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Vodia News: Vodia PBX now runs on Raspberry Pi 2

Date: 4/2/2015

The Raspberry Pi is around for some time now and has received a great attention as a low-cost, high-power platform for all sorts or desktop and embedded processing. The times are over when servers were loud, expensive devices in a rack that take up so much power that you should build your data centers close to the power plant.

The history of embedded hardware platforms that can run the Vodia PBX goes back into the pbxnsip times when we found the Globalscale Sheeva Plug. At that time, we installed the pbxnsip on that embedded device. Later the sales team soon found out about it and started to use it as a training kit. The first few hundred devices found quickly their way into the market, and it was time to take the project to a more serious level. The form factor of the plug reminded someone about air fresheners, so the hardware was redone and put into a housing that looked more like a serious product, but at the end of the day it was still the same hardware like on day one. Eventually we at Vodia decided to move to standard hardware, based on the Beaglebone. At that time the Raspberry was already available, but the form factor made it hard to put into an enclosure that would remind me about a server running some critical software.

However with the Raspberry Pi 2 that has changed. The latest hardware is not only a lot more powerful than the previously one; it also comes in a form factor that can put easily into a housing that looks like a server. That was the point to take a second look at the new hardware. To my surprise, the latest Beaglebone running Debian is actually compatible with the Raspberry. The image ran without recompilation straight out of the box.

I think that is great news. The Raspberry is globally widely available. Shipping costs are minimal, and devices can be ordered overnight. The hardware itself costs more than a typical VoIP phone. The software can be loaded on the device in a matter of minutes. The hardware is so powerful that you can easily run offices with 20 or more extensions on that hardware. Redundancy can be done easily by just ordering two pieces of hardware. In case one breaks, you can "fail over" to another one also in a matter of minutes. Although I t expect high failure rates: The hardware has no moving parts and the mass production makes it easier to achieve excellent quality.

We have updated the installation procedure on http://www.vodia.com/documentation/install_linux to include the Raspberry. I hope you enjoy this new addition to the Vodia PBX hardware platform list.


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