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Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Break Up Big Tech

March 8, 2019


Elizabeth Warren penned her detailed opinion today, telling us it is time to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook, implying they are defacto monopolies. She is correct, they are. Whether they meet the classical definition today or not is secondary, they all have enough market power to effectively block competition and continue to wipe out current foes.

We agree in principle but not with many of the specifics. Here is the objective analysis of the salient points of her writings:

In the 1990s, Microsoft — the tech giant of its time — was trying to parlay its dominance in computer operating systems into dominance in the new area of web browsing.




After Bomb Cyclones and Tornadoes, is Your Company Prepared?

March 6, 2019

In the last few weeks alone the United States alone has witnessed numerous catastrophic weather events from bomb cyclones in the Midwest to tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia.

Sadly, many businesses are not prepared for such events – too many rely on a single location without proper backup systems to run their company when the weather or other emergency hits like ransomware or worse, something like the NotPetya attack which made files inaccessible forever. This single piece of malware alone caused over $10 billion in damage based on corporate public filings.

StaffAlerter Adds Personal Alerting Device for Enhanced Safety

March 4, 2019

Instant communication is becoming more important in business, schools, municipalities and the federal government. After 9/11 this became more apparent than ever and school shootings and other emergencies have only reinforced the need.

Yet most schools and cities haven't solved the problem. Why? Perhaps because they don't know what company to turn to. 

The Case for Edge Computing gets Stronger as IIC and OpenFog Unite

February 20, 2019

Edge computing has a very bright future - it is absolutely inevitable.

If you are unconvinced, we invite you to read until the end.

For the sake of this post - we will use edge and fog computing interchangeably. This is becoming a less controversial position based on a recent exclusive interview with Chuck Byers, OpenFog CTO.



The OpenFog Consortium announced at an IoT Evolution Expo keynote in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last month, that their merger with the Industrial Internet Consortium or IIC was finalized. Both Carl Ford and Ken Briodagh with IoT Evolution have interesting insights on this merger, as does Matt Vasey, Chairman and President of OpenFog Consortium.

Suffice it to say, this combining of resources makes a great deal of sense as it helps the adoption of edge/fog computing. Here are some of the benefits and issues of fog-computing and OpenFog contributions.

Latency

Chuck discussed that apps should run in the cloud if possible but there are often impediments.













Pareteum on What iPass Merger Means

February 18, 2019

We told you last year Pareteum wants to let carriers and companies quickly integrate global mobile services. They abstract the communications companies and users need, allowing a focus on applications and services, not the underlying network.

To that end, last year, Pareteum procured a worldwide license to embed iPass technology as part of its connectivity strategy.

You may recall, in 2008 we were pretty impressed with how iPass helped create a communications skin first discussed by the head of Bell Labs. Specifically, they allowed a single login and password to access a network of global WiFi devices.

Now, the two companies are involved in M&A meaning the best of both companies can be harnessed by customers worldwide.

In an exclusive interview, CEO Vic Bozzo explained, Vic said, "Wireless is eating everything. Demand is growing and carriers can't keep up." He continued, "Pareteum provides flexible, elastic, cloud-based management of all of these streams of communications."

Our most recent video interview with Vic Bozzo


With iPass, they get a top-notch connectivity manager allowing customers to toggle easily between wireless and WiFi. In addition, they get access to 65 million global hotspots and over 500 Fortune 1,000 customers.

"Customers can now connect anywhere and everywhere," he exclaimed.

He went on to explain, companies are taking advantage of their open APIs to take advantage of more flexible communications and the smart-city space is beginning to heat up as a customer segment.

It's a great story with impressive synergies - a further abstraction of communications, allowing companies and developers to focus on solutions and apps, while ensuring connectivity is handled in the most efficient manner.


















Cato Networks Proves Quality, Interops with RingCentral

February 13, 2019

The SD-WAN solution from Cato Networks has been certified as a connectivity partner by RingCentral and in recent testing has shown to achieve a MOS score of 3.8 or greater - even with 15 percent or more packet loss.

