How SIP trunking helps modernize legacy systems

    For some companies, hosted solutions are not in the cards - at least at the moment. Much of this may have to do with the unexpected way in which technology has evolved over the last few years. Chances are that plenty of legacy systems were put in place and built into the budget (and built to last for five years or more) long before the cloud became a new standard for business.

    But those organizations that want cloud communications without abandoning existing networks altogether have a solution in the form of SIP phone service. The process of SIP trunking allows for landline connections to be moved into IP settings, permitting them to co-exist with other channels.

    "One of the most significant advantages of SIP trunking is its ability to combine data, voice and video in a single line, eliminating the need for separate physical media for each mode," wrote TechTarget contributor Margaret Rouse. "The result is reduced overall cost and enhanced reliability for multimedia services."

    These are sentiments that many people share regarding SIP-enabled voice. According to ITEXPO conference chairman Rich Tehrani, "SIP trunking is saving companies billions of dollars." Much of this can be attributed to the savings associated with not having to migrate completely away from current hardware in one fell swoop.

    Cloud VoIP is incredibly important for businesses to possess, even for those companies that think they are being held back. SIP trunking allows organizations of all kinds to unlock the modern potential of their staffers without having to spend a great deal of money doing so.

    Legacy systems are an investment for as long as they are still providing a return. But this does not need to be an obstacle as long as SIP trunking is implemented. As more companies move to the cloud for their telecom needs, SIP trunking will help their peers operating legacy systems to catch up.