Using the Clusterer Module for contact replication

Summary In this, the second part of a three-part article about the Clusterer Module, I explain how I got on when testing a pair of OpenSIPS Registrar Proxies configured as a highly available cluster. The design, which uses Pacemaker to assign a floating IP to the currently active server, is described in some detail in … Read more…

HA Scenarios and the OpenSIPS Clusterer Module

Summary System reliability and avoidance of down-time are themes that recur time and again with Smartvox customers. In this article I will review some of options available to a system designer who wants to build a highly available OpenSIPS solution, paying particular attention to the new Clusterer module which is at the heart of a set … Read more…

Using ClusterLabs Pacemaker with OpenSIPS

Summary In this article we examine how Pacemaker and Corosync might be used to supercharge OpenSIPS and build a highly available clustered solution. The focus is entirely on High Availability rather than any form of load sharing. This means we are looking for a way to have more than one server contactable on the same IP … Read more…

SIP User Credentials in the ITSP environment – part 3

In this, the third part of the article, we will look at how the ITSP Proxy server handles outbound calls, paying particular attention to the authentication requirements and to the handling of Caller ID. You may also wish to refer back to part 1 where we reviewed the basic entities and concepts used to identify … Read more…

SIP User Credentials in the ITSP environment – part 2

In part 1 of this article we reviewed the basic entities and concepts used to identify a user, a handset or service. It discussed in detail how these entities are used to register devices, either simple single-line devices or SIP trunks. Now, in part 2, we will examine in more detail the handling of inbound … Read more…

SIP User Credentials in the ITSP environment – part 1

This three-part article reviews the SIP entities that identify a user, a handset or service and looks at how they are used to register devices, authenticate and identify users and route calls. The subtle differences in the use of these entities can be confusing, even to an experienced SIP technician. Handling of the entities in … Read more…

OpenSIPS vs Asterisk

OpenSIPS and Asterisk are both open source projects and both are used for Voice over IP. However, they perform quite different roles, have different capabilities and different strengths and weaknesses. This article reviews how they are so different and considers what role each product can play in the infrastructure of an Internet Telephony Service Provider … Read more…

Clustering OpenSIPS for High Availability – Part 3

In this, part 3, we examine how a virtual IP address can be switched between two Linux servers to provide an active/standby failover and how this impacts on OpenSIPS. Part 2 investigated the implications for far-end NAT traversal of clustering two OpenSIPS servers and concluded that the best solution is the use of a virtual IP address. … Read more…