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How Cloud Computing Could Destroy VARs

February 17, 2011

A typical VAR is used to frequently selling large ticket items which may not all have the largest margins but in volume can throw off a good amount of cash and profit. As a result, many resellers have developed a business model with commensurate expenses and as the market shifts to cloud-based services with OPEX budgets being used instead of CAPEX, customers are reducing their immediate spend and spreading their dollars over months if not years.

And the typical VAR is not ready for the shift. This is what was discussed in a recent conversation at TMC headquarters in Norwalk, CT with George Fandos, Vice President of Global Data Center for Westcon Group.

In a conversation, I learned this $3.5B distributor has tremendous insight into how VARs need to prepare themselves for the future. Moreover, I had a chance to learn how the company has become a large distributor of Cisco products via their Comstor division and they not only distribute but use and are fans of Cisco UCS solutions as they are faster to configure and reduce the need for cabling in a data center.

The company is focusing on the flattening of the network, virtualization and cloud-based solutions.





Skype, FCC and Google News

February 16, 2011

Rich wearing the TMC hat
(No, I couldn't find any St. Bernard pics)
Apologies for not blogging in some time - I've been wearing my running TMC hat as CEO which means meetings, strategy sessions, mission statement updates, etc. TMC is growing rapidly and it is an exciting time to be in media and TMC is fortunate to have some really great customers partnered in our success and loyal readers like you. I am always amazed - when you become a blogger you have so many ideas, you can't get them all out regardless of how much time you have. I want to spend the rest of the night writing but alas, I cannot.

Electronic Warfare is the Future. Are You Ready?

February 14, 2011

Stuxnet is Victory at Entebbe 2.0

The Stuxnet worm alleged to be the work of Israel and the US was designed to target and disable Iranian centrifuges by increasing their speeds to dangerous levels while reporting to operators that all was well. The latest report from the New York Times shows this worm has also hit five industrial sites in the land of Ahmadinejad.

It’s no secret most of the world does not want Iran to get nuclear weapons and the best weapon being used to deter the country’s nuclear program was sanctions and if they are working it would be tough to know it as the country are prospering greatly as the price of oil is much higher than what Iran has budgeted.

Why PAETEC Acquired XETA Technologies

February 9, 2011

Updated at 6:15 pm EST 2/9/11 with comments from Arunas Chesonis chairman and CEO of PAETEC at bottom

Last week at ITEXPO the rumor on the street was PAETEC may be doing a deal in India soon since Chairman and CEO Arunas Chesonis was in the country. Well it seems if this is the case it comes on the heels of another purchase - XETA technologies was just picked up by the company today.

I know what you're thinking - the company is on a mission to roll-up all other companies who use all caps in their names. Of course you are only partially right as PAETEC sees strong synergy here as XETA is a large reseller of Avaya, HP, Juniper, LifeSize and Mitel gear with a strong focus on the healthcare, financial and retail markets.

For Xeta, the move makes sense as its long-term chart looks like the Manhattan skyline just after the Empire State Building was built - basically a massive valuation around the Y2K/dotcom time frame when most companies were installing new gear. Other than that it has been mostly in the $2-$3 range for the last five years or so.





Charlie Vogt, GENBAD CEO Keynotes ITEXPO East 2011 to Packed Room

February 2, 2011

4GWE Regulatory Live Stream From ITEXPO Friday

February 1, 2011

Check out the free live stream of the Regulatory 2.0 event on Friday Feb 4 Live From ITEXPO East 2011/4GWE. The event is sponsored by AT&T and the live stream is sponsored by Google.

Logon between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m to hear top people from NTIA, Google, AT&T, Microsoft and more. Carl Ford promises "This is not your father's telecom event" and here is the live stream for mobile devices and desktops.

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3-6 Months Worth of IPV4 Addresses Left

January 31, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 Behind The Scenes

January 31, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 Jan 31 Show Daily

January 31, 2011

Here is the show daily from ITEXPO East 2011 in Miami, Monday, January 31st, 2011. We look forward to seeing you this week at the Miami Beach Convention center, Hall B.

  Exhibitors Dates & Times Keynotes Register To Attend Show Daily : 1/31/2011           Latest Features
» Majuda's VP of Operations to Speak during Call Recording Session at ITEXPO East 2011 By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Web Editor ITEXPO East 2011 promises to host the leading providers of communications technology in one forum with over 13 collocated events next week from Feb. 2-4 in Miami. Joining the throngs of thought leaders will be Evan Kahan, VP of Operations at Majuda, a provider of enterprise call recording solutions and quality management services.
» snom's Storella to Talk IP Phones Next Week at ITEXPO By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Web Editor ITEXPO East 2011 is only days away. snom, provider of IP phones will be one of the many companies exhibiting at the tradeshow next week in Miami from Feb. 2-4.



ITEXPO East 2011 Tues, Feb 1, SIP Trunking, Cloud Computing & More

January 30, 2011

Be sure to get to ITEXPO on Tuesday, February 1st to take advantage of what has shaped up to be a great pre-conference day of networking and learning about communications and technology.

First up us Ingate's SIP Trunking Workshop at 1:00pm. Here is the schedule for the day:

  • 1:00pm – The Case for SIP Trunking
  • 1:30pm – Delivering SIP to the Enterprise
  • 2:30pm – The Value of a Service Provider Demarcation Point
  • 3:30pm – Ensuring Interoperability: The Key to Service Revenue Growth
  • 4:30pm – Addressing Security Issues
  • 5:30pm – Generating Revenue from HD Video
  • 6:30pm – Wine Reception

Then at 2:00pm is Telecom One-on-One, a JS&A Power Networking Event. Bring lots of business cards and the sooner you start planning, the more meetings you can schedule and the more networking you can do.

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