Vroom For The VoIP: Cloud Computing Is On The Line

Vroom for the VoIP: Cloud Computing is on the Line

Cloud computing has now extended its reach into the telecommunications sphere. The Salt Lake Tribune recently wrote on how cloud is empowering consumers with the mobile equivalent of private branch exchanges, PBXs — essentially customized telephone service systems, whose expense typically reserves them for well-endowed businesses on the make. But as the cloud touts virtualized servers that can handle demand from anywhere worldwide, and can subsequently be made available to consumers as a regularly offered service, it has simplified the process of communicating cloud-style through our devices (cell phones, smart phones, tablets, and more).

These private branch exchanges souped up with cloud computing are lessening telecom costs, particularly for SMBs. With the Internet providing the fuel and boundless space required for the cloud to fulfill its duties, it has never been less expensive for an individual or a business to take advantage of cloud phone service. And because every customer utilizes a portion of the cloud as her phone service’s foundation, escalating or streamlining her usage of cloud is also a breeze. How exactly can cloud create a virtualized service such as this? Simply by “plugging a VoIP (voice-over Internet protocol)-capable desk phone into an Ethernet line and logging in to your phone-system account on the Web or from your smartphone,” according to the article.

Yet the “911” controversy threatens to overshadow the assets of “VoIP via cloud.” In the past, PBXs both in and out of the cloud were ill equipped to handle emergency phone calls, which often rely upon a clearly established VoIP telecom line that was traditionally accounted for an integrated into the emergency information of a given local municipality. In the event of an emergency, critics argue that a cell phone not registered on the grid in this way would be rendered useless, especially if its owner were incapable of speaking into the phone at that particular moment.

Circumventing this potential hazard requires that a phone-as-a-service user firstly determine the landline numbers of emergency contacts (poison control, police, et cetera) and have them on hand, within the phone. Contact to these authorities, to register the cloud-powered phone’s number with them, is a smart next move. Thirdly, it is essential that one vet his network to ensure the sensibility of a switch to cloud VoIP. It often proves helpful to research multiple cloud phone service providers, such as Phonebooth, Panasonic and sipgate, and have them each assess your particular needs.

By Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Popular Archives

Consequences Of Combining Off Premise Cloud Storage and Corporate Data

Consequences Of Combining Off Premise Cloud Storage and Corporate Data

Off Premise Corporate Data Storage Cloud storage is a broad term. It can encompass anything from on premise solutions, to file storage, disaster recovery and off premise options. To narrow the scope, I’ve dedicated the focus of today’s discussion to the more popular cloud storage services—such as Dropbox, Box, OneDrive—which are also known as hosted,…

Cloud Infographic – Interesting Big Data Facts

Cloud Infographic – Interesting Big Data Facts

Big Data Facts You Didn’t Know The term Big Data has been buzzing around tech circles for a few years now. Forrester has defined big data as “Technologies and techniques that make capturing value from data at an extreme scale economical.” The key word here is economical. If the costs of extracting, processing, and making use…

Recent

Cloud Infographic – Top Vulnerable Applications

Cloud Infographic – Top Vulnerable Applications

Top Vulnerable Applications  As you use the Internet on a daily basis, you probably come across cyber security topics, but rarely glance at them twice. After all, cyber security threats don’t concern you, right? Well, that’s not exactly true. Cyber attacks are more widespread than you can imagine and they may be targeting your devices as…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Whatever Happened To Alone Time?

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Whatever Happened To Alone Time?

By David Fletcher Are you looking to supercharge your Newsletter, Powerpoint presentation, Social media campaign or Website? Our universally recognized tech related comics can help you. Contact us for information on our commercial licensing rates.  About Latest Posts Jeff NormanJeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He’s moved into writing…

MOST RECENT - Posted by
New Trends In Cloud Based Education

New Trends In Cloud Based Education

Cloud Based Education With technological progress accelerating and users’ computer experience becoming richer and increasingly complex, the future developments in education technology is very exciting. Students are now able to attend demonstration sessions on how to handle technology through remote laboratories using advanced applications in a truly interactive environment. One of these exciting areas is in telemedicine.…

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats of IT Managers In years past, the IT department of most large organizations was much like a version of Middle Earth: a mysterious nether world where people who seemed infinitely smarter than the rest of us bustled around, speaking and typing languages that appeared indecipherable, yet, which made our world work. They…

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Mobility For Your Employees It may seem a radical notion, the idea of selling your business to the people who work for you, but this is the era in which we now work. Employees of all levels are all incredibly aware of their options when it comes to mobility and employability. This doesn’t mean that…

Technology Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7 200px-KPMG
Advertising ROI Plans

Established in 2009

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

CloudTweaks Comic Library

Advertising