If you’ve been mulling whether or not you should go with hosted options for IP softswitches, there are certain advantages to the practice. Hosted offerings are particularly good for small and medium size VoIP telephony (voice over IP) providers, as well as for carrier grade VoIP service providers who don't want the hassle of maintaining and monitoring the softswitch. With monthly payment options users can pay monthly rental and get rid of the need for upfront capital investment.
You can get a good quality hosted product for as low as about $300 a month and upwards, which gives users a quick start on their VoIP business, since like with other hosted products users can get a quick service set-up ready for business in just a few days.There are also the advantages of 24x7 managed services, where the client’s IP softswitch is managed and hosted on the hosting provider’s servers.
One good option would be the REVE Systems iTel Billing SoftSwitch, which is on the affordable end of good options at about $290 per month, offering colocation in Tier1 data centers in the U.S. and 24x7 support.
REVE officials group the advantages of their particular hosted offerings under four general areas:
Monthly Payment Options. Again, the advantage here is that you can budget exactly, without having to worry about fluctuating charges. It also gets rid of the need for investing in capital, since you’re using somebody else’s. Basically you’re paying for the expertise of having somebody who’s an expert in the technology take care of it while you get on with whatever your actual business is.
Quick Start Your VoIP Business. This is great for small to medium-sized businesses, since they rarely have the in-house IT expertise or extra money lying around to set up a similar system with similar capabilities themselves, yet you can still get going on VoIP and all the advantages it has to offer. REVE can get you going in just a few days, for example.
24x7 Managed Services. Really, no matter if you end up going with REVE or someone else, make sure they offer this. Part of the reason -- much of the reason, in fact -- why you’re doing hosted in the first place is to have somebody else worrying about keeping it up and running for you. This is their job.
Complete Suite Of VoIP Services In One Platform. Here’s where the REVE iTel Switch Plus has an advantage over other systems, since as company officials say theirs comes integrated with a VoIP billing system.
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Edited by Stefania Viscusi