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Cato Networks Proves Quality, Interops with RingCentral

The SD-WAN solution from Cato Networks has been certified as a connectivity partner by RingCentral and in recent testing has shown to achieve a...

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How Richard Sprague has Evolved Since ITEXPO

Many of you may remember Richard Sprague from ITEXPO. He was the Senior Director, Marketing for Microsoft Response Point - their...

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ITEXPO #SuperShow 2019 Agenda Summary

My team just sent out this show agenda summary for ITEXPO and collocated events. I wanted to share it to keep you...

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Top 10 Cybersecurity Risks of the Government Shutdown

The government shutdown is dramatically impacting the world’s cybersecurity. No doubt there are major corporate and government breaches taking place now which...

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VisibilityOne Launches Crucial Videoconferencing Monitoring Solution

Industry Veteran Von Bedekian (above) has launched an exciting new company along with his past coworker Jose De La Paz (below). Von...

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ITEXPO is Next Week, Get to Know Participants Now

We can't wait to host you at ITEXPO next week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.To get you up to speed on who you...

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As we Predicted in 2015, VW Managers are Being Indicted

On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, indicted four Audi executives for playing a role in the diesel cheating scandals...

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Cato Networks Proves Quality, Interops with RingCentral

February 13, 2019

The SD-WAN solution from Cato Networks has been certified as a connectivity partner by RingCentral and in recent testing has shown to achieve a MOS score of 3.8 or greater - even with 15 percent or more packet loss.

“Many enterprises are deploying SD-WAN, as a leading technology to assure highest-levels of quality of service and availability,” said Curtis Peterson, senior vice president, cloud operations, RingCentral. “As part of our partner certification process, we tested Cato’s ability to deliver high-quality voice even under extremely poor network conditions. We found that Cato was able to accommodate more than 15 percent packet loss and still maintain a high-level of voice quality, which is a significant achievement in providing superior customer experience.”

This is important as it gives potential customers a performance score which can be used when comparing vendors. In reality, the more networks powering an SD-WAN solution, the more packet loss and latency a well-designed SD-WAN solution can handle.




Cato Networks connects all branch locations and the mobile workforce into RingCentral datacenters with a global, secure, and optimized cloud-native network.








How Richard Sprague has Evolved Since ITEXPO

February 3, 2019


Many of you may remember Richard Sprague from ITEXPO. He was the Senior Director, Marketing for Microsoft Response Point - their small business phone system launched at the show. It was great working with him throughout 2009.

Richard moved on to focus more on the healthcare space after leaving Microsoft and more recently has been doing some fascinating things with his microbiome, meaning the entire community of microbes found in his body at any given time. A fascinating CNBC article about Rich details how he’s sent in hundreds of samples from his skin, nose and stool to various companies that claim to analyze the microbiome for insights about human health.

Here is an excerpt:

In 2014, he decided to do all he could to understand his body with these newly available tests.








ITEXPO #SuperShow 2019 Agenda Summary

January 30, 2019



My team just sent out this show agenda summary for ITEXPO and collocated events. I wanted to share it to keep you posted - thanks!

 

Dear Colleague,

ITEXPO 2019 is Here!

Top 10 Cybersecurity Risks of the Government Shutdown

January 23, 2019



The government shutdown is dramatically impacting the world’s cybersecurity. No doubt there are major corporate and government breaches taking place now which could have been prevented if things were operating normally. Here are the top problems the shutdown is causing for the cybersecurity industry:





 

  1. 85 percent of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s staff members are furloughed during the shutdown, a terrifying number given the central importance of NIST security and privacy standards for not just government agencies but also many private companies.

VisibilityOne Launches Crucial Videoconferencing Monitoring Solution

January 23, 2019



Industry Veteran Von Bedekian (above) has launched an exciting new company along with his past coworker Jose De La Paz (below). Von is one of the most experienced telecom players there is having run GBH Distributing for decades. His expertise crosses telecom, video IT and the channel among many others.



Their VisibilityOne

 has just announced the public beta launch of its patented video conferencing monitoring solution. 




