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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.

Cloud Computing Unleashes Creativity

May 2, 2010

Recently at Cloud Expo in New York I caught up with Duke Skarda the Vice President, Information Technology and Software Development at The Planet and learned about his company's Infrastructure as a Service business targeting companies who have hardened websites which need to be up 24x7. He explained how his company believes many customers want a blend of cloud and premise-based solutions.

 

In the above video Skarda explains a growing part of his business is experimental projects where companies hope for the best but plan for the worst by utilizing cloud-based infrastructure to ensure they have resiliency of an always-on network without the CAPEX of doing it yourself. The ability to quickly scale an application at a fraction of the cost of owning all the equipment yourself means companies can experiment with services in ways not possible in the past.

Apple Stores Are a Weapon

April 30, 2010

Anyone who has ever passed by an Apple store knows that they are generally packed. I have passed by dozens and it never ceases to amaze me that the traffic in the store is laser-focused on various devices, gadgets and software. You never see this sort of enthusiasm in general PC stores. There is a special magic taking place in these minimalistic retail shops.

Voice Peering Conference at ITEXPO in LA this October

April 26, 2010

Everyone probably knows I have been a huge proponent of the voice/VoIP peering space for the last five years. A few of the first people get me enthused about the space were Shrihari Pandit of Stealth Communications and Hunter Newby who is now at Allied Fiber. Over the years, we at TMC have held numerous educational sessions on peering at ITEXPO and recently we have had calls to increase the coverage of peering at the show.

The reason?

Cisco Sports Technology Wows Crowds

April 22, 2010

 



Cisco is betting a huge amount on video via its telepresence investments as well as initiatives of Linksys and the recent Tandberg acquisition. But it doesn't end there. They are leveraging sports and specifically sports technology to drive more bits through its routers and eyeballs to its logos.

TMCnet Videos now More iPhone/iPod/iPad Friendly

April 21, 2010

 


We have spent a considerable amount of time rearchitecting the TMC video site to be more friendly with Apple products which don't support Flash. Our solution has a few parts and for those of you who like video, here are some options. On an iPhone/iPod you can just go to i.tmcnet.com where you will be presented with a video option showing some of our more recently recorded videos as well as recent stories. We have an iPad 3G on order and will test this site out on the device when Apple releases it.

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