Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) Reviews

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October 22, 2019

CUBE: Quick n' Easy

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Cisco Unified Border Element is being used as a primary PSTN circuit across the whole organization. We have HA (High Availability) with redundant ITSP providers distributed across 2 locations for 100% availability.
  • Call accounting (Integration with 3rd party applications for ease of use and comprehensive CDR's)
  • Address hiding (Keeping your internal network secure with PSTN calls)
  • Internetworking between multiple protocols
  • SIP profiles (message/header customization)
  • Billing, cost counting
  • Syntax input should be easier to read and write. For I.E: voice, translations are similar to SED (Stream Editor). Sometimes regular expression is hard to understand for new users.
  • Virtual Cube software stability
  • Cube redundancy setup (defining control interfaces, tracks, setting thresholds and reloads). Redundancy setup should be an automated process, where a user can initiate a setup wizard and then just input key information such as the IP address of Cubes and the exclusive IP address, etc.
  • Call Cost (SIP Trunks are cheaper and more efficient way to make PSTN calls)
  • Transcoding and internetworking feature
  • Support of different codes
  • Support for multiple call control agents
  • Call accounting
  • High availability
  • Multiple vendor support
  • Multiple ITSP support
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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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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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Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) Scorecard Summary

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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