Siemens Communications is developing a version of its OpenScape real-time collaboration suite which will no longer rely on either the Live Communications Server from Microsoft or IBM’s WebSphere for its SIP protocol stack.
OpenScape was introduced in 2003 and was initially developed in collaboration with Microsoft, said Tim Bishop, head of strategy in the UK for the comms division of Siemens AG. It is currently at version 2.0, with support for WebSphere having been added in that release for integration into environments running Lotus Notes rather than Exchange, he explained.
In both cases, it is the platform with which OpenScape integrates that provides the SIP stack. Bishop said the rationale for the development of what he referred to as the free-floating version was that we’ve found with OpenScape that it becomes dependent on what version of LCS or WebSphere the customer is running, and we don’t want to force them to make a major upgrade of either in order to deploy our platform.
To develop the independent version, therefore, he said Siemens will use the SIP stack from the HiPath 8000, the high-end product in its enterprise IP PBX range.
The Munich-based conglomerate is considering whether to include the standalone capability into the next version of OpenScape, v3.0, with a decision likely in the next week or two.