Voxeo Announces Tropo: The Open Source Cloud Telephony Service
Newly-Formed Voxeo Labs Opens the Cloud; Uses Open Source and Open Standards to Simplify Telephony and Avoid Vendor Lock-inSan Jose, CA – July 23, 2009 – Today at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), Voxeo, a leading provider of Unified Communications and Self-Service platforms, announced that the Tropo.com cloud telephony service source code will be made available to developers for free under open-source licenses. The new Tropo source release demonstrates that cloud computing vendors can subscribe fully to open-source ideals, and avoid the proprietary lock-in typically found in cloud services. Tropo is the first of several new open-source projects from Voxeo Labs, the innovation and open-source focused organization announced by Voxeo yesterday at OSCON.
“Since 1999, Voxeo’s core mission has been to make telephony easy, effective and free of lock-in. We’ve been tearing down the walled gardens of telecom and replacing them with an open and accessible environment,” said Jonathan Taylor, CEO of Voxeo. “Nothing demonstrates this commitment better than Tropo’s completely open standards foundation and open-source availability. Unlike cloud vendors that use open-source but offer little back to the open-source community, we’re showing how cloud computing can be both completely open for end customers and concretely beneficial to open-source developers.”
The Tropo source code released today includes:
- Tropo SIP Servlet, which implements the Tropo core Java API for telephony applications and a mechanism to host a wide variety of programming languages on top of that API. The Tropo SIP Servlet is built on the Java SIP Servlet standard, JSR-289. SIP Servlet platforms are available from many vendors including Voxeo, Oracle, Avaya, and Redhat. The Tropo SIP Servlet uses another standard, the IETF’s MRCP standard to control audio interaction during calls. By open-sourcing this technology, Voxeo hopes to support a wider variety of MRCP servers, and ultimately support any media platform that implements the Java Media Server Control API, JSR-309.
Over the coming weeks, Voxeo Labs will release additional Tropo components that will allow developers to run their own Tropo applications in private clouds, elastic computing services, or their own servers in conjunction with Voxeo’s free Prophecy platform. Over the coming months, Voxeo Labs will work to support the widest variety of SIP Servlet and media server platforms, giving telephony application developers a simple yet powerful telephony API that works across the widest variety of platforms and vendors.
“Ultimately our goal is to make Tropo the open, cross-vendor foundation for frameworks such as Adhearsion and others,” stated Jason Goecke, VP of Innovation at Voxeo Labs. “We look forward to fostering an open-source community that will give developers greater choice, including the option to deploy their own cloud services.”
The Tropo platform source code is hosted on Github and is available immediately. Voxeo invites the developer community to join in building an open cloud telephony platform at labs.voxeo.com/tropo.
For more information please visit Voxeo Labs at labs.voxeo.com/tropo.
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