Our Communications Provider Identity ("CUPID
") code application has been processed by Ofcom and we just received our number of 291
The start of many good things to come with our own VoIP provider SureVoIP
(brand and website being worked on now). We're also listed as an ITSP at ITSPA
The first official release is out,
and you can see lots of new features
. Unfortunately there are still a few Realtime LDAP[?] driver bugs
, but it's getting there.
It's well worth having a play with Asterisk 1.6.0 though.
have now been using Zimbra OSS[?] Edition
for 2 weeks now and have hooked in Funambol OSS Edition
using the Zimbra Funambol Connector
. Mighty impressive and saves a lot
of time and has a great business benefits
It also uses OpenLDAP
! Time to test the Asterisk Zimlet
(which will need development work for the UK).
Have a feature request for Zimbra
or bug report? Well, they do listen
W. Michael Petullo
has published a very detailed article for Red Hat Magazine
about using the Asterisk
Driver and Fedora Directory Server
It's well written and a good read, but just so you know, OpenLDAP can easily be used and should have been the first choice as I'm sure our partners in crime Symas
would point out too
But hey, it's a Red Hat
Magazine so you can't blame them really...
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has emerged as a popular technology for modern voice communications. Many organizations have replaced their analog or proprietary digital telephone systems with VoIP-based solutions. This allows the consolidation of telephone services into an existing IP infrastructure. In addition, using IP to host voice services lets the organization leverage existing expertise–while retaining all of the network’s management advantages. Though not without its disadvantages, VoIP provides a compelling option to those looking for a telephone solution.
This article will present a simple VoIP solution using Asterisk, an open source private branch exchange (PBX) product. It will show you how to install Asterisk, configure it using its LDAP backend, and connect to it using the Ekiga software VoIP client and a Cisco 7900 Series VoIP telephone to make calls.
The first comment about the article is right though:
In general experienced users from the Asterisk community advise against purchasing Cisco phones for business deployment with Asterisk and recommend Polycom, Aastra or Snom instead. Cisco phones are very expensive, difficult to setup, technical documentation is not easily accessible for the end-user, their SIP firmware has some nasty surprises and as far as I know that cheap SmartNet contract is still quite difficult to get.
The LDIF Schema
and normal LDAP schema
are available in non-FDS
format and are contributed to the Asterisk Project by Suretec
and maintained by Suretec
In Interview With Asterisk Founder, Mark Spencer
3) What improvements would you personally like to see in any upcoming releases? Perhaps Active Directory or LDAP[?] integration?
LDAP, Clustering Events, and Video are three areas I'm especially interested in in terms of the core of the software. I'm also interested in ways to make Asterisk even more approachable for new developers of either core functionality or new systems utilizing Asterisk.
agree and are trying to help
[...]I think a low-cost Asterisk unified communications solution is a perfect opportunity for Digium. Thus, perhaps something called Asterisk UC Edition might be a good name. Your thoughts on this idea?
[....]we want the core of Asterisk to remain Open Source and as such encourage the development of Open Source technologies wherever possible. I believe it would be foolish to attempt to make Asterisk's innovation only available as a proprietary product when clearly it is its Open Source foundation that made it so successful and continues to do so[...]
Excellent to hear!
[...]Mark didn't take my idea of offering a "premium" UC (closed) version of Asterisk, that I felt would give Digium a potentially strong revenue source, I found it very fascinating that Mark continues to hold the "open source" mantra flag high. This only re-confirms Mark's (& Digium's) strong commitment to keeping Asterisk 100% open source that Mark stressed to me[...]
Of course, as it should.
I have to commend Digium for sticking to their 100% open source guns, but honestly, I don't think anyone would begrudge them if they copied the SugarCRM/MySQL/Movable Type model where they offered an open source version and a premium (closed) version. Ok, maybe some open source zealots would.
Suretec would, as would everyone else. Keep it 100% Open Source.