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Enterprises are open to Asterisk

Vendor and media hype about estimated VoIP adoption rates is at last moving from the could-be realm to the tried-and-true. Just try finding a new PBX that is not IP enabled. In fact, organisations have become so comfortable with VoIP and standards that open-source technologies like Asterisk are being given serious consideration over big iron PBX platforms, particularly those companies that do not have a preexisting VoIP infrastructure.

Asterisk, the leading software-based PBX, is attractive in that it offers a viable, cost-effective alternative to the PBX. Asterisk software provides all the functionality of a complete PBX and the benefits that come from not committing to a specific vendor, such as increased flexibility with development and management and reduced spending on those pesky licensing fees.

Choosing an open-source solution over one offered by a Cisco, Avaya or Nortel can mean giving up technical support, but not in every case. Digium, Asterisk creator, and other third-party vendors do provide assistance to clients who lack in-house Linux support.

Learn more about Asterisk. It could just be the solution for your organisation.

  • Crash course: Asterisk
    Open source PBX software Asterisk is more than just a footnote in the enterprise voice arena. Get up to speed on how Asterisk is at the forefront of open source VoIP development and how it can even save you money with our collection of resources.

  • Article: Asterisk rolls out major updates
    Digium, maker of open source PBX Asterisk, announce enhancements to its Business Edition at GlobalComm 2006.

  • Q&A Interview: Asterisk: A playground for neat ideas
    We caught up with Mark Spencer, Digium Inc. president and the creator of Asterisk, to talk about the marriage of open source and VoIP, the benefits of such a pairing, and how an open source PBX can change telecommunications. Here are some highlights from that discussion.

  • Chapter download: VoIP Telephony with Asterisk: Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter one of VoIP Telephony with Asterisk by Paul Mahler presents an introduction to the leading open source PBX software.

  • Case study: Asterisk VoIP gets redundant
    Ranch Networks rolls out appliances that add redundancy to Asterisk servers, ensuring that VoIP service is up and running 24/7.

  • Webcast: Asterisk: Revolutionising business IP telephony
    Author of VoIP Telephony with Asterisk, Paul Mahler, explains how Asterisk is revolutionising business telephony.

  • Product review: Asterisk brings open source VoIP to the enterprise
    Asterisk is richly featured and benefits from fast development in the open source community. Better yet, it can save you money.

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This was first published in December 2006

 

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