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Resolving the debate between on-site vs cloud-hosted PBX solutions.

Resolving the debate between on-site vs cloud-hosted PBX solutions.

The on-site vs. cloud-hosted IP PBX debate continues; the ongoing question of which system will work best for your VoIP solution. Each IP PBX option includes its own benefits and advantages, the key is to determine which is best suited for your business’s unique needs. While it may appear that everything and everyone is moving to the Cloud, this does not determine whether the cloud-hosted PBX option is for you. In this article, we examine the five main reasons why an on-site PBX system may be the preferred choice when contrasted to the alternate option of a cloud-hosted PBX.   Control Having full control of one’s own business communication systems is desirable for business owners and operational heads. By providing users with complete ownership of their communications solution, on-premise IP PBXs offer a higher level of control, customization and responsiveness. When using a hosted service, the user has no control over the IP PBX, as everything is handled through the hosted provider. For example, simple tasks like adding a new user can be done quickly with an on-site PBX, no need to contact your service provider and wait for them to make the change (typically at an extra recurring cost). With on-premise IP PBXs, users can also build integrations with software such as CRM systems for a fully unified communications solution. With hosted PBXs, stronger integrations with other systems are often not an option, nor is it customizable enough to target a business’s specific needs.   Investment One of the major differences between hosted and on-premise solutions is the type of monetary investment it takes to implement and run...
The world’s most flexible open networking operating system for bare metal switches

The world’s most flexible open networking operating system for bare metal switches

Cumulus Linux, a product-agnostic open network operating system, allows users to automate, customise and scale using the web-scale principles apparent in the world’s largest data centres. This is particularly useful for high-end networking switches that do not have software preloaded onto them and provides the ability to affordably build and efficiently operate networks. The system is currently compatible with over 70 hardware platforms. MiRO’s Charl Ducray says that the company is now offering its customers the benefit of ordering Edgecore bare metal switches preloaded with Cumulus Linux. “This will result in reduced complexities and time required when setting up and installing these units.. In addition, networking will now be repeatable and consistent, and complete interoperability will be guaranteed.” Native integration and best of breed tools for automation, monitoring and analytics mean that IT delivery will be faster. The inclusion of industry-standard security features and network protection within the Cumulus Linux software provide customers with the assurance that their networks are secure. “We have an established Edgecore customer base, but with the added functionality provided by the Cumulus Linux operating system, we anticipate an upsurge in interest in the Edgecore range of switches. We have seen a growing willingness of users to move away from proprietary solutions towards customised options that allow for greater levels of flexibility. MiRO is able to provide years’ of experience and knowledge in finding best practice solutions to customer needs and we believe that the collaboration of leading brands like Edgecore and Cumulus Linux is highly advantageous to our customers looking for open networking solutions,” says...
Ubiquiti IsoStation M5, with Horn Antenna Technology – reducing interference like never before!

Ubiquiti IsoStation M5, with Horn Antenna Technology – reducing interference like never before!

With a die-cast aluminum base and interchangeable Horn antennas, the IsoStation M5 brings increased performance to your network using technology that isolates beam communications between your devices, reducing interference. The IsoStation M5 delivers actual throughput speeds of up to 150+ Mbps.   Modular Design The antenna horn is interchangeable and helps with beam-shaping for specific deployment and environment needs. The IsoStation also gets maximum gain out of the smallest footprint.   Beam Performance Perfected The IsoStation can use a variety of horn antenna sectors designed for increased co-location performance without sacrificing gain. Its unique beam performance and superb co-location characteristics allow for a higher density of sectors than traditional sector technology. The Horn antennas are available in 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° options.   Enhanced Co-Location Asymmetrical horn antenna options (60° and 90°) have naturally attenuated side lobes and extremely low back radiation, and they offer industry-leading front-to-back ratio and low side lobe radiation. Symmetrical horn antennas (30° and 45°, the default) are ideal for cluster sector installations with high co-location requirements.   Improved Noise Immunity The IsoStation blocks or spatially filters out noise, so noise immunity is improved. This feature is especially important in an area crowded with other RF signals of the same or similar frequency.   For further information on the Ubiquiti IsoStation M5, click...
Always on, automatic failover for your on-site PBX solution.

Always on, automatic failover for your on-site PBX solution.

