FreePBX in a Cloud With a Click


Note: This post has been updated with a new FreePBX in a Cloud instance for Europe. Since making freely available Voxilla's  “pre-built” Asterisk installation for Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) (Asterisk on the Cloud With a Click), we've received many requests for a version that includes a graphical administration front end for the well-regarded open-source PBX. Answering the demand, we settled on FreePBX, itself an open-source Asterisk GUI developed under the guidance of … [Read more...]

Asterisk on the Cloud With a Click

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Note: This post has been updated with a new FreePBX in a Cloud instance for Europe. Our two-part tutorial explaining how to use VoIP (Part 1) and Asterisk (Part 2) in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) has garnered quite a bit of attention. But due to the time required to complete the many steps needed to get up and running, some of you have asked if it is possible to create a much simpler to install "pre-built" Asterisk EC2 "instance."  In short, yes it is. And we've done just that … [Read more...]

Part 2: Asterisk in a Cloud

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, we covered why you should consider using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for your telephony solution.  In this article, we will: Sign-up for Amazon Web Services (AWS); Setup the Elasticfox Firefox Extension for Amazon EC2; Configure an Amazon EC2 instance; Assign an Elastic IP address to the instance; Install Asterisk 1.6; Create Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes for the Asterisk configuration, voicemail and logs storage. Step … [Read more...]

Part 1: VoIP in a Cloud


(This is the first of a two-part series on using Amazon's cloud services to meet your business telephony needs. In this part, we look at Amazon EC2 and how it is used in a VoIP setting. In Part 2, we'll cover all the steps necessary in getting the open-source Asterisk PBX to work on Amazon's cloud.)  Businesses looking to upgrade their telephony systems to more cost-effective and powerful IP-based PBXes generally limit their choice to two approaches: in-house and out-sourced. An in-house … [Read more...]