Asterisk vs. Switchvox

People frequently ask why Sangoma offers both the open source Asterisk engine and the commercial Switchvox solution.

The answer is simple. They have very different purposes and are geared towards different audiences.

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Asterisk is a communications engine that transforms computers into powerful communications servers.

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Switchvox, built on Asterisk, is a fully-featured Unified Communications (UC) business phone system.

What can Asterisk do?

The Asterisk communications engine is an open source toolkit that drastically simplifies the process of building communications applications. 

Asterisk allows system administrators and application developers to quickly and easily assemble communications solutions, including IP PBX systems, interactive voice response (IVR) servers, voice messaging platforms, automatic call distributors (ACD), and more. Asterisk includes a wide range of building block modules that handle the low-level details of telecommunications, leaving the developer free to concentrate on business logic.

Is Asterisk right for you?

The Asterisk communications engine is built by and for communication systems developers. Asterisk is incredibly powerful, includes support for virtually every communications protocol in use today, and offers unparalleled flexibility. If you are developing a project, product, or solution that calls for real-time voice communications, then Asterisk is the answer. To get the most out of Asterisk, you’ll want a solid understanding of:

  • Linux Systems Administration
  • Telecommunications
  • TCP/IP Networking
  • Script Programming

What can Switchvox do?

Switchvox is a fully-featured UC solution built on open standards and protocols, simplifying moves, adds and changes. 

Switchvox takes care of the heavy lifting for you, so you don’t have to be a developer to take full advantage of a customizable VoIP phone system. With Switchvox, you get many products in one – your voicemail server, automatic call distribution (ACD), IVR, as well as an interactive Switchboard, which is one interface to manage your calls, call queues, mobile phones, and more.

Is Switchvox right for you?

Where Asterisk is an engine, Switchvox is a complete vehicle that anyone with minimal computer experience can manage and is built for businesses that need a powerful, cost-effective phone system.

Switchvox is administered through an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) rather than raw configuration files and custom scripts. Switchvox includes all of the standard features of a phone system plus Unified Communication capabilities:

  • Mobility Support 
  • Voicemail-to-Email Integration
  • Interactive Dashboard with Drag/Drop Call Control
  • Multi-Party Conferencing and more
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If you’re technically inclined and want to build a communication product or solution, then Asterisk is for you. 

 If you want an easy to install, easy to maintain, yet powerful and customizable phone system, check out Switchvox.

Not sure which option is right for you? Download the free guide and compare Asterisk and Switchvox.
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Asterisk looks like the solution for me.

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I like the sound of Switchvox.

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