Ranch Networks Unveils Unique Clustering Technology for Asterisk
VoIP Matrix, A Clustering Technique which Increases Scalability, Reliability, and Security
Across Asterisk Server Farms
Morganville, NJ — September 12, 2006 — Ranch Networks, provider of networking appliances designed to facilitate carrier and enterprise grade VoIP deployments, today announced the availability of its VoIP Matrix Technology, 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.
About Ranch Networks
Ranch Networks was founded in 2000 by former ex-Bell Labs engineers and offer internet protocol telephony network appliances that secure, manage and scale VoIP traffic beyond existing firewall technologies. Ranch Network’s products integrate security and bandwidth control and guarantee delivery of reliable and secure communications between office employees, remote office locations or service providers and enterprise customers.
Ranch Networks and the Ranch Networks logo, are registered trademarks of Ranch Networks, Inc. Asterisk is a registered trademark of Digium Inc.
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