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Video is the Recurring Star

January 29, 2013

There is an insatiable demand for content of the video variety. It is so great in fact that sports networks like ESPN are getting an outsized portion of your cable bill. The network in fact gets more than $5 per subscriber per month regardless of whether you ever watch their networks. Cable and IPTV companies for their part are in quite a pickle as more subscribers drop their service altogether for OTT competition.

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January 25, 2013

Xirrus XR-520 AP For Smaller Areas

January 24, 2013

Xirrus is known for large-scale WiFi systems and conferences and stadiums are a typical area where you will see the company’s products. It seems however there are times when Xirrus customers want to WiFi enable smaller areas. For this reason the company rolled out the XR-520 AP which they tout as the only software-programmable AP in its class with a radio that can run in either the 5GHz or 2.4GHz bands.

Lest you think the company is competing with the likes of the consumer router/AP companies whose products you can pick up in Wal-Mart and Best Buy – fear not… Xirrus touts the inclusion of significant horsepower in the form of a dual-core Cavium network processor.

It's an App Eat App World

January 17, 2013

Peter Bernstein has a great analysis piece on how the Unilever/Slim-Fast empire is struggling in-part because the company was too slow to come out with an app as well as the fact that other competitors have expanded their offerings to match the company or even take the lead. Personal experience has shown that the majority of my friends and acquaintances are now using apps to track their fitness – running and/or eating via calorie counting.

It’s amazing to me that even a company which profits handsomely from items sold in grocery stores can lose share because it didn’t provide apps on smartphones. This is in contrast to Starbucks who I tweeted about earlier this week – they really think mobile and social are crucial to their future.

Tomorrow's Cloud, Optimized by Plantronics

December 19, 2012

Most people think of the cloud as being removed from the local environment because, after all, it requires the addition of a browser to access. But thanks to innovation from the people at Plantronics, the cloud can now reach through the browser and be closer to the user than ever before. In fact, the company has an SDK, which for the first time bridges the worlds of mobile and enterprise communications as well as computing. While CTI or computer-telephony integration is not a new concept, Plantronics uses its Spokes software as communications middleware to seamlessly connect mobile telephony with cloud-based or on-premise enterprise software.

Cloud Computing Videos From Cloud Expo 2012 Santa Clara

December 19, 2012

At the recent Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, Rich Steeves and I had a chance to interview many of the important companies in the cloud computing space such as Akamai, Citrix, Adaptive Computing, Hostway, PGI, Riverbed, SOA Software, Symantec, ServerCentral, SUSE, IPSoft, Securematrix and a number of other companies who should be on your radar. Enjoy:

Company Name Interviewee Adaptive Computing  Chad Harrington Akamai Gary Ballabio Amplidata Paul Speciale Appcore Brian Patrick Donaghy BuyDealz
Camera Manager Rishi Lodhia Cirba Andy Walton Citrix  Kendar Poduri Cloud Cruiser Nick van der Zweep Cloud Sidekick Patrick Dunnigan Cloud Spectator John Vlacich Clustrix Filip Szymanski Coalfire Dan Rojas ComputeNext Eamonn Colman GreenButton Scott Houston Hostway Aaron Hollobaugh IMPETUS Anand Raman Interxion Jelle Frank van der Zwet IPSoft Bijan Hafezi Loggly Charlie Oppenheimer, Lyatiss Pascale Vicat Blanc nCircle Ed Colonna Peer1 Hosting Robert Miggins PGI Tom Maurath Plex Systems Patrick Fetterman QLogic Shawn FitzGerald Riverbed Apurva Davé Securematrix Itaru Nishimura ServerCentral Peter Berg Smartvue Martin Alan Renkis SOA Alistair Farquharson SOA Ian Goldsmith Starboard Storage Lee Johns Stratogent Chetan Patwardhan SUSE Peter A. Chadwick Symantec Dave Elliot Symform  Praerit Garg Tier 3 Jaraed Ray Trinity Solar Ken Ebbert Vyatta Dan Tuchler Zadara Nelson Nahum Zenith Infotech Jonathan Higgins

Who Should Buy Linksys and how does the Cloud fit in?

December 17, 2012

Cisco recently appointed Barclays to help it auction off Linksys – a move consistent with the company’s desire to exit low-margin consumer businesses as it looks to invest in high-margin areas like software and services. But as the saying goes, one man’s garbage is another man’s gold. Linksys is indeed a treasure to the right partner like Google or even Samsung.

The reason is simple – both companies need to blunt the move by Apple into the home and entertainment is the future of technology as consumer technology trends coupled with BYOD turn into corporate success.

Important Tech News of the Day Dec 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

Amazon Prime Instant Video app for iOS is out

and in my testing on a 4th generation iPad it worked well. Some complaints remain that for non-Prime users the experience isn’t that great. I for one would like to be able to download video on the app – there is a download area but no instructions as to what is downloadable or how to download.

Alcatel Lucent says providing video to devices is a great new revenue opportunity for carriers.

All Windows Passwords at Risk and What to do about it

December 12, 2012

With the word out that a 25-GPU cluster can crack every standard Windows password in less than 6 hours, it may be time for us to consider this new Securematrix technology from Japan championed by Itara Nishimura of CSE Co., Ltd. His company makes a technology which uses a matrix of changing-numbers, allowing the user to use a known pattern to determine what their password will be for each login.


I interviewed him recently as part of a Cloud Expo West 2012 video interview series.

Can a supercomputer hack this sort of password as well?

Avaya and Mitel Cross at Canadian Border

November 16, 2012

New Jersey-based Avaya, spun out of Lucent and previously AT&T has a decades-long history of providing business communications solutions. With its purchase of Nortel’s business communications assets a few years back it picked up even more knowledge, know-how and relationships. Mitel, the Kanata, Ontario-based global business communications company cofounded in 1973 by Sir Terry Matthews is known for delivering superior technology. More recently Mitel has become publicly traded and acts sort of as a partner to the dozens of Sir Terry Matthews’s companies under the Wesley Clover Brand.

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