I have a customer who acts as a Service Provider for a number of small businesses in a multi-tenanted environment. They provide voice services to their tenants (approx 800 users) using Cisco Communications Manager (formerly CallManager) version 6.1
Their tenants have been asking about the possibility of using Cisco IP Handsets remotely in a home office scenario. We have looked at the most cost effective way of achieving this using Enterprise Cisco products e.g. Cisco 881 Security Router, 7941 IP Handset at remote end and a Cisco ASA at the main site, but this cost is prohibitive for most users.
A lot of these businesses are start ups and don't really want to spend hundreds of pounds when they can just use their own home phones.
Has anyone any experience of using Cisco Small Business products to set a VPN for remote users so that they can access their data remotely and use their IP handsets at home?
Any responses gratefully received. There is a potential business opportunity here for any UK based organisations who think they can come up with a cost effective solution - would consider a revenue share.