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45+ Webinar Best Practice Tips

June 25, 2015

A very comprehensive and helpful guest post by Pierre Kerbage, Senior Vice President at Ironton Global on how you can become a great presenter:



Ever hosted a webinar, or passed on a meeting to a fellow employee, only to be embarrassed by the outcome?

It is said that we learn more from our failures than from our successes. As a person who has been doing webinars, ever since the word (and the technology has existed), here is what I have learned.

Amazon is Doomed, Apple to hit a Trillion Dollars

June 25, 2015

Comcast Business Seeing Nice Broadband Growth

June 8, 2015


While much of the talk about Comcast in the media recently has involved their M&A aspirations as well as their consumer brand, the real story at the company is Comcast Business. Recently I met with Mike Tighe, Executive Director of Data Services of the company who told me the business-focused area of the organization is growing at 21% a year and is taking share.




He went on to say the company has the best footprint in fiber optics – this is important as he sees customer bandwidth needs increasing 30% a year. Moreover, and this is interesting for those who are concerned about the sheer size of the company, they are an insurgent, not an incumbent in competing with DSL.

SDN and Micro-Segmentation boost Security for BYOD According to AirWatch/VMware

June 8, 2015

The proliferation of mobile devices and cloud services has caused a geometric increase in security threat possibilities as each device type and OS version can potentially be vulnerable. In addition, these devices need access to more and more cloud information – which means even more opportunities for attackers to hitch a ride along a VPN tunnel and then move laterally in the data center in the search for information to harvest or other damage to cause.

Some people questioned the acquisition of AirWatch by VMware as BYOD and MDM live in a space far removed from virtualization. The benefits of the deal however are beginning to come to fruition as the company has shown its grand vision of allowing mobile devices access to specific information in the corporate data center.

InfoVista and Ipanema Technologies Poised to Enable New Carrier Services

May 27, 2015

The WAN optimization market is expected to more than double in size from 2014 to 2019 eventually hitting $12.1 billion according to MarketsandMarkets. It’s no wonder - Cyril Doussau de Bazignan explained to me in a recent meeting that as more companies adopt SaaS, they have the challenge of ensuring critical applications have adequate performance at the expense of applications which are secondary in importance.

Cyril works at InfoVista, a leading provider of IP and RF planning, assurance and optimization software solutions and they recently acquired WAN optimization and application performance leader Ipanema Technologies. He went on to say CIOs have to deal with the challenges of a multitude of applications running on their network while at the same time, enterprises are looking to offload more traffic to the internet to save money.

Schneider Electric: More Software and the IoT to Reshape Data Center Design

May 27, 2015

There is a macro trend of moving proprietary hardware systems to open systems and moving hardware to software – at this point, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who tracked my GENBAND Perspectives 15 blog post or last week’s HP NFV story or even the writing I’ve done on Imagine Communications disrupting the video distribution space with SDN and virtualized solutions.



To learn more, I sat down with Schneider Electric’s Srdan Mutabdzija (above), Global Solution Offer Manager, and Jason Covitz (below), Director of Strategy for IT Business where we talked about IT infrastructure and how it will look in the future.



Jason emphasized the move to commoditized and standardized infrastructure – not just in the spaces mentioned above but oil and gas, mining and manufacturing. Srdan explained the evolution of their products and the market in general is to a more prefabricated, plug-and-play, efficient cooling solutions which lower time to market, reduce risk and allow a more seamless move to public/private clouds.

HP's March into Simplifying NFV

May 22, 2015

Arbitrage is one of the great opportunities which presents itself repeatedly in tech. In the nineties, something called international callback allowed am international caller to dial a number in the US and hang up – only to have a US-based call at a lower per-minute rate initiated on their behalf. Many hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on this market for hardware, software and service thanks to the arbitrage opportunity to save money on calling minutes.

VoIP continued this trend with even greater arbitrage and carriers spent billions on equipment to save money carrying phone calls on networks.

Independence IT, The Multivendor Desktop-as-a-Service Company

May 22, 2015

The cloud is the answer – what was the question? That seems to be a common tech theme these days and for good reason. The ability for clouds to reduce complexity and time-to-market for companies is unrivaled by even the most competent It departments.

However, in order to be able to properly leverage the heterogeneous cloud, we need numerous layers of abstraction for various applications and service so as to leverage the right servers in the right locations at the right time.

Tech to Eliminate Fast Food Minimum Wage Workers

May 21, 2015

The Momentum Machines burger robot robot explained

As cities around the country are passing laws to ensure minimum wages are increased to a "living wage," the tech industry is doing what it does best... Automating like crazy. We can soon expect drive-through fast food locations to have touch screens - or even apps on smartphones - which of course most support today. This will be coupled with automated machines on the back-end which produce the food such as hamburgers, etc.

This video is from October of 2014 but is still quite germane

The point is of course, as minimum wages increase, the high cost of the robots become more reasonable.





Verizon to Spin off Cloud and What We Can Learn

May 19, 2015

I have a solid source "in the know" who tells me Verizon is looking to spin off its Terremark cloud business as well as its reseller arm which sells PBXs. The idea is the company wants to focus more on mobile and moreover, Verizon's Broadsoft-powered hosted solutions will be the only ones the company offers.

While mobile is a cash cow for the company, cloud is not going away. However, there is less ability to differentiate cloud services so perhaps this is the reason for the company to explore options. Eventually they may be thinking, Amazon will own the space. In terms of PBX resale of companies like Avaya, the idea is to get away from premise equipment and move to cloud.

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