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2018 (Likely Wrong) Predictions

Last year, I refrained from making any telecom predictions.   And no one complained.  And this year I was content to continue down...

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20 Years Later, Dialpad Disrupts Communications Again

History was made this week As Dialpad launched a free version of their UCaaS platform for up to five users. This amounts...

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MegaPath Leverages Years of Experience to Lead in SD-WAN

MegaPath is in a unique position in the SD-WAN space as they were on the leading edge of the MPLS curve...

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Value Added Services In IoT

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to speak at TechXLR8 Asia in Singapore.  It was a dynamic conference covering...

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TELoIP Brings SD-WAN to Companies of All Sizes

The market predictions for SD-WAN growth show a hockey-stick. What is most interesting about this growth is it’s literally across the spectrum...

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SD-WAN is Booming and Airespring is Providing its Customers Innovative Solutions

SD-WAN is eating the WAN, cloud and IP communications all at once. We’ve all seen the amazing projections of market growth but...

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TPx Communications Successfully adds SD-WAN to its Portfolio of Services

IP Communications is just one of the important areas where SD-WAN is making a big impact. One company, TPx Communications got its...

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Portnox Adds Visibility and Control To Help Secure Networks

June 20, 2017

Networks have become so complex that securing them has become an increasingly complex challenge. As the number of attack vectors increase seemingly endlessly, corporations need to have a commensurate solution which scales with device growth, allowing IT to protect their networks from the various threats they encounter.

Ofer Amitai the CEO of security vendor Portnox believes visibility is the first step in protecting yourself followed by monitoring the devices to control the risk. He continues by saying that networks should be segmented to ensure things like cameras are not on the same network as users – or available from the outside.

ExtraHop Takes Operations Intelligence to the Next Level

June 19, 2017

"We provide operations intelligence which borders on business intelligence,” said Jesse Rothstein CEO of ExtraHop in an interview we had some time back. Since that time the company's machine-learning anomaly detection solution Addy was introduced to leverage the cloud to help companies get a handle on their data center - slowing down the spread of RansomWare by integrating with SIEM solutions.

"ExtraHop Addy brings our environment into focus," said David Johnson, Enterprise Systems Support Specialist with the State of Washington. "With this service, we're alerted to issues we didn't know we had, and it makes us much more proactive in resolving them before the effects are widespread. We now have the data we need to be smarter about how we operate."

Recently, we sat down with Eric Thomas, Director of Solutions Architecture and Rachel Pepple (pictured to the right and below), Director of Marketing Communications to learn about the company's new 

professional services.



Cloud and Datacenter Migration migration 
experts map the entire IT infrastructure across on-premises, 
hybrid, and cloud environments to discover all assets, map dependencies, separate clients and servers, and categorize shared services like DNS and Active Directory.




Tempered Networks Boosts Trust with Identity-Defined Networks

June 19, 2017

If you missed Paula Bernier’s article (free registration required) in our IoT Evolution Magazine, you may not have known Tempered Networks is the new name for Asguard – which is pronounced the same way as Thor’s home-world but spelled with and added letter u.

The idea behind the company is to build trust between systems to go beyond encryption by using Host Identity Protocol for encryption and IF-MAP. “This is a way to have inherent security in your network because it doesn’t happen at the application layer, it happens at the protocol,” said Jeff Hussey, who established F5 Networks and is now President and CEO of Tempered Networks.

Some months later the company outlined their vision – or the problem they are out to solve in more detail:

Solving the Data Analytics Skills Gap

June 15, 2017

Data analytics is doing absolutely amazing things for companies... Recently, Vodafone worked with a venture-backed company Celonis to improve efficiency. The results have been nothing short of staggering. Process costs per purchase order were cut by 11% and time to market by 20% - all in less than six months.

President Tim Cook?

June 15, 2017

Last December we analyzed 28 CEOs that could potentially become the next president of the United States. At the time, Mark Zuckerberg was rumored to be considering a run. This past May in fact it was discovered there is a PAC looking to draft him into considering it.

