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Here or there: Digium compares hosted and on-premises VoIP solutions

Digium released recently an infographic comparing the costs and benefits of both hosted and on-premises VoIP solutions.hosted vs prem v3 00000003

More information about hosted and on-premises solutions is accessible here.

WebRTC Applications | Respoke

This week on Digium Live, learn about Digium’s WebRTC service, Respoke.

Digium Live’s Brian Ferguson talks with Charlie Wilson, General Manager of Respoke. They discuss the advantages of WebRTC for businesses and how developers can integrate Respoke into their business solutions.

• Respoke’s virtual start-up history
• An overview of WebRTC
• Examples of businesses using Respoke
• How get started with Respoke
• Respoke at AstriCon

Read about Digium Live! episodes on the Digium Blog: http://blogs.digium.com

Dynamic Duo Fights Legacy Phone Systems

Superheroes Digium Gateways and Swtitchvox

Meanwhile, in the heart of the city, an old foe, the Legacy PBX, holds a company up from productivity. Have no fear citizen!  The Dynamic Duo hears your call for help!  The Dynamic Duo of Switchvox and Digium Gateways that is.

A Switchvox phone system with a Digium Gateway provides a great opportunity for expanding and upgrading business communications. While Switchvox is the award-winning IP PBX that delivers powerful Unified Communications (UC), a Digium Gateway allows you to upgrade a legacy telephony connection to a modern VoIP connection. Together, they can greatly reduce operating costs by connecting with affordable SIP trunks, which are much less expensive than traditional T1 Phone lines – but the advantages don’t stop there.

Who would benefit from a Switchvox system and Digium Gateway?

Perhaps you have an old legacy system and you are considering replacing it with Switchvox. You can use a Digium Gateway to connect with the legacy PBX, without the need to forklift your old system out.  The combination will immediately upgrade your phone system with all the latest features in UC,  and you’ll have the advantage of migrating to a full VoIP PBX system in the future. For example, a private college based in Louisiana, needed to upgrade their old Nortel phone system. They deployed and 8-port Digium Gateway to do PRI to SIP conversion and share facilities between the old Nortel and their new Switchvox system.  They were able to gradually migrate their Nortel users to Switchvox at their own pace, rather than a disruptive forklift upgrade.

Maybe you have more than one Switchvox system at several geographic locations, but your Switchvox systems are not communicating with each other. Installing Digium Gateways will empower your workforce by integrating the current phone systems. One example of this is for an auto dealership – or more precisely, seventeen auto dealerships. In this case, the large Texas-based auto dealership needed to upgrade all 17 of its dealership locations. The customer started with six Switchvox systems and will migrate the remaining locations phone systems together over the next couple years. They currently have a variety of legacy PBXs at the different sites. They purchased a Digium Gateway for each Switchvox for connectivity to a data center to allow for failover to a redundant Switchvox housed in their Switchvox reseller’s data center.

You may also deploy a Switchvox with a Digium Gateway and an online “cold spare” Digium Gateway.  A cold spare gateway is a backup gateway that is identical (or nearly identical) to your primary Digium Gateway. In the event your primary gateway is unavailable for any reason, the cold spare is a redundant backup right there onsite to replace the primary appliance and minimize any downtime. You can remotely apply the backup online without having to use a telephony card.

What are the advantages of using Switchvox in combination with Digium Gateways?

The advantages can be summed up in one word: simplicity. The interfaces are the same in Switchvox and the Digium Gateways. The user-friendly GUI is easy to navigate and easy to use.  With the turnkey solution of a Switchvox system and the easy configuration of Digium Gateways, deployment times happen in minutes, not days.  With this Dynamic Duo, your organization will experience dramatic cost savings, especially when scaling for your business needs.  Your IT department will thank you for it …and all will be well in Gotham (or in whatever city you happen to be fighting to put an end to legacy phone systems!).

Find out the difference in Digium’s VoIP Gateways

Watch the webcast on-demand now.



