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June 2007

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SimulScribe: Real Visual Voicemail

June 30, 2007

SimulScribe: Real Visual Voicemail

June 30, 2007

Mitel Sues Shoretel

June 28, 2007

Shots of Vacation

June 28, 2007

Missing you all

June 28, 2007

Nokia N800 and Free WiFi

June 26, 2007

The Nokia N800 tablet is an exciting example of what communications technology can and should be. I was sent one from the company to try and to be honest I didn’t expect to be impressed. When I started using it I was blown away at the fact the device is about the size of my smartphone yet is about as powerful as my laptop. The screen is 640x480 and you appreciate the ability to read full web pages at this resolution.   Unlike my laptop it actually has better speakers and surprisingly can stream audio, video, play Flash (including YouTube) and even videoconference via its embedded camera which can rotate.

What’s new in Technology Lately?

June 26, 2007

Here is some interesting news worth reading about and it spans from consumer electronics to wireless to IP communications. What may be most interesting is the rapid rise of the internet -- it is rivaling TV as a communications medium. I would imagine the two-way nature of the Internet should allow it to leapfrog TV as a communications vehicle shortly.   Hope these stories keep you satisfied while I am away. Enjoy!

Not Going Hungry

June 26, 2007

Going Green With Eels

June 26, 2007

Where Did Rich Go?

June 25, 2007

OK, Rich has not abandoned his loyal readers. He really values these people as without his readers he would stop blogging and at that point he would have to find a hobby or two. Thankfully, dear readers, I am still with you and in fact this week my family decided I work hard enough to take some time off.   So I am at an undisclosed location which has plenty of sand and beach chairs. This doesn’t explain how I got locked in my hotel room by myself however.

Where the VoIP Resellers Are

June 22, 2007

Sometimes I read marketing pieces that really make me scratch my head. This morning, while catching up on industry news I may have missed while at NXTComm, I came across a competitive site promoting a new event that was going to “fill a void in the industry”. Right away it grabbed my attention, because I could not figure out what void existed in IP Communications trade shows. Sure enough, a new show has been launched that claims it will bring together resellers and VARs with vendors.

Home at Last

June 22, 2007

E-Mail and News Junkies

June 21, 2007

One thing I do not miss about travel is the e-mail avalanche which ensues the moment you turn on a computer to get back to work. It is quite amazing. I think e-mail is what makes us more productive and also does not let us relax.   In addition the thirst for knowledge many of us have, coupled with access to information in various ways such as RSS, news alerts, etc. has enabled those who can’t get enough information to at least try.   I would imagine those people who are really pushing the envelope in terms of being e-mail and news junkies will get farther ahead in life than others.

Enabling Technology Acquisitions

June 20, 2007

Cox Selects BroadWorks VoIP

June 20, 2007

No Logon with Skypee

June 20, 2007

So I got up this morning at 4:30 am which is a bit earlier than I would have liked (this is really 5:30 EST). I was hoping to get lots of work done but last night and this morning I could not get onto the hotel broadband connection. I would get the login screen but when I put in my room number it would time out.   I rebooted and played with settings for a long time and then I decided to call tech support. The person who answered asked me to turn of the firewall and a whole bunch of other things like changing my proxy server.   Nothing worked.

Clarus Systems

June 20, 2007

Clarus Systems Enables VoIP Rollouts to go More Smoothly and keeps things Running that way   As telephony transitions to corporate WANs and LANs the issue of ensuring telephone systems continue to function regardless of network problems becomes an important issue. In some corporations there is a belief that the users are there to tell tech support when there are problems with the phone system.   In fact this may be OK if telephones are not mission critical or you have a small number of phones in your organization. But in either of these cases it pays to be proactive in determining of your VoIP solution is functioning correctly in your organization.   In a recent conversation with Clarus Systems, company executives explained to me how their VoIP testing products are doing quite well in the market and especially Fortune-class financial companies.   One area the company has been successful at is deploying branch office VoIP solutions with high levels of certainty the solutions will work in each branch. One Clarus Systems customer in fact is now able to turn up 15 branches per week as a result of working with the company.   Gurmeet Lamba VP of Engineering at the company explained to me how VoIP systems change constantly as new firmware is updated on phones and patches are added to servers.   Some real world problems the company has identified is a case where a company forgot to upgrade their UPS system and as a result if a power outage had taken place a large bank of phones would have been out of service.

