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May 4 2016   10:52AM GMT

US military approves Genband communications kit

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Genband has used its Orlando-located Perspectives16 user/customer/partner/developer event to announce news of US military graded approval for its communications technology.

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The firm’s Genband Application Server is teamed with the Polycom VVX voice and video portfolio.

Together these solutions have achieved certification by the  Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) of the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency.

The combined solution has been approved as a Local Session Controller (basically, technology that helps govern setting up, conducting and tearing down telephone calls or other interactive media communications) for deployment in the United States Department of Defense (DoD) communications networks.

United States Department of Defense approval

The Genband solution provides military-grade resiliency with standards-based SIP-session control that can meet the needs of the largest deployments. The firm insists that open SIP-based technology eliminates proprietary endpoints and applications, enabling choice and competition, reducing the total cost of ownership for SIP or ASSIP endpoints.

Congenially connected exec VP of global sales and marketing at Genband is Patrick Joggerst, his take on this news explains that this combined JITC certified offering enhances his firm’s ability to provide the Department of Defense and other government agencies with secure, market-proven solutions.

“With JITC certification we’re making it more cost-effective for departments and agencies to migrate to next generation technology that supports their strategic initiatives while making their work environments more collaborative, engaging and productive,” said Joggerst.

The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) is the United States Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Certifier and only non-service level operational test center for Information Technology (IT) and National Security Systems (NSS).

As Ian Murphy notes on Enterprise Times, the timing of this announcement is good news for the firms because the US is looking to replace its existing legacy solutions and it is likely that any new deal will last for several years.

Murphy writes as follows, “Genband will also be hoping to pick up a slice of the cloud spend that the US military and government departments and now making. It claims that the Genband Application Server is able to scale to support up to 2 million users. It will be interesting to see how quickly it announces business wins in this area which is dominated by the big IT vendors such as IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.”

Genband’s Application Server has the scale to enable agencies and departments to create their own secure private clouds, supporting one or thousands of sites with up to two million users.

The firm insists that “most other solutions” require regional deployments to overcome scale limitations and require proprietary endpoints to deliver market-appropriate feature functionality.

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