'Cudatel' is the brand created by Barracuda Networks for their VOIP communications server. Rather than using an offsite hosted VOIP server—a cloud based PBX system—the server is integrated right into the server rack. This makes the user responsible for server maintenance and management, but also puts the IP telephony hardware within easy reach, on the same server rack as other servers such as Windows and Exchange.
Cudatel communications servers use standardized SIP to integrate cell phones into the business telephone network, so they work with all SIP compatible softphones, applications or smart phone apps. The servers are capable of high definition voice quality, Web based GUI administration, directory and group management, and call recording and routing. These servers are very functional if you want the responsibility and control associated with managing your own VOIP server.
Most of the features of the Cudatel communications server are available on comparable hosted PBX services. Both of these services ultimately share the same function, which is to make IP telephony easier to manage for businesses. The major difference between the Cudatel communications server and comparable cloud based PBX services is in the location of the the hardware, but, more saliently, in the philosophy of which party should be responsible for maintenance and management.
The Cudatel server allows a business to have greater control over how their phone system functions. Administrators can make changes to nearly all aspects of the VOIP business telephone system without worrying about contacting a third party server centre. Along with this control comes the need for the business administrator to learn the management software and worry about upgrading the server as well as expanding storage capacity to meet new demand.
With cloud based PBX services, the servers are located at a data centre which is staffed by knowledgeable, trained server managers who are responsible for the management of all the IP telephony systems of many businesses. This frees individual businesses, many of which do not have dedicated IT professionals, from worrying about managing their business telephone systems and having to learn new software.
Using a cloud service for internet telephony also frees users from the initial cost of having to purchase their own hardware. Businesses can get up and running right away without worrying about setting up on site server hardware and integrating it into existing business telephone systems. This saves money and time, and simplifies the process of switching over to a new telephone system.
Now, with cloud based servers increasingly becoming an ubiquitous phenomenon, it only makes sense to decentralize separate servers so that they can be managed by experts. Physical decentralization is a necessary concession to make in order to allow for functional centralization.
Ultimately it is an individual choice of how to proceed with a communications purchase and there are a lot of fantastic new options available. Of course having a wide and varied selection does not always make the decision making process an easy one.