Premise Based PBX Advantages

Professional salesman for phone systems.Why some companies choose an on premise based business IP-PBX phone system over a cloud solution.

Everything has changed and Asterisk was at the core reason.

An Asterisk based IPPBX is a good choice for total customization.

Several very good VoIP hardware companies, which have been making SIP based phones, gateway hardware and other equipment for the open market, are now each making an IP-PBX appliance. And they are available at very affordable prices.

Over the last five years an on-premise IP-PBX based on Asterisk, FreePBX and other open source applications continues to be a leading choice for a few businesses that possess capable administrators. They offer more control over a traditional proprietary PBX.

These well crafted appliances are based on Asterisk placed on Linux, both extremely reliable open source softwares. They have been designed to take the guess work out of installation, configuration and management. They came into their own a few years ago when IT professionals realized the cost and operational advantages in managing their own on-premise PBX. To say the least, this has made a few traditional PBX manufacturers cognizant of how stiff the open source competition can be.

Certain businesses with capable administrators can tailor their on premise PBX to integrate with specific company apps to increase productivity. This has been one of hosted VoIP providers continued strengths.

Actually, these VoIP UC PBX appliances beat the competition drastically in pricing and offer great feature sets. Additionally, they have advanced to deliver easy installation and configuration. This change has affected the entire telecom landscape, not just the traditional PBX companies. Up front costs for hardware are now drastically lower than before. Historically, after a few years the cost of a hosted PBX phone system becomes equal with the on-premise solution for many companies. Now with recent affordable UC appliances and open source SIP phones it can be months instead of years, especially for those that use apps and advanced feature sets that come at an extra cost.

Consider these benefits for a premise based ip-pbx.

  • Low costs on hardware. Traditional PBX phone systems were and still are a major expense, but SIP phones and Asterisk based IP PBX appliances are extremely low in cost and every bit as good, probably better for ninety percent of SMBs.
  • Systems are complete; tested, easy to install and configure, and reliable, all without the guess work of a do-it-yourself system. They offer so many features without license fees. If you need an extra conference bridge just configure it at no extra cost. Several makers of these Asterisk based VoIP appliances offer advanced call center apps, hotel management apps and other solutions at just a fraction of the cost of their traditional PBX competitors.
  • Choose your provider at any time. Connect up to your existing phone lines, add VoIP (SIP Trunks), have a combination, or go totally VoIP. Your in control and have the flexibility to choose lower cost, better service providers.
  • Support and ease of installation. For Up until just a year ago or so, installing a PBX phone system was only for telecom professionals. However, all that has changed and now most tech savvy individuals can configure an Asterisk or FreePBX system themselves and if they can't figure something out, the manufacturer is there for support. This has not made most traditional PBX manufacturers happy, some have become so annoyed that they don't even want to buy certain SIP phones, but that's not going to change the direction of the communications industry.
  • In-house management. Yes, these systems are intuitive and so well designed that someone in-house can take care of any changes. They can be customized for your company.
  • Any additional hardware costs should be recouped in just months. Recently several quality manufacturers of IP phones moved into the IP-PBX hardware market. They each build an affordable quality appliance that uses a version of Asterisk sitting on Linux as its operational software. The savings have been passed to the consumer lowering prices dramatically which has made the difference in initial costs between hosted VoIP and an in-house ip-pbx phone system easily recouped.
  • Signaling over your own network (LAN) instead of over the Internet. When you transfer a call from one extension to another extension in the office the phone switch in the closet on premise makes that happen. All the signaling occurs locally just feet away instead of miles. Calls between extensions don't have to go through a cloud hosted PBX provider, they're all on your network.
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