Multi-Site tech

Well,

We have managed to traverse a potentially error prone and disasterous move to new offices with flying colours!!

Everything ran very smoothly with our server down less than an hour and a half.

The new studios are phenominal. As the central location for all our IT and multi-sites, it’s the perfect location for hosting a virtual office for multi-sites and pastors working from home.

The building we are in hosts the main fiber-optic link for the Gold Coast, servicing a data centre in our building and Bond University.

Cerum has provisioned a very fast open port onto the internet that has the capacity to easily service 4 or 5 branch offices and campuses across the Gold Coast.

VOIP is perfect for this kind of link, with low latency and high upstream speeds. We can potentially even host our own websites and streaming servers there, right from within our own offices.

I’m in the process of working with Faktortel and Dean Davis from Cerum to build our own IAX Server to host all our IP phones spread across all sites. Ah the wonders of open source software!

Over the next week, the PBX (phone server) will be built and tested with each of the 12 VOIP handests we currently have.

Initially we were going to host our phones on a Virtual PBX from Faktortel, but due to restrictions with NAT traversal and stun servers with our 6 Polycom i301 handsets, we needed to build our own VOIP server located on the same subnet as the phones.

Which means that we get our own PBX 3 months ahead of time!

The next few things to happen over the coming weeks:

  1. Terminal Server – Allows pastors and sites to access Excellerate externally
  2. VPN – binding all site networks to the server through encrypted tunnels.

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