Steven Dake

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A transformation is taking place in telecommunications to meet the demands of new voice and data technologies. These technologies include Voice-over-IP (VoIP), the packet-switched alternative to old-fashioned circuit-switched telephony. To enable VoIP traffic, application servers must provide carrier-grade reliability that guarantees high service availability (99.999% uptime or better). These systems must also scale to handle hundreds of thousands of calls and provide predictable performance and high speech quality. The telecommunications industry is undergoing enormous changes as equipment providers migrate from proprietary platform architectures to open software environments and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform architectures. Open software and COTS hardware are seen as a means for rapidly deploying new voice and data services, while cutting capital expens... (more)