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Technology companies leading the way at Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks

Independent Internet Service Provider Converged Communication Solutions, along with SureVoIP, Scotland’s leading Internet Telephony provider, have been appointed as the preferred suppliers of Internet and communication services to the Aberdeen Energy and Innovation Parks.

The contract, which is potentially worth over £350,000, will see Converged supply Internet services to the parks, with SureVoIP providing IP telephony (VoIP).

The provision of services will bring advanced technology to the eighty-plus businesses located within the parks, which are held in joint venture by Buccleuch Property and Scottish Enterprise. The offering will be launched across the parks as a new ‘serviced’ office provision to all park tenants.

"We are absolutely delighted to have secured this significant contract with the Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks and look forward to assisting businesses within the parks to access leading technology for internet and communications,” said Neil Christie, Technical Director for Converged. “We have worked with SureVoIP on a number of projects and look forward to delivering this contract in partnership with them."

"Pre-existing high capacity fibre exists between park tenants and Converged’s backbone network, and consequently we can provide very high bandwidth, very quickly, to new tenants, or those with changing requirements" added Neil.

Business tenants will be able to gain high speed internet access via this fibre at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. The result is highly reliable bandwidth suitable for carrying a wide range of business critical applications.

SureVoIP managing director Gavin Henry said: "SureVoIP, in partnership with Converged, are delighted to be selected to provide hosted VoIP telephony services to businesses working in and operating from the Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks."

"The contract highlights the parks, their owners and managers as forward-thinking organisations, using modern telecommunications to help develop the Scottish economy and allow it to flourish by working directly with service providers."

SureVoIP, regulated by Ofcom, is a member of the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA). The company is also the holder of an ITSPA quality mark accreditation.

Converged Communication Solutions is a leading Aberdeen-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) and IT support company, offering an extensive portfolio of inter-site networking solutions.

SureVoIP Earns ITSPA Quality Mark

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ITSPA, The Internet Telephony Service Providers Association, have awarded SureVoIP the ITSPA Quality Mark. This mark is awarded to eligible ITSPA members who demonstrate clear defined customer service specifications and adhere to ITSPA's defined frameworks for:
 
 
SureVoIP is a VoIP business service provider in the UK and one of only a few that have been awarded this mark. 
 
More information on the quality mark can be found here.

Increase in enquiries for migrations from Sun Directory and other directory servers to OpenLDAP

LinuxOpenLDAPOpen SourceSuretec Hi all,

Everyone involved in the directory sector and OpenLDAP has been seeing lots more enquiries to migrate from Sun Directory to OpenLDAP as the future of Sun Directory, now Oracle owns Sun is becoming a concern, as is their new pricing model. We obviously have experience doing this and migration from any other directory server.

If you want to convert your enterprise directory from a proprietary and expensive closed-source supplier to OpenLDAP, a modern, more efficient, and less expensive Open Source software solution please do contact us.

Our partners Symas also have a Directory Services Upgrade Program that we can do for you in the UK:

Convert your Enterprise Directory from a proprietary and expensive closed-source supplier to OpenLDAP, a modern, more efficient, and less expensive Open Source software solution. Typically, enterprises dramatically reduce their annual cost converting to OpenLDAP from Sun, Oracle, Netscape, or iPlanet Directory Services products. The workload requires half or less the power and capacity for substantially improved performance. This is a relatively easy transition to make because LDAPv3 is highly standardized and OpenLDAP conforms to the most demanding requirements of the Internet Standards (RFC[?] 4511 and related RFCs)..

Symas Corporation will be glad to consult with your team and offer you a fixed-price, fixed schedule offer for conversion of your Enterprise Directory technology. This service includes:

- A complete evaluation of your present Directory Services servers
- A Detailed plan for implementation of the new technology
- A roadmap for conversion of existing LDAP[?] applications and data feeds
- Conversion of schema definitions
- Access Control conversions/implementation
- Database transfer and clean-up
- OpenLDAP deployment, tuning and configuration
- SSL Certificate Conversion
- Database reload
- Assistance with application testing
- Operational team training (LDAP University)
- One year of standard Gold
- level Symas OpenLDAP technical support


Please do contact us.

Thanks,

Gavin.

XConnect Announces U.K. High-Definition Voice Initiative - SureVoIP ITSP join

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First to join from the U.K. are service providers Simwood, SureVoIP and thevoicefactory.


SureVoIP is us!

