Astricon: Has Asterisk Gone Mainstream?
When the Astricon conference kicks off Oct. 13 in Glendale, Ariz., The VAR Guy will be checking to see if Asterisk — the open source IP PBX — is ready for mainstream VARs and solutions providers. Actually, The VAR Guy thinks he already knows the answer to that question. Here’s why.
Over the past year, Asterisk advocates — from Digium to Fonality — have continued to build out their channel partner programs. The results are promising. New training and certification programs have been propelling the Asterisk market forward — as have such technical enhancements as:
No doubt, Asterisk deployments continue to accelerate. But are traditional VARs — the folks who partner up with Cisco, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Lenovo, etc. — really ready for Asterisk? And will those VARs promote Asterisk to small businesses that are far more familiar with traditional VoIP options? Oh and one closing question: Will Asterisk make a big move into the cloud?
The VAR Guy will go looking for answers at the Astricon conference.