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Mobicents ‘ Restcomm is to Twilio what Eucalyptus is to Amazon


In recent weeks I had the pleasure to talk to the team behind Mobicents. I have been pleasantly surprised by Restcomm. Restcomm is Twilio for the Private Cloud. Telco 2.0 SaaS for private cloud. Tropo APIs are also on the roadmap. Mobicents is starting a revolution by moving away from telecom standards and moving to the new Cloud telecom standards. Telecom engineers are no longer needed to make enticing value-added services. Any web developer can make telecom apps in minutes and integrate them with Web 2.0 and social networks.

Is Restcomm a threat for Twilio? Quite the contrary. Many larger companies did not want to move to Amazon because of fears of vendor lock-in. Eucalyptus brought a way for public cloud apps to move to a private cloud. Restcomm will allow companies to move their telco apps to the private cloud when they become a large hit. Developers could even start from a private cloud deployment and move apps to Twilio when spikes in demand happen, a.k.a. cloud bursting. In general Twilio is very likely going to get more customers instead of less by having a valid open source alternative.

Mobicents is also undergoing large changes. There has been a shift in direction at Red Hat and the Mobicents team started their own company called Telestax. The company is independent from Red Hat, however it will partner with Red Hat for telecom opportunities involving RHEL and JBoss products.

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  1. Adam Kalsey
    December 12, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Tropo’s Apis are open source (GPL license). They’re built on SIP servlets, and should run on Mobicents just fine. If the Restcomm team makes any improvements to how they run on Mobicents, we’d be happy to accept patches.

    We believe you shouldn’t ne locked into a provider just because you use their APIs and we welcome Restcomm’s efforts.


    Adam Kalsey
    Tropo Product Manager

    • December 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Adam,

      Valid comment on the APIs. Probably Restcomm should look at the SIP Servlets. However I think RestComm is probably aiming at more than just making the APIs work, e.g. scaling/management a private cloud deployment. Most importantly my point about having an open source private cloud solution benefiting the public cloud solution should still hold.

      regards,
      Maarten

  1. January 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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