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

Rob Dawson rdawson at force3.com
Wed Apr 1 12:20:27 EDT 2015

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From: VoiceOps [mailto:voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org] On Behalf Of Alex Balashov
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Subject: [VoiceOps] Announcement: Kamailio becomes systemd-rtc-server

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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 systemd."

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

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