Cisco’s Chambers on Telecom Phase II

June 19, 2007

As I sit in a press room in Chicago eagerly awaiting John Chamber’s entrance, about 60 or so members of the media are catching up on gossip and the happenings in the industry. Cisco’s Jeff Spagnola Vice President, Worldwide Service Provider Marketing kicked off the press conference and made a reference to Castaway, the movie with Tom Hanks. He discussed the end of the movie where Hanks had to choose from 4 different roads. He mentioned this crossroads is exactly what the service provider industry is dealing with today.   Jeff mentioned many carriers are on the way to a next generation IP infrastructure and the choices these providers make are complicated.

Fring on Windows Mobile

June 19, 2007

John Chambers

June 19, 2007

John Chambers the CEO of Cisco is getting ready to speak here in Chicago and John is generally one of the more dynamic speakers the industry has. Surprisingly, I haven’t heard John speak as often as I like as I seem to always have a scheduling conflict. at events he speaks at. I heard a bit of his talk at Interop and it was great. Today, I am not sure what to expect but think telepresence will be part of the message.

Packet Island

June 19, 2007

Packet Island Redefine Network Management   “It is not just about kbps” is the statement ringing in my head after a discussion I had at TMC’s Communications Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA last month with Praveen Kumar the co-founder and president of Packet Island. As Praveen pointed out, a network can become flooded with packets when VoIP is deployed. In some cases, packet volumes can increase by a factor of ten or more.   To help companies cope with the ever-increasing number of packets on a network the company makes an appliance which can sit in front of the PBX and monitor quality metrics. For those of you interested in the open-source world, the company also makes a software agent for Asterisk.

Cantata IMG/MSP

June 19, 2007

Cantata's IMG/MSP Speeds Application Delivery Times for Service Providers.   Recently I spoke with Peter Vescusi about Canata’s latest IMG roll out… Verison 10.3.3. As you may recall this is a pretty feature-driven release with more SIP methods, SIP and SS7 translation and load balancing allowing a single IP address to represent a farm of IMGs.   At the Communications Developer Conference a few weeks in Santa Clara, CA I had a chance to catch up with Cantata’s James Rafferty who told me the new release has been seeing positive deployment in the telecom world.   For example, service providers are thrilled to be able to do multiple ENUM registry lookups with up to four DNS servers. This is great for peering fabrics which of course explains why I frequently see James at voice peering events.   Since we were at a developer show I suppose this was the reason we got to talking about the MSP 1010 which is similar to the IMG (he calls it a sister product) but has API hooks allowing a developer to build things like transcoding under API control.   You can also write TCAP-based applications allowing lookups for LNP. You can also write a CNAM look-up for Caller-ID.   From there we discussed time to market which Jim tells me is about 90 days with the MSP and he contrasts this with developing with boards which can take 6-9 months according to James.   An interesting topic which came up again and again at the show is fax support.

Sitting on the Tarmac -- NXTComm

June 19, 2007

PhoneGnome

June 19, 2007

Is PhoneGnome from Televolution the ultimate CLEC 2.0 Enabler?   We know the story all too well. Thousands of CLECs backed by the venture capital market flooded the telecom space in the hopes of all becoming the next AT&T. The goal back in the late nineties was to roll out fiber as fast as possible with no regard for getting any customers.   If you remember, at the time, the stock market didn’t even value profit… It was all about eyeballs, miles of fiber and potential for future profit. Profit was an “evil” word as it allowed markets to place a valuation on your company.

On my way to NXTComm

June 19, 2007

Sangoma: From Open Source to Unified Communications

June 19, 2007

I recently had a chance to speak with David Mandelstam at the Communications Developer Conference last month in Santa Clara, CA. Sangoma was one of the highlights at the show as the company had produced a few record quarters in a row just prior to the event. Even more impressive the company turned in yet another record-breaking quarter of 24% growth quarter over quarter.   It was great to catch up with David and hear his thoughts on where the company is going. One thing I mentioned to David is how his customers consistently tell me how great the voice quality and reliability is of their cards.

