With all of the attention being paid to Microsoft’s Skype for Business as the emerging 800 pound gorilla in the real-time unified communications and collaboration (UCC) market, attention also must be paid to those who are extending the utility of Skype of Business as well. One such company is UCC solutions provider Hong Kong-based Deltapath® which has announced the release of Deltapath® frSIP® Skype for Business Gateway.
As has been mentioned over and over again by myself and others, the history of the communications industry validates that all boats do rise when the interoperability tide comes in. In this regard what Deltapath® is offering is a capability that extends communication solutions for all Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync) users to interact via video with almost everyone in an open SIP world.
Andy Chan, Director of Solutions Architecture at Deltapath® in comments about the announcement said: “Deltapath® frSIP® Skype for Business Gateway is the ubiquitous transcoder between Microsoft Lync, or Skype for Business to virtually any enterprise videoconferencing endpoints. It enables all Skype for Business customers to connect to their extended teams using open SIP and legacy H.323 videoconferencing endpoints, mobile devices, computers with web browsers, and SIP phones, vice versa.”
Chan went on to explain in some detail the value of Deltapath® frSIP® Skype for Business Gateway as the bridge to “any to any seamless communications, aka, interoperability. In fact, he outlines why the new solutions solves a dilemma now facing Microsoft customers regarding how best to protect the investments they have already made in legacy conferencing solutions.
Transcoding is the answer and the Deltapath® frSIP® Skype for Business Gateway has been designed to enable “any-to-any” seamless communications between all SIP and legacy H.323 videoconferencing endpoints, and all on Skype for Business/Lync clients with HD video, audio, content sharing, and instant messaging. It transcodes between different codecs and translates between different protocols that support numerous codecs such as H.263, H.263++, H.264, H.264 SVC (UCIF Profiles 0, 1), VP8, and RTVideo. Most importantly for member of the WebRTC Solutions Community it transcodes call signaling protocols such as H.323, SIP, WebRTC and Microsoft Lync.
Plus, this is not just about video conferencing in real time, it is also about giving Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise E1 and E3 customers enhanced voice calling capability on their current end points, and E4 customers additional enterprise-grade telephony features such as contact center, video and voice call recording as well as industry specific features such as serviced office, property management, retail and healthcare.
As mentioned above, what enterprise customers are looking for in next generation solutions that can add value to their Microsoft environments is interoperability with everyone and everything. This is going to be one of the real values of WebRTC as it matures going forward. Customers also want to protect the investments they already have made and bring them into the feature-rich, real-time world and that is where SIP and capabilities such as SBC and Deltapath®’s gateway can ease the pain and provide a sensible path to the future.
Source: WebRTC Solutions.com by Peter Bernstein