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October 30, 2007

PIKA Study: Asterisk Takes Hold in the Enterprise

PIKA Technologies, a developer of media processing hardware and software has analyzed the usage habits of over 300 Asterisk (News - Alert) developers across the globe and found Asterisk to takes hold in the enterprise. Its findings also shed light into the versions of Linux and Asterisk being used by the developers.

"Some of the most compelling data that we collected was simply around the wide variety of applications that Asterisk is now being used to address," said Terry Atwood, vice president of sales, marketing and customer care at PIKA in a statement to the press. "Of course, the early adopters are still there, but from a purpose and density standpoint there is now a much broader range of applications being built on Asterisk, ranging from individual companies seeking to provide their own telecom services, to application development firms that are using Asterisk as a platform to develop systems for sale to the business and government markets throughout the world."
PIKA found Asterisk being used for developing common as well as unique applications. Common applications include normal office telephone systems, IVR/self-service systems, systems for use in inbound and outbound call centers, and hosted telephone and VoIP long distance systems. 
For use in unique applications, Asterisk was found in distance-learning systems, fax blasting platforms, video platforms and gateways.
The PIKA study also revealed that educational institutions around the world are using Asterisk in their laboratory environments, allowing students to get hands-on development experience in a real-world scenario.
Results from the study also indicate that Asterisk developers are opting the following Linux distributors: CentOS (34%), Debian 4 (20%), Fedora (16%), Ubuntu (News - Alert) (6%) and Slackware(6%).
P.R. Sai is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.


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