Advanced Asterisk-based VoIP Gateways are Here!

Early in the year, several of our Digium team members hinted that 2012 would be a  big year, suggesting that it might be worthwhile “to keep your eye on us,” as we continue delivering affordable communication solutions to our customers. We’re excited to announce the next products that do just that: new VoIP gateways. That’s right! Today, we are officially introducing the G100 and G200, the first in a family of cost-effective IP media gateways that simplify the process of deploying converged media networks and provide the best value for Asterisk communications solutions.

Of course, some might say that Digium has been a leader in the telephony gateway business indirectly for the past 10 years, as Mark Amick, our director of product management likes to point out. In fact, we’ve sold over five million telephony ports in the form of interface cards which are frequently used to build gateways from standard PC hardware. Now, the new family of stand-alone gateways offer another connectivity option for our customers. “We continue to simplify the deployment of Asterisk-based networks with our recently announced IP phones, the new redundancy appliances and now the gateways. And, we’re empowering our integrators and partners to deliver complete solutions based on systems designed by Digium for Asterisk,” adds Amick.

The Details:

The gateway software is based on the Asterisk communications engine and is managed through Digium’s intuitive point-and-click GUI interface, which allows for easy navigation and effortless setup. The gateways feature a power-saving embedded design with a highly efficient digital signal processor (DSP) handling all media-related operations. The combination of an intuitive user interface, the flexibility of Asterisk and the purpose-built media processing capabilities of the DSP results in a gateway platform that outperforms the dated designs in the market today.

And, in case you’re wondering, Digium’s gateways are built to support both TDM-to-SIP and SIP-to-TDM applications. In a TDM-to-SIP deployment, the gateway significantly reduces operating costs by connecting a legacy business phone system with dynamic SIP trunking services. SIP-to-TDM deployments use the gateway to connect a modern SIP communications system with T1/E1/PRI service from legacy carriers.

The new gateways represent a solution to one of the challenges associated with running Asterisk applications in virtualized environments. TDM interface cards require a card slot – something distinctly missing from virtual servers. By converting the media and signaling from TDM to SIP on a dedicated external device, Asterisk users can migrate applications to virtualized, hosted or cloud environments.

What our beta testers have to say:

“Setting up the G200 was extremely easy compared to doing it with other gateways. I’m spoiled now!” said Tim Banks of Project Resource Solutions, an Illinois-based Digium Select partner. “Digium has really set the bar high. Their new gateways make it incredibly easy to connect older TDM phone systems with SIP services.”

“It is a perfect fit for our clients running Asterisk on VMware,” said Adrien Laurent, CEO of Modulis, a Montreal-based Digium partner.

Ready to check out the new VoIP gateways for yourself? They are currently available worldwide through our network of distribution and integration partners, or you can find out more by visiting us, online.

About the author

Steven Sokol, a self-proclaimed Asterisk geek, serves as the director of strategic projects at Digium. He has previously served as the Asterisk marketing director and as a product manager. He joined Digium in the summer of 2007 when his startup was acquired. Steve co-founded both AstriCon, the annual Asterisk user conference, and the Asterisk Bootcamp training program. He lives in Kansas City.

2 Responses to “Advanced Asterisk-based VoIP Gateways are Here!”

  1. Ron

    Any word on dual power supply versions or more then 2 PRI versions ?

  2. ssokol

    ssokol

    Ron,

    I don’t have any specifics to relay at this point, but I can tell you that we’re very excited about the gateways and have a long list of goals for future products and product enhancements. Keep your eyes on us — we’re doing big things this year!

    -S

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