Softswitch: Redcom's Slice 2100 and Slice IP Pack a Powerful Punch
March 23, 2011
By David Sims
, TMCnet Contributing Editor
It’s compact, efficient and packs a punch: Welcome to the Redcom Slice 2100 and Slice IP, a special wall-mount configuration that pairs two Redcom Slice platforms into what company officials say is “an extremely small, powerful and cost-effective communications system.”
The Redcom Slice 2100 is best described as a converged IP/TDM platform with an integrated media gateway supporting legacy protocols, analog lines, and up to 6 E1/T1 trunks and radio connectivity.
The Slice IP is a pure IP softswitch core designed to integrate IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert) elements to deliver both call management functionality and directory services.
But combine them and see what you get, company officials say: “Stacked together, the Slice 2100 and Slice IP act as a single system that supports up to 5,000 IP subscribers, while still preserving interoperability with legacy interfaces.”
That’s a lot of functionality you’d expect to find in a bigger box, wrapped up in a nice little compact system.
Key features are class 4/5 Tandem/End Office applications, integrated SIP Call Controller & Media Gateway (News - Alert), SIP-based VoIP capabilities of up to 5,000 SIP and/or Acces subscribers in a stacked 2U system, SIP trunks to help reduce operating costs, built-in compression to optimize expensive bandwidth usage, supports up to 6 E1/T1 trunks and extensive conferencing (TDM & VoIP), plus, as the ad writers like to say, lots more.
Early this year TMC (News - Alert) reported that Redcom Labs released information about the Slice IP, an advanced Class 4/5 softswitch core powered by TRANSip, Redcom’s VoIP technology suite that provides an IP communications product. In its 1U platform, Slice IP with TRANSip integrates IP Multimedia Subsystem elements, delivering call management functionality and directory services for IP subscribers.
It has a simple integrated design that makes it easy to deploy, reducing installation, and operating costs while delivering what company officials call "new revenue-generating features. Flexible compression methods are built-in, helping service providers manage low-revenue subscribers by reducing bandwidth usage, while retaining high-end subscribers with premium services."David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Tammy Wolf