FreePBX vs Skype: Software as a Service

Interesting PCMag John Dvorak article came out two days ago –

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2176192,00.asp

Dvorak’s article points out the problems of relying on a single server (or service) in a modern IT infrastructure.

The impetus for the article was Microsoft’s WGA servers going down for 19 hours last weekend, but those of you tempted to rely on ‘free as in beer’ services might do a gut check (this applies to paid hosted services, too, of course.)

Skype’s vaunted peer-to-peer technology didn’t help them stay up – their outage lasted roughly the same period of time.

That’s one reason why FreePBX® doesn’t rely on an external service to run – whether to log you in or store your settings.

With Moore’ Law at your back, why share? It is a valid question, which is sometimes met with one of the following answers:

1) offsite is supposed to be more reliable than on-site, because there are more qualified people making it their number one priority to keep it up

2) your team is distributed and they still rely on one service anyway

As the WGA and Skype outages show, these justifications sometimes fall down.

After all, at your office you can put in a backup system, if needed. It is hard to find a second service provider to be your backup.

Press Release – FreePBX 2.3.0 Ships!

San Francisco, CA and
Seattle, WA–
August
27, 2007

Atengo LLC, primary sponsor of FreePBX®, announces
the immediate release of FreePBX Version 2.3 at www.FreePBX.org.

FreePBX is the most popular
open source web-application for business telephony, with over 1.5 million
downloads. This release follows
completion of the successful 2.3 Beta Program, with nearly 4,000 sites
contributing over a million hours of testing. FreePBX offers organizations a free
and powerful alternative to traditional enterprise voice solutions.

Free isn’t just the price of FreePBX; FreePBX stands for
freedom – freedom to use, freedom to modify, and freedom to integrate your web
and legacy applications with your voice solution.. Atengo calls this philosophy
“Freedom to Connect®.”

Atengo is proud of the participation of FreePBX’s community of developers, VARs
and users. The project website, www.FreePBX.org, contains documentation,
support, and helpful tips for this popular open source business telephony
application.

Support and Availability

Atengo also announces the simultaneous launch of a new online
store at www.FreePBX.org, where developers,
VARs and users can support the FreePBX project by purchasing equipment,
services, and FreePBX Official Support.

“Commercial support is a key requirement of many
organizations, and we’re glad to be able to provide those organizations with a
solution,” said Philippe Lindheimer, FreePBX
Project Lead. FreePBX Official Support is available for all FreePBX installations,
regardless of operating system or distribution channel.

FreePBX 2.3 is available now for download on www.FreePBX.org. Free and commercial support is available,
providing organizations the option of prepaid and subscription support programs
designed to match their needs.
About Atengo, LLC
Atengo LLC is the primary sponsor and developer of FreePBX, the most popular open source PBX software solution.

About FreePBX

FreePBX is the most popular open
source web-application for business telephony. FreePBX is built on the LAMPA
stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, & Asterisk®). FreePBX is pleased to be
used by many open source telephony distributions such as Trixbox ® and Elastix.
It has been contributed to and enhanced by open source software engineers
around the world.

FreePBX and the FreePBX logo is a registered
trademark of Atengo LLC. The Atengo logo is a trademark of Atengo, LLC. Trixbox is a registered trademark of Fonality.
Asterisk is registered trademark of Digium. All other trademarks are property
of their respective owners.

Contact:

1-866-343-0959 x 621

Richard Piotrowski

rpiotrowski@atengo.net

FreePBX 2.3.0 and New Website Simultaneously Released

It’s Official!

We are proud to announce FreePBX Version 2.3.0 available for immediate download. We believe this latest release is the most exciting and stable release of FreePBX ever and have allowed for an extended Beta program to maximize the testing efforts before final release. In the 9 weeks since the Beta Program was officially launched we have had over 3900 active installs estimated at well over 1 Million hours of testing! That is probably more beta sites then other commercial Asterisk based telephony systems have for their entire installed base! We have closed over 250 bugs that were reported on 2.3 or previous releases. Most of these were existing bugs on FreePBX 2.2 and prior releases making 2.3 the production version of choice.

This is the first release to support Asterisk 1.4 and we hope that it serves as a platform for those who want to experiment and test the waters on Asterisk’s latest release. From what we have seen monitoring and addressing bugs, Asterisk 1.4 still has a ways to go before achieving the
stability of version 1.2. If you are looking for a solid system that takes full advantage of all FreePBX features, Asterisk 1.2 is your best choice at this time.

New Website

As you read this message you may notice that we have a new website complete with Store and Support options and we have tried to consolidate all of the FreePBX information that has been around the web. You will also find a tight integration between the FreePBX product, this website and the old trac site. What do we mean by the product being integrated? Go into
FreePBX 2.3 and navigate to one of you favorite GUI pages. Now click on the Help Tab at the top. If there is Module Documentation available for that screen, you will be directed to the relevant page on the website – cool!

Help us work out any issues, there are bound to be bugs! You can log bugs on our bug tracker (you need to be logged in) and categorized them under the Component: FreePBX.org Website. Thanks!

About User Accounts

The old site had 3 places to login (excluding Aussievoip). The blog (WordPress), the Forums and the trac system. We have imported the
entire Forum into this new site so if you had a Forum account then you have a login already. The trac system is integrated with a single sign on to the main site, so the old trac accounts are gone, as are the blog accounts.

What’s Next

We’ve been really busy getting ready for this launch. We look forward to the community involvement in taking what we started and making it the best ever! So start to get your feet wet and help us work out all the kinks, links and everything else that it will need to get there. The store will also grow over time as we introduce more products and options that we feel comfortable standing behind.