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Google's Thoughts on Apps Marketplace

June 15, 2010

Recently I wrote about the Google Apps Marketplace and how it brings a walled garden approach to the desktop and my thesis revolved around the idea that a few years back you could download any piece of software you wanted without having to go through a gatekeeper. I am not a fan of censorship of any kind - after experiencing a world where I could download any application to any computer I own, I am now seeing that this situation has changed for the worse. In my family there are various devices and more of them have Apples logos on them and the newer ones only allow you to install apps through the Apple approved App Store.
 

And I am fine with the idea that Apple likes to protect its users by screening for malicious software but many of my readers tell me they are very uncomfortable with their censoring of apps which they feel are offensive, sexually suggestive and/or competitive. I have nothing against Apple but I have everything against any company which limits the choices of my readers after they spend their money to purchase a product.

Interop 2010 Las Vegas Video Summary

June 14, 2010

We've got lots of great content from Interop 2010 Las Vegas which I am still getting questions about so I decided to post a summary of some of the articles which TMCnet has written as well as providing links to the videos which were shot on location. These articles are all about the videos by the way - allowing you to read about videos you may not have a chance to view.

Articles:

Entuity  Motorola  Server Technology Highly Reliable Systems F5  Cisco  Clearhub  Infoblox  Corning Cable Systems DisplayLink  Tripwire  Brocade Talari Networks ShoreTel Metageek Spirent Elixir Technology  Polycom OPNET Technologies AMAX  FullCircle Wireless Crescendo Networks  VPI  Riverbed  SysAid  Force10 Networks The Planet D-Link  Xirrus  NetScout  Verne Global  Opswat ExtraHop Networks  Apposite Technologies Telcombrokers  Splice Communications  Netlist  Sonicwall  IXIA  Dynamic Network Services Edgecore Networks Napatech  Westcon Group Morphlabs Avaya  Palo Alto Networks IBM  Telesphere  Radvision  Anixter  Radvision  Spiceworks  Gale Technologies  ESET  Splunk Blue Coat Systems  Sennheiser  Voltaire  Viridity  Cradlepoint Diskeeper  IP Infusion Saba  Gigamon  Joulex  Paessler  Sagemcom  Internap  OpenText  Network Instruments Anue Systems Vidyo  Lancope  Vu Telepresence Aprius  Netronome 
Videos:

Day 1 - Tuesday     Entuity Kenneth Flapproth VP, Marketing Motorola Dr. Amit Sinha CTO, Wireless Lan Server Technology Calvin Nicholson Senior Director, Software Highly Reliable Systems Darren McBride CEO F5 John Matthews Vice President, IT & CIO Cisco Chris Kozup Sr. Manager, Mobility Solutions Clearhub Michelle Chan Managing Director Infoblox Gregory Ness VP, Corporate Marketing Corning Cable Systems Alan Ugolini Manager, Data Center Market Development DisplayLink Dennis Crespo EVP, Marketing & Business Dev't Mellanox Technologies John Monson VP, Marketing Tripwire Gene Kim CTO & Founder Brocade Jason Nolet VP of Application Delivery Products Talari Networks Andrew Gottlieb Founder & CEO ShoreTel Kevin Gavin VP, Marketing Metageek Ryan Woodings Chief Geek Spirent Tim Jefferson General Manager, Converged Core Solutions Elixir Technology lau Shih Hor   Polycom John Antanaitis VP, Product Marketing OPNET Technologies Alain Cohen President AMAX Shoulin Chua Business Development Manager FullCircle Wireless Shelton Basham CEO Crescendo Networks Opher Dubrovsky AVP, Product Marketing VPI  Patrick Botz VP of Marketing Riverbed Apurva Dave VP, Product Marketing SysAid Saar Bitner Director, Marketing and Sales Force10 Networks Kevin Wade Sr. Director of Product Marketing       Day 2 - Wednesday           The Planet Doug Erwin Chairman & CEO D-Link Daniel Kelley Sr. Director of Marketing Xirrus Dirk Gates CEO Netscout Steven Shalita VP, Marketing Verne Global Tata Cantrell CTO Opswat Benny Czarny CEO ExtraHop Networks Jesse Rothstein Founder & CEO Appostie Technologies DC Palter President Telcombrokers Nancy Ridge VP  Splice Communications Andy Coan President & CEO Netlist Christopher Lopes VP, Worldwide Sales Sonicwall Douglas Brockett VP & GM IXIA Atul Bhatnagar President & CEO Dynamic Network Services Chris Widner Customer Support Manager Edgecore Networks Iain Kenney Director of Product Marketing Napatech Erik Norup CMO Westcon Group Anthony Daley EVP, The Americas Morphlabs Winston Damarillo CEO Avaya Joel Hackney SVP & President, Avaya Gov't Solutions & Data Business Palo Alto Networks Howard Ting Director of Marketing IBM Dr. Kristof Kloeckner VP of Strategy & Technology, IBM Software Group Telesphere Clark Peterson CEO Radvision Amir Zmora VP, Marketing Spiceworks Jay Hallberg VP, Marketing & Co-Founder Gale Technologies Dean Hamilton SVP of Engineering and Product Management, CTO ESET Jeff Debrosse Sr. Research Director, North America Splunk Godfrey Sullivan President & CEO Blue Coat Systems Eric Tooley Technical Marketing Manager Sennheiser William Whearty VP, Sales - Retail Voltaire Asaf Somekh VP, Marketing       Day 3 - Thursday           Viridity Michael Tresh Director of Product Management Cradlepoint Don Bush Director, Marketing Diskeeper Colleen Toumayan VP of Public Relations IP Infusion Shane Rigby VP, Global Sales Saba Milland Pansare Sr. Director of Product Marketing Gigamon Kevin Jablonski VP, Marketing & Business Development Joulex Thomas Noonan President & CEO Paessler Kenneth Sansofsky GM, North America Sagemcom Dan Aronson North American Sales Manager Internap Amar Khan VP, Product Management Good Dimitri Volkmann VP, Enterprise Product Management OpenText Geoffrey Anderson Sr. Product Manager Network Instruments Steve Brown Product Manager Anue Systems John Delfeld VP of Marketing Vidyo Marty Hollander SVP, Marketing Lancope David Cocchiara CFO & Head of Corporate Development Vu Telepresence Akash Saraf CEO Aprius Craig Thompson VP, Product Marketing Netronome Daniel Proch Director, Product Management Anixter Andrew Jimenez VP of Technology








