Earlier this week Matt Brunk penned a post over at CMP’s No Jitter blog entitled “SIP Means Change.” It’s a short piece detailing the contrast between SIP phones, Asterisk servers and legacy proprietary equipment. In particular it dwells on the boot times of the various items. He highlights how anything that takes longer, even just a little longer, ultimately has a higher cost.
Matt points out that the older, proprietary digital phones were effectively instant-on devices compared to SIP phones. This is a little obtuse in that SIP isn’t really the culprit. It’s just a protocol. Cisco phones running SCCP would have similar boot times to SIP handsets. I presume that Nortel phones running UNISTIM would also have similar boot times.