Digium Advances Asterisk in 2011, Setting the Stage for a Another Growth Year in 2012
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., December 22, 2011 — Digium® Inc., the Asterisk Company, today announced another strong year for Asterisk® open source communications. In 2011, Asterisk is on track to reach two million downloads as software developers, systems integrators and telephony enthusiasts take advantage of the full-featured, standards-based engine to create custom phone systems. The investments made in Asterisk this year have positioned it well for continued adoption and growth in 2012.
Asterisk is software that turns an ordinary computer into a communications server that can power IP PBX systems, VoIP gateways, conference servers and other communications applications. Small businesses, large enterprises, call centers, carriers and governments around the world use Asterisk to create real-time communications systems at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems.
The Asterisk community enjoyed significant expansion in 2011 and now includes more than 81,000 registered members. In October, the enthusiasm of the Asterisk community helped make AstriCon, the Asterisk User Conference & Expo, an overwhelming success in its eighth year. During AstriCon, Digium and the Asterisk community announced the latest version of the software, Asterisk 10, which includes a new wideband media engine for the post-telephony world, as well as text message routing capabilities, T.38 fax gateway functionality and support for several new codecs. Asterisk 10 was named one of the 10 Best Open-Source Products of 2011 by CRN magazine, and described as “one of the biggest IT developments of the year” as a result of the advancement of the open source platform into the high-definition (HD) voice and video conferencing space.
The past year also brought new Asterisk hardware and appliances. Digium introduced the TE820 Octal-Span digital telephony interface card, the highest density card for use with Asterisk. The TE820 supports up to eight T1 or E1 connections and allows integrators to build large-scale IP PBX, gateway and call center solutions. Also released in the fourth quarter was the Redundancy Series (R-Series) of failover appliances, which allows Asterisk users to create highly resilient communications systems.
“Asterisk continues to be the predominant alternative to expensive, proprietary voice communications solutions,” said Steve Sokol, director of Asterisk marketing at Digium. “This year, we made significant enhancements to Asterisk and advanced the development of the Asterisk Scalable Communications Framework (SCF) project. Asterisk SCF is a high-availability, fault-tolerant companion to Asterisk for cloud communications and will enable the development of scalable enterprise and carrier solutions. We invite developers to join with us and help create the next generation of innovative communications solutions.”
Digium®, Inc. provides Asterisk® software, telephony hardware, and on-premises and hosted Switchvox business phone systems that deliver enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions at an affordable price. Digium is the creator, primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project; the world’s most widely used open source communications software. Asterisk turns an ordinary computer into a feature-rich communications server. A community of more than 80,000 developers and users worldwide uses Asterisk to create VoIP communication solutions in more than 170 countries. Since 1999, Digium has empowered developers to create innovative communications solutions based on open standards and open source software, providing an alternative to proprietary phone systems. Digium Switchvox Cloud and other cloud-based products and services are offered through Digium Cloud Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Digium, Inc. Digium’s business communications products are sold through a worldwide network of reseller partners. More information is available at www.digium.com and www.asterisk.org.
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