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Hi,

I´m testing asterisk and 3cx with my new cisco spa 504 .

Has cisco a pbx software? or are only appliances?

I´m looking for software system

regards
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by:woolnoir
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Cisco's PBX and IP phone system is called 'call manager' they have the central call manager system, unity & unity connector (voicemail) in addition to other addons, presence, video conferencing and contact centre applications.
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by:heze54
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But is software or  hadrware?
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by:woolnoir
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Cisco call manager is software.
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by:heze54
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is possible a trial? where?
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by:woolnoir
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You can run it unlicensed for 30 days (if i remember correctly from my install) its not the type of thing you will be able to get as a trial though, you should speak to cisco directly or a reseller in your country.
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Call Manager is software but it's not that simple!

You're not going to run Cisco SPA504G's with Call Manager, it would be too expensive.
I am assuming your setup isn't that big if you're using SPA's?

With Cisco Call Manager there are two platforms, one is runs on a dedicated server, this product is now called Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) and then you have Call Manager Express, which runs on an routers, this product is now called Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express (CUCME).

You can't just get a trial of CUCM or CUCME. You're best bet would be to contact a UC specialist Cisco partner and talk to them regarding getting a demonstration.

Anyway, there is only 1 platform from Cisco that works native with the SPA500's and that's the Cisco UC 500 series, which runs CUCME and Unity Express (for voicemail).

Once you move from the UC500's to the Integrated Services Router's (ISR's) or to CUCM you must treat the SPA device's as a 3rd party SIP device, which limits some of the functionality.

The UC500 provides for under 104 IP Phones, then you have the ISR's which provide up to 730 IP Phones (you can use an ISR for under 100 IP Phones, however it becomes costly), then for over that you have your CUCM which has a few different versions, with the top version working with 60,000 phones IP Phones. There are instances where you would deploy CUCM over CUME with under the 730 IP Phones, for example if you had 20 sites you wanted to interconnect. However when deploying CUCM you also want to deploy SRST on all of your remote site routers so they still operate if connectivity is down.

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by:heze54
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Yes...

I´m working with wip310 and cisco spa 504g devices and testing alternatives to asterisk and 3cx
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by:José Méndez
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May I ask why are you moving away from Asterisk?
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by:mark_06
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Asterisk is a good platform, however if you don't know it well enough i.e you cannot program it by CLI, then don't use it in a commercial environment.
3cx is good from the point of view, you can get support from them.
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resolved partially
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