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Digium Launches The Asterisk Business Edition

For Immediate Release
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Rick Segrest
Digium, Inc.
256-428-6200
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Digium Launches The Asterisk Business Edition
The First Open Source Telephony System Geared Towards Business Professionals

HUNTSVILLE, AL and SAN JOSE, CA — (March 8, 2005) — Digium Inc., the leader in open source telephony, announced Asterisk Business Edition today, a professional-grade version of its acclaimed open-source PBX for the Linux operating system. Asterisk, the world’s first open source PBX, offers a strategic, highly cost-effective approach to voice and data transport over TDM, switched, and Ethernet architectures. Asterisk Business Edition provides enterprise environments with a PBX and telephony platform with the tested reliability necessary for critical business applications.

Digium’s comprehensive test program ensures Asterisk Business Edition’s reliability, performance, and interoperability with key hardware, software, and protocols. Digium hardware cards are tested for full compatibility with Asterisk Business Edition, as are several select models of servers, VoIP, and TDM devices. All major software features in Asterisk Business Edition are thoroughly tested for functionality and stability. Test bed systems are also subjected to extreme stress conditions using Emperix test equipment to simulate hundreds of thousands of calls in various real-world combinations and configurations. As a result, customers can rely on their combination of proven Asterisk software and Digium hardware will work together to provide a feature-rich PBX system.

With the introduction of the Asterisk Business Edition, Digium gives their customers a choice. Those who want to configure, build, and test Asterisk themselves will continue to have full access to the open source edition, but now enterprise users will be able to save time and money, and reduce risk with the Asterisk Business Edition, proven to work right out of the box after configuration.

“By creating Asterisk Business Edition, Digium has taken open source telephony to the mainstream,” said Mark Spencer, president of Digium. “Digium recognizes the needs of the enterprise user to cut costs by using Asterisk, and our new Asterisk Business Edition offers the additional peace of mind that reliability is not compromised with open source software.”

Digium will be exhibiting at the Asterisk Marketplace (booth #901) during the VON Exhibition in San Jose, CA on March 7 through 10.

Support and Availability
The Asterisk Business Edition will be available from Asterisk resellers and distributors worldwide beginning in Q2 of this year. For more information, please contact sales@digium.com or call 1-877-LINUX-ME. Asterisk Business Edition is backed by Digium’s professional support team with a 90-day limited warranty, including installation and troubleshooting support. Users can also purchase an optional one-year extended warranty.

About Digium
Digium is the creator and primary developer of Asterisk, the industry’s first Open Source PBX. Used in combination with Digium’s PCI telephony interface cards, Asterisk offers a strategic, highly cost-effective approach to voice and data transport over TDM, switched, and Ethernet architectures.

Digium solutions reduce the costs of traditional TDM and VoIP implementations through Open Source, standards-based software and next-generation gateways, media servers, and application servers. Digium hardware supports traditional voice protocols, including PRI, RBS, FXS, FXO, E&M, Feature Group D, Groundstart, Loopstart, and GR-303. Data protocols include PPP, Cisco HDLC, and Frame Relay. For packet voice, Asterisk supports IAX (Inter-Asterisk eXchange), SIP, MGCP, Cisco Skinny (SCCP), and H.323 VoIP protocols.

About Asterisk
Code for Asterisk, originally written by Mark Spencer of Digium Inc., has been contributed from open source software engineers around the world. It supports a wide range of TDM protocols for the handling and transmission of voice over traditional telephony interfaces. It also supports US and European standard signaling types used in standard business phone systems, allowing it to bridge between next-generation voice-data integrated networks and existing infrastructure. Using the Inter-Asterisk eXchange (IAX) Voice over IP protocol, Asterisk merges voice and data traffic seamlessly across disparate networks. While using packet voice, it is possible to send data such as URL addresses and images in-line with voice traffic, allowing advanced integration of information.

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