SIP Trunking Solutions with VoIP
Every business is unique and you can tailor your VoIP solution to suit your needs. For example, if you're a startup or don't have any existing investments in telephony infrastructure, you can opt for a complete hosted PBX solution that doesn't require you to purchase any equipment or have any pre-requisites. On the other hand, if you already have an IP PBX network setup, you might just want to extend its calling capability to the PSTN lines. In which case, you can use something known as a "SIP trunk" that acts as a VoIP Gateway to the outside world. You can combine these two approaches and utilize your own PBX system while implementing a hosted one at another office – all under the same umbrella.
This kind of architectural flexibility allows businesses to craft a solution that suits them perfectly. After all if you already have a significant investment in PBX equipment, why waste it? But even so, you may want to consider the costs of upkeep. More and more businesses these days are switching over to a 100% hosted solution. Given all its advantages, this makes solid financial sense. The specific pricing mechanism will depend greatly on your SIP provider. VoIP is still an emerging technology and as such there is no standardized method of charging customers. Some opt for unlimited calling for a specified period, whereas others implement a kind of "pay-as-you-go plan.
If you look at it as a "cloud-based solution" for your telecom needs, then the pay-as-you-go plans are more in line with its philosophy. But it's quite possible that your business will benefit from unlimited calling and you can choose that if necessary.
Minimizing Hassles with Hosted Solutions
As VoIP technology continues to grow and improve, the amount of technical knowledge to maintain an in-house PBX network will continue to increase. Recently in the news we've been hearing about a few high-profile VoIP DDoS attacks which drew attention to the precarious security scenario. Having your own PBX network means that you have to constantly be on the lookout for the latest security threats and implement the patches by yourself. In short, it is a constant drain on your resources and also requires you to staff up with the requisite manpower.
A hosted SIP solution on the other hand allows you to outsource all of these difficult issues to a professional third-party provider whose sole job it is to look after the VoIP network. True to the nature of the cloud, you don't have to worry about upgrading, patching, or maintenance. You will never have to buy more powerful servers to keep up with demand since all of that is handled automatically at the backend. You can completely abstract yourself from the details of implementation. A provider's business VoIP support will be one of the key criteria by which you will decide on who to go with.
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