Acquisition of Digium by Sangoma Makes Astricon a Must-Do Communications Developer and Service Provider Event

 

 

 

 

 

DIDx has participated in at least a dozen AstriCon events since 2005. We believe it is of great value, so read on some news from different sources like David Duffet (director of worldwide Asterisk community) and Malcolm Davenport (senior product manager at Digium.) This is a very important year for Astricon since Digium was acquired by Sangoma.

New Owners, New Ideas, New Initiatives

As the new owners of AstriCon, Sangoma is bringing new ideas and initiatives to improve Asterisk and to grow the user community. Wondering how things have/will change with Asterisk? One thing for sure, Asterisk will not go away. It is happily deployed by millions of enterprises, developers and service providers still!

“Ask Them Anything” – Special Info Session at AstriCon
In addition to all of the great content at AstriCon, Sangoma and Digium will co-host a special session on Tuesday, October 9 to talk about the opportunities created by our new combined company.

David Duffet and the team that produce AstriCon know you have a lot of questions about Asterisk, FreePBX, and the future. So they’ve assembled a great collection of very senior people so that you can Ask Them Anything. This panel is the place to get those answers. David Duffet will preside over the discussion.

AstriCon is the perfect place to network, mingle and reunite with Asterisk community members from around the globe. We believe the Astricon 2018 class of speakers will make this event even more special. So come for all of the great sessions, the amazing networking and fun – and learn about the opportunities created when Digium and Sangoma became one entity.

Deb Bryant, Open Source & Standards @RedHatOpen; civic advocate of open government and open data is the Oct 9-11 2018 Astricon keynote speaker.

Exhibitors include ClusterPBX, Jenne, OrecX, Tele Dynamics, Vicidial, OpenSIPS, Issabel, Kamailio, FreeSWITCH, Simwood, LumenVox, Voyant, TelcoBridges, VTech, Khomp, Telnyx, Yealink, Grandstream, NetXUSA, VoIP Supply, Sangoma, Digium, ScanSource, Fanvil, Cepstral and Bicom. Sign up to partcipate at https://www.asterisk.org/community/astricon-user-conference.

 

Best Voice over Internet and other IP Communications Blogs

VoIP was a life-saver for many students all over the world. It has and does give them the opportunity to write, read, speak and listen to people in South Africa, Australia, Germany, USA, Malaysia, Pakistan and any of the other 214 other nations and territories. VoIP offers schools, colleges and universities to use real life applications in using language and learning and applying any subject. After “VoIP.” life gets better!

So, with that background of our cofounders of this VoIP company in 1999, here are spme of their opinions of the best VoIP blogs available.

  1. #1 VoIP Blog, VoIP News, Cloud Communication Trends | GetVoIP
  2. Dean Bubley’s Disruptive Wireless
  3. Communications and Technology Blog
  4. TMCnet VoIP, CRM, Call Center and Technology Blogs (shameless plug … my “Monetizing IP Communications” is there.)
  5. Small Business Blog · Press8 Telecom
  6. Blog | OnSIP
  7. VoIPWatch
  8. Friendly Tips & Insights on Growing Your Business
  9. CONNECTING THE WORLD, ONE COUNTRY AT TIME! (I am one of the bloggers on this site. The article about Fred of FreeSWITCH is more than interesting and the one title “How to Configure OpenSIPS” is by Bogdan and me… quite informative.)
  10. VoIP Innovations | Custom Communication Solutions
  11. Pacific Telecommunications Blog
  12. Nancy Ridge’s Blog | Alliance of Channel Women

Get Clued In to FreeSWITCH via Fred, Man of Many Talents at Cluecon 2018 and on Youtube

Who does not admire Fred? He’s got that mesmerizing voice, and “voice” is much of what FreeSWITCH and the world of open source communications tech developers care about. DIDx invites you to subscribe to the FreeSWITCH with Fred YouTube playlist and learn from some exciting vidfred muteesa freeswitch cluecon picture by suzanne boweneo online workshops. Fred Muteesa and Joshua Young will be offer a free half hour in-person FreeSWITCH workshop during ClueCon July 23-26, 2018.

The workshops available on the FreeSWITCH with Fred YouTube channel workshops will include FS topics such as installing FS on a mikrotik router, Lua ESL (Electronic Structure Library), getting started with Verto (what’s behind FreeSWITCH’s Verto Communicator for WebRTC) and more. Josh and Fred will be around after the workshops during Cluecon to answer any questions you have about FreeSWITCH. No need to sign up in advance for FreeSWITCH with Fred. Just drop in.

Please direct your questions about FreeSWITCH workshops before, during or after Cluecon ClueCon, at the registration desk or by messaging sharon at freeswitch.com

Register today for Cluecon 2018.  Want to stay at the Cluecon venue of Swissotel? The deadline to get the Clueon fred muteesa james body freeswitch clueconhotel reservation discount is 6/30/18. Subject to availability, room rates are $245/night for a single or double, $275/night for a triple, and $305/night for a quad. Reservations can be booked online HERE and any pricing questions or concerns can be resolved by calling the Hotel at +1-312-565-0565 or 1-866-840-8096.

