Martin Taylor, the Chief Technical Officer of Metaswitch Networks, has been working in software protocols and networking for more than 20 years. He joined Metaswitch in 2004 after pioneering converged voice and video as CTO of CopperCom, an early softswitch provider.
At CopperCom, Taylor led the ATM Forum effort to create a standard for Voice over Broadband (VoB) interoperability. The company was also one of the early leaders in softswitches, which run voice applications as software on packet-based networks -- one of the earlier IP-based applications of Software Defined Networking (SDN).
Martin Taylor, CTO, Metaswitch
Softswitches, which abstract IP voice switch functions from hardware, were one of the first SDN applications. Metaswitch has been building IP-based softswitches since 2000, and it is also a leading provider of IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMSs) and Session Border Controllers (SBCs). The company was producing SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology before they became hot industry buzzwords.
More recently, Metaswitch has embraced the cloud model by creating Project Clearwater, an IMS platform that runs in the cloud and is also available as open source. Clearwater is designed to run in the cloud and can lower the cost of running IMS applications to less than 2 US cents per subscriber per year, according to Metaswitch.