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What’s new in Technology Lately?

June 26, 2007

Here is some interesting news worth reading about and it spans from consumer electronics to wireless to IP communications. What may be most interesting is the rapid rise of the internet -- it is rivaling TV as a communications medium. I would imagine the two-way nature of the Internet should allow it to leapfrog TV as a communications vehicle shortly.   Hope these stories keep you satisfied while I am away. Enjoy!

Where Did Rich Go?

June 25, 2007

OK, Rich has not abandoned his loyal readers. He really values these people as without his readers he would stop blogging and at that point he would have to find a hobby or two. Thankfully, dear readers, I am still with you and in fact this week my family decided I work hard enough to take some time off.   So I am at an undisclosed location which has plenty of sand and beach chairs. This doesn’t explain how I got locked in my hotel room by myself however.

E-Mail and News Junkies

June 21, 2007

One thing I do not miss about travel is the e-mail avalanche which ensues the moment you turn on a computer to get back to work. It is quite amazing. I think e-mail is what makes us more productive and also does not let us relax.   In addition the thirst for knowledge many of us have, coupled with access to information in various ways such as RSS, news alerts, etc. has enabled those who can’t get enough information to at least try.   I would imagine those people who are really pushing the envelope in terms of being e-mail and news junkies will get farther ahead in life than others.

Cox Selects BroadWorks VoIP

June 20, 2007

Clarus Systems

June 20, 2007

Clarus Systems Enables VoIP Rollouts to go More Smoothly and keeps things Running that way   As telephony transitions to corporate WANs and LANs the issue of ensuring telephone systems continue to function regardless of network problems becomes an important issue. In some corporations there is a belief that the users are there to tell tech support when there are problems with the phone system.   In fact this may be OK if telephones are not mission critical or you have a small number of phones in your organization. But in either of these cases it pays to be proactive in determining of your VoIP solution is functioning correctly in your organization.   In a recent conversation with Clarus Systems, company executives explained to me how their VoIP testing products are doing quite well in the market and especially Fortune-class financial companies.   One area the company has been successful at is deploying branch office VoIP solutions with high levels of certainty the solutions will work in each branch. One Clarus Systems customer in fact is now able to turn up 15 branches per week as a result of working with the company.   Gurmeet Lamba VP of Engineering at the company explained to me how VoIP systems change constantly as new firmware is updated on phones and patches are added to servers.   Some real world problems the company has identified is a case where a company forgot to upgrade their UPS system and as a result if a power outage had taken place a large bank of phones would have been out of service.

Cisco’s Chambers on Telecom Phase II

June 19, 2007

As I sit in a press room in Chicago eagerly awaiting John Chamber’s entrance, about 60 or so members of the media are catching up on gossip and the happenings in the industry. Cisco’s Jeff Spagnola Vice President, Worldwide Service Provider Marketing kicked off the press conference and made a reference to Castaway, the movie with Tom Hanks. He discussed the end of the movie where Hanks had to choose from 4 different roads. He mentioned this crossroads is exactly what the service provider industry is dealing with today.   Jeff mentioned many carriers are on the way to a next generation IP infrastructure and the choices these providers make are complicated.

John Chambers

June 19, 2007

John Chambers the CEO of Cisco is getting ready to speak here in Chicago and John is generally one of the more dynamic speakers the industry has. Surprisingly, I haven’t heard John speak as often as I like as I seem to always have a scheduling conflict. at events he speaks at. I heard a bit of his talk at Interop and it was great. Today, I am not sure what to expect but think telepresence will be part of the message.

Packet Island

June 19, 2007

Packet Island Redefine Network Management   “It is not just about kbps” is the statement ringing in my head after a discussion I had at TMC’s Communications Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA last month with Praveen Kumar the co-founder and president of Packet Island. As Praveen pointed out, a network can become flooded with packets when VoIP is deployed. In some cases, packet volumes can increase by a factor of ten or more.   To help companies cope with the ever-increasing number of packets on a network the company makes an appliance which can sit in front of the PBX and monitor quality metrics. For those of you interested in the open-source world, the company also makes a software agent for Asterisk.

Cantata IMG/MSP

June 19, 2007

Cantata's IMG/MSP Speeds Application Delivery Times for Service Providers.   Recently I spoke with Peter Vescusi about Canata’s latest IMG roll out… Verison 10.3.3. As you may recall this is a pretty feature-driven release with more SIP methods, SIP and SS7 translation and load balancing allowing a single IP address to represent a farm of IMGs.   At the Communications Developer Conference a few weeks in Santa Clara, CA I had a chance to catch up with Cantata’s James Rafferty who told me the new release has been seeing positive deployment in the telecom world.   For example, service providers are thrilled to be able to do multiple ENUM registry lookups with up to four DNS servers. This is great for peering fabrics which of course explains why I frequently see James at voice peering events.   Since we were at a developer show I suppose this was the reason we got to talking about the MSP 1010 which is similar to the IMG (he calls it a sister product) but has API hooks allowing a developer to build things like transcoding under API control.   You can also write TCAP-based applications allowing lookups for LNP. You can also write a CNAM look-up for Caller-ID.   From there we discussed time to market which Jim tells me is about 90 days with the MSP and he contrasts this with developing with boards which can take 6-9 months according to James.   An interesting topic which came up again and again at the show is fax support.

PhoneGnome

June 19, 2007

Is PhoneGnome from Televolution the ultimate CLEC 2.0 Enabler?   We know the story all too well. Thousands of CLECs backed by the venture capital market flooded the telecom space in the hopes of all becoming the next AT&T. The goal back in the late nineties was to roll out fiber as fast as possible with no regard for getting any customers.   If you remember, at the time, the stock market didn’t even value profit… It was all about eyeballs, miles of fiber and potential for future profit. Profit was an “evil” word as it allowed markets to place a valuation on your company.
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