Asterisk is built by and for communication systems developers. The resulting product is an engine that handles all of the low-level details of initiating, maintaining and manipulating calls between endpoints (phones). Since the initial release, it’s been tested and refined by a community of more than 80,000 developers and integrators in 170 countries around the world.
Digium’s line of Switchvox IP PBX systems, based on the Asterisk engine, is administered through an easy to use graphical user interface (GUI) rather than raw configuration files and custom scripts. The Switchvox PBX includes all of the standard features of phone system plus Unified Communications capabilities like advanced voice messaging, instant messaging, desktop fax, drag/drop call control, multi-party conferencing and advanced IVR. Features that would cost thousands to bolt onto a traditional phone system are now available at an affordable price since the system is based on Asterisk open source software.