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The Enterprise will Embrace SD-WAN in 2018

SD-WAN is rapidly becoming a cornerstone next-gen IT service embraced by companies of all sizes. Some of the benefits of software-defined wide area networks are cloud security, easier hybrid cloud deployment and applications performance management. What many companies will tell...

Windstream's Unique SD-WAN Position

As the SD-WAN market continues to thrive and resellers and MSPs look to add these solutions to their arsenal, an important question to ask is what is happening to what we might call legacy solutions potentially displaced by software-defined wide...

Diverse Broadband Roots Gives Hughes an SD-WAN Edge

One of the most demanding communications environments is satellite where bandwidth can be extremely limited yet real-time communications is a necessity as soldiers need to communicate with others - potentially thousands of miles from the battlefield. Over the years, VoIP...

MegaPath Leverages Years of Experience to Lead in SD-WAN

MegaPath is in a unique position in the SD-WAN space as they were on the leading edge of the MPLS curve and SD-WAN in many cases is becoming a competing or even next-generation technology. In 2012, the company even...

TELoIP Brings SD-WAN to Companies of All Sizes

The market predictions for SD-WAN growth show a hockey-stick. What is most interesting about this growth is it’s literally across the spectrum from the SMB or small business all the way up to the enterprise. It’s unusual for a technology...

SD-WAN is Booming and Airespring is Providing its Customers Innovative Solutions

SD-WAN is eating the WAN, cloud and IP communications all at once. We’ve all seen the amazing projections of market growth but the question is why? To gain insight, we looked to some of the most well-respected thought leaders in...

MSP Expo: The Managed Services Opportunity has Never Been Greater

While some predicted the death of the MSP market thanks to cloud, the truth is cloud has been a double-edged sword. In the one hand, over time, the move to cloud means less money for managed service providers in terms...

Cloud and Debt did Avaya in

8x8 has seen its stock triple in the past five years as they move upmarket and take share from telecom hardware players. Interestingly, this increment is the exact same amount of time its been since ShoreTel acquired M5 to provide...

How ITEXPO Has Transformed into THE Communications Event

Recently, we have had a great deal of feedback from attendees commenting that ITEXPO in Florida (Yes, Florida, in February – and airfares are literally dirt cheap) has evolved to become THE communications event – for the Americas and beyond....

President Zuckerberg? The Top 28 CEO Choices for U.S. President

Now that Donald Trump has become president, the mold has been broken and lots of other wealthy CEOs will throw their hats in the ring. Billionaire founder of Bloomberg L.P., Michael Bloomberg almost ran for president this time around according...

Talari Adds Firewall, Features to SD-WAN solution

SD-WAN is another one of those growth areas in tech which often goes unnoticed. Some time back I went to visit Talari to learn about their solutions in the spaces – before the term was called SD-WAN. I named them...

Microsoft's LinkedIn Acquisition is API Integration on Steroids

Redmond just turned ecosystem lemons into lemonade Microsoft has been uniquely positioned in the IT space for decades meaning it’s a massive target for the whole industry. In fact, the company is now in a similar position to Novell in...

All About the API: The One Developer Event You Need

OK, I am going to start off by taking back the headline of this post... There isn't one of anything you need. If you have a sports car, you likely also need an SUV so your kids cramped in the...

API of the Week: IntelePeer is UC Glue for Microsoft and Cisco

Some years back, there were ads on TV for BASF – touting the fact they don’t make the products you use, they make them better. In the UC space, this is the position IntelePeer plays. Specifically, IntelePeer Cloud Communications is...

Riverbed SteelCentral UCExpert Maximizes UC Quality on Avaya, Microsoft and Cisco

Communicating via quality voice and video conversations is essential for keeping happy employees, partners and customers. Perhaps most importantly, ensuring quality conversations is a big part of your job security. It doesn’t matter if you’re an MSP, VAR, Interconnect, channel...

Hiring Millennials? Fortune Favors the Prepared

Six years ago I covered Cisco’s Quad, enterprise social network strategy that was a great idea but likely didn’t succeed because it was sold top-down the way Cisco is accustomed to selling things. It turns out social, needs to be...

ShoreTel Connect Brings its Signature Simplicity to Hybrid Cloud Communications

Simplicity is one of the reasons ShoreTel emerged on the corporate communications scene and became a dominant player in a market once virtually owned by the likes of Avaya, Nortel, Cisco and Mitel. The company has also done a great...

How Chris Botting Moved Hardware to Software Decades before Others

Recently, I ran into Chris Botting at an event where everyone was telling me about how there is a move from hardware to software and the trend is revolutionary. I told Chris, that he is responsible for this revolution yet...

Prysm Enterprise Will Boost Collaboration and Might Kill Off Audio Conference Calls

Prysm’s recently released Prysm Enterprise solution is a SaaS/hardware solution designed to connect all users in an enterprise together in a more collaborative setting, allowing workers to become more productive and efficient. In an interview with Dana Corey (above),...

Lifesize Reinvents Itself in Cloud Video

CEO Craig Malloy explains the new company’s mission and strategy for the future I first introduced you to Lifesize in 2007 explaining the company offered near telepresence quality at a fraction of the cost. At the time I said, “The...

IoT News from Cisco, University of Missouri and a new IoT Certification Available

Lots of exciting news in the IoT and M2M spaces today. Cisco unveils six pillars for IoT development and lots of new products, iControl Networks will make the smart-home a reality. There is a big IoT project going on to...

CloudGenix Gets Funded to Fuel SD-WANs

Kumar Ramachandran, Co-Founder and CEO of CloudGenix recently sat with me and explained his vision for software-defined enterprise WANS, which use off-the-shelf hardware and allow corporations to abstract their business processes, utilize hybrid network virtualization and network function projection. SD‐WANs...

Akamai Connect adds Cache and Speed to Cisco WAN

When you’re in the media business long enough getting briefed by companies about their new offerings, you develop relationships which quite often means you gain a lot of trust with the person speaking with you. On virtually every call I'm...

Does Redbooth Signal a new Growth Spurt in Business Collaboration?

Collaboration solutions are one of the most challenging ones to judge in my opinion because the real world and online one are very different. Did any of you use the Second Life virtual world filled with avatars of people to...

How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry is changing rapidly thanks to time-shifting, on-demand and mobile devices. This in-turn affects the whole broadcast chain. The...
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