TMCNet:  Covergence Unveils Groundbreaking Policy Manager for Real-time Applications

[August 20, 2007]

Covergence Unveils Groundbreaking Policy Manager for Real-time Applications

MAYNARD, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- Covergence(R), the leading provider of session border control solutions for the access edge, today unveiled the Covergence Policy Manager, a policy enforcement solution for real-time applications. With this new solution, organizations can build session policy enforcement into applications that include VoIP, video, IM, presence, conferencing, shared workspaces and other forms of SIP-based real-time communications. Designed to automate and simplify policy enforcement, the Covergence Policy Manager ensures that communication-enabled applications comply with security, regulatory, quality and other business measures. The Covergence Policy Manager is an add-on component to Covergence's Eclipse series of session border controllers.


In order to benefit from communication-enabled applications and implement the best of wireless, wireline and IP communications, both enterprises and service providers are adopting applications that include real-time services. Service providers are increasing their portfolios of real-time IP services with anywhere from dozens to hundreds of offerings to attract and retain premium customers. Meanwhile, the IT departments of the Global 2000 enterprises have begun adding real-time capabilities into customer-facing applications to improve the customer experience and streamline complex customer interactions.

However, as organizations deploy communication-enabled applications, they are faced with a complex set of security, control, regulatory and business policy-enforcement challenges that require developers to invest an incredible amount of time learning new models or writing code. The Covergence Policy Manager removes the complexity and makes, for the first time, real-time applications policy enforcement accessible to millions of developers immediately.

The Covergence Policy Manager provides the developer with a library of components that leverage the powerful rules-based policy engine of Covergence's award-winning Eclipse Session Border Controller. The developer simply invokes Covergence policy component interfaces to secure, route, control or monitor any real-time session. The Covergence Policy Manager resides in an Avaya, BEA, IBM or Oracle application server. Leveraging these industry standards and proven platforms reduces the costs and complexity of deployment while delivering unparalleled high availability, reliability, scalability and performance. In addition, each of these vendors provide an IMS-SIP application server component and global ecosystem of NEP, SI and ISV partners that have standardized on these platforms for their next-generation communication products and solutions.

"Covergence Policy Manager exposes its functionality to applications through SOA interfaces," said Anne Thomas Manes, vice president and research director, Burton Group. "By implementing the Covergence Policy Manager as a set of component interfaces within the leading application servers, Covergence makes complex, rule-driven communication-enabled application development feasible for business developers with limited knowledge of real-time communications technology."

"Transitioning SIP session management to a more dynamic model is essential to reducing the complexity and expense of deploying communication-enabled applications," said Bob O'Neil, CEO and president, Covergence. "By offering developers a quick and easy way to exert policy control over real-time applications, we are helping deliver the secure, reliable and controllable real-time communications users in today's organizations now expect."

The Covergence Policy Manager for real-time applications was developed to meet a full range of needs; from the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market all the way up to the world's largest service provider. The new solution is available from Covergence immediately and can be purchased by contacting sales@covergence.com or by calling 978.823.5200.

About Covergence

Covergence is the leader in scaling, securing and controlling VoIP and other real-time services. The Covergence Eclipse(TM) series of next-generation session border controllers combines traditional session-border-control functionality with comprehensive security features and management tools. Eclipse is purpose-built to securely and reliably connect users to VoIP and multi-media services while giving organizations the complete control and visibility they require. www.covergence.com

Covergence and Covergence Eclipse are registered trademarks of Covergence. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

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