Here's some news on this:

http://www.voipmonitor.net/2010/09/07/XConnect+Announces+UK+HighDefinition+Voice+Initiative.aspx
http://hdvoicenews.com/2010/09/07/xconnect-announces-hd-voice-exchange-available-worldwide-uk-promotion-with-polycom-broadsoft-and-dialogic/
http://www.mgraves.org/2010/09/hdvoice-making-progress-in-the-uk/
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/article.aspx?cid=755463 Continue reading "XConnect Announces U.K. High-Definition Voice Initiative - SureVoIP ITSP join"

VoIP solutions could benefit from iPhone 4 - Why bother? Get an Android Open Source phone and the new VoIP features now

AsteriskFreeSWITCHLinuxOpen SourceSuretec Hi all,

The iPhone 4, which was officially unveiled on the June 7th at a presentation in San Francisco, includes several new features that will benefit VoIP users. These are touted as:


  • Multi-task when making a VoIP call, so customers can access other applications, such as a calendar, during a conversation.

  • Built-in noise cancellation to eliminate background sounds when making VoIP calls.

  • Videoconferencing will also be possible between iPhones via the Face Time feature, allowing remote employees to partake in business meetings.

  • Longer battery life, while the screen resolution has been significantly improved compared to previous models.



The iPhone 4 will be available in the UK from June 24th.

Wow you may think this is amazing, but all these features have been available on Android phones (Google's Open Source mobile operating system) for ages. I've just got an HTC Desire from O2 and it's the No.1 phone in the world right now. It can do all of above and more, plus the Sipdroid VoIP client is free and works on 3G and WiFi using our VoIP services or anyone elses. Best of all it's free software and just works.


Another good blog post covers why the iPhone can never keep up with Android or Open Source:

"Through a bevy of handset makers, Android can offer a variety of phones that will make it difficult for
Apple to beat with just one hardware release a year. While it is hard to

ever go wrong with an iPhone, Android offers a ton of alternative form

factors, price points and carriers: Sprint (NYSE: S) has released the

first 4G phone on Android; T-Mobile has a new competitive Android phone

with a slide-out keyboard; the HTC Incredible sold by Verizon has been

flying off store shelves; and even Google’s Nexus One still boasts some

of the latest hardware. Not to mention new Android phones from Samsung

and LG (SEO: 066570) coming later this summer."


Google now have figures to show that 100,000 open source Android mobile phones are getting activated daily!

Gavin.

Suretec allocated a Communications Provider Identity ("CUPID") code by Ofcom

AsteriskCatalystDojoFreeSWITCHJabber/XMPPLinuxOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourcePerlPostgreSQLSuretec Exciting news!

Our Communications Provider Identity ("CUPID") code application has been processed by Ofcom and we just received our number of 291.

The start of many good things to come with our own VoIP provider SureVoIP (brand and website being worked on now). We're also listed as an ITSP at ITSPA.

Thanks,

Gavin.

OpenLDAP 2.4.22 released

OpenLDAPOpen SourceSuretec OpenLDAP 2.4.22 is now officially out. Download now and review the final changes list:


OpenLDAP 2.4.22 is now available for download as detailed on our download page:
http://www.openldap.org/software/download/

and should soon be available on all official mirrors:
ftp://ftp.openldap.org/pub/OpenLDAP/MIRRORS

This is a maintenance release and is made available for general use. Users of OpenLDAP Software are encouraged to upgrade.

Significant contributors to this release include:
Howard Chu (Symas Corp)
Hallvard Furuseth (University of Oslo)
Quanah Gibson-Mount (Yahoo! Inc)
Ralf Haferkamp (SUSE Linux)
Pierangelo Masarati (Politecnico di Milano)
Rein Tollevik (Basefarm AS)

