What is Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX?
Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX is a multi tenant PBX for use in a hosted environment. It is a complete Linux distribution and includes Asterisk, Webmin and Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX Manager GUI.
What is Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX?
Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX is a Multi Tenant IP PBX software that addresses the needs of Internet Telephony Service Providers and other companies that need to provide multiple virtual PBXs (usually for different companies or departments) and manage them through a single web interface.
Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX includes Thirdlane Communications Manager MTE (multi-tenant edition) web GUI, and other components, including a production-stable version of Asterisk - the world's most popular PBX framework and telephony engine. Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX is delivered as an easy to install 64-bit CentOS Linux distribution.
Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX allows hosted telephony service providers to achieve higher resource utilization by running multiple virtual PBXs on the same server, or on a cluster of servers using our Cloud-Ready PBX solution.
What is Thirdlane Communications Manager and what is Thirdlane Communications Manager MTE?
Thirdlane Communications Manager is a web-based graphical user interface (GUI) for managing your PBX system. The Thirdlane Communications Manager is one component of Thirdlane Business PBX and of the Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX.
Does Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX use virtualization (i.e. VMware or XEN) to create virtual PBXs?
OS level virtualization would be impractical for managing a large number of small virtual PBXs. Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX implements its own PBX virtualization/partitioning thus incurring no overhead and achieving higher capacity and better performance.
What is the difference between Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX and Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX Manager?
Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX Manager is a GUI that is packaged as a Webmin module for ease of installation. Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX is a complete Linux distribution and includes Asterisk, Webmin and Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX Manager GUI.
Are Thirdlane Business PBX or Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX Open Source?
Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX and Thirdlane Business PBX are not Open Source but at its core use 64bit CentOS Linux and Asterisk - world most popular Open Source PBX platform. Unlike some other Asterisk based solutions Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX and Thirdlane Business PBX allow secure access to the operating system and key telephony components. This is a key differentiation that gives Thirdlane partners ability to customize or integrate Thirdlane based solutions beyond that of the typical PBX appliances.
What are the prerequisites for using Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX?
None. Just download and install it - all the components required for running a virtual multi-tenant PBX are included.
What hardware should I use for Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX?
Thirdlane products can be deployed on a variety of hardware or virtual machines, so it really depends on your requirements. You should read general hardware guidelines for running Asterisk and make sure that your hardware is compatible with CentOS 6.5 operating system.
Which versions of Asterisk are supported?
Thirdlane PBX and Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX were tested with and currently include Asterisk 1.8.X. We will be also supporting Asterisk 11.X as soon as we can confirm its stability and interoperability with other Thirdlane PBX and Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX components.
Can I modify configuration files directly?
You rarely need to do this because all the PBX configuration can be performed using Thirdlane Communications Manager web GUI. You can further extend Thirdlane Business PBX or Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX features and functionality by writing new, or cloning and customizing existing Thirdlane PBX scripts - call management building blocks (see documentation for details).
How do I update Thirdlane Business PBX or Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX?
Updating Thirdlane Business PBX and Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX is very easy and allows you to perform a complete update from operating system to all the Thirdlane managed components using CentOS standard package manager.
To perform a complete update you can do this at the shell prompt:
yum clean all
It may take some time for the update process to complete, depending on which CentOS, Thirdlane and other components were changed since the last time you updated your system.
Note that in order to get updates and use the latest versions of Thirdlane software you have to be current on your license. License status is available on the License page of Thirdlane Communications Manager web GUI.
How do I install Thirdlane PBX or Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX?
You can download Thirdlane PBX or Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX ISO from this site, burn a CD if needed, and install on your hardware or in a virtual machine. Free trial will run for 30 days and can be converted to production by installing an appropriate license.
Is there a quick way to set up multiple extensions?
Yes, both Thirdlane Business PBX and Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX allow you to use “Bulk Generator” to generate multiple extensions by uploading a CSV files. It is very quick and allows you to have a complete extension created based on the default values and a few data items entered in a spreadsheet. Another big time-saver when using Bulk Generator - if you specify users' external (direct) phone numbers (DIDs) and users' handsets MAC addresses, Bulk Generator will generate Inbound Routes, and configuration files to auto-provision users' phones (see documentation for details).
What types of handsets are supported?
Thirdlane PBX works with any standard SIP phones and can auto-provision and generate configuration files for Aastra, Cisco, Linksys, Polycom, Snom, and Yealink phones and ATAs.