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Issues relating to a SBC with Direct Routing

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Redundancy

A SBC forms a Single Point of Failure (SPOF). Unless a redundant SBC is deployed it will lead to reduced availability.

Multi-Tenancy

A SBC is designed to provide functions for a single tenant (company). Even if the SBC is virtualized, every SBC instance has its own customer data that needs to be managed with every modification.

Controlled Media Path

The connection via the SBC increases the transmission path and delay. If a SBC is hosted in a public cloud, there is no quality guarantee of media traffic.

Full Control and Management

A SBC is a separate network element that has its own management environment. Automation of real-time orders can therefore be a real challenge.

Security

There are security threats especially when a SBC is managed by a third party.

Delay in Handling Porting Orders

In the Netherlands, number porting is carried out real-time and on-demand within 15 minutes. If a number porting order is implemented for the retention of a telephone number, 3 domains must be managed separately. The number porting will have to be done manually in different domains, such as the SBC. This leads to increased downtime for a customer.

Coherent Telecom Settings

Country specific telecom settings, such as filtering, CLIP / CLIR, number normalization, over-usage management and forwards are influenced by the SBC, which may result in deviations in the telecom functions between Microsoft platform and legacy telecom domains.

Customer Self Service

Migration to Microsoft Teams requires frequent adjustments to settings, numbers and reports. Because the control of the SBC cannot be fully automated, it will be a real challenge to offer customers self-service.

Third Party Equipment

Because the SBC is a third-party network element, additional tests and maintenance will have to be scheduled for adjustments and upgrades.

7 thoughts on Microsoft Teams Portal adoption with existing (Cloud) PBX

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In the coming years, traditional telecommunication solutions will be replaced by digital business communication systems such as the telephone service from Microsoft Teams. Organizations are faced with the choice to replace the entire telecom service or to maintain a Cloud PBX next to Microsoft Teams. Despite the advantages of telephony in Microsoft Teams, organizations will often keep the existing Cloud PBX.

Here are a few things you must be aware of while considering moving to a modern digital business communication platform.

1. Change of work process

When migrating digital business communication systems, it is not the technical challenges that require most attention. In order for the implementation to succeed, attention must be paid to changes in the use of communication systems and the associated work processes. Some people will adopt the new system in a short period, but others require more time. During a certain period, the existing Cloud PBX and Microsoft Teams will have to function side by side.

2. Maintenance of functions through Microsoft Teams Portal

In some organizations, special functions of a Cloud PBX cannot be directly replaced by calling in Microsoft Teams. Examples of this are: Call Center functions, Wall board, special routing, functions for a reception post and connections with CRM packages.

ALSO READ Microsoft Teams Direct Routing: Where to start?

3. Device retention

At present, the purchase price of devices that are suitable for calling with Microsoft Teams is still high. Some functions of existing telephone devices cannot be replaced. It may therefore be necessary to continue to use existing devices in combination with a Cloud PBX.

4. Telephone number management

When migrating to a new digital business communication system, it can be useful to migrate telephone numbers that are in a telephone number block, one by one. MachCloud has a Web portal that allows  telephone number block management in real time and transfer of numbers to Microsoft Teams. For this it is not necessary to port numbers. This has the advantage that if something goes wrong, numbers can immediately be returned to the existing system.

5. Redundancy

If telephony is business critical, it may be necessary to  have redundancy implemented when opting for a digital business communication solution. You can get that implemented through the Microsoft Teams portal. An example of this is the design of a customer contact center cloud solution based on geographically separated data centers.

ALSO READ 5 Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Features to Look Forward

6. Flexibility price plans

The call traffic per user can vary greatly. Some employees need a small bundle of calls, while others, for example, have high call volume to international destinations. Microsoft Teams  portal caters for both. To minimize costs, it may be desirable to allow international frequent callers to use a special price plan based on a charge per call.

7. Support

Telephony is a service that must be accurate on all details. Is it necessary to be able to call anonymously? Is it necessary to filter call traffic or set up protection against over-usage? Perhaps special solutions are needed for a standby duty service or reports? For all these types of questions, the use of a Cloud PBX in addition to Microsoft Teams portal may be the correct answer.

MachCloud is the specialist for business corporate communication systems where a (Cloud) PBX is integrated with Microsoft Teams. Do you need advice? Then contact us via www.machcloud.com.

5 Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Features to Look Forward [2020 Guide]

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Microsoft Teams Direct Routing is the latest trend in modern digital business communication. This is a scenario where companies can bring in their existing SIP Trunk/Carrier/SBC and connect it with Microsoft Teams and avail its benefits with User PSTN Telephony. This ensures better productivity and fewer changes required to the existing infrastructure.

A while ago, Microsoft announced a few enhancements that are promised in Microsoft Teams Direct Routing. Let’s go through them:

Media Relay Override

With this, customers can “change their default Media Relay to match their public IP structure”. With a Media bypass plan setup, media is kept directly between Session Border Controller (SBC) and Teams user.

Missed Call Message Suppression

Since Teams can go on along with an existing 3rd Party PBX, this feature enables Teams not to miss any notification if a gateway is setup in such a way that it rings or forks a call (on both Teams and PBX) and the call is picked up on PBX or PBX’s voicemail.

SIP Tester

It is a feature to be introduced for convenience. A PowerShell script is introduced which will test the basic configuration of SIP deployment over Direct Routing in Teams.

