[VoiceOps] Announcement: Kamailio becomes systemd-rtc-server

Alex Balashov abalashov at evaristesys.com
Wed Apr 1 00:21:26 EDT 2015

For immediate release:

ATLANTA, GA (1 April 2015)--Evariste Systems LLC, an Atlanta-based
software vendor specialising in Kamailio-based service delivery
solutions for the VoIP ITSP market, is pleased to announce that it, in
collaboration with Red Hat Software and Ringfree Communications, has
finalised the absorption of the Kamailio SIP Server into the 'systemd'
system management platform for Linux. The new component shall be called
'systemd-rtc-server', or 'Systemd Real-Time Communication Server'.

Alex Balashov, principal of Evariste and leader of the tri-vendor
collaboration effort, will officially announce the handover of the
reigns of the Kamailio project to the personal leadership of Lennart
Poettering at the upcoming Systemd Real Time Communications World
conference, to be held in Berlin on 27-29 May of this year.

John Knight, Director of GNOME 3 Integration and part-time usability
consultant at Ringfree Communications, based in Hendersonville, North
Carolina, summarised the triumphs of the long-standing integration effort.

Remarked Knight:

"The industry has recognised for years that a SIP proxy is a basic
building block in the 'init' subsystem of any Linux host. In this age of
multimedia communication with voice and video, it was a travesty that
systemd handled time synchronisation, network configuration, login
management, logging, and console, but not SIP message routing."

Sean McCord, a veteran partner at Atlanta-based integrator CyCORE &
Docker, was quick to concur:

"SIP calls are much easier to troubleshoot with binary logs. Combined
with packet captures of TLS-encrypted WebRTC calls, systemd-journald is
the ultimate call setup troubleshooting methodology of the responsive,
kinetic enterprise."

To support the integration of Kamailio into the ecosystem of every major
Linux distribution, Evariste has released new 'dbus_api' and
'pulseaudio' modules for the project.

Balashov stated, "We fully expect to use the D-Bus API to achieve
gnome-session integration with systemd-rtc-server-usrloc, but we aren't
going to leave Windows users behind; KamailioSvcHost.exe will support
Domain Controller policies for G.722 in Active Directory forests."

Despite an aggressive delivery timeline by the tri-vendor consortium
behind systemd-rtc-server, industry commentators have widely lambasted
the fact that it took so long for Kamailio to become integrated into
systemd. Fred Posner, solutions architect at The Palner Group in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, recently wrote in a widely-publicised blog post:

"sr-dev have been keeping their heads in the sand for too long. For
years now, it has been completely obvious and self-evident to anyone
with half a brain that all kinds of VoIP software should be included in
systemd. It's a basic building block of the whole OS, having absorbed
functionality previously provided by all kinds of packages like
util-linux and wireless-tools."

John Knight of Ringfree accepted the criticism readily, but advocated a
forward-thinking orientation focused on breaking with the uncertainty of
the past:

"In the absence of a SIP component for routing calls to the PSTN, some
people thought, 'systemd has no clear direction apart from the whims of
its developers, and is a perpetually moving goal post.' Well, a SIP
server should put an end to that whole discussion; that's exactly what
was missing, and now that we have systemd-rtc-server, we've eliminated
all doubts about the coherence, conceptual integrity and finality of

Alex Balashov | Principal | Evariste Systems LLC
303 Perimeter Center North, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30346
United States

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