SIPing with Sametime

by Volker Weber

Your organization recently acquired a new company. Your offices are in Washington, D.C., and the newly acquired company is headquartered in Chicago. The good news is that you're both using Sametime for instant messaging. The bad news is that you have two separate Sametime communities. How do these communities connect with one another so both offices can communicate through Sametime? Until now, that's been a difficult task -- one that can involve having more than one Sametime Connect client. But the ability to connect these disparate communities is finally available. Sametime 3.0 introduces Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Gateway functionality to connect one SIP-enabled community to another SIP-enabled community.

Sametime 3.0 will be available in the near future. In the meantime, this article introduces you to Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and provides an overview of SIP support in Sametime 3.0. Knowledge of the Sametime server and some familiarity with basic networking is assumed.

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