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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.

The One New Anti-Theft Idea Apple Needs

May 13, 2015

I left my iPad Air 2 and a case in the glove compartment of Hertz rental car. I am a loyal Hertz customer but this is the second time I have left something of value in the car only to see it disappear very quickly after the car was returned. They told me lost and found was closed when I returned shortly after I realized it was missing. They said come back in the morning, which I did to find they couldn't find the item.

Bluecore: How to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment

May 13, 2015

Shopping cart abandonment is like an arch nemesis for many marketers. Yet, while cart abandonment can be detrimental to revenue, there are several other merchandizing triggers marketers are ignoring that cripple sales. To learn more I interviewed Fayez Mohamood, Co-founder & CEO at Bluecore (bio follows interview) to discuss the four additional merchandising triggers, beyond cart abandonment, marketers are ignoring. Although we all know generating urgency is crucial to increasing sales, I like how Fayez shows how this can be done well electronically and moreover talks about the positive results of doing so.

Monoprice USB-C Cable Line Provides Real Value

May 12, 2015

Recently I spent some time at Interop with executives from Monoprice, the company more well-known for inexpensive HDMI cables and audio equipment. It’s worth noting the media generally loves Monoprice… Their products are known to be of high-quality while being low cost. I have ordered from them – some audio cables actually and was happy as well.

In a conversation with Manual Hernandez and Eeric Krause, they told me their go-to-market strategy is different than most companies.

CloudGenix Gets Funded to Fuel SD-WANs

May 12, 2015

Kumar Ramachandran, Co-Founder and CEO of CloudGenix recently sat with me and explained his vision for software-defined enterprise WANS, which use off-the-shelf hardware and allow corporations to abstract their business processes, utilize hybrid network virtualization and network function projection. SD‐WANs use centralized controllers without relying on interactions with underlying provider transport solutions. De‐coupling the data plane from the control plane, replacing internetworking protocols with APIs and building policies based on application metrics rather than network metrics make this possible according to Kumar.

In case you were wondering - according to the company, the simplest definition of a SD‐WAN is a WAN that utilizes software and virtualization technologies instead of traditional hardware such as routers to connect remote locations.

The company would love for you to learn more by downloading their Dummies book on SD-WANs



QualiSystems Boosts Automation of NFV, DevOps and SDN

May 11, 2015

One of the more interesting vendors at Interop 2015 was Qualisystems as the company allows companies to automate many manual tasks in order to more efficiently develop, manage and deploy jobs in the cloud and on legacy computing environments. Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP, Marketing explained his company designs solutions for non-programmer teams. Moreover, they help create an environment as a service – a set of cloud offerings for a private cloud. They take very complex infrastructure and make it more agile and continuous, like what they would run on Amazon AWS.

He went on to explain, quite often engineering has one cloud, testing has another and deployment could be in yet another cloud.

Akamai Connect adds Cache and Speed to Cisco WAN

May 11, 2015

When you’re in the media business long enough getting briefed by companies about their new offerings, you develop relationships which quite often means you gain a lot of trust with the person speaking with you. On virtually every call I'm on in fact, I am told something, then asked to keep it off the record. The problem is, I can’t always remember what is told to me in confidence – or by whom. I generally try to delete things I am not supposed to write from my notes as a fail-safe precaution.

Revolabs Pushing Audio Quality Boundaries in Conferencing

May 8, 2015

A typical telephone call these days still relies on quality limitations of compression and filtering designed in the 1960s! Before VoIP, the percentage of such calls would have been 100. For a short time thereafter, VoIP calls may have even sounded worse in some cases than the PSTN – the 1960s technology I referenced.

Fast forward to about 20 years after VoIP was launched and we live in a world of HD voice potential.

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