VNF) or containerized (CNF) with full hardware and software disaggregation. The 6WIND vCSR is optimized to support all required CSR features and delivers its line rate performance with the lowest CPU and memory footprint. This results in market-leading efficiency in routing and security capabilities towards the provider core network. 6WINDs vCSR will readily co-exist and share resources with other network functions like for example 5G Distributed Units (DU), enabling the operator to mix and match different radio access, networking and other functions as per his specific needs. Creating on-demand, and bespoke, yet dependable network elements in the software realm, disaggregated from the hardware layer. About 6WIND 6WIND is a leading high-performance networking software company and the worldwide market leader for Virtual Service Router (VSR) solutions. 6WIND software is deployed globally by Service Providers, System Integrators, Cloud Providers and Tier-1 OEMs, allowing customers to replace expensive hardware with software and virtualization for routing and security use cases. 6WIND has a global presence with Headquarters based in Paris, France and in Santa Clara, California.

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Ekinops Obtains Microsoft Teams Certification for its SBC Solutions

EKINOPS S.A. | September 03, 2021

Ekinops, a leading network access and virtualization specialist, has announced that its enterprise SBC (Session Border Controller) solution included in the OneOS6 middleware has been certified by Microsoft Direct Routing. This certification allows businesses to benefit from the services offered by Microsoft Teams while keeping the telecom provider of their choice. Companies can now benefit from a complete solution that supports employee mobility and boosts productivity by combining the calling functions of traditional operators with the Microsoft platform capabilities, alongside advanced functionalities to make and receive phone calls from Teams users via Teams Direct Routing. A proven solution for interconnecting traditional communications systems with the latest generation of IP-based voice and data technologies, the Ekinops SBC range encompasses the most advanced features in terms of performance, security and voice quality. Ekinops offers a full range of certified SBCs for enterprises. It includes: A hybrid SBC solution (ONeSBC) that supports both analog and digital devices already in the enterprise while delivering Microsoft Direct Routing. Since it is not a "rip and replace" approach, the amortization of current investments is not impacted by the introduction of Microsoft Direct Routing in the enterprise. A virtualized VNF solution (ONEvSBC) allowing the dematerialization of the SBC solution for deployment in a public or private cloud. "In a context where home office work is growing rapidly, Microsoft Teams has become an essential and strategic collaboration platform for organizations," said Sylvain Quartier, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Access at Ekinops. "We are proud to have swiftly and successfully passed the Microsoft Direct Routing Teams certification with our SBC solutions. This certification broadens the scope of applications for our solutions and allows our operator customers to enrich their unified communications and collaboration service offerings."

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Mobileum and VoerEir Partner to Provide End-to-End Service Assurance and Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure Testing and Benchmarking

Mobileum | February 25, 2022

Mobileum Inc., a leading global provider of analytics solutions for roaming and network services, security, risk management, testing and service assurance, and subscriber intelligence, is pleased to announce their technology partnership with VoerEir, an award-winning edge cloud technology company. The partnership between Mobileum and VoerEir creates the most comprehensive and powerful test platform for end-to-end Service Assurance and network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) benchmarking, certification, and validation. Combining Mobileum's SITE active test solution with VoerEir's TOUCHSTONE test suite provides a vertically integrated, full-stack testing solution that enables Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to test services and infrastructure from end-to-end. From the lab to the live network and from virtual and cloud-native network functions and applications (VNF/CNF) to the end device - all in a fully automated manner. Extensive RESTful API and automation capabilities allow the joint solution to be integrated into Telco Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines and provide an essential Continuous Testing (CT) component. Gabriel Chiriacescu, Mobileum's SVP for Testing and Service Assurance said: "The virtualized network infrastructure is the foundation on which 5G and future 6G cellular networks are being built. Assuring the NFVI's strict SLAs are met should be top of mind for all communication service providers. Together with VoerEir, we are proud to offer our global customers a best-in-class solution that ensures their next-generation networks are performing as expected." We are excited to announce this cooperation with Mobileum, which will provide our customers with the most comprehensive end-to-end testing solution for network applications (VNF/CNF), infrastructure (NFVI), and devices. VoerEir has been working steadily over the past six years to develop the best automated NVFI performance testing solution in the industry, and thanks to this partnership, we can prepare for the next level of growth." Javier Garcia Gomez, VoerEir´s CEO VoerEir's Touchstone Platform enables Telco operators to facilitate the benchmarking of multiple telco cloud environments spanning across multiple data centers. It provides support for Openstack and Kubernetes environments using an advanced test engine developed by VoerEir. The Touchstone platform includes a wide array of features for environment benchmarking, report management, and Enhanced Platform Aware (EPA) test suites. It is a leading-edge platform for cloud environment test automation, benchmarking, certification, and validation. The Mobileum-VoerEir partnership marks an important breakthrough for operators looking to accelerate their 5G rollouts and scale 5G and Edge testing capabilities. It also highlights Mobileum's open collaboration strategy of working alongside technology partners to integrate and expand its analytics capabilities to help CSPs meet their subscribers' rising service performance standards and expectations. About Mobileum Inc. Mobileum is a leading provider of Telecom analytics solutions for roaming, core network, security, risk management, domestic and international connectivity testing, and customer intelligence. More than 1,000 customers rely on its Active Intelligence platform, which provides advanced analytics solutions, allowing customers to connect deep network and operational intelligence with real-time actions that increase revenue, improve customer experience, and reduce costs. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Mobileum has global offices in Australia, Germany, Greece, India, Portugal, Singapore, UK, and United Arab Emirates. About VoerEir AB VoerEir AB offers Touchstone, a test tool to facilitate telco cloud testing, deployment, and operation. VoerEir is headquartered in Kista (Sweden) and supplies its test suite and services to Tier-1 Telecommunication Operators and Vendors operating in several countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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6WIND's Virtual Cell Site Router sets new standards in Virtualized & Disaggregated Networking