OpenLDAP 2.4.22 Release (2010/04/24)
Added slapd SLAP_SCHEMA_EXPOSE flag for hidden schema elements (ITS#6435)
Added slapd tools selective iterations (ITS#6442)
Added slapd syncrepl TCP keepalive (ITS#6389)
Added slapo-ldap[?] idassert-passthru (ITS#6456)
Added slapo-pbind
Fixed libldap gmtime re-entrancy (ITS#6262)
Fixed libldap gssapi off by one error (ITS#6223)
Fixed libldap GnuTLS serial length (ITS#6460)
Fixed libldap MozNSS context and PEM support (ITS#6432)
Fixed libldap referral on bind behavior(ITS#6510)
Fixed slapd acl non-entry internal searches (ITS#6481)
Fixed slapd acl attrval style initialization (ITS#6520)
Fixed slapd certificateListValidate (ITS#6466)
Fixed slapd empty URI parsing (ITS#6465)
Fixed slapd glued misplaced entries (ITS#6506)
Fixed slapd glued paged cookies (ITS#6507)
Fixed slapd glued paged results (ITS#6504)
Fixed slapd gmtime re-entrancy (ITS#6262)
Fixed slapd to ignore controls with unrecognized flags (ITS#6480)
Fixed slapd entry ownership (ITS#5340)
Fixed slapd sasl auxprop_lookup (ITS#6441)
Fixed slapd sasl auxprop ssf (ITS#5195)
Fixed slapd syncrepl for attributes with no matching rule (ITS#6458)
Fixed slapd syncrepl for unknown attrs and delta-sync (ITS#6473)
Fixed slapd syncrep loop with moddn (ITS#6472)
Fixed slapo-accesslog to not replicate internal purges (ITS#6519)
Fixed slapd-bdb contextCSN[?] updates from updatedn (ITS#6469)
Fixed slapd-bdb lockobj zeroing (ITS#6501)
Fixed slapd-ldap/meta control criticality (ITS#6523)
Fixed slapd-ldap/meta with ordered values (ITS#6516)
Fixed slapo-collect entry ownership (ITS#5340,ITS#6423)
Fixed slapo-dds with NULL backend (ITS#6490)
Fixed slapo-dynlist entry ownership (ITS#5340,ITS#6423)
Fixed slapo-memberof attr count (ITS#6508)
Fixed slapo-pcache to release its own entries (ITS#6484)
Fixed slapo-pcache with NULL backend (ITS#6490)
Fixed slapo-rwm entry release handling (ITS#6484)
Fixed slapo-rwm memory handling with rewrites (ITS#6526)
Fixed slapo-rwm olcRwmMap handling (ITS#6436)
Fixed slapo-rwm entry ownership (ITS#5340,ITS#6423)
Fixed slapo-syncprov memory leak (ITS#6459)
Fixed slapo-translucent counter increment (ITS#6497)
Fixed slapo-valsort entry ownership (ITS#5340,ITS#6423)
Fixed contrib/sha2 adds mechs for more hashes (ITS#6433)
Fixed contrib/nssov to use nss-pam-ldapd (ITS#6488)
Build Environment
Added back-ldif, back-null test support (ITS#5810)
Documentation
admin24 avoid explicity moduleload statements (ITS#6486)
admin24 broken link fixes (ITS#6493,ITS#6515)
slapd.access(5) val.regex explanation (ITS#5804)

MD5 (openldap-2.4.22.tgz) = ef01b52255ce8e3fbf8aa34f6fe7598b
SHA1 (openldap-2.4.22.tgz) = dd506b461c1fccd55dfff123b87aa6d07c899136

UC Expo 10th March

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A quick note to say we will be attending UC Expo - The UK's leading Business Enterprise Communications Event.

I know we've been very quiet this year, but there's a good reason for this. Keep your eyes pealed for a big announcement in the next few months about our new VoIP provider (Internet Telephony Service Provider) - SureVoIP (redirects to main site for now).

Gavin.

Yubico key has arrived!

AsteriskCatalystJabber/XMPPOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourcePerlPostgreSQLSquidSuretec It's taken us a while to get round to ordering one of these Yubikeys from Yubico, but they do look great and have lots of documentation via the wiki.

We're going to be testing them via the pam module for SSH access (and of course using pam_ldap).

So, users in LDAP[?] via pam, and a Yubikey, let's see how it goes!

(will be interesting for logging in a SIP handset via Asterisk or FreeSWITCH that needs one too and all the others technologies Suretec use and support (Catalyst, Perl, PostgresSQL, Squid and more....). We'll see....

Aberdeen’s Suretec Telecom helps holiday dreams come true with open source call recording

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Companies at opposite ends of the UK work together to produce innovative software solution – without ever meeting up




Aberdeen-based Suretec Telecom is in the business of supporting a company that makes holiday dreams come true. Specialising in tailor-made holidays, luxury hotels, unique tours and cruises, DreamTicket luxury holidays is a niche holiday provider to the UK travel market, and it prides itself on operating cost-effectively without ‘middle-men’ so it can keep its prices keen. And it’s based in Surrey.

