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I just received word that I was featured during a presentation by Amazon at Sylantro’s recent Global Summit. Because this summit is telephony related, Amazon most likely mentioned my ongoing VoIP work ‘in the cloud’ on their EC2 platform.
This was surprise news to me. It’s always a thrill to learn about the places and events where my projects and work are mentioned.
Special thanks to the Amazon AWS team for including me in their presentation before a global audience.
For months, I’ve been sitting on a few interesting domains that I purchased on a whim in the event I might do something with them. Today, I am pleased to announce the upcoming unveiling of CloudCrunch. You may have seen the name around the Internet or here on my blog, but today, I want to officially raise awareness of it and let folks know that it’s happening.
Cloud computing is an exciting development in technology. It harkens back to the day of ‘time sharing’ with mainframes, but the difference here is that one has complete and full control over their virtual server. I’ve been a strong proponent of Amazon’s EC2 platform, which I believe is the ‘best-of-the-best’ for this emerging space.
It is my intent to build CloudCrunch to become one of the Top 10 cloud computing resources on the Internet. The centerpiece of the site will be a blog, followed by resources including forums, howto guides and more. The first howto guide to launch with the site will center around the installation of Digium’s Asterisk PBX on Amazon EC2. There’s been a lot of interest in this guide and I believe it will become a hit once CloudCrunch launches.
When I’m satisfied with the initial build of CloudCrunch, I’ll announce a soft launch to get the wheels turning. Special thanks to the many people who’ve expressed interest in my cloud computing projects here on ronaldlewis.com.
Early today, I started the build process of compiling SipXecs on Amazon EC2. SipXecs, like Asterisk, is another open source PBX for the telephony geek at heart. The process of installing SipXecs is a bit involved and I’m still wrangling with a few issues. It’s certainly a matter of “trail and error” at this point.
I’ll keep you updated about my progress. I’m pretty anxious to try out this platform. Once I’ve succeeded in making SipXecs work, I’ll move on to conquer YATE and FreeSWITCH. We already know that Asterisk is a cakewalk — I’ve been using it for months now on EC2.
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Update: Please follow this post for the latest regarding the release of the Asterisk / Amazon EC2 How-to guide
I am excited to announce the upcoming availability of my new How-To guide on Asterisk and Cloud Computing. Created for Amazon’s EC2 platform (part of Amazon Web Services), it will teach anyone with an AWS account and server to setup their very own PBX “in the cloud” in one hour or less!
With this guide, open source telephony aficionados will be able to tinker with, deploy and manage a world-class telecom solution for their home or business. Setup extensions, voicemail, phone numbers and more! With Asterisk and Amazon EC2, there’s no limit to what you can achieve with a world-class computing and telephony platform.
This guide is based on months of evaluation and testing of Asterisk on Amazon EC2. All the kinks and showstoppers have all been addressed in this simple, easy-to-use guide. Don’t waste hours trying to figure all of this stuff out on your own! Get the guide as soon as its available!
Keep checking back for updates to learn of the guide’s availability.
Seven years ago, I began my experimentation with Asterisk and IP telephony on Linux. I had previously ditched my reliance on POTS (“Plain Old Telephone Service”) in favor of a new player in the VoIP space: Vonage. (I’ve been using VoIP since 1995, starting with Vocaltec’s Internet Phone)
Read my popular guide on configuring Asterisk PBX on Amazon EC2
Amazed and equally blown away by the feature set and possibilities of VoIP, I began to wonder how anyone could implement this technology for their own use. That’s when I discovered Asterisk.
Today, my implementations of Asterisk no longer reside on a physical server shoved in a closet somewhere. Instead, they now live “in the cloud” within Amazon’s vast IT enterprise environment in Seattle, Washington. I can remotely manage and administer my Asterisk installation from anywhere in the world, including the addition of extensions, troubleshooting the dial plan and much more.
Since experimenting with telephony in the cloud, I haven’t experienced any downtime in four years of testing Asterisk on Amazon’s EC2 platform. No downtime! What’s even better about implementing Asterisk in the cloud is that it’s painless and hassle free. Servers can be launched instantly — and in real-time — without unboxing and installing necessary hardware to “turn up” new installations for service expansion, etc.
As someone with a near 20 year history with technology, the combination of IP telephony with cloud computing is an amazing development in the telecom world. The possibilities are endless and only limited by one’s imagination. Welcome to a new world of telephony — reinvented in the cloud.
If you’d like to experience Asterisk and IP telephony in the cloud for yourself, read my popular DIY guide now!