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Net-Net 3820 vs.

Cisco CUBE 3945E

competitive brief
Feature and price comparison
This document provides both a succinct and detailed feature comparison between Lab tests show that, compared to the
the Acme Packet Net-Net 3820 E-SBC and the Cisco CUBE software running on a CUBE 3945E, the Net-Net 3820 is 4x
Cisco 3945E router. more scalable, manages 10.5x more
calls per second, and delivers hitless
At a glance high availability failover all at 35%
lower cost.
The most obvious differences between the Net-Net 3820 E-SBC and the CUBE
software running on a Cisco 3945E router are:

Scalability Acme Packet delivers 4x more concur-

The Net-Net 3820 scales up to 8,000 sessions in a 1U form factor. The CUBE rent session capacity and consumes
3945E comes in a 3U form factor, and while Cisco advertises to it to reach 66% less rack space.
2,500 sessions, lab tests reveal that it only reaches 2,000 sessions reliably. In
addition, the Net-Net 3820 handles up to 84 calls per second (CPS) compared to
the CUBE’s 8 CPS, a 10.5x difference.

High availability Net-Net 3820 provides complete hitless

The CUBE 3945E’s high availability mode does not preserve state or CDR informa- fail-over, while the CUBE 3945E loses
tion in case of system failure, resulting in loss of hold transfer, and conference call ability to control and log existing calls.
functionality and setting the stage for a customer service nightmare. The Net-Net
3820 provides full media and signaling stateful failover and maintains CDR re-
cords, making system failures unnoticeable to business operations and callers.

Interoperability Compared to the CUBE 3945E, the

The Net-Net 3820 delivers vendor agnostic interoperability, protecting Net-Net 3820 maximizes enterprise
existing network investments and maximizing infrastructure and service provider choice in real time IP communications
selection. The CUBE 3945E offers only limited infrastructure and service infrastructure and service providers.
provider interoperability.

Cost The Net-Net 3820 provides an easy

For the same functionality, the Net-Net 3820 is 35% less expensive than the CUBE software upgrade path to 8,000
3945E. What’s more, the Net-Net 3820 scales easily to higher capacities of up to sessions, while the CUBE 3945E
8,000 sessions with simple license upgrades, while the CUBE requires new hard- requires multiple hardware installations
ware platforms and additional servers to scale above 2,000 sessions. to reach 8,000 sessions.

For a detailed comparison, please

examine the table on the other side of
this document.
Detailed feature comparison

Cisco CUBE 3945E Acme Packet Net-Net 3820

Hardware architecture
Voice gateway with SBC appliance with
add-on software hardware optimization
Data sheet session count 25-2,500 150-8,000
Session capacity w/ simple call flows (13 SIP messages / call)* 2,000 8,000
Session capacity with complex flows (48 SIP messages / call) 850 8,000
Calls Per Second (call setup)* Approximately. 8 cps Approx. 84 cps
TLS / SRTP session capacity 360 (with DSP) 8,000 (with IPSec NIU)
Transcoding session capacity 768 (with DSP) 7,200 (with transcoding NIU)
Rack Space for typical HA deployment 6U-20U+ 2U
Extensive field deployments in multiple PBX vendor environments YES (Limited) YES
Session signaling manipulation language and tools YES (Limited) YES
Multiple service provider support YES (Limited) YES (No limit)
Delayed Offer to Early Offer conversion YES (With DSP) YES
High availability
Stateful system failover (media and signaling) NO YES
Call Detail Records (CDRs) preserved during failover NO YES
Load balancing YES (Limited) YES
Hardware modules
Application specific VPN support for mobile applications NO (Requires additional server) YES (ETC NIU)
QoS module for calculating MOS score and R-factor NO YES (QoS NIU)
Call routing
Complex routing support NO (Requires separate server) YES (1M routes)
Stateful trunk failover NO YES (Service provider proven)
Route calls based on QoS (R-factor) NO YES
Contact center enhancements
Session replication for call recording NO (Uses port mirroring) YES
Call detail records with embedded MOS score and R-factor NO YES
Service assurance
Becomes processor bound and
High call volume performance* No performance impact
drops or retransmits packets
Causes reboot. In an HA system,
SIP invite floods* No performance impact
both systems reboot
Causes reboot. In an HA system,
TCP, UDP, ICMP floods* backup tries to become master, No performance impact
then both reboot after attack
Retail pricing
2,000 sessions with high availability (2 units) Approximately $215K $138K**
Software upgrade past 2,000 sessions NO YES
4,000 sessions with high availability (2 units) Approx. $480K (requires ASR 1004) $181K**

*Source: Acme Packet lab test

**North America list price for HA SBC pair and base functionality.
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