Installing and Configuring ODBC
The ODBC connector is a database abstraction layer that makes it possible for Asterisk to communicate with a wide range of databases without requiring the developers to create a separate database connector for every database Asterisk wants to support. This saves a lot of development effort and code maintenance. There is a slight performance cost, because we are adding another application layer between Asterisk and the database, but this can be mitigated with proper design and is well worth it when you need powerful, flexible database capabilities in your Asterisk system.
Before you install the connector in Asterisk, you have to install ODBC into Linux itself. To install the ODBC drivers, use one of the following commands.