Centile Inc. is a provider of IP-based services to Communications
Service Providers (CSPs). The company develops a standards-based and
ready-to-deploy IP network telephony platform that helps enable CSPs to
deliver new customizable communication services quickly to their
customers. Centile chose NetraTM servers for their high availability.
Centile's experience in developing next-generation communication
technologies has focused the company's sights on the convergence of
voice and data, according to Jean Berthe, Vice President Sales Engineering,
Europe and Director of Customer Operations at Centile.
Hosted iPBX systems meet a company's telephony requirements with a
software-based virtual telephone exchange that is hosted outside the
customer's own local area network (LAN) with a fast access line to the
Internet. "Our system allow a service provider to host telephone
services for small-to-medium-sized companies without the need for the
customer to have any special equipment. All that is needed is a fast
Internet access line and a local area network (LAN)," continues
NetraTM servers from Sun are the servers of choice for many of the
largest CSPs around the world because of their reliability and
performance. This was a key factor in Centile's decision to develop its
new service on NetraTM t1 Servers. "We needed to base the product on
a platform that service providers would feel comfortable with, and one
of the most important factors for communications services is high
availability. All the services we provide are based on the
best-of-class technology, and the Netra server was the ideal choice
for Centile because it delivers the high performance that we demand and
is recognized as a leader in this area," explains Berthe.
Centile has developed and tested the Hosted iPBX on four clustered
Netra t1 Servers with one additional Netra t1 Server for backup. In
this environment, the new system has been shown to process up to 12,600
calls per hour. When the system is implemented at service provider
sites, companies can choose to run the service on a greater number of
Netra t1 Servers, depending on the level of uptake from their
Easy Upgrade Path
One of the service's primary needs is for upgrades and service
improvements to be implemented regularly. This was one of the reasons
for writing the Hosted iPBX entirely in JavaTM technology programming
language, which also makes it easily portable and accessible from
different platforms. "A main selling point for our company is that our
services can be deployed easily and cost efficiently, allowing service
providers to achieve a return on investment over a short period of
time," explains Berthe. "We needed a server platform that would play a
key role in that. The customers of the new Hosted iPBX system will
benefit from a low-cost system with easy upgrades to new enhancements.
Developing this system on the Sun Netra server allow service providers
to benefit from an easily scalable platform that has low maintenance
costs due to extremely high reliability," Berthe said.
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