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Kenati

June 5, 2007

Although my home may look very neat and organized, it is in fact a an absolute mess. I am not talking about the normal objects which create mess -- paper and clothes; I am talking about devices.   I have gadgets and wireless headsets of all types laying around. I have a USB hard disk, multiple laptops, an iMac, a phone which plays music, two phones which take photos and videos and myriad other devices which do different things. I have a Nokia N800 web tablet to browse the web from the couch and finally I have files, files everywhere.   My (electronic) home life is frankly a mess.

WildPackets

June 5, 2007

WildPackets comes out swinging with a suite on new testing initiatives as part of it’s new OmniAnalysis 5 release.   The testing market seems to be doing very well and it is amazing to see how many new products are being launched in this space and how well companies in this market seem to be doing.   I certainly don’t want to say the market is an easy one to play in but in reality as networks get more complex and real-time applications like voice and video jump on packetized networks, testing becomes essential. Add to this the proliferation of new wired and wireless broadband standards and you have a recipe for rich testing companies.   Now I am not accusing any of the testing companies of being fat and happy because clearly they are innovating. What I am saying is the opportunity seems to be bright in this space.   One company who has launched a major set of new products is WildPackets. I recently caught up with the company’s management team and the briefing was so packed with information I may have set a typing record trying to record it all.

Netgear

June 4, 2007

Recently I sat down with Vivek Pathela the VP of Marketing at Netgear and he shared some of the recent happenings at the company. For example Netgear recently rolled out a new NAS solution which is based on technology from a company they recently acquired called Infrant.   NAS for the SMB with built-in RAID is somewhat interesting to me but what is really worth coverage is the approach the company takes to their NAS solution. They have focused on keeping NAS simple to operate.   Netgear is known for having products that work well in the field and they are embracing SMB telephony with the hope of bringing their easy to use mindset to the world of telecom. The company has partnered with Avaya to resell the New Jersey-based telecom leader’s one-x Quick Edition line of solutions.   Why is the edition quick you ask?

Ken Camp

June 4, 2007

Tom Wheeler

June 1, 2007

Communications Optimism

June 1, 2007

Google Gears

May 31, 2007

Google’s announcement that they have launched Google Gears is significant as it means the plethora of web-based applications which once were not able to run without internet connectivity can now function without a connection. The technology is available as open-source meaning there will likely be great interest in using it to develop applications.   When you add the words “open-source” to anything it seems to get people interested.   What does this mean? Simply stated, the one major Achilles heals of web-based applications is their inability to function properly when there is no internet connection.

Deutsche Telekom Reinvests in VoIP

May 30, 2007

If you were watching the VoIP market in 1999 you would have witnessed the most forward-thinking service provider in the world, Deutsche Telecom who decided to not only roll out VoIP but also invest in the company that brought VoIP to the masses. I am talking about VocalTec of course.   1999 was the second year of Internet Telephony Magazine’s life and this investment brought a tremendous amount of confidence into the world of IP communications at the time.   Most if not all other service providers at the time were saying publicly that VoIP had no place in business or carrier networks. This investment was very refreshing.   In case you aren’t aware, VocalTec stumbled when the bubble burst and was eventually acquired by Tdsoft who kept the VocalTec name.   Now Deutsche Telekom is at it again and they have joined Intel in investing in JaJah a company providing a VoIP to PSTN solution.   The importance of this news is the first service provider responsible for accelerating the VoIP market is now reinvesting in the space. Who knows how far along VoIP would be without Deutsche Telekom helping fund the first startup in the space.

Dragons at Your Door

May 30, 2007

How Chinese Cost Innovation is Disrupting Global Competition I just received Dragons at Your Door from the Harvard Business School Press and I was going to put it on the bookshelf but for some reason I started to skim it. The timing was perfect as a well-respected PR director made a comment yesterday about an acquirer for Avaya. They said Huawei might be the best company to pick them up.   I wasn’t so sure when he mentioned this idea but the more I think about it the more it makes sense.   I skimmed the book for a few minutes and it is rife with a examples of our dealings with China and other countries and it discusses the similarities between competition from China and Japan.   I haven’t spent enough time on it to say it is good or bad but the book has whetted my appetite to a point where I will put it on my list of books to read. When free time allows of course.

CommPartners Update

May 22, 2007

It has been a few years since I wrote about CommPartners and I am surprised at how much their business has transformed. The company is one of the few CLECs who seem to have figured out a business model that works.   CommPartners is a CLEC focusing on business customers and the company also sells access to their network on a wholesale basis. They have some impressive customers and as is all too frequently the case I can't share the list with you due to confidentiality agreements. Suffice it to say it is a group of carrier’s carriers and consumer VoIP providers you may even be using at home.   In a conversation recently with David Clark the CEO and Co-Founder of the company and Mark Peterson the VP of Sales & Marketing I got a chance to get up to speed on what the company is up to lately.   A few years back as the company built out their network they realized the future was in providing applications but they knew the market was not quite there yet.
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