Private Unlimited Semi-Managed Asterisk® and Freeswitch™ PBX servers

All the popular software distributions

Multiple data centers & regions to choose from

No firewall/router configuration required

Combine multiple SIP trunk providers

Exclusive VoIP security enhanced infrastructure

Asterisk Hosting server racks

What we do

We provide private unlimited Asterisk & Freeswitch hosting.  This service is exactly like having your own Asterisk or Freeswitch server without the cost and technical difficulty. Additionally, you get all the benefits of having an Asterisk or Freeswitch PBX VoIP server in a high speed high security environmentally controlled data center complete with redundancy and backup power.


Who is our Asterisk & Freeswitch Hosting Service For

If you don't want the high cost of purchasing and maintaining a dedicated Asterisk server.  If you like the benefits of having a private hosted Asterisk PBX server in a datacenter.  If you want to use a hosting service that specializes and has expertise in Asterisk and Freeswitch.  If you do not want to deal with installing Linux and Asterisk, and figuring out how to make it all work. If you want a simple backup solution that only requires a few clicks of a mouse.  If you do not want to have Router/NAT issues trying to get extensions and trunks working.  If this sounds beneficial then our Asterisk hosting service may be perfect for you.

 

Asterisk & Freeswitch Hosting Services We Provide

Hosting all of the popular Asterisk & Freeswitch distributions.
An Asterisk distribution is pre-installed and configured software combining the Linux operating system, the Asterisk PBX application, and a graphical user interface. Different distributions are sometimes configured differently by default and sometimes bundle other applications. We offer all the popular ones so you can choose the distribution you would like installed on your hosted Asterisk virtual private server.

Basic and Advanced Control Panels
For start, stop, reboot, backup, command line console etc. Here are links to a screenshot of our basic and advanced control panel.

Dedicated servers that only host Asterisk
VoIP is very sensitive to the sporadic load and I/O which is typical when using a general purpose hosting provider.  These server operating profiles are not a problem for general purpose users but often quite disruptive to VoIP users.  Since we only host Asterisk and Freeswitch users, our servers have relatively constant load and I/O which we optimize for VoIP usage.

Connect to multiple SIP trunk providers simultaneously
Choose one or more trunk providers for redundancy and route/cost optimization.

Backups
Easily create a backup of the entire Asterisk server with one click or use the built in backup feature.

High Availability
If you purchase 2 servers in 2 different data centers we can set up a high availability solution for you. Please see failover considerations for important information about the limitations. We do not support this configuration for our 500MB starter plan or for any distribution besides our own PowerPBX distribution.


What we do not offer

Problems with calls not working due to routers/firewalls
You will generally not have any problems with VoIP calls not working behind routers and firewalls with our system.

Hardware connections to the telephone network
Connections to the telephone network (so you can get a telephone number and make/receive calls to regular phones) are done using 3rd party SIP trunk providers. There are hundreds of these providers around the world. As long as they are compatible with Asterisk/Freeswitch they will work on our system.

PBX Administration
Unless you have our managed plan.

Install/configure additional software.
We can provide advice and recommendations on what if any additional software may be of some benefit. However, we generally leave it up to the end user to install and configure additional software not directly related to the distributions listed.

Troubleshooting problems specific to certain distributions.
Although we do everything we can to try assist in any and all distribution specfic issues, quite often the problems can only be addressed by the developers of the distribution. In those cases please refer to their respective websites for support.

Authoritative DNS for your domain
A domain is not required to use an Asterisk PBX. The options are as follows:

1) You can simply point phones/browsers to the public IP we assign to your server. 
2) You can use a free service like dyndns.org. 
3) You can point an existing domain to the IP we assign to your server.
4) You can register a new domain with any 3rd party domain provider. 
5) You can add a hostname to an existing domain and point it to the IP we assign to your server.  For example, create a new host called "pbx" in the 'A record' of your DNS settings for your domain, point that host to the IP we assign to your VPS and access it by using "pbx.mydomain.com"


Selectable Asterisk & Freeswitch Hosting Software

PowerPBXAsterisk NowElastixFusionPBX

Choose from any pre-installed Asterisk® or Freeswitch™ software as listed below. Your server will operate exactly the same as it would if the software was installed on your own hardware.  We ensure your server is secured for use in a hosting environment with our custom local and infrastructure security layers. You can also tap into our expertise for advice on many common questions.

If you do not see a particular Asterisk or Freeswitch combination listed below, please let us know and we will try accommodate you.

PowerPBX v13 CentOS v6: A lean mean telephony machine.  Preconfigured CentOS v6 + Asterisk v13 + PBX GUI.  Source based for maximum performance, compatibility, stability, and easy upgrades without dependencies. Optimized for our hosting service including enhanced security. Optional OPUS codec.