Meru Networks’ K-12 Wi-Fi Subscription XPress Cloud Service Offers Simplicity to the Unsung IT Heroes of Education

SUNNYVALE, CA, Jun 23, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Meru Networks(R)MERU, +0.62% a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, today announced that the company will showcase its new Wi-Fi subscription cloud-based service at the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. Meru’s education-grade Wi-Fi service makes school IT heroics unnecessary. ISTE workshop attendees will be able to experience Meru’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi access first hand at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, adjacent to the Philadelphia Convention Center. After successfully handling the Wi-Fi needs of a record breaking attendance at ISTE 2014, Meru was asked to help support ISTE again in 2015.

“While 95 percent of K-12 schools in the U.S. have computers, the Federal Communications Commission reports that 60 percent lack the sufficient Wi-Fi capability needed by students, teachers and guests,” said Rich Nedwich, senior director of Education Business at Meru Networks. “Many schools are struggling with getting their schools on reliable, uninterrupted Wi-Fi networks. Meru’s approach makes school-wide Wi-Fi simple, providing uninterrupted access for 21st century learning environments out of the box or through the cloud, keeping costs low. Importantly, E-Rate modernization now makes managed Wi-Fi an eligible category two service, so schools and libraries can take advantage of E-Rate to help fund their Wi-Fi purchases.”

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What’s the Future for Mobile Devices in the Classroom? [#Infographic]

Mobile devices are more prevalent in K–12 classrooms than ever.

A new survey on mobile learning from Project Tomorrow shows that today’s schools are relying increasingly on students having experience with devices like smartphones and tablets to engage in modern curriculum.

Project Tomorrow’s 12th annual Speak Up Research Project surveyed teachers and students at more than 8,000 schools and 2,600 school districts to gain insight on how these devices are affecting education. The results were adapted into a report and an infographic.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 45 percent of surveyed administrators say blended learning initiatives have yielded positive results
  • 27 percent of surveyed high school principals say they are not yet offering online courses
  • 24 percent of surveyed students say they would prefer if all their courses were online
  • Nearly 75 percent of surveyed students say that “every student should be able to use a mobile device during the school day for learning.”

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Benefits of Legacy PBX to VoIP Migration – How to Upgrade Business Phone Systems

DECT or Voice over Wi-Fi – which is the right fit?

Tuesday July 21, 2015 – Tuesday July 21, 2015

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What are the factors that will determine the suitability of a DECT or Voice over WiFi solution for your customers?

There are a number of reasons why either technology may be the better fit.

Join us for this webinar where we will look at the various considerations that can be used to make the best choice between these 2 technologies.


Wi-Fi networks to carry bulk of future mobile data traffic


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Wi-Fi networks will carry almost 60% of smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, reaching 115,000 petabytes – a projected four-fold increase compared to under 30,000 PB this year.

And, according to research by Juniper, mobile data offload – or data migration from a mobile to Wi-Fi network – offers a number of key benefits to industry stakeholders.

Juniper says that offload not only addresses the issue of patchy coverage, but also has the potential for the creation of new services such as VoWi-Fi (Wi-Fi Calling) and to increase the usage of existing 3G/4G services.

But despite the potential benefits, Juniper author of the research, Nitin Bhas, cautions that Wi-Fi offload brings challenges to operators of effective deployment and return on investment (ROI).

“Operators need to deploy own Wi-Fi zones in problematic areas or partner with Wi-Fi hotspot operators and aggregators such as iPass and Boingo,” Bhas says.

Bhas also says that additionally, operators are also converting residential customers to community hotspot providers, especially in the US, and according to Wi-Fi service provider iPass, there were nearly 40 million community hotspots in 2014 and the company expects this to more than double this year to nearly 90 million.

Other global mobile data traffic highlights from the Juniper report include:

  • Global mobile data traffic generated from devices including smartphones, featurephones and tablets forecast to exceed 197,000PB in 2019
  • Estimates global smartphone data consumption to be nearly twice the amount of tablet traffic in 2015
  • Developing markets such as the Indian Subcontinent are forecast to witness higher growth rates and increased market share of the total mobile data traffic over the next 5 years; with operators in India already witnessing close to 100% y-o-y growth in data usage
  • North America and West Europe will together account for over 50% of the global mobile data being offloaded in 2019.

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