Many are concerned that hosted telephony is still in its infancy and isn’t a fully-developed offering yet. But in reality, the cloud is here and worldwide investment is phenomenal. So much so that more than 3 in 4 businesses in the UK are using the cloud today. It is predicted over 60% of businesses will be using the cloud for ALL their IT and communications in the foreseeable future. Here’s Commercial Director Jamie Lake with his views on hosted telephony, it’s benefits and what makes us different …
I know what you’re thinking, ‘ALWAYS?’. But the truth is, yes. Every time. That’s because the cloud really is the future and if you don’t adopt it now, there’ll come a point when you have to. My view is sooner rather than later.
Some of you may be sat there scratching your head, unsure of what hosted telephony really is. Let me help with that. In simple terms, Hosted Telephony is a software-based telephone system that operates on a server in a data centre rather than on site. It is also connected to via the internet as opposed to traditional ‘telephone lines’.
So what? Well, not only does it do away with expensive hardware maintenance, upgrades and engineering costs, it also offers a whole host of benefits that can’t be ignored.”
Benefits of Hosted Telephony
You can add users as the business grows without having to pay for expensive new hardware. New offices can be connected almost instantly, meaning growth is not hindered by new infrastructure roll-out dates.
- Cost Effective
With Hosted, the capital outlay is removed and you pay a monthly set cost which is easy to plan for. It also reduces costs compared to ISDN lines and usually offers inclusive calls to UK local, National & Mobile numbers. Plus all maintenance costs lie with the supplier.
Hosted Telephony allows users to work from anywhere there is an internet connection. So you can get the most from your employees by allowing them to work from home, the coffee shop or at customer sites.
Hosted Telephony allows alternative routing in the event of an outage. So if the business internet is down, calls can be diverted to mobiles in a matter of minutes. If used in conjunction with a solution such as FMC, these diverts can be pre-configured for an immediate fail-over.
Hosted can offer security reassurance in the form of: many levels of anti-fraud measures, call encryption and voice data encryption, virtual networks, Quality of Service traffic prioritisation, traffic scanning, diligent patching, gateway security…the list goes on.
Leaving behind the musty old PBX system and making way for feature-rich hosted that offers better mobility and collaboration will be key to a lot of businesses success over the next 2 years or so. I expect the sooner companies realise this (and a lot have already), the sooner we will see full adoption of hosted telephony systems.”