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Home » , » Elastix is an Open Source Sofware to establish Unified Communications.

Elastix is an Open Source Sofware to establish Unified Communications.

Elastix is a Linux distribution that integrates the best tools available for Asterisk-based Private Branch Exchanges (PBX) into a single, easy-to-use interface.

It also adds its own set of utilities and allows for the creation of third-party modules to make it an excellent software package available for open source telephony. Based on CentOS.

It has been over two years since we released Elastix 1.0. Almost from that same moment we began to plan and develop what would become Elastix 2.0. It was a long period of hard work, but the new distro is finally ready to see the light. Thanks to the whole community for the incredible support. Special thanks go to the beta testers mailing list, whose members tested the product for several months before its release.

Elastix 2.0 includes many suggestions received from our users as well as many new ideas around Unified Communications. The ability to extend new functionalities through add-ons will allow Elastix to adapt to the requirements of broad scenarios, while at the same time enabling the integration with third party applications.

Elastix Operator Panel.

Elastix Operator Panel is an application embedded within Elastix which allows for the management of calls in real time as well as providing a snapshot of the current activity. The Elastix Operator Panel does not require a flash plug-in to be installed in the browser. Everything is drag and drop!

Elastix Conference Room.

The Elastix Conference Room is ideal for virtual meetings. Currently, one can set up a voice conference, share presentations in several formats, establish a file repository and chat with meeting attendees at the same time.

Mail Module improvements.

It is now easier to integrate Elastix with an external mail server. Just fill a form and the integration would be ready without the need to edit a single text file. Another improvement is the integration with the Mailman mailing-list engine so one can create a mailing list straight from the Elastix interface.

Web-based Faxing.

Starting in Elastix 2.0 users can send faxes directly from the web interface. Users can write the fax content directly in the web interface or upload files in PDF, TIFF or plain text format.

DHCP Module improvements.

The DHCP server now allows the user to see the list of assigned IPs and their MAC addresses. Also, Elastix now has the capability of assigning static IPs based on the MAC address of the IP phone.

Automatic Backups.

Backups can now be scheduled in advanced so they can occur daily, weekly or monthly. In addition, the interface now allows for a file to be uploaded or downloaded with all data and configurations to/from an external FTP server with drag and drops.

Agenda Module improvements.

Agenda events can now be organized and downloaded in iCal format. The user can also move the events or modify their duration by drag and drop.

The complete detail of the changes in Elastix 2.0 can be viewed in the changelog. Elastix 1.6 will be mantained for bug correction and security issues only. However, there will not be any new functionality added to the 1.6 versions.



Updates:


Elastix After six release candidates, Rafael Bonifaz announced the availability of Elastix 2.0, a CentOS-based Linux distribution that integrates the best tools available for Asterisk-based Private Branch Exchanges (PBX) into a single, easy-to-use interface: "Elastix 2.0 includes many suggestions received from our users as well as many new ideas around Unified Communications. The ability to extend new functionalities through add-ons will allow Elastix to adapt to the requirements of broad scenarios, while at the same time enabling the integration with third party applications. There are lots of new functionalities included in this release. We will highlight the most relevant in this article: renovated dashboard, add-ons, Elastix operator panel, Elastix conference room, mail module improvements, web-based faxing, DHCP module improvements, automatic backups, and agenda module improvements."

Check the full release announcement and changelog.

Download: Elastix-2.0.0-stable-i386-bin-03Aug2010.iso (681MB, MD5), Elastix-2.0.0-stable-x86_64-bin-03Aug2010.iso (692MB, MD5).
Recent versions:

• 2010-08-04: Distribution Release: Elastix 2.0
• 2009-11-05: Distribution Release: Elastix 1.6.0

Unified Communications With Elastix

The Elastix project begun as a call report interface for Asterisk and was released in March of 2006. Later that year the project evolved into an Asterisk Based distro.

Telephony was the traditional way that lead communications the last century, that’s why many Companies and users focus their requirements on their necessities to establish telephony communications on their organizations, and confuse unified communications “distros” with a telephone exchange system. Elastix, not only provides telephony, it integrates other communication alternatives to make your organization environment more productive and efficient.

Elastix include the following communication media:

Features

There are new ways of communication every day and the addition of features and functionality must be constant. Elastix it’s capable of establish an efficient environment on your organization with the addition of many features that allows to integrate other locations of your company to centralize your business and take it global. A user in your corporation located in South America shares the same functionalities of another located in Asia besides having direct internal communication.

Some of the basic Features of Elastix include:

  • Voicemail
  • Fax-to-email
  • Support for softphones
  • Web Interface Configuration
  • Virtual conference rooms
  • Call recording
  • Least Cost Routing
  • Extension Roaming
  • PBX Interconnection
  • Caller ID
  • CRM
  • Advance Reports

To see a complete list of features click here




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