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December 05, 2013

Grandstream UCM6100 IP PBX Appliance Cleared On Clearfly SIP Trunking


By Steve Anderson Contributing SIP Trunking Report Writer



Getting the right appliances in on an SIP trunking system is every bit as important as finding the right SIP trunking system to begin with. Those with Clearfly Clearphone SIP trunking, meanwhile, have one more tool in the belt thanks to a recent certification nod for Grandstream's UCM6100 IP PBX appliance, which brings along with it a host of new options and valuable possibilities for use in the field.


The Grandstream UCM6100 offers four separate models that offer different levels of service based on needs in the field, particularly in terms of concurrent calls needed as well as the number of Foreign Exchange Office (FXO) ports required. The system is said to be easy to manage—a simple Web-based interface certainly doesn't hurt on that front-- and requires no licensing fees which makes it an excellent overall alternative for a business looking for a real one-and-done approach. Grandstream even offers both firmware upgrades and feature additions at no charge for the life of the product, making it a great choice for those looking for sheer longevity.

Though simplicity is certainly important in terms of keeping time spent on the device—and thus costs associated with same—down, it can only go so far, especially if the device itself can't do the necessary job. Grandstream's UCM6100 series won't go wanting for features, including a wide array of IP PBX functions. The UCM6100 can offer up auto-attendant functions, automatic call recording systems, multiple-layer interactive voice response (IVR) systems, call queues, voicemail and fax forwarding functions, and plenty of others besides.

Looking at Clearfly's solution set, meanwhile, it's fairly easy to see why the two work well together. Clearfly offers up several different solutions based on needs, focusing on flat-rate voice and data packages complete with unlimited long distance, if only domestic. That meshes pretty nicely with an appliance platform that has no license fees, allowing businesses to get a better handle on monthly spending. Improvements in terms of keeping spending down also come from the reduced amount of time that IT staffers need to spend in terms of the care and feeding of Grandstream's device. That's a huge boost for those looking at a combination of solutions that work together well, giving savings in both cash and time.

While there are plenty of appliances out there—and plenty of SIP trunking plans too—the combination of the Grandstream UCM6100 coupled with Clearfly's Clearphone SIP Trunking service should go together very nicely, and present a balanced package with plenty of options for businesses out to take advantage of the benefits of SIP trunking.



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