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Steve Jobs is My Hero but He Scares Me

May 16, 2010

I should start out this post by saying I believe that the momentum Apple has gained in the mobile and now tablet space is probably close to unstoppable in the near-term. Short of Steve jobs resigning and someone messing it all up, it is very difficult to see how anyone can catch them. The stores, the user interfaces, the apps, the iTunes store... I look at each of these accomplishments and see Cupertino digging a deeper and wider moat around its businesses.

Dialogic and Veraz Merge

May 12, 2010

Dialogic and Veraz Networks just announced their intent to merge and the news has many implications for the numerous markets the companies play in. Nick Jensen, CEO of Dialogic had this to say about the merger, "By combining Dialogic's proven expertise in application enablement for voice and video with Veraz's leadership in voice, data, session control, security, and transport, we will be creating a company with innovative products that will enable our customers to unleash the profit of video, voice and data for 3G/4G networks."

Dialogic has been a voracious company having rolled up much of the communications development market over the years. By integrating once fierce competitors NMS and Brooktrout/Cantata the company has taken on more and more share of market.

D-Link, Much More Than the $99 Router Guys

May 9, 2010

Let's face it, it's an exciting time to be in the consumer electronics and technology business as consumers and businesses are buying better and faster devices while simultaneously upgrading their bandwidth connections including routing and switching technology. One of the major vendors in these spaces is D-Link and recently I sat down with the company's US management team to hear how they plan to grow and evolve into the future.

In a discussion with Nick Tidd - President, Dan Kelley, Senior Director of Marketing and Les Goldberg, Media Relations Manager I got to learn a tremendous amount about how the company is looking to move upmarket without losing its core heritage as a provider of SMB and consumer technology solutions.

Tidd explained, "We are more than your $99 router guys and we have been working to build-out our product portfolio and partner program over last few months." Perhaps the most important part of a strategy of moving upmarket is a chassis-based product and not surprisingly the company recently announced the xStack Chassis Series DGS-7200E.

For Apple, It's the Simplicity Stupid

May 8, 2010

How Apple's dead simple interfaces and walled-garden approach are wreaking havoc on the competitive world of technology and entertainment

If you have any interest in the future of computing read this post from Charlie's Diary which explains why he thinks Apple is blocking Flash from many of its newer devices. In a nutshell, Flash allows cross-platform development and Apple of course doesn't want to see this being done. There are other cross platform tools available for the iPhone at but let's not go there at this moment.

Force10 and VMware Intertwine Networking and Virtualization

May 8, 2010

The data center market has a built-in engine of growth according to Kevin Wade - Senior Director of Product Marketing at Force10 Networks. Wade explained the move to the cloud coupled with increased bandwidth demands have come together to keep the market more resistant to the slowing effects of the economy. He actually said that data centers are in high-growth mode which is good to hear if you are a believer like I am that technology spending generally correlates to greater productivity.

Is the iPad a Work Device?

May 8, 2010

Should Apple's competition be scared? Absolutely. Apple has done it again.

Yesterday TMC received its iPad and you may recall me watching it as it left China and made its way to Alaska.

TV Disruption to Happen More Slowly Than You Think

May 4, 2010

If you have any interest in understanding how the internet will or will not disrupt television broadcasting you must read this article from Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital. Bill explains in well-thought out detail that affiliate fees will block disruption for many years. In other words, the television market via fees paid by affiliates such as cable companies are worth - $32 billion/year.

What does this mean?

InfiniBand over Ethernet Gives Speed and More

May 2, 2010

The need for faster data throughput is not slowing down and there are a number of high-level business reasons for the continuing data tsunami in modern data centers. Perhaps the most important from a financial perspective is high-performance computing related to the financial markets. Algorithmic traders can turn a slight decrease in latency into potentially millions or billions of dollars. A few weeks back in fact I discussed this very point when interviewing Jim Theodoras - Director of Technical Marketing at ADVA Optical Networking.

Our WiFi Future

May 2, 2010

For years, the tech industry tried to kill Ethernet with newer and more innovative technologies but Ethernet kept evolving to meet and exceed the challenge. In fact now the replacement of T1s and T3s with Ethernet is common. Although not exactly analogous, I always think of WiFi as similar to Ethernet in that it continues to evolve to take on technologies such as WiMAX, LTE and other next generation networks.

Certainly anyone who has used a municipal WIFi solution which works well knows you can somewhat replace cellular providers in this manner.

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