ITEXPO is Next Week, Get to Know Participants Now

January 21, 2019

We can't wait to host you at ITEXPO next week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

To get you up to speed on who you will see and what they are all about, check out some early interviews with participants. In addition, the Show Guide for this 2019 show guide is available for you to download.

Thanks, have a safe trip and we'll see you there!



Vendor

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Nyansa

Nyansa: Cloud and AI Taking Complexity Out of Network Management

Qumu

Qumu: If You're Not Leveraging Video in Your Business, You're Falling Behind

OpsRamp

OpsRamp: Why AIOps is Critical to Business Success

IVR Voice

Why IVR is Critical to Revenue Growth

Avaya

Avaya: The Future of Work is All About AI, Mobility and other Emerging Tech

ServiceTree

ServiceTree: Meeting the Need for Speed with Modern IT Support Solutions

Radisys

Radisys: How Service Providers Can Accelerate Time to Market Strategies

Yottabyte

Yottabyte: How Service Providers Can Keep Pace with Amazon and Google

Pax8

Pax8: How Providers Can Simplify Their Cloud Migrations

Jive Communications (part 1)

Jive: How Cloud is Making Communications Better (Part 1)

Jive Communications (part 2)

Jive: How Cloud is Making Communications Better (Part 2)

Aruba

Aruba: Making SD-WAN Better with SD-Branch

Tehama

Tehama.io: Making Sure Businesses Can Function in the Cloud Era

Incessant Tech

Incessant Tech: Redefining the Future of Work with Digital Automation Strategies

Talari

Talari CEO Talks SD-WAN, Cloud & More



As we Predicted in 2015, VW Managers are Being Indicted

January 19, 2019

On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, indicted four Audi executives for playing a role in the diesel cheating scandals that rocked parent company Volkswagen Group in 2015 and 2016. The four executives—Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch, and Carsten Nagel—all worked for Audi in Germany, and they have not been arrested.



The four men have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, commit wire fraud, and violate the Clean Air Act.



This indictment says that in response to this news from CARB, Oliver Schmidt, the general manager in charge of emissions compliance for VW Group, sent an email to Knirsch, telling him that "our worst fears have come true" and that "we urgently need help with arguments." Schmidt is one of the few VW Group managers who has actually been arrested, tried, and sentenced. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in December 2017.

As we explained in 2015:

If management learned VW engineers were able to achieve the impossible… They found a way to burn diesel in a manner which literally saved billions of dollars for the company, they would naturally want to know how it was done. This was a breakthrough.













D.C., Virginia, Most Concerned About Phishing Attacks

January 14, 2019

Phishing is a global scourge. Just today, Danny Palmer at ZDNET writes an excellent piece about how cybercrime is a $600 billion global drain on the economy. Here is an excerpt:

"You could argue that 80 percent of cyber crime can be prevented.

What's Big This Year in Telecom? Vote Now!

January 10, 2019



TMCnet and Andy Abramson and his company Comunicano are asking in the first annual VoIPWatch Poll.. The results will be revealed at this year’s ITEXPO in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, January 31 at 4:15 pm prior to the start of the always interesting IDEA Showcase.





For years Andy and his Comunicano team have been at the forefront of driving companies in the telecom industry to success. TMCnet and ITExpo have always been where the telecom, collaboration and communications infrastructure companies meet.





VoIPWatch, as one of the first, and now longest running blogs covering our industry, has always been where the community finds unfettered, and unfiltered insight, perspective and opinion. TMCnet is where the tech community discovers what’s new, what’s happening and goes to gather.





That’s why we’ve teamed up and are asking the community, what’s going to be the hot category in telecom in 2019.

PHISH360 Helps Solve The $12.5B Phishing Problem

January 9, 2019

The FBI says email attacks cost business $12.5 billion!



This is in-part because hacking into a person's account could be as easy as sending a general phishing or specific spear phishing message.

One wrong click by an employee and your company can be compromised - data stolen or ransomware installed on the network.

To solve this problem, PHISH360 was launched to give every company a free way to test employees by sending them anti-phishing behavior management messages (APBM) and then informing users and the company, if users click when they shouldn't.

Every company needs to drastically reduce phishing effectiveness by using cost-effective behavior management tools.

For the first time ever, an enterprise-quality solution is available for any company to try, with no cost or obligation.











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