Acme Packet is hosting their Acme Packet University at Harvard University in Cambridge. I spoke with the company's Co-Founder, CEO & President Andy Ory
before the session kicked off and the topic of Sonus came up. The two companies partnered for many years and eventually Sonus reached out to Acme to purchase them however Acme had begun the filing to go public and Sonus had taken a hit to their market cap so the deal never happened.
According to Andy
, the idea today is to explain to the world how complicated the SBC space is - one part switch, security device and softswitch. These are separate disciplines in most companies - making it more complicated to build a good SBC.
He then briefly outlined the future and what we will learn today - how hosted-IMS based solutions will help move the industry forward.
9:00 Session kicks off
, CMO kicked things off and set the tone for the day.
Co-Founder and CTO began with a history of the
markets and Acme.
Net2Phone NetMeeting had problems - in part because they wouldn't work through NAT and this derailed the company.
The company started in Andy's house and the workers were day trading as well as working - this was 2000 after all.
Lots of talk of the alphabet soup of standards IP communications had to deal with until around the time of 9/11.
The partnership with Sonus Networks
helped them a great deal back in the day.
People like Henry Sinnreich and Jonathon Rosenberg "hated" Acme because they didn't want the carriers to be able to control the endpoints.