Skype Trunking

June 19, 2007

VoSKY Technologies Enables Skype Trunking and More

Many companies are using Skype in their business but generally speaking these are Skype islands which do not interconnect with the plethora of telephony equipment in the organization. For example the ACD is an integral part of many an enterprise yet native Skype does not have access to such niceties. For example, there is no centralized auto attendant on Skype calls coming into an enterprise.   A few years back when there was talk of eBay purchasing Skype and many critics who said eBay spent too much on the VoIP software company, I countered by saying Skype is one of the world’s largest and still fastest-growing telephone companies. This idea still holds true and the one thing most every pundit forgot to mention is the Skype opportunity in business.   There is a tremendous SMB and enterprise market for Skype to exploit by offering its network for the benefit of businesses everywhere.   At a keynote speech at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in 2005, Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom told the world for the first time that Skype is doing very well in the business world.

Nuvoiz: Unified Communications Grows Up

June 19, 2007

The interest in unified communications is not slowing down and I can tell from the subscription interest to TMC’s Unified Communications Magazine the future looks very bright for this burgeoning technology.   A few months back I wrote about mid-market unified communications and more specifically a company called Nuvoiz which is aiming squarely at this market as it rolls out its UC strategy.   The founder of the company Chong-Jim Koh is an energetic and passionate entrepreneur who seems to have the drive to be a player in the space. Of course UC is a wide open market and there will be no lack of competition.   To stay a step ahead of the competition, Koh showed me the slick UI of his UC application. If I had to say what it looks like… I would say it is more Skype-like than other solutions I have seen. This by the way is a complement.   In addition, the company offers a mobile client which runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile Devices.

Audi R8

June 18, 2007

In NYC for Unified Communications on the Trading Floor

June 18, 2007

RingCentral Update

June 18, 2007

If you have any doubt the hosted communications market is growing, you need to look no further than RingCentral who tells me their customer acquisition rate has grown at twice the rate of last year. The company does not offer VoIP but instead, a virtual office service allowing you to have the features and functions of a much larger company on a less expensive and pay as you go basis.   The service works with any phone system, such as a cell phone allowing a full featured auto attendant to front end calls. The company is focusing on the under 10 user market and Boris Elpinier the company’s VP of Marketing tells me they have tens of thousands of customers.   Boris and I met at the recent Communications Developer Conference in Santa Clara where he went on to tell me his service has the benefit of allowing you to start with a single client and doesn’t force you to use VoIP. Boris went on to say the SMB space uses fax more than he initially thought they would and thankfully his service supports fax.   Elpinier went on to say the value proposition for prospective customers is that for the price of a featureless 800 number or a fax service you can have both using RingCentral.

VoIP Killer App From Skype

June 18, 2007

I am convinced after speaking with Paul Amery of Skype at TMC’s recent Communications Developer Conference that one serious killer application in our market is the integration of VoIP applications and ecosystems of partners. Now I use VoIP loosely in this article… IP communications is a more accurate term.   The point is, adding services like avatars to conversations and embedding games is an amazing way to extend the functionality of a conversation.   Paul gave the example of how playing checkers while Skyping with his family kept the kids on the phone much longer than a Skype call alone. Checkers is just one of the applications bundled into Skype as an Extra.   Remember, we are in an ADD (attention defecit disorder) society. This point was driven home at a TMC team lunch last week when one of my coworkers said his son’s baseball team consisted of 15 kids wanting to play catcher.

Borderware's SBC Strategy

June 18, 2007

MidMarket Session Border Contoller   Over the past few years the Session Border Control market has seen some change. At the high end of the market there are companies like Acme Packet and Nextone. These companies generally focus on features, features oh and more features. In fact a recent meeting with Seamus Hourihan of Acme Packet was one of the most information-packed discussions I have ever had.

Lifesize

June 18, 2007

Near Telepresence at a Fraction of the Cost   There seems to be no doubt if your company has corporate jets you can afford and will likely embrace a telepresence system from a company like Cisco or Polycom and spend up to $300k per unit to do so. But for those companies who might think twice about spending the equivalent of the average US house on their videoconferencing solution, there are choices.   One such choice comes from a company called Lifesize who has been making lots of noise in the HD videoconferencing market. Lifesize sits in the market at the midrange, providing excellent video quality at a fraction of the cost of the big boys. The goal of the company is to be the price/performance leader and I can vouch for the quality of their technology as I had a chance to see it for myself.

