[asterisk-users] Large Asterisk installarions (~10, 000 extensions), preferably at universities

Alex Balashov abalashov at evaristesys.com
Fri Nov 21 08:53:36 CST 2008

Al Baker wrote:

> Remember - You are going from a CARRIER GRADE purpose built piece of 
> hardware with Software built under a rigid CMM with extensive 
> "soak-testing" to software that has been developed under , shall we say, 
> a somewhat less rigid and stringent methodology.
> You will be moving from an environment supported by hundreds of highly 
> trained people, some with decades of TELCO experience
> to one where you support comes from a somewhat less seasoned group of 
> individuals.

But in choosing "carrier grade" (everyone calls their stuff that) 
vendors you are also going to a much smaller installed base and much 
lower total reporting and QA pool.  I would take the sheer number and 
dynamism of the Asterisk installed base over their comparatively limited 
deployments, even if we grant the unsubstantiated premise that the 
latter is developed under a less rigid and stringent methodology.

Let me put it this way:  if I wrote a piece of software and sold it to 
10 customers, it won't matter for overall product quality that I fix the 
problems they report and maintain it for them under the guidance of a 
"rigid" and "stringent" methodology.  That's nice.  Hope it fixes their 
problems.  It is really of comparatively minor benefit to prospective 
future adopters.  It's not nearly as valuable as simply doing the best I 
can with bug reports and test cases from hundreds of users.

Alex Balashov
Evariste Systems
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