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Ixia on Skype Outage

August 22, 2007

You may have seen my recent blog post about what we learned from the Skype outage. I have had much feedback about this article and I found it important enough to publish in an upcoming TMC magazine. I won’t tell you which as I would like you to read them all of course.   One of the letters I received regarding the post was actually something the author allowed me to publish. The quantity of mail I receive where the author wants me not to publish the comments is astounding actually.   The e-mail below agrees with my thoughts regarding the Skype outage and since it comes from Ixia, a testing company no one should be surprised.

Alcatel-Lucent Changes

August 22, 2007

Google Sky

August 22, 2007

Today Google announced its Google Earth program will allow you navigate stars as well. You can now see constellations and navigate around the cosmos. You can see how planets rotate using an animation tool and more. Here are some of the neat things the program will let you do:   Constellations -- From Cassiopeia to Andromeda, the Constellations layer connects the points of constellations through space, labeling each with its given name.

Oaisys Update

August 22, 2007

If you live vicariously through my travel schedule then you were with me in Arizona during that muggy and super-hot trip I took a while back to see Oaisys and learn about their Talkument voice appliance.   As you may recall, Talkument makes voicemail as useful as e-mail with the ability to annotate them or even pieces of these voice messages.   Here is a full feature list:  
  • Voice Document Sharing — Allows users to share voice documents with other authorized users and temporary guest users.
  • Highlighting — Selected segments of the voice document can be highlighted so whoever is authorized to review the file can simply listen to the pertinent segment and not have to wade through the entire file. 
  • Commenting — An annotation feature helps the user tag certain documents for future retrieval. These comments are visible for other authorized users to facilitate collaboration and communication. 
  • File Management System — Talkument also allows users to store the voice files in its file management system, which contains folders that can be custom-configured and personalized to make it easy to find files at a later date. 

Skype Retracts Microsoft Blame

August 22, 2007

In previous posts it was mentioned that Skype blames Microsoft for the recent outage it had last week. More recently Skype has issued a statement saying it does not diectly blame Microsoft for the problem but instead it clarified the Microsoft update patches caused a chain reaction which caused their network to fail.   Here are the details:

1. Are we blaming Microsoft for what happened?
We don’t blame anyone but ourselves.


Cell Phone Contract Cancellation

August 21, 2007

Videoconferencing

August 21, 2007

TMC is proud to have partnered with SightSpeed to launch a videoconferencing channel on TMCnet which is designed to bring together the community of videoconferencing decision-makers in a single location online.   Expect this channel to be updated frequently and worth bookmarking to keep up to date on the latest in all things having to do with the videoconferencing space.   I have selected some articles from the channel you may find interesting.     Here is some of the current news from the site which could also be of interest:  

Skype Outage Article

August 21, 2007

Jon Arnold and I were both quoted recently in a San Francisco Chronicle article titled Skype reveals outage source, tells customers it won't happen again. The article is extremely well-written, gets perspective from a number of people and weaves each viewpoint into a cohesive whole.   My quote follows below:  
The technology relies on user computers to route phone calls and handle some of the call authentication. There are thousands of computers and servers that are tapped to act as these supernodes in the Skype network.   That reliance has allowed Skype, owned by San Jose's eBay, to keep phone calls free between members and extremely cheap for calls to nonsubscribers. But an outage like last week's reveals the inherent vulnerability in the system when a large number of computers are affected within a short span of time, said Rich Tehrani, chairman of the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo and president of TMC, a communications and technology media company.   "The fate of the users is not in the control of one company, and that's the problem," Tehrani said.

Google Lawsuits

August 21, 2007

Parlano

August 21, 2007

Bob Serr, Parlano CTO, took some time to give me this exclusive interview. In it, he gave some fascinating insight on the impact of industry giants like Google and Microsoft on the telecom world, and also let me know why Parlano’s presentation at ITEXPO is something worth looking forward to. One of the leaders in the burgeoning space of persistent group chat, Parlano gives some of the world's most dynamic organizations competitive advantage through more effective cross-functional group communication. You can read more about them in this recent TMCnet article.

How is IP communications changing your company’s strategy? We see our customers moving in this direction and they are demanding integrated voice and text communications, which we are delivering to them via our SIP/SIMPLE based product.   How has SIP changed communications? It’s made possible integration at the application level for text and voice communications—as opposed to gateways that connect systems but do not offer an integrated experience for the user that matches the way they do their jobs.   What is the biggest request coming from your customer base? Seemless integration of persistent group chat with Microsoft’s unified communications platform.   How are you answering their demands?

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