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IoT Connectivity Standards? Still a Confusing Mess.

October 21, 2017

62 million European households will soon have smart gas meters as reported on IoT Evolution with an annual growth rate of 27.8 percent until 2022.

We recently reported that the U.S. was behind Europe in LoRa deployments so when we saw this research report, we decided to dig deeper. We wondered, are all of these deployments LoRa-based?

Interestingly the answer is a resounding no. 

According to the article:

European smart gas meters use a variety of communication methods, the report indicates, including fixed RF networks and local interfaces to master electricity meters.








Telecoms see Content as King Thanks to Procera Networks

October 9, 2017

“Telecoms are seeing content is king,” said Dan Geiger, Sr. Dir – Solutions Marketing at Procera Networks as we discussed in an in-person interview how his company is helping global carriers. You might recall a year ago we told you the company helps shape even encrypted traffic. Dan reinforced that the company’s solutions see the device layer, cell phones, cell towers and the core network while being able to differentiate various types of traffic.

This is why carriers are able to see content as king – because they have more control over it than ever before.

Netsnapper Brings SD-WAN to IoT and IIoT

October 9, 2017

Many M2M devices need to be securely and persistently connected over a variety of transports such as satellite, WiFi, LTE, etc. Increased persistence can increase pressure on security as the longer devices are connected, the greater the chance of them getting hacked. In addition, staying on all the time means a larger battery drain.

One company, Netsnapper thinks they have the solution to these problems.

AT&T Connected Health Foundry Celebrates Success

September 23, 2017

Earlier today we discussed how some years back IMS provided a platform for carriers to roll out applications. The industry discussed the concept for a number of years – magazines, associations and events sprung up to support carrier efforts but the market never happened the way anyone thought it would. This was in-part because Apple rolled out an App Store and then Google followed and developers didn’t need to work with carriers. It was much faster to integrate with the hardware in the hands of the consumer.

Roku IPO Reminds us Tech is an Oligopoly

September 3, 2017



Roku is a company that defied the odds - competing in a market with Apple, Google and Amazon and somehow persevering by making superior products in what is without a doubt a highly commoditized space. To make matters worse, Google and Amazon really don't seem to care too much about profitability - Amazon in general and Google/Alphabet for its businesses beyond search.

Still, despite the challenging competitive environment, Roku has persevered and done well.

The company's investors are about to partially cash out via an IPO and in its filing documents it tells us that two of its most popular services, YouTube and Netflix pay them virtually no money.

Tech is an oligopoly of sorts. In 2015, Om Malik wrote about the winner-take-all nature of Silicon Valley.

Here is an excerpt:

This loop of algorithms, infrastructure, and data is potent. Add what are called network effects to the mix, and you start to see virtual monopolies emerge almost overnight.











Maybe Net Neutrality Needs to Apply to Silicon Valley

August 21, 2017

In the debate for net neutrality, its been left versus right for about a decade. Silicon Valley, and Democrats are for net neutrality while conservatives are for free markets with minimal government regulation.

The biggest argument advocates of net neutrality use is they fear for a world where unregulated ISPs are able to throttle and block content they don't agree with or that which is competitive.

Last month, Google, Facebook and Spotify among many others worked together to participate in a June 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action in support of net neutrality.

Organized by Fight for the Futurefreepress, and Demand Progress, the event precedes a July 17 deadline for public comment on the FCC's proposed changes to net neutrality rules, originally designed to prevent huge internet service providers from creating internet 'fast lanes' that deliver content from some owners at higher speeds (and potentially higher costs) than that of others. In his new role as head of the FCC, former commissioner and Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has quickly mobilized efforts to roll back the Obama-era protections, among other things, arguing that the regulations will inhibit investment and innovation in the field.

Interestingly net neutrality proponants are generally associated with the antifa movement - the communist group which says it represents anti-fascism.

So there we have it - the left wants net neutrality rules so the government can ensure corporations can't keep sites they don't agree with, off the internet.









Warranty Master a Must for MSPs

June 23, 2017

Many of you know I am the CEO of a tristate MSP/IT services company primarily serving NY, NJ and Connecticut and it helps me really understand how the IT market works. Most tech writers just stay in the vendor world where things work perfectly I am in the world of reality where things often don't work as advertised. The perspective is invaluable.

Even the companies with stellar reputations for simplicity and service have some products which make you want to flush them down the toilet from time to time. But you have to either use them or resell them to know this.

ExtraHop Takes Operations Intelligence to the Next Level

June 19, 2017

"We provide operations intelligence which borders on business intelligence,” said Jesse Rothstein CEO of ExtraHop in an interview we had some time back. Since that time the company's machine-learning anomaly detection solution Addy was introduced to leverage the cloud to help companies get a handle on their data center - slowing down the spread of RansomWare by integrating with SIEM solutions.

"ExtraHop Addy brings our environment into focus," said David Johnson, Enterprise Systems Support Specialist with the State of Washington. "With this service, we're alerted to issues we didn't know we had, and it makes us much more proactive in resolving them before the effects are widespread. We now have the data we need to be smarter about how we operate."

Recently, we sat down with Eric Thomas, Director of Solutions Architecture and Rachel Pepple (pictured to the right and below), Director of Marketing Communications to learn about the company's new 

professional services.



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Array Networks Goes Virtual, Gives MSPs a new Revenue Opportunity

June 5, 2017

The load balancing market evolved into ADCs and these devices are now competing with cloud-based solutions. As this evolution has taken place, Array Networks saw an opportunity to take a page from the carrier market and explore virtualizing network functions.

In an exclusive interview with Paul Anderson, Senior Director of Marketing, he told me the company has a new network functions platform for deploying virtualized application delivery and security functions with guaranteed performance. In their testing, the company took a Fortinet firewall (with the appropriate licensing of course) and realized they could get five times better performance using software over hardware.



Help Nominate Agents of Digital Transformation

May 25, 2017

We have some very exciting news to share! 

The Agents of Change recognition program was developed to identify the leaders within companies that are helping transform vision and innovation into reality.

Nominate leaders you believe deserve special recognition for their ability to initiate and drive change in the industry. Your nominee could be from a large company, where change is often harder to implement, or from a smaller company or startup where, this particular Agent of Change has taken technological innovation to heart and is creating opportunities that have the potential to change not just a company, but the world, for the better. 


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