LSI (NYSE:LSI)  has plans to form a multi-service business gateway (MSBG) alliance and has introduced a reference platform to speed development of MSBG solutions. The alliance includes service, system and components providers.

MSBG solutions can replace PBX, media gateways, Internet access devices, firewalls and routers with a single, cost-effective multi-service platform. By consolidating routers, gateways and access devices, MSBG technology allows service providers to offer small and midsize business customers access to enterprise-class managed services, including secure unified communication, high-speed connectivity and mobility.

"Early on, LSI recognized the potential of the MSBG market, but also realized that a reference platform and solution delivery alliance were necessary for the market to flourish," Charlie Kawwas, vice president of segment marketing at LSI's networking and storage products group, said in a statement. “Through the combined efforts of MSBG alliance members, service providers will now have the technology required to deliver new managed business services at a much faster pace."