Hosted PBX – Ready or Not?

The “Tele” of things …

Aesop, in his fable of “The Fox and the Lion,” is credited with the idiom “familiarity breeds contempt”.  I think the same can be said of the English language, as we often don’t know the origin, or even the meaning, of certain words.  Case in point for me recently, the term “tele.”  The origin is Greek, the meaning is “from afar.”  After a half century of using it, I finally know the meaning.  Never too late, I guess. (Insert joke of your choice here.)


Telecommunications (“Communicating from afar”)

Gartner estimates that in 2014 the telecommunications market will be 45% of all IT spend: $1.72 trillion worldwide.  This spend will be allocated among goods and services supporting the industry and, given the large amount of money being spent, brings up the question of how are those dollars being spent.  As a business owner or IT manager, how are your telecommunications dollars being spent?

Here are three questions to ask.


1.      Do you regularly make changes to your telephony system?

If your answer is “No” then your money is not being spent on a business-generating asset.  The trademark of proprietary phone systems of the past is that they were closed systems; meaning, unless you had in-house skills and knowledge no changes were possible.

The correct answer is “yes.”  Having the ability to easily manipulate your system to customize your callers experience is a critical differentiator.  If your system doesn’t allow for this capability, time to look elsewhere.  Time to look at hosted PBX.


2.      Are people calling you able to “follow” you – wherever you are and on whatever device you are using?

Your system should have the ability to extend calls to mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops) and to customize the out-of-office experience for callers, at a minimum.  The proliferation of mobile devices allows your customers to call you from anywhere, you should be able to answer from anywhere.

While on the island of Crete in 2013 my mobile phone (Droid) was connected to the Starbuck’s Wifi (yes, they have Starbucks in Crete.)  Though our cloud-hosted PBX I received calls like I was sitting at my desk, for free.  That’s hearing voices “from afar.”


3.      Do you know what your “per-person” cost is for telephony?

If this is a complicated process of gathering costs for on-going maintenance and licensing to your phone system provider, allocating costs for multiple PSTN line charges as well as internal support personnel, etc. then you are in the wrong model.

The cost in a hosted PBX model are on a monthly “per-user” basis so the costs are easily understood.  They are also an operations-based, monthly expense vs. a long-term capital outlay.  Financial freedom and flexibility of hosted PBX is the right model.


If you would like to explore more about if hosted PBX is right for you, contact us and we can provide the details you need via a no-obligation evaluation, a 30-day trial, or a ROI analysis – all at no cost to you.


Contact Soteria at, 800-643-7066 or visit our website @



Hosted PBX: Bring Your Phone System Out-of-the-Closet

If your organization is typical, your on-premise phone system is tucked away (often NOT neatly) in a spare closet along with the mop bucket and the half-empty bag of sidewalk salt.  And, from a business perspective, odds are that being in the closet reflects the sense of value placed on the telephony system.  After all, all phone systems are the same, right?  Not anymore.


Soteria’s CloudConnect hosted PBX offers businesses some very compelling benefits that can lower cost, increase productivity and create a differentiation from your competitors.  Here are some highlights:


  •  Mobile Flexibility:

Traditionally your phone is on your desk, at work, all the time.  What if your phone could be taken with you … virtually?  With our hosted solution you can “install” your phone on your laptop, your mobile phone, your tablet and use it anytime and anywhere you are.  It doesn’t have to stay on your desk.

  • Unlimited Calling:

A variable cost for most businesses is the time employees spend on the phone, whether it is through mobile minutes, long-distance fees/charges or leased line costs, it all adds up.  With hosted PBX, all calls within the US and Canada are free.  We also have the ability to port existing local and 800 numbers from existing carriers so your numbers stay the same.

  •  No Maintenance:

Trying to keep systems up-to-date is both time-consuming and costly.  When using a hosted PBX solution you don’t worry about annual contracts, system updates or repair costs.  Systems are always on the latest releases and the only thing you have to do is … nothing.

  •  Predictable Costs:

When buying a new, or replacing an existing system, the task of trying to predict current and future growth can be challenging.  With hosted PBX there is no initial investment and you only pay for the users on the system.  No money being wasted on buying what you need 3-5 years from now and users can be added (or deleted) at any time.

