Part 1: VoIP in a Cloud

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(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...]

Digium Aims for Mass Market

Asterisk creator and sponsor Digium put the mass market squarely in its sights today with its acquisition of three year-old Asterisk PBX company Switchvox. While Asterisk has earned a devoted following among technology experts, the formidable challenges of implementing the open source telephony system is a barrier to wide adoption. Earlier this year, Digium took a first step toward greater simplicity by introducing the AsteriskNow appliance. Now the company is adding to its portfolio a … [Read more...]

Digium Advances

Digium advanced its make-it-easy-for-the-customer strategy with a SMB VoIP provider Bandwidth.com partnership announced today. Bottom line is that Bandwidth.com will be rolled into in the AsteriskGUI graphical user interface as a service provider option, making implementation even more turnkey. The two also plan to cooperate in developing new services. … [Read more...]

Asterisk Gets More Friendly

Kevin Fleming, Digium Senior Software Engineer and co-maintainer of Asterisk, opened his talk at last week's Communications Developer conference by asking how many in the audience knew what Asterisk was. About half raised their hands. Then he asked what Asterisk was. Most answered that it was a PBX. Which was his point. "Asterisk isn't a PBX, it's a platform," he said. A PBX is only one of the things it can be used for. Fleming spent the remainder of his time sharing some of the other things … [Read more...]