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HPE Composable Infrastructure Turns Data Centers into a Mini-Google

Fans of search engine history likely know that Google benefited greatly due to the timing of its launch. Whereas Yahoo launched when...

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See a Top 10 Tech Speaker at IoT Evolution in July

The tech space is moving so incredibly quickly that you have to attend conferences, webinars and scour the news to be aware...

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SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???...Gateways...but not SBCs?

Back in March, I wrote a blog about the PSTN sunset. But in reality legacy technologies are still in use.  I know this since...

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Waiting on the Channel

Whether it is TPX CEO Richard Jalkut or other channel executives, providers are impatiently waiting on the channel to jump off...

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Solving the Data Analytics Skills Gap

Data analytics is doing absolutely amazing things for companies... Recently, Vodafone worked with a venture-backed company Celonis to improve efficiency. The results...

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Don't Judge the Microsoft Surface Pro by its Reviews

Disclosure: we use an iPad Pro and iPhone and a Microsoft Surface Book on a daily basis so you can see we...

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Fax Still Going Strong

Last week, I had the pleasure to meet with most of our Japanese fax customers in Tokyo.  Fax, like many PSTN...

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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.

Extreme: Enterprise Networks Needs More Simplification, Orchestration and Automation

May 31, 2017

The holy grail of any company should be networks which never go down, don’t need an expensive network operations center (NOC) and are easy to manage. I recently sat down with Seema Kumar (left), Director of Product/Solutions Marketing and Mike Leibovitz (right below), Director of Product Strategy, Extreme Networks to discuss their admiration for Facebook’s well-defined layer-3 fabric architecture. They told me their Extreme Open Fabric Edge is almost identical – they call it a bulletproof network without the need for 30 guys in a NOC.

Help Nominate Agents of Digital Transformation

May 25, 2017

We have some very exciting news to share! 

The Agents of Change recognition program was developed to identify the leaders within companies that are helping transform vision and innovation into reality.

Nominate leaders you believe deserve special recognition for their ability to initiate and drive change in the industry. Your nominee could be from a large company, where change is often harder to implement, or from a smaller company or startup where, this particular Agent of Change has taken technological innovation to heart and is creating opportunities that have the potential to change not just a company, but the world, for the better. 


Cisco, Juniper and Business Insider show how to Transform your Business

May 25, 2017

The world is changing - it is literally transforming before our eyes and most companies know digital will affect their business but they don't have a plan to deal with it. Thankfully, we have a place where business can come and learn what they need to do to be prepared in this brave new world where "Speed is the new trust," according to Tony Robbins.

Here is more from the team behind this exciting new event Communications 20/20 ready to help you take your organization into the future!

  Ubiquitous Communications: 
The Service Provider Opportunity

Dear Colleague, 

Communications is entering an era of ubiquitous connectivity - where 5G, Wi-Fi and LoRA connect everything, and NFV, SD-WAN and SDN make it so devices on any network communicate on the same session level.
At Communications 20/20, the opportunity for service providers of all sizes to power communications applications and services will be presented and discussed by both analysts and practitioners.

Sessions include:




  • Telco Digital Transformation:
    NFV and the Smart Network
  • NFV: Policy Control and Traffic Management
  • SDN: Business Models Moving Up The Stack
  • SDN Case Study: Open Systems Enable the Five 9s
  • 5G the Critical Path to Success
  • HetNets & LoRa, 5G: Supply and Demand
  • OpenRANs and SDN
  • Case Study: The UnCarrier Future of T-Mobile
  • NFV Success Stories: TCO vs. TCS
  • 5G Case Study: Taking 5G beyond the Trials

Come Examine the Essential, Futuristic Trends Driving Communications into the next Decade and Beyond.

The 3-day Communications 20/20 experience is a carefully-crafted mix of education, networking, product research, and a exciting prognostication.

Check out the Complete Agenda to review the sessions, seminars and presentations.



All segments of the communications/telecom ecosystem participate in Communications 20/20 to have a voice in the definition of new services and solutions that will revolutionize human and non-human interaction.





Target and Casper, Retail is now like Telecom

May 25, 2017

Retailers are now a lot like broadband providers


Casper sells a mattress that rolls up and comes in a box and has rave reviews as well as a massive marketing budget which we've witnessed on the web, TV and radio. The company bills itself as the Internet's famous mattress.

Target is a retailer with nearly 2,000 stores under increasing pressure from the Internet's favorite reseller, Amazon.

For years, people in telecom have discussed why carriers like AT&T and Verizon don't want to be purely "dumb pipe" providers, they want to provide more enhanced services such as home security, business firewalls via NFV, OTT alternatives to Skype and more. That more is quite often programming aka content aka video programming.

Bottom line, retail is now like the telecom business where retailers need to diversify from distribution to content. In the same way, retailers need to diversify from distribution to products.

Carriers need to diversify because broadband is a commodity.








Hey Luddite CEO, Your @ss is Fired

May 22, 2017

The Luddites were a group of English textile workers and weavers in the 19th century who destroyed weaving machinery as a form of protest. The group was protesting the use of machinery in a "fraudulent and deceitful manner" to get around standard labor practices.Luddites feared that the time spent learning the skills of their craft would go to waste as machines would replace their role in the industry.

These Luddites were workers but what happens if you happen to be CEO and aren't on the leading-edge of tech? We now have our answer - you can be fired.

Cybersecurity Fail: Microsoft Responds to WannaCrypt Outbreak

May 13, 2017

Three years ago Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP but this doesn't mean people stopped using the OS. Sadly, it is embedded in many systems from military to healthcare among many others. One of the challenges for companies running these older systems is exploits which can attack newer operating systems also affect XP - but since Microsoft doesn't patch the OS anymore, these systems become sitting ducks for attackers who learn about the exploits via public system patches.

This past week, a slew of ransomware attacks took place across the globe thanks to leaked information from US intelligence on how to take advantage of security holes in various Microsoft operating systems.

These attacks targeted healthcare and telecom among other industries and could cost lives. Over 57,000 computers have been targeted and the attacks have hit over 99 countries!

Microsoft responded by patching Windows XP - an unprecedented step which acknowledges that the hackers are winning the war against our technology. 





What The U.S. Tax Code can Learn From Ransomware

May 6, 2017

U.S. citizens in Little Rock Arkansas pay the same federal income tax as those in New York and Beverly Hills - even though the latter two states also have high state income tax and NYC even has a city income tax! According to Business Insider, here are the vital stats on this city with the lowest cost of living - Little Rock:

Median rent: $785

Median home value: $151,600



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