As mentioned in my last blog, we have been busy at Digium talking to our partners, customers, and vendors about the latest release of Switchvox (6.0), and its VMWare Ready™ status. These two items are major steps forward for our Switchvox business phone system – and in helping provide an even better solution for you, our customers. The new virtual deployment option we are offering can save companies a significant amount of money, offer increased scalability, and deliver next-level disaster recovery.
In this blog I want to discuss the benefits of virtualization support for Switchvox using VMware. Having undergone detailed test procedures, Switchvox 6 has achieved VMware Ready™ status and is supported on VMware vSphere® for production environments. Driven by VMware’s disaster recovery capabilities and scalability, Switchvox support for VMWare eliminates the need for a dedicated appliance and provides small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with a phone system that is able to meet the needs of an enterprise, but at a fraction of the cost. Virtualizing your phone system also brings three major benefits to your company: scalability, cost savings, and disaster recovery. Let’s take a closer look:
Virtualizing your Switchvox system releases you from stringent hardware requirements and specifications. VMWare gives you the flexibility to adjust system resources on the fly, giving you a phone system that grows with the success of your business and delivers the performance you demand from your communications. Virtualization allows for significant resources to be allocated to communications, opening up Switchvox as an option to larger, enterprise-level organizations.
VMWare support for Switchvox allows you to take advantage of your existing virtual environment and eliminates the need for costly, dedicated voice appliances. Having fewer appliances also significantly reduces maintenance and power costs.
Downtime costs money, and virtualization is the key to ensuring that downtime is minimized. Utilizing VMware vSphere High Availability makes enterprise-level failover possible with Switchvox, allowing your company to stay connected to customers at all times.
Generally speaking, virtualization support (via VMware only – as of now) for Switchvox has opened up the award-winning business phone system to companies that were previously too large or had stringent downtime requirements to include it on their list of options. Now companies of all sizes can take advantage of the best value in Unified Communications.
See for yourself how Switchvox 6 and virtualization can solve your company’s most challenging communications problems at a fraction of the price of the competition. Sign up for a demo today!