VoIP Hosting Plans
Colocation America provides 3 different types of hosting plans for your VoIP hosting needs. Whether you are a wholesale VoIP provider, calling card provider, or just someone looking for an off-site location for your in-house VoIP server, we can help you gain more connectivity and bandwidth for crystal clear VoIP calls.
Types of VoIP Hosting
Have Your Own VoIP Server?
A VoIP colocation plan is a great choice for VoIP providers and businesses that host their own PBX system. Instead of hosting your VoIP PBX system in-house, you can get premier hosting services inside a secure data center facility with dedicated 100 Mb/s ports and premium bandwidth. Large wholesale VoIP providers that sell VoIP minutes and traffic choose to host inside a data center due to the improved connectivity offered by a centralized hosting space. Your server will be just a short hop away from being connected to an extensive IP network provided by several top tier ISPs.
Need a Dedicated VoIP Server?
A dedicated VoIP server plan is a great solution for any entrepreneurs looking to start up a VoIP business. The plan includes installation of the core server software, technical support, premium bandwidth and N+1 redundant power generators. All of our servers support the VoIP Software offered by our VoIP Solution Partners. Hosting with us will provide a commercial VoIP provider the underlying IT support it needs in order to offer quality VoIP services.
Benefits of VoIP
The benefits of VoIP are staggering. Beyond reducing carrier and circuit charges by way of LAN, WAN, and VPNs, VoIP also enhances business communication, greatly increasing employee productivity. As an example, the new found ease of IP moves, changes, and add-ons can greatly assist the IT department. For businesses on the go, the 'IP anywhere' concept with mobile VoIP will give employees on the road and at home access to office services and unified messaging services. VoIP can even be looked at as a capital expenditure. Investing in a highly robust, scalable, and resilient converged network infrastructure will save money in the long run.
What Kind of Equipment Do I Need?
Before committing to a commercial VoIP plan or business, a couple of things must be considered. VoIP equipment can be introduced gradually or at full capacity and with any number of specialized equipment to transport and control voice communication over IP. Call agents such as Gatekeeper (GK), Media Gateway Controller (MGC), SIP Server, and Softswitch (SS) can perform translation between ITU E.164 telephone numbers and IP network addresses. Further, call agents can receive and generate signaling messages to the appropriate destination, control and subscribe screening to validate access, control access to network resources, provide bandwidth management, and record call performance and account. Below are specific devices and equipment used by commercial VoIP provider:
Media Gateway (MG) is a device under the control of a Call agent that converts media between circuit and IP networks. Specifically, MGs encode and decode media signals, perform packetisation and depacketisation to and from IPs, control echo, play announcements and tones, and account for jitter. In other words, MGs will increase the clarity of a call.
Real Time Protocol (RTP) is used as the IP transport protocol and is run on an UDP. RTP provides time stamps, loss detection, delivery monitoring, and content identification to implement reliability and flow control.
SIP is a mechanism to initiate, terminate, and modify sessions in an IP network. It uses client and server architecture to enable personal mobility by tracking down and delivering calls to an endpoint. Although it does not relay details of the session, it is lightweight, text-based and reuses the construct of other internet protocols such as HTTP and SMTP.
VoIP over an IP Network
The quality of an IP network will ultimately control the effectiveness of commercial VoIP services. An IP network design should account for the fact that different domains i.e. LAN, Access & Core, have different characteristics and solutions. The network must have bandwidth availability and growth capabilities (bandwidth will cost but finding the right hosting provider will save money). If toll quality voice services are to be delivered then a full redundant, resilient, and available network is needed. To ensure voice quality, a system with low end-to-end delay, low delay variation and pocket loss is desirable. Another aspect that is critical to a networks success and quality assurance is the correct choice and configuration of a QoS mechanism.
Even common functions of IP networks and telephones must be configured correctly as there are different types of VoIP connections. Server firewalls and NATs can be problematic for a VoIP provider since VoIP protocols hide transport addresses within messages. Solutions to this problem are specific to each individual application and include VPN aware firewalls, Application Servers, Media Proxies, and Application Server Agents. In regard to telephone features, not all network devices have telephones or directories for IP and SIP addresses, making it hard to show transparency to users. Control of operations, customer and network management will prove crucial. Migration plans must account for geographical and environmental issues along with user issues, traffic rerouting, and dial plans.
With all the variations on VoIP, comprehensive knowledge of technology and implementation will provide for the highest level of success. With careful design and integration risk and delay will be minimal. If done right, VoIP provides a cost effective way of reaching your clients and assisting your employees.