The Benefits of Multi-Tenancy for Resellers & Users

multi-tenancyAs our industry continues its ongoing shift to the Cloud, one decision that many vendors are facing is whether to continue selling a dedicated solution or upgrade to multi-tenancy.

Multi-tenancy is a type of architecture where one single instance of your software and its infrastructure supports multiple customers (tenants). True MT solutions are only available in the Cloud.

Similar to housing, a dedicated solution is like owning a home – the whole thing is yours to occupy, finance, and maintain. A multi-tenant solution is like an apartment or townhouse that has a rented space in a shared structure.

Both scenarios have benefits and drawbacks. Owning a home may seem ideal, unless you are tired of being responsible when things inevitably break, are concerned about intruders, and wish you did not have to shovel your driveway on those cold winter mornings. In the same way, real-estate agents may crave the consistency of collecting monthly rent checks rather than always chasing the next big sale.

Getting back to technology, the benefits of multi-tenancy can be summarized in three big categories:

1. LOWER COSTS

Multi-tenant architecture is more cost-effective for both the vendor and the customer.

For the reseller:  On your end, you need only to develop, maintain, and support one solution to serve all of your customers. This will be less expensive than selling and supporting multiple dedicated servers and solutions.

For the user: Consumers like the multi-tenant pricing model of paying a set monthly subscription rather than a hefty up-front investment and unexpected bills down the line. There are no hardware or maintenance costs and they do not require IT expertise on-site.

Sharing the financial burden is a benefit to all parties involved.

2. MORE FLEXIBILITY

Despite the lower costs, multi-tenant architecture actually opens up more possibilities than a dedicated solution.

For the reseller: As a vendor, having all of your users on one instance makes it easy to customize individual preferences. Your MT interface will put all users in one place so it is quick and easy to add or remove customers, select the features one individual wants, or change the number of seats for another. Experience has shown us that selling dedicated platforms can lead to growth, but the work involved will become too much to manage. The scalability of multi-tenancy is the key to sustainable growth.

For the user: Your customers will love the flexibility offered to them as well. Rather than buying a one-size-fits-all solution with some features they do not really need and missing others that they want, they can pick and choose what to include in their solution and pay accordingly.

3. LESS WORK

Cutting out busywork and saving time is a top priority in our busy industry. Multi-tenant architecture does both.

For the reseller: Selling multi-tenancy is extremely easy. On-boarding new customers is quick and simple. Once you have your software instance and first customer set-up, adding new users will be mostly automated. The process will be the same for each customer and takes little more than a few clicks of your mouse. In the same way, software updates and upgrades can be done one time for all users. Forget the days of lengthy set-ups and updates for each and every user. Leave that headache in the past.

For the user: Your multi-tenant customers will enjoy less busywork as well. They do not have to worry about any: installations, maintenance, support, upgrades, or security. You will take care of all of those things, so they are free to focus on running their business.

Ready to upgrade to a multi-tenant solution?

Our Multi-Tenant PBX gives Telecom Service Providers a powerful platform to serve the IP PBX market in the cloud as a VoIP switch. Unlimited Hosted IP PBX Multi-Tenants, Unlimited resellers, user/company self-portal, and LCR are just some of the advanced features included with desktop applications to support. The system may be used as a Class 4 or Class 5 softswitch/voipswitch with multi-tenancy architecture. Learn more about Multi-Tenant PBX here or contact us today.

Custom Work: Call Shops

call shopsGiven the popularity of call shops around the world, it was only a matter of time until we created a custom solution for call shop functionality.

This solution was developed for Apio Technologies in Colombia to allow functionality with Call Shop booths, operators, receipt printing, API, and more.

Our Call Shop multi-tenant custom work can be duplicated anywhere around the world with a VoIP PBX telephone system.

Read more in our Apio Technologies Case Study.

 

What is Multi-Tenancy?

Multi-Tenancy architecture allows multiple users to operate in the same ‘Cloud’. It is an economical way to serve many End Users at once. Single-Tenancy, on the other hand, refers to an architecture that provides one solution for one single user.

Multi-tenancy is defined as a “share instance”, which contrasts with traditional “multiple instances”. Multiple instances involves a separate application instance for each client. Each client will need their own server, memory, configuration, etc. However, a share instance involves just one single application instance that is used by a number of clients. Users share the server, database, etc.

Benefits include an economic advantage, simplicity, and ease-of-use. For example, when software needs to be updated in a traditional environment, each machine must undergo the update. But in a share instance, just one update to the one instance is required. This saves both time and money.

Multi-tenancy is becoming increasingly popular in today’s market of cloud computing and virtualization. The idea of sharing resources with other tenants is very appealing to businesses thinking of budgets and efficiency.

Bicom Systems offers a perfect example of multi-tenancy architure: PBXware in the Multi-Tenant PBX edition. Multi-Tenant PBX gives Telecom Service Providers a powerful platform to serve the IP-PBX market in the cloud as a voip soft switch.

Hosted IP PBX Solutions

As hosted IP PBX solutions take over the industry and replace and outdate other options, PBX resellers are faced with a unique opportunity; now is the time to begin offering hosted IP PBX solutions and claiming a niche in the market.

Many resellers have merely tweaked their current systems to allow for a hosted option, leaving much to be desired. Resellers that offer complete hosted systems fulfill a specific need in the market that has yet to be fully met. Now is the time to take advantage of this gap in service and begin offering complete hosted solutions that end users can rely on. Whether you are just getting started or wanting to upgrade to newer technology and solutions, Bicom Systems has the software and resources to get you started. With ample experience in the field of hosted solutions, Bicom Systems will provide you with software, hardware, marketing materials and an Account Manager to guide you.

Bicom Systems’ PBXware is the world’s first and most mature professional open standards turnkey telephony platform. Available in Business, Call Center, and Multi-Tenant, editions, PBXware allows you to deploy flexibly, reliable, and scalable hosted IP PBX communication systems.

Offering a true hosted IP PBX system provides End Users with a number of benefits:

– Managed service with pre-defined service agreements
– Remote management
– Cost effectiveness
– Future proofing
– Predictable monthly service charges
– Voice integration
– Customization

Learn more at www.bicomsystems.com or contact us today at sales@bicomsystems.com to claim your spot in the hosted IP PBX market. Or to learn more about how we’ve help other companies, check out our Case Studies.

Definition of PBX Phone System

A PRIVATE BRANCH EXCHANGE (PBX) PHONE SYSTEM is an internal telephony network that allows for inexpensive calls within a company or organization. It is an efficient form of unifying communications within an office or network of branches.

The PBX connects the private network to the Public Switched Telephone network (PSTN) for external calls. Specific outgoing lines are reserved for those calls. Continue reading