BroadSoft to Partner With BEA

VoIP application server software provider BroadSoft has partnered up with Web software developer BEA Systems, Tuesday, a marriage meant to build a better product for carrier customers, according to a BroadSoft spokesperson.

The multi-year deal centers around the idea of melding BroadSoft’s BroadWorks VoIP application platform (the software that provides features like call center apps, conferencing and other PBX functions) with BEA’s WebLogic SIP Server, a telecom-focused component of BEA’s Java-based Web services applications family. According to BroadSoft, the two companies already have “dozens of mutual customers” in the telecom arena.
Both BroadSoft and BEA (as well as competitors like Sylantro) are pushing to make their wares fit into so-called IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) deployments, which are more theory than practice these days given the complexity of trying to meld a bunch of back-end telecom services on top of an IP infrastructure. According to the press release, the deal is a “strategic alliance” that includes joint sales, marketing and development efforts.

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