 

 

 

DIDX R & D in Infrastructure, API and Automation 2018

By Suzanne Bowen (VP Event Management) and Kamal Panhwar (DIDX CTO)

We work smart to make sure the experience that our DIDX customers and vendors have in our direct inward dialing DID number marketplace… keeps a smile on their faces, that helps them get more customers and that helps them retain those customers. Some of our projects include the following to keep DIDX improving!

Infrastructure
We must have super reliable communication infrastructure. We are working to improve our SIP proxy server. Currently we have for 30 Asterisk servers to connect with proxy. Our infrastructure uses IBMCloud (used to be SoftLayer cloud) and DigitalOcean cloud servers. OTOH, thousands of our DIDX customers and vendors use FreeSWITCH and other softswitches, and we work with them every day to ensure excellent interoperability between their switches and the DIDX API.

We’re scripting for load balancing and proxy server with OpenSIPS. Our CTO Kamal Panhwar, DIDX sales manager Muhammad Ali and the whole team made that choice after several online and offline meetings and testing with OpenSIPs developers and businesses that currently use OpenSIPS. Several 100 of our DIDX members use Kamailio, too.

API (Application programming interface)
Last year, we made a decision we need to improve our DIDX API. Our system was using SOAP (simple object access protocol) format. The challenge while upgrading is that many of our clients use SOAP, so we will continue to give backward compatibility. Our new API will use Restful, so we can provide both Json and XML support.

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Appearance
We just changed the appearance of our DIDX interface from the black, yellow and burgundy bumble bee look to a much calmer turquoise, white and black. I like them both. (I am Suzanne Bowen.)

 

 

 

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We are researching Dockers and Kubernetes (to create a virtual machine template). When one of our servers fails or we need to load balance, a new server will automatically be created.

We are beta testing Homer software to capture SIP packets. The use of this gives us more robust information about the DIDs that are available to buy and that are sold on DIDX in file PCAP format. With this … customers will have more info about the SIP with DID numbers available on DIDX.net.

Though the Internet of Things are exciting and important, we still keep an emphasis on the fact that the Internet of People are even more so. We strive to serve our vendors and buyers of DID numbers with TLC on DIDX because the people are what is important.

 

 

DIDX VP Interviews Anthony Minessale II and Brian West of the FreeSWITCH Project

Thousands of customers and vendors that participate in DIDX wholesale direct inward dialing marketplace use open source communications solutions like FreeSWITCH, OpenSIPS, Kamailio and Asterisk. Anthony Minessale and Brian West, co-founder and General Operations Director, respectively, staff and huge worldwide developer community played and still play crucial parts in why and how DIDX enables the globe with wholesale direct inward dialing.

iMiller Public Relations’ Ilissa Miller, Kamailio’s Daniel Constantin-Mierla, TMCnet’s Rich Tehrani and Peter Dunkley contributed the questions and topics that DIDX discusses with Brian West and Anthony Minessalle.

lissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations
1) OpenSource and OpenCompute projects are changing the way companies develop solutions (such as FreeSWITCH) –
what is a key driver for the development of your platform?  What problems does it solve?
2) How are you leveraging the open compute initiatives to develop the platform capabilities?
Asipto and Kamailio’s Daniel Constantin-Mierla
1) It’s now more than 10 years since the start of the project — with the experience accumulated now, but going back when you started the project, would you do something different?
2) What are the biggest challenges you faced or still face as an open source application that tries to disrupt the rigid and somehow walled garden market of telecommunications?
3) Freeswitch has outstanding support for video conferencing and webrtc. Are these technologies going to change radically the way we communicate? How do you see their impact to residential users as well as enterprises?
4) Can you give some numbers regarding the performances of Freeswitch as a video conference system on a commodity server these days (e.g., price range 2-5000USD, 2-4 CPUs, 8-16GB memory)?
5) How is the performance affected when running on virtualized systems, what are the characteristics of the virtual machine that impact the most?
Rich Tehrani, TMCNet CEO and director of the popular ITEXPO, AllAbouttheAPI, and IoT Evolution and other tech conferences asks:
1)      How did you come up with the idea to launch FreeSwitch?
2)      As the product has evolved – what accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
3)      Are there any specific geographies or markets most suited to FreeSwitch?
Peter Dunkley, Director of Product Management – Telephony at NewVoiceMedia
1) For the features that are the same as they were as many as ten years ago at the beginning, why have those survived the test of time?
2) A few years ago WebRTC was a hot topic, now people talk about RTC (encompassing more than just audio and video), where does Freeswitch fit with this new (beyond next-generation) technology?
3) Traditionally Freeswitch would have been installed in the “owners” data centre or machine room.  Today everyone is moving to the cloud.  How well does Freeswitch fit into this new deployment model?
4) More and more enterprises and individuals are using technologies like Skype, Skype for Business, Slack, etc.  A lot of these technologies do not require organisations to deploy or own anything, some push a lot of (what used to be network) functions into the client.  What benefits does Freeswitch bring to organisations using these technologies?
5) More generally, what are the biggest three industry developments or changes you’ve observed in the past 10 years? Which industry initiatives and technologies have proved to be over-hyped?