Cisco licensing make me crazy

I am getting sick of finding what license I need for this and for that. Working on a IP Telephony project using Cisco CUCM with a lot of its associated products, such as Unified Messaging, Contact Center….. The number of license… and also the type of license… is more than enough to make me crazy.

A Cisco Representative told me that if I want to setup sip trunk on the CUCM, I need to get license. However, I remember CUCM support SIP trunk, you can actually setup a SIP trunk to another PBX/SIP Server in the CUCM GUI. Oh… another Cisco Representative told me that , I need a license when I setup a SIP trunk on a gateway. – Border Element License….

Damn, after all the trouble…. I think it will be a lot easier to setup an Asterisk box to achieve what need to be done….. Why Cisco make this so hard?

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