Friday, December 16, 2011

The Mobicents Annual Summit 2011 Experience

It's been this time of the year again where Mobicents core team met all together and face to face with our beloved Community and damn that was great ! Kudos to Oleg for organizing and being the perfect host putting up all nighters to make sure everyone would get safely to the hotel with luggage and all.

You can find the full agenda that was covered during our 3 days meet up on Amit's Blog where he will also link the presentations as they are put online by everyone.

The Big News was the official announcement done by Rob Cardwell (JBCP Product Manager, RedHat) that Red Hat is sunsetting JBCP and Mobicents  over the next year. This kicked off the first talk by Ivelin about Transitioning Mobicents leadership to TeleStax, Inc. which is offering a transition path and already providing Enterprise Professional Services (namely, Development and Production Support, Training and Consulting) for Mobicents to customers around the world. 
TeleStax, Inc. founders are Mobicents old timers that have been building Mobicents since its inception back in 2003. More information can be found in Mobicents Transition to TeleStax

The first day of the Summit was exclusively talks done by the community and it was to me probably the best day for me as it gave us an opportunity to see where and how Mobicents was used and hear great quotes like Nick from CodeMinders commissioned by Avistar Communications saying "we are using Mobicents Sip Servlets to all extent possible even to some extent that's not possible :-)"

or Vilius from Elitnet mentioning that "after 1 year in production, it shocks ISV - SLEE did not fail as expected :), still up and running"

Jonas Borjesson from Twilio offered us a treat before Christmas by doing a presentation with a live demo of the Twilio Client and knowing that Mobicents Sip Servlets is powering some technology at one of the hottest Telco 2.0 SaaS made me feel pretty good :-) ! Jonas, being one of the HotSip developer back in 2006, and then worked at Oracle on their SIP Servlets container provided a lot of great feedback during our sessions.

 Jason Goecke from Voxeo Labs gave us a nice overview of their offerings, about Tropothe other one of the hottest Telco 2.0 SaaS out there :-) and their latest baby RayoWe layed out the ground for a potential collaboration around Moho  and future work on SIP Servlets 2.0 specification.

 Silvano Girardi Jr presented Inphonex and how they are currently migrating their infrastructure from Weblogic to Mobicents Sip Servlets. We also had a surprise birthday party ready for him ;-)

Unfortunately the french team from Manaty couldn't get their visa on time, so I performed their presentation on behalf of them.

The next day, I went on stage to introduce how Mobicents Sip Servlets is moving towards the cloud to be able to be used as a PaaS and being renamed TelScale and moving to a new home with git as a source code repository. We then moved to the HA Topics and had a great live discussion following on the Container Independent HA Framework and Converged Load Balancer presentations on what we needed and wanted to support in terms of replication with great input from the community to let us know what they needed. 
That was followed by Georges Vagenas, one of our most active Mobicents contributors (and official Summit video recorder person :-)), presenting his great work on CDI Telco Framework and Arquillian integration with Mobicents.
Unfortunately, Thomas Quintana couldn't be present with us because of a last moment emergency but thanks to the great conferencing technology out there, he presented remotely his great work on RestComm, our Twilio like private Telco 2.0 SaaS powered by Mobicents that is already picking up interest even though still in ALPHA stage.
I also had a talk scheduled on SNMP and Monitoring that I couldn't go over because of lack of time. I will let my other fellow Mobicents folks to talk about their presentations and impressions in their respective blogs.

Last Day was kept for fun stuff where the team visited the mountains and saw Vladimir Putin's guest house and had a nervous breakdown in the bus after risking our lives to see what was supposed to be a great waterfall :-) During all this time, Nick from Codeminders was able to be the best tour guide ever (even without knowing the place), we got to see Sochi downtown and walked on the shore of blacksea as well to finish the trip by a taste of the local treat

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