SIP – what is it?
SIP or Session Initiation Protocol was developed in 1996 and was updated in the latest version in 2000. It is an application layer protocol that is designed to be independent. SIP came to the fore front with the explosion of VOIP and converged networks.
But really, what is SIP?
SIP in a nut shell is a way for various devices manufactured by various vendors to communicate in a common language. Most devices (phones, video, and cell phones 4G) manufactured today have the ability to be SIP enabled. The communication is initiated by one device and gives a common language so all devices regardless of manufacturer are able to communicate seamlessly to the end user.
The importance of SIP is the tools that are now being created to enable you to manage your converged network from a single point regardless of the various manufactures of the equipment IE Cisco, Avaya, Nortel etc.
I believe SIP will continue to grow and become a major factor in all networks at time progresses. After all the only thing that is constant in IT is change.
Until next time,