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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

April 14, 2014

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are lucky) get ahold of Google Glass for yourself. Talk about a great way to ease the pain of tax day and a way to spend your refund - with one simple activity.

The predictions for wearable computing growth have been off the charts  and every company it seems wants to be the leader in designing the next generation of computing device. Will Glass be one of the ways we communicate with technology going forward?

Drones are Huge at NAB 2014

April 8, 2014

Here at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas the show is awash in cameras, lenses, mounts and talk of 4K but what I found most fascinating were the hundred-plus drones on display. They also seemed to capture much of the attention from attendees at the show. Of special note was the fact that drones were being sold by companies with huge booths as well as the smallest of the small. The point is the cost to make a drone is fairly low and reselling OEM drones is also fairly easy to do.

The Urban Drone Wars Continue

April 8, 2014

Two months ago I warned of the coming urban drone wars and I was 100% sure I was spot-on with my predictions about the future. My worst frears have come true today as just 20 miles or so from TMC's Norwalk, CT HQ, someone was arrested for trying to fly a drone with a bomb on it into a school and federal building. The implications are massive. Policing in two-dimensions with metal detectors doesn't help when we live in a world with three-dimensional threats!

Why Google and Apple Should Fear the new Microsoft

April 4, 2014

In decades of covering Microsoft, I don’t recall the company enjoying so much positive press at one time. They are literally transforming before our eyes – at least from the outside looking in. The first salvo has to be Office for iPad which I must admit is better than I expected. I have used Microsoft Word for many hours since its launch and although it is missing a bunch of features and has at least one bug which I discovered relating to the “paste as” icon not disappearing, it has a solid spell-check engine and works adequately.

New Extreme Networks Solutions Aim to be Simple, Fast and Smart

April 3, 2014

The traditional networking market is in an interesting place to occupy as recently, Juniper announced layoffs and recently Cisco announced it is making a major investment in the cloud space. At a high level does this mean the networking market is losing steam and will see less innovation?

Not according to Bob Noel, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing at Extreme Networks.

Emerging Threats IQRisk Query An Essential Security Tool

April 3, 2014

About a year ago, I shared there are 250,000 plus new pieces of malware being produced each day. Moreover, I explained how Emerging Threats thinks they can help with the problem. If there is one constant, it is that number – 250,000 new pieces of malware are still being detected daily by the company according to Ken Gramley, CEO.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Wants to Boost Your Application Fluency

April 2, 2014

Updated April 3rd 2014: added "Enterprise" after each mention of Alcaterl-Lucent and clarified the role of the coprocessor in the E series model.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise recently made a number of intriguing enterprise announcements regarding new hardware and software to enable companies to better manage the myriad applications running on their network whether using wired or wireless access. Touting Unified Access with Application Fluency, their new solutions are designed to help you figure out exactly what your network is switching and moreover, what resource various applications are using.

HP All-IN on Cloud

April 2, 2014

This has been a busy time for people watching cloud news as on the one-hand Cisco threw their hat in the cloud ring with a major investment while Google sparked a cloud price war. To help you make sense of what is happening, I thought it made sense to share the insights of Margaret Dawson, Cloud Evangelist at HP.

She says enterprise customers are living in a hybrid world while dealing with apps which live across various environments and in the meantime they have to manage the complexity and security challenges.

Elastica Builds an SOC in the Cloud for the Cloud

April 2, 2014

Companies have a challenge that as more data has moved to cloud apps, they have lost the traditional visibility, threat detection and control they used to enjoy. As they evolve from a CAPEX model to OPEX in search of best-in-breed apps, there remains a large security hole which needs filling.

This is where elastica (recently out of stealth mode) comes in… In a conversation with Eric Andrews VP of Marketing and Rehan Jalil President & CEO, they told me that companies need to be able to track activity in and out of these cloud services. They attack security through a suite of cloud-based services as follows:

  • Their AUDIT shadow IT solution looks at the SaaS apps being used and reports how vulnerable each one is.

Mojave Networks Hopes to Solve BYOD Security Challenge

April 2, 2014

BYOD is not new but what has yet to be addressed properly by many organizations is security relating to this plethora of unknown devices. Quite frankly there are many holes in any corporate network where mobile devices are being used. MDM solves some of these challenges but it wasn’t originally designed to keep malicious apps and actors off your network. The Target data breach caused many millions of dollars of reputational damage and potentially long-term marketshare loss for the retailer.

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