Ranch Networks Unveils Clustering Technology for Asterisk
Note: Now this is a nice announcment. It is a very bright spot for Asterisk with enterprise level equipment being released for carriers. grats
Ranch Networks, provider of networking appliances designed to facilitate carrier and enterprise grade VoIP deployments, today announced the availability of its VoIP Matrix Technology(TM), the company's patent-pending clustering technique developed to increase scalability, reliability and security across Asterisk server farms.
The VoIP Matrix Technology enables enterprises and service providers to combine one or more Asterisk servers with a Ranch Networks' (RN) appliance - forming a virtual IP PBX that supports large number of simultaneous calls. Like a web server farm, theoretically the VoIP Matrix Technology could support tens of thousands of simultaneous calls using an Asterisk server farm. The VoIP Matrix Technology, bridged with the RN appliance ensures zero dropped calls on a VoIP network, prioritizing calls over data. The RN appliance bridges the RTP media between the SIP end points, allowing for media to continually flow without interruption, even if an Asterisk server is unplugged. All new calls then become distributed among the remaining PBXs in the cluster. This technique is a seamlessly scalable solution which enables customers to add more PBXs as their needs grow.
"Ranch Networks understands the needs of VoIP customers," said Alex Pavlovsky, president of Ranch Networks. "When using the VoIP Matrix Technology solution, customers do not have to worry about the security, quality, and scalability of their VoIP systems. Through the clustering technique, call centers, enterprises and service providers can easily increase network capabilities as their businesses grow."
Users can access the virtual IP PBX, including any one of the servers involved, using a single IP address and MAC. Each Asterisk server used to form the virtual IP PBX within the cluster is monitored using SIP health messages. When a PBX stops responding to the SIP health monitoring messages, it will be taken out of the cluster in real-time. As soon as it starts responding to the SIP health monitoring messages, it will be added back to the cluster. The VoIP Matrix Technology allows for users to also add a new IP PBX in real-time, as well as remove an existing IP PBX can for maintenance purposes.
The VoIP Matrix Technology is available with the RN 20, 40, and 41. The RN series of appliances can be purchased through leading Asterisk distributors and resellers worldwide. For a list of resellers or additional information, please visit www.ranchnetworks.com.