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.

 

Who are we? Voiceland and DIDx.net! Clustering rulz.

Voiceland and DID do a look back at the latency of the 1990s to now… OpenSIPS’ clustering and high availability. There is much progress in VoIP. We recorded our video discussion via Zoom webRTC. A big part of our conversation is about how helping contact center startups is much of what both of our companies’ business.

Who uses Voiceland besides contact centers? Museums, taxi services, and load ferries are a few. During our talk with Vasilios , their founder and CTO, we leared they use no compression on end-to-end user calls for great quality.

Vasilios Tzanoudakis’s Internet telephony mentors include Mark Spencer, Daniel Mierla, Bogdan Iancu, Rehan Ahmed, the person who corrected the Zapata driver Jim Dixon. Suzanne mentioned hers are the same plus Stacy Higginbotham, Allison Smith, Anthony Minessalle, Brian West, Rich Tehrani and Jeff Pulver.

Jim Dixon Astricon 2008 Zapata and DIDx

The bravery of Mark, Daniel, Bodgan, Jim, Anthony and Brian to work hard on something that was brand new like voip …

“We owe them a lot,” says Visilios.

Emercoin Group’s Polozov was a presenter on blockchain at Open SIPs. “He was like from another planet,” says Vasilios. (We’ll share a video discussion about mixing blockchain and voIP between SIPPulse Flavio Concalves and Polozov on Youtube soon.)

Pretty cool though. Blockchain is something most people just want to understand how to make money from it. Extracredit.io realizes this and is obviously dealing with it be educating its community, so each person can more effectively take advantage of their cryptocurrency is something Suzanne believes.

In 2000, SegaNet released the first voice-chat-compatible browser for the Dreamcast. Internet services such as YahooChat! worked on the Java compatible web browsers with the ability of voicechat with the microphone, although it was already available for use in its HTML servers. This browser web integration became a standard in future game consoles. Vasilios and Suzanne talked about playing with different game systems that early on … integrated voice over Internet chat.

DIDx Suzanne Bowen and Voiceland Vasilios’s IP communications Part 1 and Part 2 discussion is ready for you to view on Youtube.

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.

 

 

Voice Isn’t Dead Because No One Killed It

Mongotel, David Duffet, Rich Tehrani and Suzanne Bowen discuss voice in an AI, IOT, chatbots world.Click to watch and hear TMCnet and ITEXPO.com‘s CEO Rich Tehrani, MongoTel’s CEO Moshe BT and Telespeak and Asterisk Community’s David Duffet discuss the place of voice business in a world of AI, IoT, beacons, chatbots, cyber security, CRM and billing services and products; disaster preparedness; and cloud communications events to learn more and to develop business at such as:

TelcoDays Las Vegas, Jan. 7-8, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

ITEXPO, Feb. 14 – 16, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

OpenSIPs Summit, May 1-4, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

CommunicAsia, June 26 – 28, 2018 in Singapore

Cluecon, August , 2018, Chicago, IL

See more at http://www.didx.net/events.