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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.

GENBAND Perspectives 15 Live Blog #GBP15

May 18, 2015

Welcome to the Perspectives live blog for 2015. A follow up to blogs from 2014, 2013 and 2010.



The live blog officially starts tomorrow at 9:00 am - to get up to speed I met with Catherine Berthier, Sanjay Bhatia and Dennis Watson. This is what to expect this week:

We’ll here about progress with the Fring Alliance, Nuvia cloud UC as well as Kandy proof points.

There will be lots of discussion regarding network modernization.







TSO Logic Enables ConEdison and NY State to help Fund Your New Equipment

May 15, 2015

When I lasted interviewed Aaron Rallo CEO of TSO logic about a year ago, our discussion centered on how his company helps data centers become more efficient. Now, the story gets even better because the agentless solution allows companies to determine the most efficient places for workloads to run. After an install which can be five hours or less, a company will be able to determine how they can run their workloads potentially more efficiently on private clouds – and benefit from the best blend of private, and public.

The Gaming Evolution, from Touch to Buttons

May 15, 2015

Now that touch screens have permeated all sorts of computer form factors from watches to phones and tablets, its worth mentioning touch interfaces can be good for some games and poor for many others. First person shooting games for example benefit from buttons. Moreover, on-screen touch buttons require fingers to get in the way of screen real estate.



MFI controllers alleviate many of these issues by bringing what users love in their console games to touchscreens. Recently, a new company launched on Kickstarter called Bluewhale hoping to produce the ultimate controller for your gaming life.

I reached out to the company to learn how this prodyuct compares to others on the market which are liked by reviewers such as the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.





The Drone War Hits the White House

May 14, 2015


A man was just detained outside the White House for trying to fly a drone over the fence. It is too soon to know the intentions of the flyer but this is something I have warned about for some time. I first sounded the alarm over a year ago in a piece titled the Coming Urban Drone War. the challenge is as time goes on, the flying range of drones will increase meaning the ability to stop people from flying them by visually seeing them and taking action, will cease.



There may be technological solutions to the problem such as SmartSenseCom but it it unclear if it was used or would have been able to detect this threat soon enough.

In the end, the only solution to incoming drones being flown at targets from three-dimensions is to have security drones as a barrier which take out the bad drones.






CA Technologies the 800 Lb. DevOps Enabler

May 13, 2015

It isn’t tough to understand how applications are changing the world of business… Traditional industries are being disrupted big-time via software companies like Uber and Airbnb. Amazon is essentially a software company and APIs are becoming a major revenue driver for companies sharing information or adding value of some kind.

With the move towards more software the potential to be disrupted – even if you are a disrupter becomes greater each day. MySpace should have become Facebook.

Extreme Networks Puts the SDN in Skype for Business

May 13, 2015

As Skype for Business continues to gain traction in the enterprise – regardless of how many name changes Microsoft’s UC solution has gone through, the one constant is the need for bandwidth on corporate networks to handle the increased load of voice and video calls. For this reason, Extreme Networks has been focusing on helping customers set up software-defined networks allowing for bandwidth to be requested and granted on-demand in order to ensure communications has the required bandwidth it needs via OpenDaylight integration.

The Extreme Networks OneController... An Open, Standards-Based SDN Controller Providing Simple, Fast, and Smart Automation and Orchestration





In addition, at Interop 2015, Extreme touted a bunch of SDN enhancements it has made including:

  • Group Based Policy - Integrates Extreme Networks' NetSight management application with OpenDaylight Group-Based Policy (GBP) to deploy consistent network policies across a multivendor network.
  • SDN Applications Store - Offers an online repository of paid and free apps for customers and technology solution partners' Software Defined Networks.
  • SDN Developer Portal - Provides third-party developers of SDN applications with the necessary information needed for developing, submitting and managing their applications in the Extreme Networks app store.

At the show I met with a number of people from the company including: Markus Nispel, Vice President Solutions Architecture and Innovation, John Hanahan, VP Product Management and Marketing and Derek Granath, Senior Director Product Management and they seemed quite enthused about recent wins such as a 32-school system in the town of Enfield, Connecticut and University of New England in Australia.

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