6WIND | January 27, 2022

6WIND, a leading high Performance and Secure networking Software Company is proud to announce the launch of its novel Virtual Cell Site Router (vCSR). 6WIND vCSR is a virtualized cell site router solution, part of 6WIND's Virtual Service Router (VSR) product family. The vCSR is tailored to the (radio) access network needs of 5G and 4G mobile network operators. The primary purpose of the vCSR is to provide best-in-class-efficiency IP/MPLS routing and high-performance end-to-end IPsec VPN security in a radio access network for hauling the aggregated traffic to the operator's core network. Just like all of 6WIND's VSR applications, vCSR runs on COTS servers, minimizing capital expenditure, maximizing economies of scale in equipment procurement and skirting around vendor lock-in. Based on 6WIND's core technology, vCSR boasts the industry-highest, linearly scalable forwarding performance on COTS hardware. It also caters for the lowest and, above all, deterministic latency, which is of utmost importance for real-time low-latency 5G network applications. vCSR can be deployed on bare metal (PNF), virtualized (VNF) or containerized (CNF) with full hardware and software disaggregation. The 6WIND vCSR is optimized to support all required CSR features and delivers its line rate performance with the lowest CPU and memory footprint. This results in market-leading efficiency in routing and security capabilities towards the provider core network. 6WINDs vCSR will readily co-exist and share resources with other network functions like for example 5G Distributed Units (DU), enabling the operator to mix and match different radio access, networking and other functions as per his specific needs. Creating on-demand, and bespoke, yet dependable network elements in the software realm, disaggregated from the hardware layer. About 6WIND 6WIND is a leading high-performance networking software company and the worldwide market leader for Virtual Service Router (VSR) solutions. 6WIND software is deployed globally by Service Providers, System Integrators, Cloud Providers and Tier-1 OEMs, allowing customers to replace expensive hardware with software and virtualization for routing and security use cases. 6WIND has a global presence with Headquarters based in Paris, France and in Santa Clara, California.

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Ekinops Obtains Microsoft Teams Certification for its SBC Solutions

EKINOPS S.A. | September 03, 2021

Ekinops, a leading network access and virtualization specialist, has announced that its enterprise SBC (Session Border Controller) solution included in the OneOS6 middleware has been certified by Microsoft Direct Routing. This certification allows businesses to benefit from the services offered by Microsoft Teams while keeping the telecom provider of their choice. Companies can now benefit from a complete solution that supports employee mobility and boosts productivity by combining the calling functions of traditional operators with the Microsoft platform capabilities, alongside advanced functionalities to make and receive phone calls from Teams users via Teams Direct Routing. A proven solution for interconnecting traditional communications systems with the latest generation of IP-based voice and data technologies, the Ekinops SBC range encompasses the most advanced features in terms of performance, security and voice quality. Ekinops offers a full range of certified SBCs for enterprises. It includes: A hybrid SBC solution (ONeSBC) that supports both analog and digital devices already in the enterprise while delivering Microsoft Direct Routing. Since it is not a "rip and replace" approach, the amortization of current investments is not impacted by the introduction of Microsoft Direct Routing in the enterprise. A virtualized VNF solution (ONEvSBC) allowing the dematerialization of the SBC solution for deployment in a public or private cloud. "In a context where home office work is growing rapidly, Microsoft Teams has become an essential and strategic collaboration platform for organizations," said Sylvain Quartier, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Access at Ekinops. "We are proud to have swiftly and successfully passed the Microsoft Direct Routing Teams certification with our SBC solutions. This certification broadens the scope of applications for our solutions and allows our operator customers to enrich their unified communications and collaboration service offerings."

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