The VoIP industry is very big. There are various VoIP solutions ruling the world for many years. Some of them are available as open source VoIP solutions such as ASTPP, FusionPBX, VICIDial, etc. Some open source communities offer enterprise versions as well. Generally, when an open source VoIP solution is available, the users are less interested in using the enterprise VoIP software. However, there are many reasons for using the enterprise version of an open source VoIP solution. Wondering what? To help you understand the worth of using the enterprise version of an open source VoIP software, in this article, I have explained the top 3 reasons in detail:
- You will get competitive features
It is evident that to allure buyers, the open source VoIP solutions offer more features in an enterprise version compared to the open source solution. For example, the ASTPP open source version provides VoIP billing software and access to a limited number of add-ons. On the other hand, the enterprise version of this smart VoIP software offers access to both, open source and enterprise features and add-ons. Some of the important add-ons available exclusively to ASTPP enterprise version users are multi tenant IP PBX, FoIP, etc. This way all enterprise versions give additional services and features that are often better and more than any other proprietary VoIP solutions as well.
- You will get cost effective rates
Often, the cost of enterprise version offered by the open source VoIP solution community is cheaper than the proprietary solution even if the features are the same and in some cases more than the proprietary VoIP software. Also, the community offers value added services such as free installation and setup or a free support for a predefined number of weeks. In a nutshell, you can receive advanced features and benefits compared to third party VoIP software.
- You will contribute to the growth of an open source VoIP solution
The open source VoIP solution needs funds and resources for development and growth. Some open source VoIP solutions have sponsors and investors, but fund and resource scarcity are often faced by these open source VoIP software. To collect funds, the community leaders run funding campaigns as well as provide enterprise version. In other words, the funds collected by the community are used in the growth and development of the open source VoIP solution. Thus, buying an enterprise version of the community of an open source system will contribute in the growth and development of the open source version.
The open source VoIP solutions are often limited in functional capabilities compared to the third party VoIP software. The enterprise version offered by the open source VoIP solution company provides all competitive features that are available in proprietary solutions. On the other hand, the cost of this type of enterprise VoIP solution is often less than third party solutions and also the premium services are made available in goodwill. Thus, from a commercial point of view, the enterprise version of an open source VoIP solution is a better choice. Furthermore, you also contribute to the growth of an open source solution and community.