DIDX R & D in Infrastructure, API and Automation 2018

By Suzanne Bowen (VP Event Management) and Kamal Panhwar (DIDX CTO)

We work smart to make sure the experience that our DIDX customers and vendors have in our direct inward dialing DID number marketplace… keeps a smile on their faces, that helps them get more customers and that helps them retain those customers. Some of our projects include the following to keep DIDX improving!

Infrastructure
We must have super reliable communication infrastructure. We are working to improve our SIP proxy server. Currently we have for 30 Asterisk servers to connect with proxy. Our infrastructure uses IBMCloud (used to be SoftLayer cloud) and DigitalOcean cloud servers. OTOH, thousands of our DIDX customers and vendors use FreeSWITCH and other softswitches, and we work with them every day to ensure excellent interoperability between their switches and the DIDX API.

We’re scripting for load balancing and proxy server with OpenSIPS. Our CTO Kamal Panhwar, DIDX sales manager Muhammad Ali and the whole team made that choice after several online and offline meetings and testing with OpenSIPs developers and businesses that currently use OpenSIPS. Several 100 of our DIDX members use Kamailio, too.

API (Application programming interface)
Last year, we made a decision we need to improve our DIDX API. Our system was using SOAP (simple object access protocol) format. The challenge while upgrading is that many of our clients use SOAP, so we will continue to give backward compatibility. Our new API will use Restful, so we can provide both Json and XML support.

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Appearance
We just changed the appearance of our DIDX interface from the black, yellow and burgundy bumble bee look to a much calmer turquoise, white and black. I like them both. (I am Suzanne Bowen.)

 

 

 

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We are researching Dockers and Kubernetes (to create a virtual machine template). When one of our servers fails or we need to load balance, a new server will automatically be created.

We are beta testing Homer software to capture SIP packets. The use of this gives us more robust information about the DIDs that are available to buy and that are sold on DIDX in file PCAP format. With this … customers will have more info about the SIP with DID numbers available on DIDX.net.

Though the Internet of Things are exciting and important, we still keep an emphasis on the fact that the Internet of People are even more so. We strive to serve our vendors and buyers of DID numbers with TLC on DIDX because the people are what is important.

 

 

DIDX VP Interviews Anthony Minessale II and Brian West of the FreeSWITCH Project

Thousands of customers and vendors that participate in DIDX wholesale direct inward dialing marketplace use open source communications solutions like FreeSWITCH, OpenSIPS, Kamailio and Asterisk. Anthony Minessale and Brian West, co-founder and General Operations Director, respectively, staff and huge worldwide developer community played and still play crucial parts in why and how DIDX enables the globe with wholesale direct inward dialing.

iMiller Public Relations’ Ilissa Miller, Kamailio’s Daniel Constantin-Mierla, TMCnet’s Rich Tehrani and Peter Dunkley contributed the questions and topics that DIDX discusses with Brian West and Anthony Minessalle.

lissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations
1) OpenSource and OpenCompute projects are changing the way companies develop solutions (such as FreeSWITCH) –
what is a key driver for the development of your platform?  What problems does it solve?
2) How are you leveraging the open compute initiatives to develop the platform capabilities?
Asipto and Kamailio’s Daniel Constantin-Mierla
1) It’s now more than 10 years since the start of the project — with the experience accumulated now, but going back when you started the project, would you do something different?
2) What are the biggest challenges you faced or still face as an open source application that tries to disrupt the rigid and somehow walled garden market of telecommunications?
3) Freeswitch has outstanding support for video conferencing and webrtc. Are these technologies going to change radically the way we communicate? How do you see their impact to residential users as well as enterprises?
4) Can you give some numbers regarding the performances of Freeswitch as a video conference system on a commodity server these days (e.g., price range 2-5000USD, 2-4 CPUs, 8-16GB memory)?
5) How is the performance affected when running on virtualized systems, what are the characteristics of the virtual machine that impact the most?
Rich Tehrani, TMCNet CEO and director of the popular ITEXPO, AllAbouttheAPI, and IoT Evolution and other tech conferences asks:
1)      How did you come up with the idea to launch FreeSwitch?
2)      As the product has evolved – what accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
3)      Are there any specific geographies or markets most suited to FreeSwitch?
Peter Dunkley, Director of Product Management – Telephony at NewVoiceMedia
1) For the features that are the same as they were as many as ten years ago at the beginning, why have those survived the test of time?
2) A few years ago WebRTC was a hot topic, now people talk about RTC (encompassing more than just audio and video), where does Freeswitch fit with this new (beyond next-generation) technology?
3) Traditionally Freeswitch would have been installed in the “owners” data centre or machine room.  Today everyone is moving to the cloud.  How well does Freeswitch fit into this new deployment model?
4) More and more enterprises and individuals are using technologies like Skype, Skype for Business, Slack, etc.  A lot of these technologies do not require organisations to deploy or own anything, some push a lot of (what used to be network) functions into the client.  What benefits does Freeswitch bring to organisations using these technologies?
5) More generally, what are the biggest three industry developments or changes you’ve observed in the past 10 years? Which industry initiatives and technologies have proved to be over-hyped?