PowerPBX v13 Ubuntu v14: For those who prefer using the Ubuntu operating system.  Preconfigured Ubuntu v14 LTS + Asterisk v13 + PBX GUI.  Source based for maximum performance, compatibility, stability, and easy upgrades without dependencies. Optimized for our hosting service including enhanced security. Optional OPUS codec.

PowerPBX v13 CentOS v7: Requires PBX1000 plan at a minimum.  Preconfigured CentOS v7 + Asterisk v13 + PBX GUI.  Source based for maximum performance, compatibility, stability, and easy upgrades without dependencies. Optimized for our hosting service including enhanced security.

Elastix v4: Requires PBX1000 plan at a minimum. CentOS v7, Asterisk v11, Integrated GUI, RPM based, many extras above and beyond the other distributions. See their website for details.

Elastix v2.5: Requires PBX1000 plan at a minimum. CentOS v5, Asterisk v11, Integrated GUI, RPM based, many extras above and beyond the other distributions. See their website for details.

Asterisk v13:  Just CentOS v6 and Asterisk v13.  For the do it yourselfer who doesn't need a GUI or prefers to configure Asterisk manually.

FusionPBX v4: Requires our Pro, Pro1, or Pro2 2000 managed plan. Fusionpbx v4, Freeswitch v1.6,  CentOS v7. Fusiopbx is the most popular Freeswitch GUI capable of multi-tenant. We currently maintain our own code repository with additional bug fixes, enhancements, and optimizations specific to our hosting environment.

Kamailio Supernode with GUI v4: Requires our Pro2 2000 managed plan. CentOS v7,  Kamailio v4, Siremis GUI. For creating a private secure skype-like service. Features include, peer-to-peer secure communication (voice, video, group voice, screen sharing, instant messaging), contacts list and presence status. Use Jitsi client for best in class SIP communicator feature support. For advanced users only.

Kamailio SIP Proxy v4: Requires our Pro2 2000 managed plan. CentOS v7,  Kamailio v4. Kamailio is an Open Source SIP Server released under GPL, able to handle thousands of call setups per second. Among features: DID and least cost routing; load balancing; routing fail-over; accounting, authentication and authorization; support for many backend systems such as MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, Radius, LDAP, Redis, Cassandra; XMLRPC control interface, SNMP monitoring. It can be used to build large VoIP servicing platforms in combination with PBX systems or media servers like Asterisk and Freeswitch. For advanced users only.

 

Ping our Data Centers

For example, to ping Chicago on your personal computer you can open a command line window and type ping chicago.powerpbx.org.

»Semi-Managed Plans PBX750Pre-installed CentOS v6 or Ubuntu v14, Asterisk v13, PBX GUI (otherwise known as our PowerPBX distribution), Unlimited hardware and operating system support, 15 min/month PBX administrative support PBX1000Choose any distribution, unlimited hardware and operating system support, 30 min/month PBX administrative support PBX1500Choose any distribution with ability to add advanced features, unlimited hardware and operating system support. 45 min/month PBX administrative support PBX2000-PRO For businesses wanting the best performance and a higher level of support. Unlimited hardware and operating system support, 1 hour/month PBX consultation and support per month (2 and 3 hour options) including advanced features and PBX administration advice.
MemoryNOTE:Elastix, Pbx-in-a-Flash, AsteriskNOW etc. require the PBX1000 plan at a minimum.  If you plan to install a lot of modules and extra software you should select a plan with more memory. If you plan to use many extensions and/or trunks, you should select a plan with more memory and bandwidth. If you plan to record a lot of calls, you should select a plan with more storage.
768 MB 1024 MB 1536 MB 2048 MB
Disk space 20 GB 30 GB 40 GB 50 GB
# of CPUsDepending on which server you are on and which plan you have, your VPS could be assigned between 1 to 4 CPU cores.  This roughly translates into processing power.  Presenting this in terms of Ghz of processing power is not as useful on a virtual server allocated multple processor cores.  The frequency per core will vary depending on which server you are on.  We thought it would be more useful to present this in terms of # of processor cores.

Compression / decompression (transcoding) requires the most processing power.  For example, transcoding can occur when phone conversations take place between SIP phones and/or trunks using different compression methods.

1+ CPUs 2+ CPUs 3+ CPUs 4+ CPUs
Estimated simultaneous 2-way callsThe number of 2-way simultaneous calls possible will vary depend on how your server is used.

