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On Premise vs Cloud

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America's Phone Guys provides exceptional VoIP phone installation and hosting services in Vancouver WA and Portland OR.So now that you’ve decided on purchasing a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, it’s time to settle on a type of system. Generally, there are two categories: hosted (Cloud-Based) or private exchanges (On Premise IP-PBX).

Cloud vs On Premise Hardware

On Premise IP-PBX systems require hardware to be located and maintained on site. A cloud based phone system is maintained remotely, using a provider’s internet data center. Examining the pros and cons of each option will help you determine which is best for your business phone system needs.

Features of On Premise vs Cloud

The features available for either type of system depend on your provider, and can vary. Before you choose a system, it will be helpful for you to make a list of features you need for your business, including the following considerations:

  • Voicemail to Email Services
  • Mobile Calling
  • Long Distance or International Calling
  • Call Forwarding
  • Conference Calls
  • Extension Dialing

Pros and Cons of On Premise vs Cloud IP Systems

On Premise Phone System:

  • Typically have a significant upfront cost
  • No monthly fee
  • More stable phone call quality
  • You can ask most providers to install an analog line, so you can still make and receive phone calls if your internet goes down.
  • Great for large offices, or offices that have mobile staff.

Cloud Based Phone System:

  • Generally have an inexpensive setup cost
  • They involve regular monthly payments
  • The server is maintained by your provider, so there’s less for you to worry about
  • If your internet goes down, your phone system will not work.
  • Great for smaller businesses with a small staff.

If your business is especially concerned about the cost of the VoIP system, your provider will be able to help you choose a solution that is a better match for your budget. Overall, cloud-based options tend to be less expensive at time of installation.

Existing Technology Influences Which VoIP Phone System is Right for You

Your current technology infrastructure within your office will also influence whether premise-based or cloud-based VoIP is more properly suited for your needs. An On Premise Phone System requires specific cables (either CAT wiring or Fiber Optic). This is another consideration when evaluating and weighing your VoIP options.

When contemplating premise-based versus cloud based, it is also important to think long term. If you suspect your business will expand, it may be worth installing an On Premise Phone System now.

Professional VoIP Phone Services

America’s Phone Guys understands how important it is for your business to choose the best VoIP system. Having an effective phone system can help your business thrive while having one that is troublesome can cause preventable problems. A communications professional is standing by to assist you in determining your phone system needs, and we’ll match it to the most appropriate solution. Contact America’s Phone Guys for more information today!

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