  •  Business Continuity:

A lifeline for most businesses is the ability for customers to communicate with them.  With the hosted PBX, you are guaranteed a fully reliable (99.99% up time) and fully redundant communication platform that will be there whenever you, or your customer, picks up the phone.

  •  Fully Configurable:

Most traditional phone systems are “set-and-forget”, i.e., once the installation is complete no one touches the system until it is replaced.  As a result, many of the functions and features never get turned-on.  The hosted PBX portal allows anyone to custom-configure music-on-hold, auto-attendants, custom voice prompts, hunt groups and many, many other features all through a browser interface.


Ready to try something new?  Bring your phone system out of the closet and experience the freedom.  Contact Soteria today!

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See how we can change the way you look at communications!


Cloud Managed Network with Meraki

Cloud vs. On-Premise

Cloud-managed networking vs. an on-premise network management is the difference between proactive vs. reactive when it comes to ensuring the availability of a hosted cloud solution.  Taking systems management from an on-premise console to a web-based browser gives several advantages to companies that want to ensure availability of their cloud applications while allowing their cloud providers to troubleshoot and measure availability of their applications.  The web-based browser is as important as ever as enterprises move in-house solutions to the cloud; giving networking capability and viability an even higher priority.

As far back as ten years ago, “convergence” was about data and voice combining together on the same network and today we’ve seen that transition become a reality.  Now we are seeing the convergence of data applications that carry with them embedded voice, storage, social, and mobile features and functionality.  Without a cloud-managed network – proactively monitoring, measuring and prioritizing a hosted application – you are setting yourself up for failure.

Customer Experience

On a recent customer installation, we saw the value of a Meraki cloud-managed network.   The client was deployed with a cable broadband solution with a contracted download speed of 80.00 Mbps and an upload speed of 36.00 Mbps.  Reading through most standard broadband contracts, you are not guaranteed the delivery of those speeds are they are often dependent on several factors: quality of coax to-and-from the demarcation point(s), networking equipment and structured cabling.   Cable provider service have other contributing factors as it is a shared service (varying number of users on a local loop), the geographical area  and the time of day.

Utilizing Meraki’s reporting capabilities, we were able to see the peaks and valleys of the client’s broadband  with speeds of 30.00 Mbps down and 12.00 Mbps up.  These Meraki reports, with graphs and associated data, allowed us to analyze the cloud-managed network (facts are difficult to argue) and provide this information to the broadband carrier’s support desk.  Upon dispatching an on-site technician, it led to the discovery of a faulty trap.  (The result of an older, non-scrambled system in which the cable provider installed these trap(s) to remove signals the client was not paying for.  As a result of this trap, the broadband signal between the CO and demarcation point was significantly truncated by this out-of-date trap and, once removed, the speeds more than doubled.


One issue solved but there will be more in the future as Meraki will continue to alert Soteria and the client to future trends, should the quality of service degrade over time.  Moreover, Soteria will also be provisioning a redundant broadband connection to ensure dual paths for business continuity and proactive management to the network.




Soteria LLC. (a Meraki Business Partner) builds wireless and wired cloud-managed networks as well as providing network acceleration and security capabilities.  We deploy solutions that allows remote management through web portal control to centrally manage an enterprise network with immediate and full control over applications, devices, policies and all users.  The alternative: dispatching an on-site technician or a high hourly-rate technical resources with specific certifications in router, layer 3 switching, firewall and general security.  As well, upgrades, patching or firmware efforts are moved to the cloud and receive 24/7 managed update and scheduled control; meaning, customers no longer have controller hardware or management software to install and maintain.

So what does this really mean for our customers?  In our opinion, the power of cloud-managed networking is the ability to leave maintenance, secure system access and device integration to the cloud, while allowing enterprise IT professionals to focus on the areas which optimize their organization’s access to cloud hosted solutions.  With the additional time, administrators can ensure that content shaping, protocol priority, firewall rules and content management is fully optimized and continuously managed and measured to ensure the most optimal environment.  Call Soteria, LLC. as we are ready to help.


Good Luck!