Shunra

June 18, 2007

Developing applications for local computers is one thing but once you factor in the latency generated by wide area networks you can significantly reduce productivity if users are forced to wait for painfully slow applications to refresh screens and provide data updates. In order to help speed up the process of writing effective applications for WANs Shunra has recently released a New WAN optimization and application acceleration selection service.   You may remember Shunra has been a benefactor to TMC labs for about a decade providing their Cloud product which has been instrumental at simulating WAN traffic at our labs over the years.   In a recent sit down with the executive management team of Shunra Software I learned how the company has taken its excellent suite of technologies and began offering them up as services. The suite of services includes but is not limited to application profiling and surge testing, allowing developers to be sure applications are performing within the correct parameters – even when pushed to the limit.   Of course a use for such technology is ensuring VoIP applications are running efficiently but the product/service also excels in other areas. For example when choosing between various vendors, Shunra can help you company set up a virtual network environment.

UAE Limits VoIP

June 17, 2007

SPIRIT DSP and HTC

June 16, 2007

T-Mobile Fights VoIP

June 16, 2007

Update: Please note this post is regarding T-Mobile UK VoIP has obviously changed the revenue equation in the telecom space with operators now facing competitors which are smaller, nimbler and able to launch new services rapidly. In some ways these new operators embody the ultimate dream of IMS. The only problem is in some cases operators have seen these new services as competitive to their core offerings and in many cases have blocked this competition. Sometimes illegally.   That is the contention of Andy Abramson who runs PR for Truphone.

Why Are the Bees Dying?

June 15, 2007

NXTcomm News

June 15, 2007

Samsung’s Gateway Play

June 15, 2007

Samsung is no stranger to the world of technology with leading positions in memory chips, televisions and mobile devices to name a few. Recently the company has launched a line of gateways dubbed the Ubigate Intelligent Business Gateway (IBG) series.   The gateways range from the IBG3026 for large offices down to the IBG2006 for small branch offices and have many leading-edge features such as hot-swappable modules, fan and power supply, redundant power supplies and more.   The gateway also has a built-in firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, URL filtering, web application firewall and end-point security.   I met with the company’s charismatic VP of Business Development, Alex Kim who has held positions in the past at 3Com and Spirent. Alex really focused his attention on the four distinct capabilities of the box… VoIP, security, switching and routing.   He went on to say in the mid market he believes a single box is a much better solution than individual solutions. Samsung is certainly ambitious as they want to be the IP mobility convergence leader.

Safari for Windows

June 15, 2007

I have been hearing some grumblings in the market about Apple’s Safari release and many are saying Steve Jobs is over-optimistic in thinking there will be one hundred million downloads of Safari for Windows. If this browser is indeed is as fast as Apple says and it has less security challenges than IE, it does have a great chance of being a serious browser contender.   Om Malik has some thoughts on why Jobs and company have released this software. He thinks it is a an ease-of-use play where people will see how easy to use the Apple browser is and then feel more comfortable with Macs and then switch to an iMac.   While this could be part of the reason for this new browser, in my opinion there is a single overriding reason for this browser launch.   In a word, web 2.0 and SaaS. You see the browser is becoming a more integral part of our workday.

WiFi Goes Green

June 15, 2007

Zed-3 Affordable VoIP

June 14, 2007

Please enjoy the unedited Publisher's Outlook from the July 2007 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine. ------- One of the most colorful characters in the communications space has to be Iain Milnes the founder of Zarak and Zultys. Zarak sold to Spirent for hundreds of millions in stock just prior to the telecom meltdown and Zultys ended up being acquired after some financial troubles. Iain parted ways with Zultys a few months back and is already at it again.   Some people call him a legend in telecom and for sure he is multifaceted having launched successful companies in testing and the phone systems business.   In less than six months after leaving Zultys, Iain has a new company called Zed-3 and he is the President and majority owner. I had a chance to catch up with Iain at TMC’s Communications Developer Conference.

Apathy Vs. Reality

June 14, 2007

The FCC is inviting public comments on the XM/Sirius Satellite Radio merger. The commission is requesting that applications be snail mailed or e-mailed to them no later than July 9, 2007. The commission will reply to the concerned parties by July 24, 2007 and declare its conclusive stand by the year-end.   My opinion? No one really cares about this issue.

