Advantages of Open Source Software for Resellers and Their Customers

The business climate has changed drastically in the last decade. The volatility of current global economic conditions reinforces the need for business owners to save money wherever possible, including making strategic investments in technology solutions with the best ROI (return on investment). Adopting an open source software solution is one way to save businesses a great deal of money.

Making Money with Open Source

Open source is software that can be freely used, changed and shared, in modified or unmodified form, by anyone. Its approach to the design, development and distribution of software offers practical accessibility to a software’s source … Continued

Hosting Service Looks to Asterisk for Customization


“Asterisk is the most customizable telecom framework for PBX systems on the planet,” says Peter Howell of Mecca Hosting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mecca Hosting started as a domain name registration company but in January 2001, expanded into a hosting solution. They began using Asterisk in 2002. They needed a platform in which employees could call customers, but without giving employees access to confidential customer information – a need based on the company’s strict privacy policy.

Customized Asterisk Implementation

“We developed our own Low Cost Routing (LCR) system using MySQL and E164 lookups on Asterisk,” Howell explains. “We use a … Continued

ITEXPO & Asterisk World coming to Fort Lauderdale

ITEXPO EastThe month of January is an exciting time for those in the communications industry. While the rest of the country slowly freezes over, everyone from engineers and IT/telecom managers to C-level execs and business owners will gather in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the highly anticipated ITEXPO- the only event dedicated to communications solutions for the enterprise mid-market, resellers, and service providers.

From Monday to Thursday, January 25-28, educational keynotes, training sessions, and workshops will take place at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center for ITEXPO 2016. Some hot topics this year include Cloud, data, security, and WebRTC. … Continued

Shopping for Phone System Vendors: Part 2- Compare Options


In Part 1 of this blog series: Shopping for Phone System Vendors, we discussed the importance of understanding your business needs before contacting vendors, and the steps to take to ensure you know what type of system you really want. Once you have these business needs written down, the next step is contacting phone system vendors. As you are communicating with them about the various system options for your company, it’s recommended you incorporate the following into your due-diligence process:

1. Complete a side-by-side feature comparison between vendor solutions. This is especially important once you narrow down your system … Continued

AstriCon, Orlando is ONLY DAYS AWAY!

Tuesday, October 13th marks the official kick-off of AstriCon 2015, in Orlando. Those of us at Digium are in overdrive to bring you the best AstriCon yet! The word that springs to mind to describe AstriCon this year is “MORE“.

More Sessions
This year we have 5 (yes, FIVE) tracks, as FreePBX World is also at AstriCon. This means that for each talk you decide to attend, there are potentially 4 others that you may also be interested in at the same time. Do not fear, however, as there are lots of ways to mitigate this situation … Continued