For companies who want direct control over exactly how their PBX is configured in-house, and for those who want to avoid paying the subscription fees associated with other PBX options, an IP PBX is the ideal solution. An on-site PBX offers direct control over the phone system’s operations. When a business needs to add, change, or delete a line from the system, it can be handled in-house. However, this may require a higher level of expertise from on-site IT professionals. Offsite, or Hosted, options allows for a shift in the responsibility for configuration and maintenance to a service provider. Direct control of the system may be limited, but it is possible for a company’s IT staff to be trained to carry out basic additions, moves and changes. For an always on, failover solution for your IP PBX, the combination of both the Grandstream UCM6510 PBXs and the HA100 is what you need to ensure uninterrupted performance. The UCM6510 IP PBX is designed to integrate your whole network into a complete, easy-to-manage solution. By combining two UCM6510 IP PBXs with the HA100, your network solution will become that much more reliable.   The Grandstream UCM6510 IP PBX     Rich in advanced management features, the UCM6510 is the perfect addition for small to medium to large-scale enterprises. With breakthrough hardware and software functionalities, the UCM6510 provides your VoIP network with an easy-to-manage, scalable solution. As an anchor to your communications network, the UCM6510 converges your voice, video, data, fax, surveillance and mobility devices into a single, simplified solution. The UCM6510 series supports up to 2000 users and requires zero licensing...
Turbocharge your wireless performance with the EnGenius EnTurbo Wave 2 AP – now available at unbeatable pricing!

Turbocharge your wireless performance with the EnGenius EnTurbo Wave 2 AP – now available at unbeatable pricing!

Designed to turbocharge wireless performance for small-to-medium sized businesses, the EAP1300 Wave 2 indoor access point delivers exceptional throughput. The high-powered onboard quad-core processors, combined with 11ac technology, ensures maximum speed and performance, with the capacity to provide reliable connectivity to more users.   Turbocharged Wireless Performance – The EAP1300 is capable of reaching speeds of up to 867 Mbps on 5 GHz and to 400 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz frequency band. The onboard, powerful 717 MHz quad-core processor turbocharges wireless performance and offers a connectivity solution with up to 30% faster throughput over 11ac Wave 1 3×3 aps.   Next Generation Wi-Fi – Feature-rich and reliable, the EAP1300 uses advanced 11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi technology to maximize wireless speed and performance while eliminating network lag. Through dedicated MU-MIMO connections, the EnTurbo ap offers greater user capacity, as well as optimal signal reliability through beamforming antenna technology.   Gigabit Ethernet PoE Port – Supporting flexible power options, the EAP1300 AP allows for easy placement in locations where power is limited or unavailable with the Gigabit 802.3af PoE port.   ezMaster Network Management Software – The EAP1300 includes ezMaster software with which you can easily set up and maintain multiple customer sites remotely, saving time, reducing operations costs and more; all with no license or subscription fees.   For more information on the EnGenius EAP1300 Wave 2 AP, click...
The NEW MikroTik cAP ac – now featuring AC wireless speed and PoE Passthrough!

The NEW MikroTik cAP ac – now featuring AC wireless speed and PoE Passthrough!

The MikroTik cAP ac with PoE passthrough now delivers higher wireless speeds of up to 1.9Gbps. This new compact access point can also power any PoE powered device directly, without the need to lay additional power cable. This reduces network complexity and cost, for an efficiently running home or small office network. A very performance-capable and powerful wireless access point, the cAP ac is both feature-rich and aesthetically pleasing for walls or ceilings. The concurrent dual band wireless radio supports dual chain 2 GHz and 5 GHz in 802.11ac and legacy standards, providing 360 degrees coverage around it. Even though the radio supports repeater mode, the two Ethernet ports give you the ability to extend your network with cables, even if PoE power is required, since the cAP ac supports 802.3af/at PoE input on the first port, and passive PoE output (up to 57V) on the second port. The below deployment diagram will show you an example of a network with the integration of the cAP ac: With the push of a button, the sleek cAP ac is able to transform into an inconspicuous device – the customisable mode button in the center will turn off all lights and sounds at its default configuration, but can be reconfigured to launch any RouterOS script. The device also includes two different enclosures, giving you more choice in which design you like best.   For more information on the MikroTik cAP ac, click...