Green Blog

June 13, 2007

eBay Google Spat

June 13, 2007

iPhone: No Mechanical Keyboard

June 13, 2007

I mentioned a few months back the lack of a keyboard could be the Achilles heal of the Apple iPhone. Now the NY Times has an article on the same topic. Russell Shaw mentions this in his blog today and has a poll asking if people care about having a physical keyboard.   I believe for the casual user the lack of a keyboard is bearable. For the serious e-mail user like yours truly I am pretty sure there is no way I will give up the mechanical sensation of pressing keys.   Then again, I haven’t seen the iPhone yet.

Green Technology World

June 12, 2007

The green conference I discussed here a few days ago has officially become Green Technology World™ to be held Sept 11-12, 2007 in the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more information please check out this press release. We are very excited about this event and we believe this new expo is a great way to show just how incredibly green many of today’s IP communications and collaboration solutions are.   In addition, expect this conference to include coverage on all technology which can be considered green. If it reduces your corporate carbon footprint or reduces gas or jet fuel consumption it will be discussed.

On My Way to Meetings

June 12, 2007

Where is Rich Tehrani June 11, 2007?

June 11, 2007

Espial

June 11, 2007

The IPTV market is forecasted to grow nicely for the foreseeable future and one company in the space who has recently gone public is Espial. As a pure-play provider of IPTV solutions Espial may be positioned nicely to take advantage of the growth in this area.   In order to learn more about Espial’s IPO I contacted Brian Mahony the VP of Marketing at the company to get his feedback. Here is the ensuing the mini-interview.   Why did you decide to go public?   We decided some time ago that this would be the best option for growth financing.   What was the market's perception of your offering?   The stock was up 12% in Friday's first day of trading, so it looks positive.   What will the IPO enable your company to do?   According to the Prospectus, the funds will be used to improve the breadth and depth of our products and to allow us to invest in sales, marketing, and operations to support our growth.   Where will Espial be in 3, 5 years?   I can't predict where Espial will be in 3 or 5 years, but if we at least grow with the IPTV market (growing at about 90% CAGR according to market research firm iSuppli) we should be doing fine. We also want to maintain our status as one of the leading middleware companies in all our major markets (Asia, Americas, EMEA)   What is the future of IPTV?   The future of IPTV is about more than TV but other interactive applications and video-related services.

Taqua Success

June 11, 2007

The resurgence being seen in the IP communications space has changed or refocused the business models of countless companies. VoIP and video over IP growth seem unabated and there has been record M&A activity in the market as of late. Avaya being purchased by private equity for a premium and Mitel acquiring (latest news) Inter-Tel are just a few examples of companies investing in the growth of enterprise IP communications.   The service provider market too is growing nicely. Smaller carriers are all looking for ways to generate more revenue from their customers and many of these carriers are looking for solutions which afford them maximal flexibility while remaining cost-effective.   Enter Taqua, a softswitch manufacturer who flew high in the glory days of VoIP which I define as roughly 1998-2000.

FCC Protects Consumers

June 9, 2007

Interesting Reading

June 9, 2007

  Here are some things to keep you busy this weekend. Some articles in the IP Communications and contact center spaces followed by some events worth registering for. All of these are TMC articles and events btw. Enjoy!   IP Communications News   1.

Stop Stealing my WiFi

June 8, 2007

No More 3G Phones

June 8, 2007

Latest on Inter-Tel

June 8, 2007

Business VoIP

June 7, 2007

If you are interested in learning about the benefits of VoIP for your business, please be sure to check out and bookmark the new Business VoIP Global Online Community on TMCnet which is sponsored by Allworx.   Why? Because TMCnet editors will be disseminating news, analysis and opinion which will be critical to your understanding of the IP communications market. TMCnet is the most visited communications site in the world and we have approximately 2 million unique visitors to the site each month.   Thanks to readers like you and sponsors like Allworx, we are able to bring you the freshest content and moreover can help provide the cutting edge information you need when selecting VoIP products and services for your organization or for those you resell to.   I hope you enjoy the Business VoIP Community and come back again and again.

UC For the Trading Floor

June 7, 2007

Foundry Networks

June 7, 2007

Many of you may remember the story of my visit to COMDEX back in 1997 to tell the information technology world TMC was going to launch Internet Telephony Magazine. The typical reaction was confusion and in many cases giggles. At the time, the only products in the space were software allowing PC-to-PC calling and a gateway or two.   In 1997 there wasn’t an industry, just a handful of disjointed products. Over time, the IP telephony space which can now be referred to as IP communications became a real market.   Today, VoIP has not only become a growing market, it is a big reason many companies who sell networking products are experiencing growth.

