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SARK/SAIL is a fast, lightweight, Asterisk-based PBX, with a browser GUI component, a SIP provisioning system, an Asterisk code generator and a compiled logic and switching engine. It currently runs on SME Server 8 or Debian Wheezy for all i386 devices. It also runs under Debian on ARM (EL and HF) and on the PIKA Warp (ppc) appliance. SARK and SAIL are essentially the same product, the difference is that SARK is the supported commercial release while SAIL is supported by the community. There are also some features available for the commercial product which aren't available in the community release. The product has established a reputation for being easy-to-use with a very small footprint while being functionally able to compete with and exceed traditional proprietary PBX offerings at a much lower overall cost-of-ownership.

There is also a high availability add-on which can give SARK users close to 100% uptime for their PBX (at the cost of a second server).

SARK is delivered as a series of Redhat RPMs or Debian debs ready to be installed onto an existing SME server 8.x or Debian Wheezy; It is also available as a ready to install .iso image or as a complete ready-to-run system.

The commercial version of the software is marketed under the SARK and ManX brandnames. The free-to-download version is called SAIL (SARK Asterisk Integration Layer). The main difference between SAIL and the commercial versions is that SARK UCS/MVP and ManX are supported by Aelintra Telecom Limited while SAIL is supported by the community. You will see the words 'SARK' and 'SAIL' used interchangeably throughout these pages.

SARK is distributed under the terms of the GPL and other licenses.

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