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Hot News: Ixia, VPI, Wyde Voice, Google, Spirent, Sangoma, LifeSize, Aculab and more

March 16, 2008

I try not to play favorites with the news and instead of giving you my picks of the week, I defer to TMC editors who picked the following stories as some of the week's best. This week, we have a truly diverse group of stories that range from the economy to open source and even SIP trunking.

Hopefully you will find them interesting as well and if you don't - please don't get mad  at me as I am just the messenger.

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  • Ixia Intros Quality of Experience and Service Validation Platform for Triple Play
  • The Right Tools for Making Bandwidth Management Work for You
  • VPI's Activ! Voice Recording Solution Rated Avaya Compliant
  • Ethernet Extenders: Key Benefits and What to Look For
  • WYDE Voice Launches Wideband Audio Conferencing Appliances
  • BT Partners with RingCentral to Launch Small Business Hosted Phone Service
  • Converging Networks, Converging Channels
  • Hosted PBX: The Next Step in Voice Communications
  • Google Completes Acquisition of DoubleClick
  • Atlas Telecom Leading the IP PBX Charge
  • Broadvox Achieves Interoperability Certification with AdvanceIP
  • LifeSize Software Version 3.5
  • VoIP Usage Pattern Differs from Legacy Telephony
  • Analyst: CEOs Should Remain Steadfast in the Face of Economic Downturn
  • Spirent Picks Telchemy's VQmon for IPTV Analysis
  • VanillaSoft Adds New Features to its Web-based Lead Management System.
  • When Will Telcos Deploy VoIP?
  • Getting the Most Out of Mobile Device Management
  • Sangoma Expands its Presence in Europe and the Middle East through New Partnership with The IP Company
  • Phone System Choices: The Importance of End-User Feedback
  • A Primer on SIP and VoIP CODECs
  • Two BlueNote Networks SOA Products Win 2007 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award
  • Telecom Expense Management Solutions Provider Tangoe Wins UC Product of the Year Award
  • Esnatech Intros Telephony Office-LinX 7.1 with Disaster Recovery Enhancements
  • MOBIVOX's New Say It and Save It Feature
  • Massey University Picks Network Equipment Technologies' VX Series Intelligent Media Gateway
  • Brasil Telecom GlobeNet Hires Nokia Siemens Networks to Expand in North America
  • AOTMP's 2008 Wireless Mobility Market Landscape Now Available
  • Webcasting Helps Companies Save Money, Be Green
  • What the ApplianX Gateway from Aculab Has to Do With Pizza

 







Fingerprint Memory Drives Flawed

March 14, 2008

One would imagine that a fingerprint reader on a memory stick or hard drive was a guarantee of security. Those of us in technology for any period of time know that security in any market is more journey than destination.

In this case, many biometrics enabled memory sticks rely on software on the computer as opposed to the stick itself for part of the authentication.

The problem is that this is an easy solution to hack if you get a determined hacker.

Still, having a fingerprint reader is better than nothing. Especially if you aren't really protecting trade secrets. For the typical company this probably isn't such a big deal.

So now that you know, be careful...







Gadget Virus Complaints

March 13, 2008

Google's Application Upgrade Feed

March 13, 2008

Google applications have been upgraded these past years and many times these updates are done quietly as they are software as a service SaaS applications and as such it wasn't obvious that people needed to know about these upgrades.

At least that is how many SaaS vendors start out. Then over time, they confuse users to tears as they can't figure out if the reason their programs look different in the morning is because of an upgrade the prior evening or a result of the major hangover from the prior night's holiday party.

Like many things in life, we can now keep track of all of the happenings in Google applications from a single RSS feed. As Google gets into more and more areas we can expect this feed to become massive... And it should be very interesting to see how many new features Google is able to add and how quickly they advance.

The first person of course to subscribe to these feeds was Steve Ballmer.





SIP Security Webinar

March 13, 2008

While SIP is an excellent protocol which has made the IP communications market a much better place, there are security challenges with this protocol as it is very open and not inherently secure. It is ironic that the openness of the protocol itself is exactly what makes it a challenge to secure.

To aid people looking for more information on securing SIP, in areas such as SIP trunking and enterprise SIP deployment, TMC has a free webinar taking place on April 10, 2008. You can also view an archived version of the webinar if you can't make this date.

Here is an article on the webinar titled The Basics of Secure SIP Trunking and a link to the registration page of the webinar.

I hope you enjoy the presentation.





Bill Gates Promotes Education and Immigration Improvements

March 12, 2008

Today the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology will hold a hearing on the future of innovation and U.S. competitiveness. This hearing commemorates the committee's 50th anniversary and as part of the event, Bill Gates will be speaking.

Microsoft sent out a document prior to this meeting in order to give us an idea on what he will be saying today.

"I know we all want the United States to continue to be the world's center for innovation.



Newest Tech, Oldest Profession

March 11, 2008



I must admit, I was not 100% sure I wanted to cover this topic in my blog but in the end the human interest angle coupled with the popularity of the news regarding the Eliot Spitzer prostitution arrest made many of us in the technology space realize just how much technology is in use in the world's oldest profession.

Bank wires, cell phones, pagers, smart phones, IM and video conferencing are just some of the technologies now used in this business. In addition, MSNBC reports of sophisticated bug and hidden camera detection devices as well.

The only thing I haven't seen brought to light is unified communications in prostitution rings. I am sure it is just a matter of time. Now that the world is catching on to just how high-tech the profession is, I am sure some of my vendor meetings will have me dealing with comments like ,"We have 35% call girl market share while our competitors are still struggling with this vertical market...





Microprocessors: The Weakest Security Link

March 10, 2008

Although there seem to be limitless ways to attack computers, a vulnerability you might not have ever seen coming takes place in the microprocessors. As chips have become more powerful than , it is now possible for a person in a  chip fab or another in the supply chain to plant counterfeit chips in place of real ones.

The reason to switch out a chip has to do with taking control of a processor at a later date for a variety of nefarious purposes.

The complexity of today's chips is an issue as it has become impossible to check them for all potential responses before they are shipped.

U.S. security agencies are very concerned but many wonder why anyone would bother to target chips when so many easier ways seem to exists to hack into today's computer systems.

[Popular Mechanics]







Ken Camp is Available

March 8, 2008

Regular readers of my blog and attendees of TMC expos no doubt know Ken Camp. Ken is very knowledgeable in the field of information technology with special expertise in communications and security. He has written books, articles, spoken at shows and is a recognized thought leader in the blogoshere and beyond.

Ken does all this and is also the State Enterprise Architect for the State of Washington -- with a special focus on security.

Ken has impressed me for a number of reasons and perhaps one of the most amazing things he does is travel to industry events on his own dime. He does this because he seems to truly love the industry, being involved with it and sharing his thoughts with others via his books, internet writings and speaking assignmets.

Having said that, Ken is looking to change roles and I can think of few people who are capable as he is.





Yes, Telecom is Broken

March 8, 2008

Yes Peter, telecom is broken in some areas you mention but in others it seems to be doing just fine. What scares me most about the points you mention is how our politicians and regulators don't seem to care about fairness in the markets. But this topic we will leave for another day.

You have some good and intriguing thoughts in your blog post which I excerpted from your On Rad's Radar? blog:

From an agent side of telecom, I do think it is broken.



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