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Asterisk: Guerilla VoIP
John Todd, CTO, TalkPlus

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Location: Eugene


2004 is the year of VoIP, according to industry pundits and Wall Street technology vultures. The sudden growth of VoIP as an accessible technology to typical end users or small firms has been driven by a flood of inexpensive end-devices, the growing trend towards standardization on SIP, and the availability of OSS experimentation platforms such as Asterisk (the open source PBX platform).

It is frequently the case that "disruptive" technology only becomes disruptive once the tools are put into the hands of a large number of end users at a very cheap (or free) price. That being said, Asterisk shows the most promise as being the tool that moves quickly from the demo by the network geek into the telephony platform that drives millions of minutes of voice traffic within a firm, or adds amazingly handy features that you didn't know how you lived without.

This talk details how to insert Asterisk into your organization in ways that that won't cost any significant money, yet will impress senior management with only a few clever tricks to the end goal of your receiving funding for a full-blown beta test. The savings that can be realized from using Asterisk are truly astounding, and the features available at no cost are one of the best examples of tangible cost savings that open source can provide.

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