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Office Live Meeting 2007

June 5, 2007

Tom Keating has a great review/first look at Microsoft’s Office Live Meeting 2007 which seems a voluminous name for a product. But perhaps this is intentional as the software is stuffed with features. For example the same desktop client is used in a hosted or CPE-based solution.   The new software has the ability to show/play rich media such as Windows Media and Flash as well as support for Live webcam XE and support for panoramic video XE via Microsoft RoundTable XE. There is VoIP and PSTN integration, an active speaker indicator, a public events page and Handout XE file transfer.   Overall Tom was pleased with this new product.

Volpi Joins Joost

June 5, 2007

Just as hiring Mike Volpi from Cisco was big news for Skype, the fact Volpi has become the CEO of Joost is big news. Volpi brought an air of legitimacy to Skype when he joined the board in 2004. Having years of experience at Cisco and becoming part of a VoIP startup was big news at the time and the benefactor last time was certainly Skype who sold to eBay for more than 2 billion dollars.   This time as head of Joost, the founders of both Skype and Joost, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom can be confident they have hired someone who knows how to rapidly scale a viral software company and make it even more successful.   In a recent conversation with Niklas Zennstrom, I asked about the synergy between Skype and Joost and his eyes lit up when he talked about the possibilities. It was apparent this was something he had thought about extensively.   Imagine hooks into Skype allowing instant TV viewing.


June 5, 2007

Telepresence seems to be taking the high-end of the enterprise market by storm but for the lower end of the market telepresence is out of reach. For this group of companies simple videoconferencing is likely what you will use. But before you mortgage your house to get into HD videoconferencing at every endpoint or purchase a telepresence system, you may want to consider a more cost-effective alternative.   Codian has developed a technology called ClearVision which takes a traditional videoconferencing signal and improves it up to 4x. I had a chance to see the product in action as part of the company’s MCU 4500 and the video improvement is substantial.   The system allows you to mix, high, standard and enhanced video signals on a single conference call.   William MacDonald who is the Chief Strategy Officer for Codian tells me the company’s solution is a notch below the quality of telepresence and I tend to agree.


June 5, 2007

The engineers at ZyXel have been busy pumping out new products which I recently had a chance to see. One of the company’s latest creations is the ZyWALL 2WG which is 3G and WiFi mobile broadband security appliance for remote offices.   The sleek box acts as a 4-port switch which also allows WiFi access and can failover to a 3G (or even 2.5 G) wireless network if the Internet goes down. You can insert an EVDO or HSPDA card yourself once you have chosen a wireless provider.   The device also has SSL VPN capabilities and a firewall. In addition to DoS protection the box also prioritizes voice packets automatically.


June 5, 2007

WildPackets comes out swinging with a suite on new testing initiatives as part of it’s new OmniAnalysis 5 release.   The testing market seems to be doing very well and it is amazing to see how many new products are being launched in this space and how well companies in this market seem to be doing.   I certainly don’t want to say the market is an easy one to play in but in reality as networks get more complex and real-time applications like voice and video jump on packetized networks, testing becomes essential. Add to this the proliferation of new wired and wireless broadband standards and you have a recipe for rich testing companies.   Now I am not accusing any of the testing companies of being fat and happy because clearly they are innovating. What I am saying is the opportunity seems to be bright in this space.   One company who has launched a major set of new products is WildPackets. I recently caught up with the company’s management team and the briefing was so packed with information I may have set a typing record trying to record it all.


June 4, 2007

Recently I sat down with Vivek Pathela the VP of Marketing at Netgear and he shared some of the recent happenings at the company. For example Netgear recently rolled out a new NAS solution which is based on technology from a company they recently acquired called Infrant.   NAS for the SMB with built-in RAID is somewhat interesting to me but what is really worth coverage is the approach the company takes to their NAS solution. They have focused on keeping NAS simple to operate.   Netgear is known for having products that work well in the field and they are embracing SMB telephony with the hope of bringing their easy to use mindset to the world of telecom. The company has partnered with Avaya to resell the New Jersey-based telecom leader’s one-x Quick Edition line of solutions.   Why is the edition quick you ask?

Unified Communications for the Trading Floor

June 4, 2007

  Please join me as I will be participating as a speaker at the following event fairly soon:   Unified Communications for the Trading Floor Roundtable Location & timing:     * New York City * Monday, June 18th, 5.30 – 8.30pm * The Audi Forum, 250 Park Avenue at 47th Street, near Grand Central Station (Audi’s corporate flagship location— very high tech, with latest line of high performance cars on display)   Agenda:
  • 5.30pm - 6pm Welcome cocktails
  • 6.00pm – 7.00pm Roundtable discussion
  • 7.00pm - 8:30pm Closing reception (cocktails and canapés)
  • Saul Rozinsky, VP Network Engineering, Lehman Brothers
  • Jason Scott, VP CIB Technology, Wachovia CIB Capital Markets
  • Michael Payne, Business Development Manager, Financial Services, Cisco
  • Tony Kleckner, Director & Practice Leader for Financial Services, Avaya
  • Ed McDonnell, SVP Sales, IM Trader/Pivor Solutions
  Theme & Discussion Topics Unified Communications: Communications integrated to optimize business processes on the trading floor   Basic description:   Today's organizations must contend with increasingly complex communications environments featuring a wide array of communications methods. Employees, business partners, and customers communicate with one another through infinite combinations of wired, wireless, and mobile phones; voice messaging; e-mail; fax; mobile clients; and rich-media conferencing. Too often, however, these tools are not used as effectively as they could be. The result is information overload, lack of agility, and misdirected communications that delay decisions, slow down processes, drive customers away, and reduce productivity.

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