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[blu] Re: Cross Platform Groupware and PBXs

On Tue, 1 Mar 2005 dsr at wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 01, 2005 at 11:38:19AM -0500, Josh Pollak wrote:
> > Would you recommend buying an asterix based commercial solution, rather
> > than rolling our own? We'd like to save money, but we don't really want
> > to have to worry about maintaining our PBX.
> If you don't want to maintain your PBX, Asterisk is not for you.
> Asterisk is for uber-control-freaks, telephone geeks, and sysadmins who
I believe the term you are looking for is 'Phone Phreaks' :D

> think nothing of learning another complex system.

I have to agree with you, to a point. With existing telephones already on
site, I would go with a 'hard' PBX. IMHO, despite Digium saying to the
contrary, Asterisk's Computer <-> Analog Phone interfaces just aren't
production quality (yet). However, if you want to go all VoIP, Asterisk is
the perfect solution, it does an amazing job. (case in point, I am setting
up an extension in my office in Boston hanging off my Asterisk PBX in
Lynn all through VoIP. Yummy).

There a tons of hardware-based PBXs out there, look online or talk to
Verizon (*shudder*).


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