The ABC SBC trial version is a fully functioning session border controller including the latest features of the award winning FRAFOS ABC SBC release. There is only one small difference: Calls are limited to 90 seconds!
The ABC SBC trial version is provided as a virtual machine that can be imported into virtualization software – VMware Player or other VMware products (VMware Workstation, WMware ESX,… ), VirtualBox or other virtualization platforms that support OVA or VMX formats.
After installing and configuring the ABC SBC trial version it is possible to test and use the ABC SBC as part of your VoIP infrastructure -with the limitation that your customers will only be able to make phone calls of maximally 90 seconds! To unlock the 90 seconds limitation all that is needed is to acquire a license key from FRAFOS. All configuration information used with the trial version will remain in tact.
The current ABC SBC version provides the following features:
- GUI based management
- System and network monitoring
- SIP session control and manipulation
- Registration offloading
- Border security
- SNMP V2 alarms and status information
- High availability using active/hot standby mode.
- Open interfaces
- Media server capabilities
GUI-based ManagementThe ABC SBC provides the administrator with an easy to use GUI for
- Defining routing handling policies.
- Define security and message manipulation rules
- Granular traffic limiting: Limit traffic based on any part of a SIP message.
- Monitoring netwok and system statistics.
- System configuration and management
Media ApplicationsThe ABC SBC provides a built-in programmable and open media server platform for supporting announcements and real-time web applications.
- Announcements: The ABC SBC can be used to generate announcements directly on the border of the network
- Transcoding: ABC SBC platform offers software based transcoding with support of G711u/a, G726, GSM, iLBC, L16, G722, Speex, G729 and G729a/b codecs. Codecs G729 and G729a/b are subject to patent licenses.
- Recording: The ABC SBC enables the operator to record SIP calls and save the recorded content on local disk.
Border SecurityIn order to secure the borders of VoIP providers, the ABC SBC provides the following security features:
- Rate limiting: In order to protect against DoS attacks, calls arriving above a certain threshold can be either rejected or simply dropped.
- Parallel call control: In order to prevent misuse and fraud the ABC SBC can use either a general limit or a per enterprise value to detect excess calls.
- Content control: Using Deep Packet Inspection mechanisms, the ABC SBC can filter the content of incoming SIP messages and drop messages that contain suspicious content.
- Topology hiding: All information related to the operator’s internal structure such as IP addresses of media servers or SIP registrars are anonymized by the ABC SBC just before forwarding any messages outside the operator’s network.
- Media control: Besides controlling the signaling information, the ABC SBC offers different features for securing the exchange of media data:
- Codec control: The ABC SBC can refuse calls requesting media codecs that are not allowed in the operator’s network
- Rate limiting: Traffic received in excess of certain limits can be rejected.
- Codec monitoring: The ABC SBC can be used to reject media packets that do not conform to the type that was signaled in the session establishment.
System and Network MonitoringThrough the management GUI the operator of the ABC SBC can have an elaborate overview of the performance of the VoIP infrastructure and be alerted to failures. The monitoring interface of the ABC SBC provides the following information:
- Call statistics such as number of successful/failed calls
- General statistics such as used bandwidth, memory and CPU
- List of active calls and the possibility to terminate an active call
- The possibility to collect PCAP traces of both signaling and media information of certain calls
- Call flow sequences showing all messages related to some call with the possibility of displaying the details of any message from the sequence
- The collected statistics can also be exported using SNMP.
SIP Session Control and ManipulationThe ABC SBC acts as a SIP Back2Back UA (B2BUA) that enables the operator to control the access to its network and provides the following features:
- Topology hiding
- NAT traversal
- Media and RTP access control
- Add, remove and modify SIP headers
- Manipulate SIP bodies
- Mediate between different SIP specifications such as IMS and IETF SIP.
Registration OffloadIn order to reduce the number of registrations that have to be processed at the operator’s registrar, the ABC SBC caches successful registrations. The registration information at the operator’s registrar will be refreshed by the ABC SBC at much lower rates than the subscribers refresh attempts. This reduces the load on the operator’s infrastructure and protects it from misbehaving subscribers or malicious users that try to attack the network by sending large numbers of registration messages.
Open InterfacesThe ABC SBC offers RESTfull interfaces that enable a smooth integration with application service platforms. Over its open interfaces a provider can control different features such as
- Routing: Offload complex and customized routing logic to an external environment.
- Authentication: Authenticate and register users already on the border of the network.
- Announcements: Control which announcement should be played when.