Ringback Bot

It is available for Direct Routing in non-media bypass mode. During the call imitation process, the Ringback Bot is helpful in ringing a distinctive audio signal to the caller while there are any unexpected silences while the inbound call is being placed from the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to Teams clients.

PSTN Reporting

With this feature, you’d be able to get PSTN Call Detail Records reports directly in your Microsoft Teams Admin Centre. Reports can be viewed for a historical trend for 28 days and also till any custom date. With this feature, you can easily have a look at a detailed analysis of Microsoft Teams PSTN usage.

ALSO READ 4 handy ways to start a Microsoft Teams call

MachCloud – All-in-one Digital Business Communication Platform

MachCloud is a complete digital business communication platform equipped with top notch infrastructure to provide your business all the features needed for a smooth business communication according to your business needs. Microsoft Teams Direct routing allows for easy migration of existing telephone numbers to Microsoft Teams. The Industry-leading digital communications platform offers other Products like SIP Trunking, Cloud PBX, MachVoice and Office 365 reselling services. With MachCloud you get Cost-effective and advanced PBX Services with Microsoft Teams.

Head up to MachCloud for a smooth digital business communication solution and unlock the potential of your business.

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MachCloud is Out: The Promising business-oriented Cloud Computing platform is finally here!

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The modern era of cloud computing demands Cloud computing services to be more business-friendly. Business is being transformed into purpose-built and intelligent networks for which communication infrastructure plays a lead role. The need for higher bandwidth has never been more critical in the past than it is now. With the increasing Voice services needs from customers Providers are always in search for best Communication infrastructure in order to make cloud computing business to stay ahead of the curve. This includes SIP trunking services and VoIP infrastructure that follows the right fit.

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MachCloud has got it all covered

MachCloud is a unique service management and communication delivery platform. Launched to cater the current business needs of Providers, MachCloud focuses on hybrid. It offers SIP trunking services, hosted PBX or Skype for Business connections efficiently managed through a single panel. It also offers office 365 for Exchange Online and other collaborative and productivity tools that are the requirement designed carefully to cater current and future Cloud computing Service Providers needs in mind.

Let’s have a deep dive into other major offerings from MachCloud.

Major Offerings

  • SIP trunking services

With MachCloud, you are able to get best SIP trunking services with the most flexible manner. It offers a unified solution for telecom, Skype for Business, Office365/Teams. Now, you can manage communication delivery, service management and ordering all from a single portal. New streams of business can emerge once you come to MachCloud. The automated ordering and management solution offered by MachCloud is designed to make sure the partners are in full control of service management. Other major SIP trunking services include: Real-time CDR’s, porting on demand, Skype4Business and SIP trunks hybrid solution with one invoice, multiple end user price plans and many more. On top of it, it also gives you the control to Brand your own service.

  • Hosted Voice

MachCloud gives you all the major features of PBX-UC with high security and reliability needed for your business. This feature can also be further integrated with APIs and multiple we services are consumed for an efficient service delivery. Major hosted voice features include:  Extensions, numbers, connection to SIP phones, Multilevel Organization, user rights, Voice Prompts, Queues, Conference Box, Voicemail options, Call Forwarding, Dial plan switch. In addition to this, Auto provisioning, Phone status, Dial plan, Dial plan elements, logging- that includes Call Event Logging and User Event Logging, Call Detail Records (CDRs) and Call recordings and Music on Hold.

  • Office 365

MachCloud’s out-of-the-box advisory services can do wonders for your business since everything is carefully analyses by experts and then you are in control of the decisions to be taken for the pricing plans. MachCloud also offers migration services whether you have hosted or on-premise IaaS or you wish to scale the business infrastructure. MachCloud is your reliable Office 365 partner.

  • Azure

MachCloud integrates Microsoft Azure Cloud services. IT offers you everything needed for a successful Azure integration and service delivery. With best expert from the industry, MachCloud can help you get the best out of the cloud. With PaaS and up to the mark development tools, Azure has a lot to offer that can proved better business insights to you. It also cuts down costs and maximized profitability. With Azure integration, you get best security and compliance. MachCloud offers consultations, design and deployment services and management services.

  • Dynamics 365

In addition to Azure services, MachCloud also offers Dynamics 365 services that you make able to boost your business productivity and take informed decisions. This is done through implementing ERP & CRM system that provide all the necessary tools needed for Operations, sales, marketing and customer service. In this way, your business can make use of CRM without additional software.

  • Professional Services

For best consultation and advice, you can work with our Experts who are skilled to provide Onboarding services, Migration services and Admin as a service. You can get help on O365 admin center, deploying O365 on local devices, Acquiring O365 Cals and much more. 

MachCloud is your gateway to best service delivery

It is the need of the hour that communication delivery, SIP trunking services and VoIP should be streamlined with other business services like Microsoft’s 365. Cloud providers are generally in search for a provider that fulfills both needs. Since hybrid is the next-gen thing in cloud computing, MachCloud is introduced to take the concept of hybrid to a next level. It offers flexible plans for you to adopt and proceed with your business ongoing. Reliability and efficiency is all you need for a successful business growth.

Go ahead and increase your business mobility and productivity with MachCloud, your one-stop solution to cloud computing, SIP trunking service and communication delivery management.

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