Tim Cook just had an interview with BusinessWeek and as Gizmodo noticed, some of his answers seem more political than you might expect. Not overtly but in the sense that he seems to be positioning himself to appeal to moderates.

Some examples include that he feels responsible for growing U.S.



Don't Judge the Microsoft Surface Pro by its Reviews

June 15, 2017


Disclosure: we use an iPad Pro and iPhone and a Microsoft Surface Book on a daily basis so you can see we really have no bias. Still, we were offended when we saw the headline today from Todd Haselton at CNBC: Microsoft's Surface Pro is a good tablet, but it's way too expensive for most people.

The concern we had was why the value judgement in the headline? Who is this guy, we thought to tell us what is too expensive for us?

As it turns out his review is spot on - great job Todd (no, we don't believe we know or have met him.)

His main concerns are that a fully configured device with a Core i7 will run you $2,200 without a keyboard or pen!

You can get one for as little as $799 which is likely good enough for most people but it comes with a Core m3.

Microsoft touts photos like this to hawk the Surface Pro but how many of us have a table at the beach? More than likely we have a chair meaning the kickstand will dig into our legs


What we've learned from experience is that if you want to use this device as a laptop on your lap as opposed to a desk, the kickstand can dig into your leg after a while and can be uncomfortable.













The Electric Car Market is About to be Shaken up

June 9, 2017


Expect AAA to raise insurance prices on Teslas by a whopping 30%! It turns out claims numbers are a lot higher than anticipated and so is the cost of repairing the car. Bottom line, any car with supercar like performance will eventually see higher insurance premiums - even if the care is a sedan which doesn't look like a supercar or have a V12 engine.

Speaking of V12 engines (or lack thereof), you may may have noticed that electric cars make no noise meaning they are more likely to get into accidents because they can't be heard on approach.

Array Networks Goes Virtual, Gives MSPs a new Revenue Opportunity

June 5, 2017

The load balancing market evolved into ADCs and these devices are now competing with cloud-based solutions. As this evolution has taken place, Array Networks saw an opportunity to take a page from the carrier market and explore virtualizing network functions.

In an exclusive interview with Paul Anderson, Senior Director of Marketing, he told me the company has a new network functions platform for deploying virtualized application delivery and security functions with guaranteed performance. In their testing, the company took a Fortinet firewall (with the appropriate licensing of course) and realized they could get five times better performance using software over hardware.



Logic Prevails in EU as Bill Gates Robot Tax Dies

June 2, 2017


As we wrote in February while eating sushi and reading about Bill Gates trying to set global tax policy, taxing robots is a terrible idea. We wondered why Mr. Gates who we have the deepest admiration for in terms of his contribution to the world of tech, didn't volunteer the idea to tax office productivity applications which replaced workers. Could it be perhaps because Microsoft, the company he founded, made hundreds of billions of dollars selling these applications?

Just a guess of course.

No one wants people to be jobless or poor or for that matter unhappy, unhealthy, etc. but taxing technology isn't the answer and never ever will be.




UCONN Brings Tech Education to Young Women

June 2, 2017

UConn Engineering’s new 2017 SPARK Program gives young women in middle school and high school access to week long learning programs that focus on different engineering disciplines. This is the latest effort by the Engineering Diversity and Outreach Center to help UCONN bridge the gender gap in the STEM fields and make more young women interested in science fields.

Each week’s curriculum will focus on a different engineering discipline:

  • Coding (July 9 – 15): learn the basics of coding and its real-world applications using Arduino
  • Robotics (July 16 – 22): learn how to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and miniature robot
  • 3D Printing (July 23 – 29): learn how to use scanning devices and to input variables into the 3D printer to print solids
The only challenge might be getting to the Storrs, CT campus of UCONN - it's more or less between Boston and Manhattan. The campus is beautiful by the way - we know this from personal experience.
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