Through ESI, FYI offers both cloud-based and on-premises services for your business communications. You can even combine the two. It’s all about finding the best approach for your unique business needs.
What to choose? Cloud? Or on-premises?
When choosing the next step for your business communications system, the question isn’t really whether a cloud-based or on-premises solution is better. The real question is which solution best suits your business needs. When you’re choosing a business communications provider, it’s important to select a company that can provide whatever solution you need, rather than offering only cloud-based or on-premises solutions. That way, you can rest easy knowing you got the right system and not just the only system your slick sales rep could deliver.
Can’t give up your on-premises system?
If your business has long-term contractual commitments to a carrier or landlord, moving from an on-premises solution to a cloud solution may not be an option. That doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the cost savings and cool features often associated with IP solutions. SIP trunking merges your existing voice and data networks to deliver high-quality communications, typically at substantial savings. ESI SIP trunking is a great option for businesses using non-IP or digital PBX systems because it leverages your existing infrastructure. Moving all or some of your expensive analog lines to SIP trunks can immediately save up to 50% off your monthly phone bills, while also providing access to features that allow your business to communicate more effectively.
How’s your bandwidth?
Before deciding to move your business communications to the cloud, you’ll need to ensure that you have the Internet bandwidth to support the increased traffic. Without sufficient bandwidth, the most powerful, feature-rich cloud solution in the world will leave you feeling disappointed with your choice. Before you decide to adopt a cloud solution, talk with your communications expert about the amount and speed of data your Internet connection will need to provide to support your solution. Then, if your existing Internet source isn’t sufficient, check into your options for increased bandwidth and faster speeds before making your decision.
How would you like to pay?
Purchasing an on-premises solution typically means acquiring depreciable assets in the form of new hardware. Cloud systems usually require no new hardware besides desktop phones and instead are billed as a recurring, monthly service subscription. Your organization’s finance and budgeting practices may make either a CapEx purchase (more common in on-premises systems) or an OpEx purchase (like you’d typically have with a cloud solution) more attractive.