[asterisk-users] PBX selection
jprangi at didforsale.com
Tue Apr 18 22:07:41 CDT 2017
Well said Alex
On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 7:06 PM Alex Epshteyn <alex at thirdlane.com> wrote:
> The solution you choose should be based on many factors which should
> include your business requirements, team's experience, your budget, growth
> expectations and more.
> You can choose Asterisk or Freeswitch as a platform and start building on
> that - but it is not simple and being new to VoIP you are likely to make
> mistakes. The "do-it-yourself" approach will some money initially, but will
> be the most expensive option long term - as you will be denying the economy
> of scale. Bringing a "smart programmer" won't help much as you will also
> create a "lock-in". In fact, this could be worse than a dependency created
> when you use a commercial or a known open source solution as while you
> would still be able to get help from the community for the "base" part of
> your pbx, your custom part will be much harder to deal with.
> Our company started building Asterisk based PBX in 2002 and Multi Tenant
> PBX in 2005 - we do this as our core business and are still finding areas
> for improvement :). As your experience with VoIP is minimal I would side
> with your CTO - you should find a solution high enough in the stack to
> avoid the complexity of building it all yourself.
> Good luck,
> Alex Epshteyn
> email: alex at thirdlane.com
> web: www.thirdlane.com
> phone +1 415.261.6601
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "J Montoya or A J Stiles" <asterisk_list at earthshod.co.uk>
> > To: "Asterisk Users Mailing List - Non-Commercial Discussion" <
> asterisk-users at lists.digium.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:40:47 AM
> > Subject: Re: [asterisk-users] PBX selection
> > On Monday 17 Apr 2017, Speed Boy wrote:
> > > Hi all, I'm new to VoIP, now we have a project that needs a
> > > PBX with client APPs.
> > > In our team we have argument for choosing PBX. By so far, we
> > > have following candidates:
> > >
> > > A: Open source
> > >
> > > 1) Asterisk PBX (http://www.asterisk.org) (with longest
> > > history that almost every one knows it, now the last version using
> > > the
> > > PJSIP stack)
> > > 2) FreeSwitch (http://www.freeswitch.org) (A lot people
> > > recommended it to us)
> > >
> > >
> > > B: Commercial
> > >
> > > 1) Vodia PBX (http://www.vodia.com). It comes from SNOM, now
> > > acquired by a HongKong company now
> > > 2) PortSIP PBX (http://www.portsip.com/portsip-pbx). It
> > > also includes VoIP SDK, WebRTC and offer rebranding app for free.
> > >
> > > My boss prefers the Open Source PBX since they are free,
> > > but our CTO prefers the commercial editions, according to
> > > whom the business PBX has better support, and the
> > > performance is good, and easy to use - considering our team
> > > all are new to VoIP/PBX.
> > Proponents of proprietary solutions always like to say "If an Open
> > Source
> > solution breaks, who can you call?" The answer is, "Any
> > sufficiently-competent
> > programmer -- it may be broken, but we have all the pieces". Whereas
> > if you
> > spend money on proprietary software and it breaks, then there is only
> > *one*
> > place you can call -- and you'd better hope they are interested to
> > fix your
> > problem.
> > On the other hand, if you could get full Source Code and Modification
> > Rights
> > (basically, "everything we could do with a GPL program except
> > distribute
> > copies"), a proprietary solution might not be so bad after all. But
> > since
> > the goal of most proprietary software vendors is to extract money
> > from you and
> > maintaining you in a state of perpetual helplessness is highly
> > desirable in
> > the course of this, do not expect to get such a deal in real life.
> > > We have did some searching of Asterisk, here are my questions:
> > >
> > > 1. Does the last Asterisk using PJSIP stack ?
> > Yes.
> > > 2. Does there has the comparison of PJSIP and reSIProcate,
> > > sofia(using by
> > > FreeSwicth) ?
> > Not sure about this. We're still using the original chan_sip driver.
> > > 3. Is it easy to compile and setup Asterisk?
> > It's about as easy as compiling anything from Source Code. Harder
> > than LAME
> > MP3 encoder, but easier than the Linux kernel. If you altered
> > `monop` from
> > the BSDgames package to make the streets match your local edition of
> > the game,
> > you will have no problem whatsoever with building Asterisk.
> > If you understand the process of what you are doing -- basically,
> > setting up
> > an automated process that will examine your server hardware and
> > software
> > configuration (configure), choosing which parts of Asterisk you
> > want to
> > include (make menuselect), compiling the selected human-readable
> > Source Code
> > into binary code that the computer can understand natively (make)
> > and then
> > moving the compiled binary code and configuration files from the
> > Source Code
> > folder to where the computer is expecting for them to be (make
> > install) then
> > you should not have too many problems.
> > It is always preferrable to compile your own Asterisk to fit your
> > hardware and
> > include just the bits you want, rather than rely on anyone else's
> > pre-compiled
> > package.
> > > 4. Which Asterisk version is recommended?
> > The latest one.
> > > And does Asterisk support Windows
> > > ?
> > You can certainly use Windows softphones to talk to Asterisk, but
> > Asterisk
> > itself requires a non-toy underlying operating system. Ubuntu and
> > CentOS are
> > the best-supported Linux distributions. Asterisk has also been seen
> > working,
> > to greater or lesser extents, on Solaris and the BSDs. But Linux was
> > the
> > original development environment (although one of the two original
> > projects
> > that ended up merging and becoming Asterisk, many years ago, was
> > originally
> > developed on FreeBSD), and is what most Asterisk telephonistas know.
> > Any hardware which is capable of running Windows can, of course, run
> > Linux;
> > and usually better.
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