Google and Apple Collaborate

June 7, 2007

Road Warrior Bill of Rights

June 7, 2007

Democrats Say You are Lying

June 7, 2007

Here is an interesting story from CNET on Google’s need for more immigrants with H1-B visas. According to the article, some Democrats wonder if Google is doing enough to recruit Americans. The question worth asking is are these Democrats serious?   One of the most ingenious hiring campaigns I have ever seen in the United States comes from Google. This billboard which poses a math question and requires you to know the answer before responding is an example of Google going above and beyond to hire US workers.   This story was even on NPR.ORG… Don’t tell me some Democrats missed it.   Google is spending millions of dollars on recruiting in the US and took the time to testify in Washington on this matter.

Oracle

June 6, 2007

The Oracle machine seems to keep rolling along day after day, week after week. Not only does the company continue to acquire best of breed companies and add them to their product/service offering they are also busy spending time educating the masses on a number of topics.   I recently came across some informative white papers from Oracle on a variety of topics.   TMCnet’s Stefania Viscusi wrote an article recently about Transforming IT which focuses on an Oracle white paper of a similar name. The white paper takes the readers through convergence, good governance and focuses a good deal on hosted services. Here is the Oracle white paper if you want to learn more.   Another article by Stefania details CRM/call center on-demand  solutions and features a case study on how hosted call center services helped an SMB provide better service in their virtual call center.   According to Stefania, “With the solution, not only were they able to better manage incoming call requests and better answer to caller needs, they were also able to allow agents to work from home.

Nortel on Open-Source Communications

June 6, 2007

Tony Rybczynski – affectionately known within Nortel as Tony Ryb is one of the top thought leaders in the communications space and has been with Nortel as long as I can remember. He has also been a TMC columnist and speaker at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo for a decade.   He recently sent me this e-mail about open-source communications and Asterisk and I thought is was worth passing along. Perhaps his ideas will spur a dialogue on this “guest blog” from Tony Rybczynski.

Communigate Unified Communications

June 6, 2007

I just recently demoed a complete unified communications platform based on Flash and Flex2 and all I can say is wow. Pronto! Is a complete communications media center with unified communications built-in. The application has a great user interface that is faster than AJAX technology which is typically powering the latest web 2.0 applications like Google maps.   Another benefit of Flash is the system is more secure.

Google Goes Green

June 6, 2007

Google announced today it has acquired PeakStream. The company makes tools for programming multiple processors and this technology can be applied to multicore chips such as GPUs or graphical processing units.   Speculation exists the company may have made this purchase so as to allow Google’s servers to bring the GPUs into the mix when writing programs. Google’s programming language is highly abstracted from the hardware and if the company can find a way to leverage the powerful GPUs in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of servers it owns, the result could be an increase in server efficiency.   In the end, this efficiency increase will save Google electricity, resources and of course time, as processing will take place much faster.   This acquisition could be looked at as the ultimate “green” play… allowing Google to take advantage of millions of dormant graphical cores in its servers. As I mentioned yesterday, the world is going green, prompting TMC to launch it’s Green Conference in Los Angeles later this year.

Outlook Toolbar

June 5, 2007

Kenati

June 5, 2007

Although my home may look very neat and organized, it is in fact a an absolute mess. I am not talking about the normal objects which create mess -- paper and clothes; I am talking about devices.   I have gadgets and wireless headsets of all types laying around. I have a USB hard disk, multiple laptops, an iMac, a phone which plays music, two phones which take photos and videos and myriad other devices which do different things. I have a Nokia N800 web tablet to browse the web from the couch and finally I have files, files everywhere.   My (electronic) home life is frankly a mess.

Green Conference

June 5, 2007

The world is going green and TMC wants to be part of the solution. As you may know back in 2002 (see the site courtesy of the WayBack machine in May of that year) we launched a publication called Alternative Power Magazine because we saw the need for alternative sources of energy.   While we were early to spot the need for education regarding alternative energy sources, as of late it has become clear alternative energy is only part of the solution to the earth’s problems.   Increasing pollution and global warming are a few of the problems gaining widespread recognition and the time has come for TMC to have a renewed a focus on this space.   At the next Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, CA, September 10-12, 2007 you will find a full virtual track of green sessions which will be part of the first TMC Green Conference.   Videoconferencing, collaboration, work at home technologies, etc are just a few of the topics you will learn about at this event.   IP communications is actually an amazing technology as it affords us the ability to save hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel over the years. Telepresence for example saves not only time but massive quantities of corporate jet fuel. IP collaboration saves not only time but airline fuel and gas for cars.   If you are looking to add the color of chlorophyll to your enterprise, be sure to come to the show and furthermore be sure to drop me a line if you can think of any high level speakers who symbolize the movement to green.

