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Skype Trunking

June 19, 2007

VoSKY Technologies Enables Skype Trunking and More

Many companies are using Skype in their business but generally speaking these are Skype islands which do not interconnect with the plethora of telephony equipment in the organization. For example the ACD is an integral part of many an enterprise yet native Skype does not have access to such niceties. For example, there is no centralized auto attendant on Skype calls coming into an enterprise.   A few years back when there was talk of eBay purchasing Skype and many critics who said eBay spent too much on the VoIP software company, I countered by saying Skype is one of the world’s largest and still fastest-growing telephone companies. This idea still holds true and the one thing most every pundit forgot to mention is the Skype opportunity in business.   There is a tremendous SMB and enterprise market for Skype to exploit by offering its network for the benefit of businesses everywhere.   At a keynote speech at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in 2005, Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom told the world for the first time that Skype is doing very well in the business world.

Lifesize

June 18, 2007

Near Telepresence at a Fraction of the Cost   There seems to be no doubt if your company has corporate jets you can afford and will likely embrace a telepresence system from a company like Cisco or Polycom and spend up to $300k per unit to do so. But for those companies who might think twice about spending the equivalent of the average US house on their videoconferencing solution, there are choices.   One such choice comes from a company called Lifesize who has been making lots of noise in the HD videoconferencing market. Lifesize sits in the market at the midrange, providing excellent video quality at a fraction of the cost of the big boys. The goal of the company is to be the price/performance leader and I can vouch for the quality of their technology as I had a chance to see it for myself.

Shunra

June 18, 2007

Developing applications for local computers is one thing but once you factor in the latency generated by wide area networks you can significantly reduce productivity if users are forced to wait for painfully slow applications to refresh screens and provide data updates. In order to help speed up the process of writing effective applications for WANs Shunra has recently released a New WAN optimization and application acceleration selection service.   You may remember Shunra has been a benefactor to TMC labs for about a decade providing their Cloud product which has been instrumental at simulating WAN traffic at our labs over the years.   In a recent sit down with the executive management team of Shunra Software I learned how the company has taken its excellent suite of technologies and began offering them up as services. The suite of services includes but is not limited to application profiling and surge testing, allowing developers to be sure applications are performing within the correct parameters – even when pushed to the limit.   Of course a use for such technology is ensuring VoIP applications are running efficiently but the product/service also excels in other areas. For example when choosing between various vendors, Shunra can help you company set up a virtual network environment.

Samsung’s Gateway Play

June 15, 2007

Samsung is no stranger to the world of technology with leading positions in memory chips, televisions and mobile devices to name a few. Recently the company has launched a line of gateways dubbed the Ubigate Intelligent Business Gateway (IBG) series.   The gateways range from the IBG3026 for large offices down to the IBG2006 for small branch offices and have many leading-edge features such as hot-swappable modules, fan and power supply, redundant power supplies and more.   The gateway also has a built-in firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, URL filtering, web application firewall and end-point security.   I met with the company’s charismatic VP of Business Development, Alex Kim who has held positions in the past at 3Com and Spirent. Alex really focused his attention on the four distinct capabilities of the box… VoIP, security, switching and routing.   He went on to say in the mid market he believes a single box is a much better solution than individual solutions. Samsung is certainly ambitious as they want to be the IP mobility convergence leader.

Taqua Success

June 11, 2007

The resurgence being seen in the IP communications space has changed or refocused the business models of countless companies. VoIP and video over IP growth seem unabated and there has been record M&A activity in the market as of late. Avaya being purchased by private equity for a premium and Mitel acquiring (latest news) Inter-Tel are just a few examples of companies investing in the growth of enterprise IP communications.   The service provider market too is growing nicely. Smaller carriers are all looking for ways to generate more revenue from their customers and many of these carriers are looking for solutions which afford them maximal flexibility while remaining cost-effective.   Enter Taqua, a softswitch manufacturer who flew high in the glory days of VoIP which I define as roughly 1998-2000.

UC For the Trading Floor

June 7, 2007

Foundry Networks

June 7, 2007

Many of you may remember the story of my visit to COMDEX back in 1997 to tell the information technology world TMC was going to launch Internet Telephony Magazine. The typical reaction was confusion and in many cases giggles. At the time, the only products in the space were software allowing PC-to-PC calling and a gateway or two.   In 1997 there wasn’t an industry, just a handful of disjointed products. Over time, the IP telephony space which can now be referred to as IP communications became a real market.   Today, VoIP has not only become a growing market, it is a big reason many companies who sell networking products are experiencing growth.

Road Warrior Bill of Rights

June 7, 2007

Communigate Unified Communications

June 6, 2007

I just recently demoed a complete unified communications platform based on Flash and Flex2 and all I can say is wow. Pronto! Is a complete communications media center with unified communications built-in. The application has a great user interface that is faster than AJAX technology which is typically powering the latest web 2.0 applications like Google maps.   Another benefit of Flash is the system is more secure.

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.
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