some companies choose an on premise based business
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
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.
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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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