Service providers overall have had a measure of success trying to provide enhanced IP functionality to smaller network customers, while larger enterprises tend to continue building in their own services.
Built for large-scale deployments, the SpringTide 7000 IP Service Switch can handle as many as 192,000 user sessions. SpringTide's former release -- the SpringTide 5000, which has shipped since December -- supports as many as 64,000 user sessions.
Gonsalez said the Lucent announcement could almost certainly push more enterprises toward the use of service providers. "That's where the big money is," he said.