“Many enterprises are deploying SD-WAN, as a leading technology to assure highest-levels of quality of service and availability,” said Curtis Peterson, senior vice president, cloud operations, RingCentral. “As part of our partner certification process, we tested Cato’s ability to deliver high-quality voice even under extremely poor network conditions. We found that Cato was able to accommodate more than 15 percent packet loss and still maintain a high-level of voice quality, which is a significant achievement in providing superior customer experience.”

This is important as it gives potential customers a performance score which can be used when comparing vendors. In reality, the more networks powering an SD-WAN solution, the more packet loss and latency a well-designed SD-WAN solution can handle.




Cato Networks connects all branch locations and the mobile workforce into RingCentral datacenters with a global, secure, and optimized cloud-native network.








How Richard Sprague has Evolved Since ITEXPO

February 3, 2019


Many of you may remember Richard Sprague from ITEXPO. He was the Senior Director, Marketing for Microsoft Response Point - their small business phone system launched at the show. It was great working with him throughout 2009.

Richard moved on to focus more on the healthcare space after leaving Microsoft and more recently has been doing some fascinating things with his microbiome, meaning the entire community of microbes found in his body at any given time. A fascinating CNBC article about Rich details how he’s sent in hundreds of samples from his skin, nose and stool to various companies that claim to analyze the microbiome for insights about human health.

Here is an excerpt:

In 2014, he decided to do all he could to understand his body with these newly available tests.








VisibilityOne Launches Crucial Videoconferencing Monitoring Solution

January 23, 2019



Industry Veteran Von Bedekian (above) has launched an exciting new company along with his past coworker Jose De La Paz (below). Von is one of the most experienced telecom players there is having run GBH Distributing for decades. His expertise crosses telecom, video IT and the channel among many others.



Their VisibilityOne

 has just announced the public beta launch of its patented video conferencing monitoring solution. 




PHISH360 Helps Solve The $12.5B Phishing Problem

January 9, 2019

The FBI says email attacks cost business $12.5 billion!



This is in-part because hacking into a person's account could be as easy as sending a general phishing or specific spear phishing message.

One wrong click by an employee and your company can be compromised - data stolen or ransomware installed on the network.

To solve this problem, PHISH360 was launched to give every company a free way to test employees by sending them anti-phishing behavior management messages (APBM) and then informing users and the company, if users click when they shouldn't.

Every company needs to drastically reduce phishing effectiveness by using cost-effective behavior management tools.

For the first time ever, an enterprise-quality solution is available for any company to try, with no cost or obligation.











At IoT Evolution See Cisco, Google, Nokia and What Matters

January 8, 2019

IoT Evolution Expo returns to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jan 29-Feb 1st, 2019 with an amazing agenda.

Attendees tell us they love this event because it has all the right players to learn about the present and future of the market.



To get a sense of what it will be like - we encourage you to read our recent interviews with some of the speakers.

Randy Van Buren, Solutions Engineer, Nokia will be a panelist in the “5G General Session - Keeping Connected: From 5G to Zigbee."

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

What will be some key points you plan to hit in your session?
Key points for my session will be implementation of identity of networks, data access paths, endpoint credentials as well as subscription / accounting are now opened up from the legacy cellular world of being defined by carriers toward the IT-perspective of letting an enterprise, application, and manufactured determining the option that suits their definition. The carriers will be required to provide the flexibility of provisioning, mapping, and freeform storage, transport, as well as billing.

What new insights can attendees expect to take home from your session?
Insights to be gained will be the pressure on carriers to move away from traditional SIM cards and their associated infrastructure toward eSIM and other forms of trust sources that are software-based instead of soldered into hardware.

One of our great keynoters is Ricardo Prada, UX Director at Google, where he directs broad, multidisciplinary teams of scientists and designers, adapting future technologies to human needs and capabilities. 











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