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The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller, which provides session control, security, interworking, and demarcation. CUBE is a software product available for licensing on the Cisco IOS® and Cisco IOS XE Software which runs on Cisco enterprise routers, but is also available for licensing as a software load for a virtual container.Cisco CUBE deployment to reduce legacy PRI circuitsCUBE is currently deployed as an SBC for our enterprise SIP platform to bring the service into our CUCM environment as we transition off of a plethora of PRI circuits scattered across our locations. The reliability and ease of integration (through documentation and support) into our network has really allowed us to expedite our move away from legacy telco circuits.,As with any Cisco appliance, the support from the TAC is one of the top benefits. Familiar CLI if you're already working within a Cisco environment. Basic configuration between CUCM and CUBE is fairly straight forward to set up.,The expense of the device to run CUBE may have you looking outside Cisco for options. Requires additional DSPs for transcoding operations. There's a bit of a learning curve in getting this set up to work with your specific provider when using this as a SIP gateway.,9,With the deployment we were able to provide a consistent, easier to support, and central SIP solution. This is not specific to CUBE, but specific to the reason it was deployed. We were able to disconnect legacy PRI circuits and reduce those costs. We were able to go to usage based trunks to put our trunking costs more in-line with our actual usage.,AudioCodes E-SBC,Microsoft Visual Studio CodeCisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) ReviewWe have a few CUBEs in production. We land our ITSP connections on them and interconnect our sites. This prevents from buying expensive carrier PRI circuits. We believe this brings in savings over time and make the product more valuable.,Interconnects VoIP networks, H.323 and SIP Security (encryption, toll fraud prevention) Ability to hide network topology,Price. These things are expensive if you get into using multiple appliances. Advanced setup. If you are unfamiliar with Cisco collaboration products it may be extremely difficult for you to provision. License management.,9,Saving money on PRI cost by switching to ITSP connections. Massive savings. TAC support is great. Having maintenance with Cisco gear is game changing for small IT shops. Streamline security. Great place for a Demarc.,
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January 30, 2019

Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) Review: "Cisco CUBE deployment to reduce legacy PRI circuits"

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CUBE is currently deployed as an SBC for our enterprise SIP platform to bring the service into our CUCM environment as we transition off of a plethora of PRI circuits scattered across our locations. The reliability and ease of integration (through documentation and support) into our network has really allowed us to expedite our move away from legacy telco circuits.
  • As with any Cisco appliance, the support from the TAC is one of the top benefits.
  • Familiar CLI if you're already working within a Cisco environment.
  • Basic configuration between CUCM and CUBE is fairly straight forward to set up.
  • The expense of the device to run CUBE may have you looking outside Cisco for options.
  • Requires additional DSPs for transcoding operations.
  • There's a bit of a learning curve in getting this set up to work with your specific provider when using this as a SIP gateway.
If you are in an environment that is primarily Cisco and switching from PRI circuits or other non-SIP circuits and are generally considered to be on an enterprise-grade platform, CUBE is likely a solid choice for you. From my experience, I cannot speak to the video handling that CUBE offers as we do not employ that, so hopefully other reviews will provide insight on that.
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October 17, 2018

Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE): "Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) Review"

Score 9 out of 10
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We have a few CUBEs in production. We land our ITSP connections on them and interconnect our sites. This prevents from buying expensive carrier PRI circuits. We believe this brings in savings over time and make the product more valuable.
  • Interconnects VoIP networks, H.323 and SIP
  • Security (encryption, toll fraud prevention)
  • Ability to hide network topology
  • Price. These things are expensive if you get into using multiple appliances.
  • Advanced setup. If you are unfamiliar with Cisco collaboration products it may be extremely difficult for you to provision.
  • License management.
Great for interconnecting sites with data connections (ITSP). Potential to save money on massive PRI expenses. Cube is more for medium to large enterprises. Cisco makes an appliance for all needs but I personally don't think you need one if you are under the 10+ call per second mark. With call volume that low you should find a different solution that is more designed for small business.
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About Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE)

The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller, which provides session control, security, interworking, and demarcation. CUBE is a software product available for licensing on the Cisco IOS® and Cisco IOS XE Software which runs on Cisco enterprise routers, but is also available for licensing as a software load for a virtual container.

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