Office Live Meeting 2007

June 5, 2007

Tom Keating has a great review/first look at Microsoft’s Office Live Meeting 2007 which seems a voluminous name for a product. But perhaps this is intentional as the software is stuffed with features. For example the same desktop client is used in a hosted or CPE-based solution.   The new software has the ability to show/play rich media such as Windows Media and Flash as well as support for Live webcam XE and support for panoramic video XE via Microsoft RoundTable XE. There is VoIP and PSTN integration, an active speaker indicator, a public events page and Handout XE file transfer.   Overall Tom was pleased with this new product.

Volpi Joins Joost

June 5, 2007

Just as hiring Mike Volpi from Cisco was big news for Skype, the fact Volpi has become the CEO of Joost is big news. Volpi brought an air of legitimacy to Skype when he joined the board in 2004. Having years of experience at Cisco and becoming part of a VoIP startup was big news at the time and the benefactor last time was certainly Skype who sold to eBay for more than 2 billion dollars.   This time as head of Joost, the founders of both Skype and Joost, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom can be confident they have hired someone who knows how to rapidly scale a viral software company and make it even more successful.   In a recent conversation with Niklas Zennstrom, I asked about the synergy between Skype and Joost and his eyes lit up when he talked about the possibilities. It was apparent this was something he had thought about extensively.   Imagine hooks into Skype allowing instant TV viewing.

Codian

June 5, 2007

Telepresence seems to be taking the high-end of the enterprise market by storm but for the lower end of the market telepresence is out of reach. For this group of companies simple videoconferencing is likely what you will use. But before you mortgage your house to get into HD videoconferencing at every endpoint or purchase a telepresence system, you may want to consider a more cost-effective alternative.   Codian has developed a technology called ClearVision which takes a traditional videoconferencing signal and improves it up to 4x. I had a chance to see the product in action as part of the company’s MCU 4500 and the video improvement is substantial.   The system allows you to mix, high, standard and enhanced video signals on a single conference call.   William MacDonald who is the Chief Strategy Officer for Codian tells me the company’s solution is a notch below the quality of telepresence and I tend to agree.

ZyXel

June 5, 2007

The engineers at ZyXel have been busy pumping out new products which I recently had a chance to see. One of the company’s latest creations is the ZyWALL 2WG which is 3G and WiFi mobile broadband security appliance for remote offices.   The sleek box acts as a 4-port switch which also allows WiFi access and can failover to a 3G (or even 2.5 G) wireless network if the Internet goes down. You can insert an EVDO or HSPDA card yourself once you have chosen a wireless provider.   The device also has SSL VPN capabilities and a firewall. In addition to DoS protection the box also prioritizes voice packets automatically.

WildPackets

June 5, 2007

WildPackets comes out swinging with a suite on new testing initiatives as part of it’s new OmniAnalysis 5 release.   The testing market seems to be doing very well and it is amazing to see how many new products are being launched in this space and how well companies in this market seem to be doing.   I certainly don’t want to say the market is an easy one to play in but in reality as networks get more complex and real-time applications like voice and video jump on packetized networks, testing becomes essential. Add to this the proliferation of new wired and wireless broadband standards and you have a recipe for rich testing companies.   Now I am not accusing any of the testing companies of being fat and happy because clearly they are innovating. What I am saying is the opportunity seems to be bright in this space.   One company who has launched a major set of new products is WildPackets. I recently caught up with the company’s management team and the briefing was so packed with information I may have set a typing record trying to record it all.

