Internet Hosted PBX Outflexes Traditional On-Premise PBX SystemsJune 1, 2012 by: administrator
One of the main disadvantages of traditional on-premise PBX phone systems is their lack of flexibility. First of all, you have to buy bulky servers and a physical PBX box that you have to store in a well ventilated room. Just by that, you already tied some of your money in expensive hardware and you just lost an office space that could have been used for other purposes. Not to mention the increase in electrical bill every month.
After buying the hardware, you would have to have it professionally installed into your office. You would also need to have manpower dedicated to managing and troubleshooting the system as necessary. There are just so many limitations to what you can do. But that is the great thing about technology; it always evolves to something better.
Now comes the Internet hosted virtual PBX phone system, it has all the features of a traditional on-premise PBX, but instead of buying and hosting the servers and the PBX box itself in your office, the provider hosts it in their data centers and offers it to businesses like yours as a service.
So how does it make your business more flexible? Here are some of the ways:
No fixed assets, just operational expenses
By buying expensive servers and other hardware, your money is tied up on assets that are difficult to move (literally and figuratively), and whose value is bound to depreciate. But a virtual PBX phone systems gives more financial flexibility., You will only have to pay for the features you need. Add extensions at will
It is so much easier to add extensions on an internet hosted PBX systems than on on-premise PBX. Most providers have a web-based user interface where business owners can easily add (or delete) extensions as needed.
This RingCentral tip shows how easily you can set up a user to receive department calls through their extensions, which can be accessed through a desktop computer by downloading the call controller software or through a smartphone via free apps.
Easily expand to other locations
The great thing about virtual PBX is that it can be accessed anywhere. So instead of installing another PBX system in another office, you can just place it under the same phone system that you are currently using. As said above, just add virtual extensions for the departments and users that will be assigned in that office.
If you need a new local or toll-free number, you can easily obtain one online through your provider抯 website.
It is obvious that on-premise PBX is soon to be a thing of the past, while virtual PBX is looking good for the future of your business. So make the right choice. Out with the old and in with the new.