Cloud Computing

Independence Day for Elastix 4: Introducing Issabel 4

Independence Day for Elastix 4: Introducing Issabel 4

Monday, July 3, 2017

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There was more than a little disappointment when PaloSanto Solutions closed up their Elastix® shop last year. The good news was that 3CX stepped in with a terrific free offer on their commercial PBX for Elastix users. And, of course, Sangoma® quickly learned Spanish to tout their closed source crippleware, the FreePBX® Distro. But today’s a new day, and there’s another great surprise as the discontinued Elastix 4 open source product is reincarnated as Issabel 4. Featuring a respin of… Read More ›

3CX in the Cloud: 8 Great Ways to Secure Your Server

3CX in the Cloud: 8 Great Ways to Secure Your Server

Friday, June 23, 2017

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Now that many of you have taken advantage of the opportunity to deploy a free 3CX server, it seemed like an opportune time to share what we’ve learned while deploying 3CX on hosted platforms in the cloud. If you’ve followed our Nerd Vittles adventures over the years, you already know that our number one consideration with any PBX deployment is security. Without that, you’re just paying somebody else’s phone bill. While 3CX is extremely secure as delivered, once you choose… Read More ›

The World Traveler and 3CX: A Match Made in Heaven

The World Traveler and 3CX: A Match Made in Heaven

Monday, June 12, 2017

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Last week we introduced the new (free) version of PIAF5 powered by 3CX v15.5 supporting four simultaneous calls, unlimited trunks, 10 extensions, and 10-user conference calls. And today we’re torture-testing our new 3CX server in the Bahamas aboard one of Carnival’s 3,000-passenger floating cities. Somebody’s gotta do it, right? What makes this such a challenging test for any PBX are several things. First, we’re using a free Google Voice trunk on a free 3CX PBX that we configured in under… Read More ›

Revolutionary VoIP: The New (free) PIAF5 powered by 3CX

Revolutionary VoIP: The New (free) PIAF5 powered by 3CX

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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There are evolutions, and then there are revolutions. The new PIAF5 powered by 3CX v15.5 is revolutionary on so many levels: price, feature set, flexibility, stability, and security for openers. For Nerd Vittles readers that want a free PBX1 for your home or small business, there’s a revolutionary bonus. Starting today, you can download a one-year license for an 8 simultaneous call, 10+ extension, unlimited trunks edition of 3CX v15.5 at zero cost!2 Unlimited Trunks, 10+ Extensions, 8 Simultaneous Calls…… Read More ›

Postfix + Gmail: A Pain-Free SMTP Relay for Wazo PBX

Postfix + Gmail: A Pain-Free SMTP Relay for Wazo PBX

Monday, May 29, 2017

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Let’s face it. As the number of Internet service providers blocking downstream email servers continues to proliferate, getting a reliable email server configured with Incredible PBX™ and other VoIP servers has become painful. If you’re new to all of this, here’s the simple explanation. Internet providers such as Comcast intentionally block outbound email from mail servers managed by their residential customers. While it may appear arbitrary, there actually is a good reason. The bad guys quickly discovered that many folks… Read More ›

Cloud 9: VoIP on Steroids with Wazo and Vultr for $2.50/mo.

Cloud 9: VoIP on Steroids with Wazo and Vultr for $2.50/mo.

Monday, May 15, 2017

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It tells you just how far we’ve come in Cloud Computing when $2.50 per month now buys you an Incredible PBX™ platform with great performance for a SOHO or home deployment. So what’s the catch? What else do you have to buy? If you’re in the United States, nothing! With a free Google Voice trunk, all of your incoming and outgoing calls to the United States and Canada are totally free. Does it matter where your phones are situated? Not… Read More ›

Best of Both Worlds: Marrying Asterisk to 3CX’s Free PBX with a $35 Raspberry Pi

Best of Both Worlds: Marrying Asterisk to 3CX’s Free PBX with a $35 Raspberry Pi

Monday, March 6, 2017

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One of the real beauties of Asterisk® has always been its flexibility in talking to other PBXs, both commercial and open source. There are numerous reasons why you might want to try this. First, it makes it easy to migrate to a commercial platform where you can get support for mission critical telephony requirements. Second, you may want a hybrid setup where servers with on-site support personnel can run Asterisk while remote satellite offices can take advantage of a commercial… Read More ›

Twofer Tuesday: 2 Cloud Servers for the Price of a RasPi

Twofer Tuesday: 2 Cloud Servers for the Price of a RasPi

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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It’s been more than a year since we last chatted about Cloud At Cost. Because they’re in the midst of yet another 50% off Fire Sale and to close out February with a bang, it seemed like a good time to take a fresh look at a terrific way to get started with Linux. For today’s $35 cloud project, we’re going to build a free WordPress server and a free commercial PBX compliments of 3CX. For what it’s worth, we’ve… Read More ›