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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.

Google Goes Green

June 6, 2007

Google announced today it has acquired PeakStream. The company makes tools for programming multiple processors and this technology can be applied to multicore chips such as GPUs or graphical processing units.   Speculation exists the company may have made this purchase so as to allow Google’s servers to bring the GPUs into the mix when writing programs. Google’s programming language is highly abstracted from the hardware and if the company can find a way to leverage the powerful GPUs in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of servers it owns, the result could be an increase in server efficiency.   In the end, this efficiency increase will save Google electricity, resources and of course time, as processing will take place much faster.   This acquisition could be looked at as the ultimate “green” play… allowing Google to take advantage of millions of dormant graphical cores in its servers. As I mentioned yesterday, the world is going green, prompting TMC to launch it’s Green Conference in Los Angeles later this year.

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.

Office Live Meeting 2007

June 5, 2007

Tom Keating has a great review/first look at Microsoft’s Office Live Meeting 2007 which seems a voluminous name for a product. But perhaps this is intentional as the software is stuffed with features. For example the same desktop client is used in a hosted or CPE-based solution.   The new software has the ability to show/play rich media such as Windows Media and Flash as well as support for Live webcam XE and support for panoramic video XE via Microsoft RoundTable XE. There is VoIP and PSTN integration, an active speaker indicator, a public events page and Handout XE file transfer.   Overall Tom was pleased with this new product.

ZyXel

June 5, 2007

The engineers at ZyXel have been busy pumping out new products which I recently had a chance to see. One of the company’s latest creations is the ZyWALL 2WG which is 3G and WiFi mobile broadband security appliance for remote offices.   The sleek box acts as a 4-port switch which also allows WiFi access and can failover to a 3G (or even 2.5 G) wireless network if the Internet goes down. You can insert an EVDO or HSPDA card yourself once you have chosen a wireless provider.   The device also has SSL VPN capabilities and a firewall. In addition to DoS protection the box also prioritizes voice packets automatically.

WildPackets

June 5, 2007

WildPackets comes out swinging with a suite on new testing initiatives as part of it’s new OmniAnalysis 5 release.   The testing market seems to be doing very well and it is amazing to see how many new products are being launched in this space and how well companies in this market seem to be doing.   I certainly don’t want to say the market is an easy one to play in but in reality as networks get more complex and real-time applications like voice and video jump on packetized networks, testing becomes essential. Add to this the proliferation of new wired and wireless broadband standards and you have a recipe for rich testing companies.   Now I am not accusing any of the testing companies of being fat and happy because clearly they are innovating. What I am saying is the opportunity seems to be bright in this space.   One company who has launched a major set of new products is WildPackets. I recently caught up with the company’s management team and the briefing was so packed with information I may have set a typing record trying to record it all.

SEO Jobs

June 4, 2007

We have at least one job available in our search engine optimization (SEO) Department.   Technology Marketing Corporation, a media company and leader in the technology space is seeking a fulltime Search Engine Optimization Specialist who is a self-motivated, outgoing individual with a minimum of 2 years of direct working experience in organic search engine optimization. The qualified individual should be looking to lead, succeed, and prosper in a fast-paced business environment.   As an SEO Specialist your main responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:   Conduct technical Web site evaluation and analysis resulting in strategic recommendations to improve the technical and design elements of client sites.   Provide clients with advanced technical documentation, best practices, and direction from a search engine optimization perspective, including:   Technical Recommendations:  
  • URL and Directory Structure
  • URL rewriting
  • Search engine friendly redirects
  • HTML code cleanliness and validation
  • Text and XML based site maps
  • Robots.txt files
  Design Considerations:  
  • Search engine friendly page layouts
  • Image replacement
  Responsibilities:  
  • Work with editorial departments and external Web teams to implement optimization recommendations and to educate on proper search engine friendly development methodologies
  • Responsible for continuing to innovate and evolve optimization practices based on research and testing.
  Requirements:  
  1. Must have a good understanding of Web design and development concepts
  2. Must be proficient in basic HTML and server technologies
  3. Must have a good understanding of CSS  and how it can be leveraged for search engine performance
  4. Must have a basic understanding of Web site scripting languages (ASP, PHP, .NET, etc.)
  5. Must understand the differences between Web server types (Apache, IIS, etc.)
  6. Must have an understanding of Web site hosting  and file access.

Netgear

June 4, 2007

Recently I sat down with Vivek Pathela the VP of Marketing at Netgear and he shared some of the recent happenings at the company. For example Netgear recently rolled out a new NAS solution which is based on technology from a company they recently acquired called Infrant.   NAS for the SMB with built-in RAID is somewhat interesting to me but what is really worth coverage is the approach the company takes to their NAS solution. They have focused on keeping NAS simple to operate.   Netgear is known for having products that work well in the field and they are embracing SMB telephony with the hope of bringing their easy to use mindset to the world of telecom. The company has partnered with Avaya to resell the New Jersey-based telecom leader’s one-x Quick Edition line of solutions.   Why is the edition quick you ask?

IP Sizzles

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