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Author: N2Net

The number one issue keeping businesses wary of hosted telephony is the lack of a guarantee when it comes to call quality. System manufacturers have always been primarily focused on delivering features. Whether it be Cisco, Shoretel, Avaya, 8×8, Digium, Altigen, or any of the other major players in the IP telephony space, it doesn’t matter. They are system manufacturers who build platforms. They aren’t carriers.

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Billing issues are exactly that – issues. Every business owner across every industry has had to deal with them at one time or another. Billing issues can arise for any number of reasons; clients disputing time spent on a project, accruing overuse or unexpected charges, being double billed, etc. The list of potential issues is long, but regardless of what the issues are, they have the potential to wreak more havoc on the business and client relationship than any other.

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Tape backup in a fire-proof safe moved off-site is the way most businesses used to handle disaster recovery (DR). When it came to their business phone system, battery backup units were the typical best practice of the day. But now, as more services move across data networks to the cloud, disaster recovery, especially for business telephony, isn’t what it once was.

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Whether you’re partnering with an HPBX provider, or you’re considering doing so, chances are good Hosted PBX is going to come up as a topic with your clients at some point. Even though many MSPs aren’t “phone people,” in today’s ever expanding IP space, clients are expecting more. That includes voice services. So when, exactly, should an MSP talk to a client about voice services?

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Managed Service Providers today operate much differently than they did a few yearsmsp-cloud.jpg ago, due in large part to the proliferation of the cloud and virtualization. At many businesses, thin clients have replaced expensive desktop PC’s, and Virtual Servers and virtual services now handle much of the heavy lifting such as file sharing and application management. Even with the advancements in business computing, MSP’s aren’t fully leveraging the power of the cloud.

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Earlier this year, telecommunications giant, Avaya, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. IP-Registration-Blog-Full.pngThree months ago, Toshiba announced plans to shut down its business phone division, leaving dealers across the nation shocked and scrambling to come up with alternative solutions. Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager of Toshiba America Information Systems’ (TAIS) Telecommunication Systems Division (TSD), sent a letter to dealers notifying them of the shutdown. 

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