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Replace New PBX system Asterisk system for large corporation a good idea?
#12154 07/20/06 11:12 PM
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Hi.

My corporate office had a almost a brand new PBX system that is maybe 1 year old. Its pretty much the state of the art system with VOIP capabilities. It does everything the company needs and more without any problems.

The company hired a new tech guy who said that we should trash the PBX system so he can build us a Asterisk system instead.

Do you guys thing this is a good idea?

I am not sure what advantage the company would get from the asterisk box over my regular phone system (especially when it runs everything my company need just fine)

However this guy insist that we need to “ Upgrade to Asterisk” however I’m not sure if that would really be an upgrade or more of a downgrade.?

Thanks.

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#12155 07/20/06 11:27 PM
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Eventhough Asterisk is good for smaller applications, and if you can get things setup it can be good for bigger applications, but I would suggest keeping the new PBX.

Asterisk is now Trixbox, and it sounds like the IT guy just wants a new project. I would have to ask how many extensions there are, but I don't believe it would be to the benefit of your company to trash a nearly new PBX and install something like an Asterisk in it's place.

Is your current PBX a true PBX or a VoIP PBX?


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#12156 07/21/06 12:17 AM
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It does everything the company needs and more without any problems.


I am not sure what advantage the company would get from the asterisk box over my regular phone system (especially when it runs everything my company need just fine)
Seems to me like you just answered the question yourself.
Ask him how many successful installs he's done with the Asterick and call those people to see if they like it or not.

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#12157 07/21/06 03:45 AM
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sounds to me like the IT guy just wants something to play with. If the PBX fits your needs I would stay with the PBX


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#12158 07/21/06 04:10 AM
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The “Upgrade to Asterisk” will have some associated expense with little or no return. There is a good chance that the end result would be misery. Don't do it!
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There is no need to get rid of the PBX but adding an Asterisk to it could give you lots more flexability and features. If your IT guy knows what he is doing with Asterisk he should be able to intergrate it WITH the PBX.


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This is REALLY a bad idea!!! Pack your bags now. Because you are both going to loose your job. Going from a "state of the art" PBX to an Asterisk box will be a disaster. Not saying Asterisk doesn't work, but an Asterisk box is not a business class solution. By doing this you are commiting carear sucide.

If this guy wants to play with an asterisk box, then trunk your current PBX to an asterisk box.


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#12161 07/21/06 06:30 AM
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What PBX do you currently have now?

Ask your IT person what this 'at a risk' (Asterisk) will do that your current PBX wont do.


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Asterix isn't the worst system in the world, even for a large company. But there's a significant hidden cost - phones and support.

If the current system isn't a standard SIP VoIP product, then you're looking at spending another 100 bucks each for new phones.

Almost any Asterisk system is going to require the full-time effort of a well-trained IT guy. That means that you'll need ANOTHER IT guy to do the normal day-to-day BS work that your current IT guy can't do because he's administering Asterisk.

Asterisk = your RISKing your ASTE (ass)
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posted 07-21-2006 02:12 AM
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Hi.

My corporate office had a almost a brand new PBX system that is maybe 1 year old. Its pretty much the state of the art system with VOIP capabilities. It does everything the company needs and more without any problems.

The company hired a new tech guy who said that we should trash the PBX system so he can build us a Asterisk system instead.

Do you guys thing this is a good idea?

Take the "new" guy aside and tell him he's full of it. Your PBX ain't broke and he isn't the telephone guru.

Let him build an asterisk on his own time.


I am not sure what advantage the company would get from the asterisk box over my regular phone system (especially when it runs everything my company need just fine)

However this guy insist that we need to “ Upgrade to Asterisk” however I’m not sure if that would really be an upgrade or more of a downgrade.?

Run this past the controller. Tell him you want to toss all the phones and PBX into the dumpster and buy a new phone system to make the new employee happy.

When he's done laughing, move on to the next project.

Carl


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