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How to Manage SIP Trunking with VoIP

Updated on July 13, 2012
In-House VoIP Services
In-House VoIP Services

VoIP – Taking the In-House Route

There are many ways to set up VoIP for your organization. One of the fastest-growing approaches is to offshore all your hardware requirements and the management of VoIP networks to a third party who specializes in this technology. That way, businesses can get the latest updates and the best service from professionals without having to worry about the details. It's a lot like hosting your website with a hosting provider like GoDaddy or BlueHost. Some companies however may be wary about having sensitive communications pass through the networks of a third-party in an unencrypted manner. There are firms whose entire business model depends on the integrity of their intellectual property and sometimes utmost secrecy is required both for business purposes and to prevent competitors from getting a whiff of what's going on.

For these paranoid organizations, an in-house VoIP system may be well suited to their needs. You then have full control over the data that passes over your networks and you can modify and change the security settings to best suit your requirements. Of course, this costs a lot more than the hosted PBX option – that is why it is slowly being disregarded as the favored model. But there's no doubt that there is a use case scenarios when managing your VoIP system brings benefits that outweigh the disadvantages.

Managing Your VoIP Network

Since you'll be handling all the technical details of the business phones yourself, it's important for IT administrators to constantly maintain and upgrade the VoIP software that is used on their servers in order to preempt any attacks that may find their way onto your network. Since VoIP is a quickly evolving field, the security situation is still unsettled. This makes it all the more important that you have the latest patches and follow the very best practices for ensuring network integrity.

Of course, security is just one facet of managing complex VoIP networks. You have to ensure that there is always sufficient bandwidth for VoIP to operate freely. Your network administrator will probably set up a virtual private network that provides a free path for VoIP regardless of the demands made by other Internet applications on the network. This is critical because VoIP is a real-time protocol and any slowing down traffic will be immediately noticeable to both parties.

Contact your Internet telephony service provider or ITSP to find out how you can make use of various SIP trunking plans. To reduce VoIP latency, try select an ISP provider who is close to you so that the Internet signal doesn't have to travel very far back and forth.

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