Suretec Telecom knows how important it is for small and medium-sized businesses to be cost-conscious, and it makes sure that its customers get high tech solutions to telecom questions, at a very competitive price.

‘Dreamticket is a very successful niche holiday business,’ says Gavin Henry, managing director of Suretec Telecom, which was launched in 2009. ‘It grew considerably from its early beginnings to around 11 employees in 2004 – and its telephone system is its lifeblood for providing customers with the right holiday to satisfy their dreams. That’s where we come in.’ Continue reading "Aberdeen’s Suretec Telecom helps holiday dreams come true with open source call recording"

Monitoring your LDAP directory

OpenLDAPOpen Source Hi all,

Andreas Andersson posted this on the openldap technical list last week about CN=Montior:


My name is Andreas and I want to inform you about a little project I've been working on called CN=Monitor.
It's about monitoring and verifying directory servers with focus on open source LDAP[?] servers. From single installed servers to large scaled deployments.

Its a webbased application where you can:
- Verify availability, compare load and performance between servers
- Collect historical events for long term analysis (and get weekly reports by mail)
- Verify cluster and load balancing functionality
- Query several directories at the same time for data consistancy verification
... and a lot more.

Why the name CN=Monitor. Well.. a lot of the information collected and analyzed is gathered from the CN=Monitor base DN.


Looks very promising!!!

Will keep you posted,

Gavin.

Suretec now have a merchant account!

AsteriskCatalystDojoJabber/XMPPLinuxOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourcePerlPostgreSQLSquidSuretec It's been a long process, almost 6 weeks, what with the new laws regarding PCI DSS compliance as of the 1st of October 2009, PCI DSS Scans, Business plans, website terms and connditions and many more things we have a merchant account at last!!!

This is mainly for our new Internet Telephony Service Provider called SureVoIP which is currently live with various customers but has no front facing sales and marketing site yet, only the admin and customer portal.

We'll keep you posted with a proper press release in due course.

Thanks,

Gavin.

OpenSIPS 1.6.0 - a newmajor release is out

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After almost 7 months from the last major release (1.5.0), OpenSIPS evolves with a new major release, 1.6.0.

OpenSIPS 1.6.0 comes with several critical improvements (DB area, dialog support), but also with new functionalities
(like memchaced support, B2Bua implementation, virtual DB URLs, STUN server, JSON support, new AAA/RADIUS interface, etc).

A complete compilation with all the additions and improvements for *OpenSIPS 1.6.0 *release is available under:
http://www.opensips.org/Main/Ver160

Many thanks to all the people who got involved in this release (and in the overall OpenSIPS project) and contributed with code, with testing and debuging, with patches or reports, with support on the lists, help with packaging and documentation.
I will avoid listing names, not because they do not deserve it, but simply because it will impossible to list list everybody here and I do not what to be unfair with some of them (because I simply forgot a name or because of the limited space).

But nevertheless, I want to thanks you all for out great job and not in my behalf, but in the behalf of people who will find this piece of software a useful tool.

The full Changelog is available here:
http://opensips.org/pub/opensips/1.6.0/src/ChangeLog


To get the OpenSIPS 1.6.0 version, see :

website page: http://www.opensips.org/Resources/Downloads

SF project:
https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=232389&package_id=281827&release_id=670379

Note that for the moment only the source tarballs are available. The packages (debs,rpms, etc) will be generated starting now. If anybody can help in generating packages for different distros or architectures, please let me know and I will upload them on the website.


Best regards,
Bogdan

Suretec Telecom finds WARP Enterprise 'rock solid'

AsteriskOpen SourceSuretec From WARP Enterprise from PIKA Makes Deploying SMB IP-PBX Applications Even Easier:

Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, Suretec Systems has recently launched a new telecom business to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses looking for cost-effective and highly featured telephone systems.

PIKA’s WARP Enterprise PBX platform is the perfect fit for Suretec’s new Telecom business,” said Suretec managing director Gavin Henry. “It is so flexible in how it can be deployed and configured, yet remains a rock solid platform for any enterprise.

“Our customers have all expressed interest in not only the huge cost savings that can be achieved with open source products, but the feature richness, stability and support,” Henry added. “WARP Enterprise meets the cost targets and also saves us recurring integration expenses over the long run, with stable components that don’t churn on a yearly basis.”
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