TMC Gets Written up in Norwalk Hour Newspaper

June 4, 2010

I am fortunate that I get to speak reporters about my company from time to time and whenever I do I always worry until the article comes out. Reporters are busy (speaking from experience) and they don't always get all the facts right. I always blame myself when this happens - after all if you communicate in a clear, concise manner with an organized, structured system of segueing between topics, it is much easier to follow.

Personally I have sat in briefings with charismatic tech leaders who spend 30 minutes talking and when I look at my notes, I wonder what the heck was said.

TelX and Cisco Ethernet Exchange and Bandwidth Predictions

June 4, 2010

New TMC video personality discusses the latest communications and technology news

Please join me in welcoming Juliana Kenny to the TMC news room and to the TMC team where she will be writing, editing and producing videos. Here is her first video which discusses the newly launched TelX Ethernet Exchange - which will allow carriers and enterprises to interconnect their Ethernet networks. This Cisco-powered service should be quite successful based on my early discussions with TelX customers as well as TelX executives.

AT&T's new Data Plans Good for Wireless Investment?

June 2, 2010

As Gary Kim points out, AT&T will soon be revamping its data rates and plans for iPad users. Currently the plan is $30 for an unlimited amount of data per month. Going forwards, DataPlus will provide 200 MB of data for $15 per month (additional 200 MB chunks of data also cost $15), and DataPro, which provides 2 GBytes of data for $25 per month, with every additional GByte costing $10.

Lindsay Lohan Embraces M2M

May 26, 2010

Bezos Says Kindle Potential now only 10% of Market

May 25, 2010

Assuming all households were once candidates for the Kindle, the iPad has just taken 90% out of the book reading market leaving just 10% - the serious book readers to buy the Kindle. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains in fact the best way to compete against the iPad is with a more-focused approach. The Wall Street Journal has more and points out quite accurately that the Kindle service could potentially still do very well on the iPad.

Last night in fact I came dangerously close to buying a book on the iPad and agonized over buying it via iTunes to be locked into an Apple-only ecosystem or go Amazon so I could at least go cross platform in the future.

I did a quick search via the Apple bookstore and the volume didn't show up.

Open Source, Cloud Computing and Ecosystems Changing VC Investments

May 24, 2010

The world of investing is changing as startup costs are plummeting for companies who are able to use open-source software and cloud computing tools while in many cases piggybacking on existing product ecosystems as they grow. As Bloomberg reports in an article I found through GigaOm, tech startups need much less money because they aren't using the expensive computers their "ancestors" used.

Hosted storage, hosted software, open-source and the lower price of office rental space means there can be many more startups per dollar. The downside for VC funds is you can't put a billion dollars to work $500,000 at a time.

TMC Celebrates 38-Year Anniversary

May 24, 2010

How do companies make it through gut-wrenching industry and technological change without going under?

I do my best to wish every TMC a team member a Happy TMC Anniversary and as such the start date of all of our full-time members are in my calendar so I can be the one to send them this greeting (If I forgot you in the past - please accept my apologies). Last week I noticed that it was the anniversary of Nadji Tehrani, the company Founder & Chairman, my father and the person who decided to start this company in 1972. Funny, I never noticed his start date on my calendar before - and it occurred to me that this was TMC's 38-year anniversary.

Lightwave ONE Web Conference site now up

May 22, 2010

I have heard a number of positive comments regarding the addition of an optical event at ITEXPO this fall. Thanks for all your comments. As I mentioned recently, Lightwave ONE which stands for "Optical Networks for Enterprises" will be collocated with ITEXPO Oct 4-6 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

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