Networking Giants Rally Around SIP

SAN MATEO (06/21/2000) - Major networking and telephony vendors including 3Com Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. have come together recently to rally around the corporate potential of a new standard that injects voice, video, and chat services into Internet applications.

Specifically, the companies have launched the SIP Forum, based in Stockholm, Sweden, in an effort to harness the commercial potential of SIP (Session Initiation Protocol).

SIP was developed by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) as a way to dovetail Internet and telecommunications technologies. The standard allows networks to converge at the service level, not just physically. For instance, SIP can be used to set up Web conferences or instant messaging across disparate networks and devices.

The SIP Forum -- set in motion at the VON Conference being held in Stockholm this week -- is an effort to raise the awareness level of the standard and its commercial potential, officials said.

Jennifer Jones is an InfoWorld senior editor.

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