Typically, bandwidth limits imposed by your internet service provider, or intermeidary providers between your ISP and our datacenter, become a bottleneck before you reach our server and network limits. One way to maximize the # of calls possible is to use a high compression codec such as g729.
5-20 calls 7-30 calls 10-40 calls 15-60 calls
Monthly Support Unlimited(hardware & OS)/15 min PBX. Unlimited(hardware & OS)/30 min PBX Unlimited(hardware & OS)/45 min PBX Unlimited(hardware & OS)/1 hour PBX (2 and 3 hr options)
Software PowerPBX DistroPre-installed CentOS v6 or Ubuntu v14. PBX GUI. Asterisk v13 compiled from source for maximum performance, stability, compatibility, and flexibility. Any Asterisk Distro Any Asterisk Distro Any Distro inc. multi-tenant
Price $24.95/mo $34.95/mo $49.95/mo $64.95/mo**
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» Virtual Private Server Features
One public IP address Yes Yes Yes Yes""
Control panelThe control panel allows you to start, stop, reboot, backup, re-install etc.  If the network connection on your virtual server stops working for any reason you can still access your control panel and a command line to your virtual server. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Email and trouble ticket support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Downloadable server backupThis is a snapshot in a point in time of your entire server. Yes Yes Yes Yes
SupportFor assistance with typical issues we probably have run into before and know how to resolve. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Root access (SSH/SFTP, Console)You have root SSH/SFTP access directly to your server.  You can also access your server via your control panel, even if your server network connection stops working for some reason. Yes Yes Yes Yes
» You Can
Add iptables firewall, allow/block ports Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add SIP extensionsA SIP extension can be, for example, a phone or software running on a laptop or a SIP gateway device for connecting to analog phones.  If it describes itself as a SIP device it will probably work. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add SIP trunksJust about any 3rd party SIP trunk provider will work.  A service that specifically supports Asterisk / Freeswitch is recommended as they usually provide detailed configuration instructions. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Upgrade your plan at any timeIf you decide you need more support, memory, storage, processing power, or bandwidth you can easily upgrade to another plan. You do not have to do anything else. Usually not even reboot. Your software settings will not change and no information is lost.  The price will be prorated so you can do it at any time without penalty. Downgrades are also possible. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Record callsYou can record incoming and/or outgoing calls.  By default or on demand. Yes Yes Yes Yes
BackupsYou can backup and download a snapshot of your entire server using our control panel or the backup module, included with Asterisk.
If you have our managed plan we do an automatic backup once a week
manual manual manual auto weekly + manual
Install additional softwareYou have root access which allows you to install or remove any software you wish.  If you plan to install many Freepbx modules or additional applications that make heavy use of MySQL and/or Apache it is recommended you order a plan with more memory/cores. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add MySQL databasesIf you plan to add MySQL databases it is recommended you order a plan with more memory. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add Email/FTP accounts Yes Yes Yes Yes
» Other capabilities and features
High AvailabilityRequires the purchase of 2 VPS servers in different data centers.  There can be limitations for failover depending on what features are supported on your extensions and by your SIP trunk provider.  We only support this feature on our own PowerPBX distribution.       Yes
IPv6Subject to datacenter availability Yes Yes Yes Yes
NAT/Firewall traversalUsing SIP phones or SIP software behind routers and firewalls, in airports, at cafes, at home etc. to connect to our Asterisk servers is generally not a problem. There are usually no special settings required on the other end. This is a huge advantage over office servers. Office servers require special settings on the Asterisk server, the firewall/router, and sometimes on the telephones. Yes Yes Yes Yes
100/1000Mb internet connectionOur physical servers all have 100Mb/s or 1000Mb/s incoming & outgoing internet connections. Yes Yes Yes
Conference callingAsterisk/Freeswitch conference calling is included on all distributions. Yes Yes Yes Yes
TUN/TAP & G729TUN/TAP is a requirement for OpenVPN.  If you want to use G729 compression just let us know so we can provide activation instructions. Yes Yes Yes Yes
» Purchase
Plans PBX750 PBX1000 PBX1500 PBX2000-PRO
Monthly price $24.95/mo $34.95/mo $49.95/mo $64.95/mo**
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**2000 plan has a $49.95 setup fee. If you sign up for 6 months there is no setup fee.
***Canadian customers are required to pay applicable taxes.  AB-5%, BC-12%, MB-5%, NB-13%, NL-13%, NS-15%, NT-5%, ON-13%, PE-5%, QC-5%, SK-5%, YT-5%
****EU customers without a validated VAT number are required to pay applicable taxes. BE-21%, BG-20%, CZ-21%, DK-25%, DE-19%, EE-20%, EL-23%, ES-21%, FR-20%, HR-25%, IE-23%, IT-22%, CY-19%, LV-21%, LT-21%, LU-15%, HU-27%, MT-18%, NL-21%, AT-20%, PL-23%, PT-23%, RO-24%, SI-22%, SK-20%, FI-24%, SE-25%, UK-20%