SEO Jobs

June 4, 2007

We have at least one job available in our search engine optimization (SEO) Department.   Technology Marketing Corporation, a media company and leader in the technology space is seeking a fulltime Search Engine Optimization Specialist who is a self-motivated, outgoing individual with a minimum of 2 years of direct working experience in organic search engine optimization. The qualified individual should be looking to lead, succeed, and prosper in a fast-paced business environment.   As an SEO Specialist your main responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:   Conduct technical Web site evaluation and analysis resulting in strategic recommendations to improve the technical and design elements of client sites.   Provide clients with advanced technical documentation, best practices, and direction from a search engine optimization perspective, including:   Technical Recommendations:  
  • URL and Directory Structure
  • URL rewriting
  • Search engine friendly redirects
  • HTML code cleanliness and validation
  • Text and XML based site maps
  • Robots.txt files
  Design Considerations:  
  • Search engine friendly page layouts
  • Image replacement
  Responsibilities:  
  • Work with editorial departments and external Web teams to implement optimization recommendations and to educate on proper search engine friendly development methodologies
  • Responsible for continuing to innovate and evolve optimization practices based on research and testing.
  Requirements:  
  1. Must have a good understanding of Web design and development concepts
  2. Must be proficient in basic HTML and server technologies
  3. Must have a good understanding of CSS  and how it can be leveraged for search engine performance
  4. Must have a basic understanding of Web site scripting languages (ASP, PHP, .NET, etc.)
  5. Must understand the differences between Web server types (Apache, IIS, etc.)
  6. Must have an understanding of Web site hosting  and file access.

China and Google

June 4, 2007

Most articles about China and Google focus on how the search company is censoring its content for the benefit of the Chinese government. This article however has nothing to do with this situation. Instead I will be contrasting the needs of government vs. the needs of the individual.

Netgear

June 4, 2007

Recently I sat down with Vivek Pathela the VP of Marketing at Netgear and he shared some of the recent happenings at the company. For example Netgear recently rolled out a new NAS solution which is based on technology from a company they recently acquired called Infrant.   NAS for the SMB with built-in RAID is somewhat interesting to me but what is really worth coverage is the approach the company takes to their NAS solution. They have focused on keeping NAS simple to operate.   Netgear is known for having products that work well in the field and they are embracing SMB telephony with the hope of bringing their easy to use mindset to the world of telecom. The company has partnered with Avaya to resell the New Jersey-based telecom leader’s one-x Quick Edition line of solutions.   Why is the edition quick you ask?

Unified Communications for the Trading Floor

June 4, 2007

  Please join me as I will be participating as a speaker at the following event fairly soon:   Unified Communications for the Trading Floor Roundtable Location & timing:     * New York City * Monday, June 18th, 5.30 – 8.30pm * The Audi Forum, 250 Park Avenue at 47th Street, near Grand Central Station (Audi’s corporate flagship location— very high tech, with latest line of high performance cars on display)   Agenda:
  • 5.30pm - 6pm Welcome cocktails
  • 6.00pm – 7.00pm Roundtable discussion
  • 7.00pm - 8:30pm Closing reception (cocktails and canapés)
    Panelists:
  • Saul Rozinsky, VP Network Engineering, Lehman Brothers
  • Jason Scott, VP CIB Technology, Wachovia CIB Capital Markets
  • Michael Payne, Business Development Manager, Financial Services, Cisco
  • Tony Kleckner, Director & Practice Leader for Financial Services, Avaya
  • Ed McDonnell, SVP Sales, IM Trader/Pivor Solutions
  Theme & Discussion Topics Unified Communications: Communications integrated to optimize business processes on the trading floor   Basic description:   Today's organizations must contend with increasingly complex communications environments featuring a wide array of communications methods. Employees, business partners, and customers communicate with one another through infinite combinations of wired, wireless, and mobile phones; voice messaging; e-mail; fax; mobile clients; and rich-media conferencing. Too often, however, these tools are not used as effectively as they could be. The result is information overload, lack of agility, and misdirected communications that delay decisions, slow down processes, drive customers away, and reduce productivity.

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The Merger Satellite Radio Needs

June 3, 2007

Talks of XM and Sirius merging seem to be an on and off affair with many groups against and some even for the proposed merger of satellite radio companies. For my part, I think it is bad for consumers to merge the only two satellite radio companies but there are others who say the price of content would come down if only a single entity emerged. The theory is lower prices for content translate into lower prices for subscribers.   While this may be true, why would any publicly traded company lower prices on anything on a volunteer basis? Generally it is a competitor causing you to lower prices.   Wal-Mart is an exception to this rule it seems as even after it has obliterated local competition it seems to keep prices extremely low.   As I live in southern New England – Connecticut to be specific, I think there is a better merger for satellite radio companies to consider.

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