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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.

Shunra

June 18, 2007

Developing applications for local computers is one thing but once you factor in the latency generated by wide area networks you can significantly reduce productivity if users are forced to wait for painfully slow applications to refresh screens and provide data updates. In order to help speed up the process of writing effective applications for WANs Shunra has recently released a New WAN optimization and application acceleration selection service.   You may remember Shunra has been a benefactor to TMC labs for about a decade providing their Cloud product which has been instrumental at simulating WAN traffic at our labs over the years.   In a recent sit down with the executive management team of Shunra Software I learned how the company has taken its excellent suite of technologies and began offering them up as services. The suite of services includes but is not limited to application profiling and surge testing, allowing developers to be sure applications are performing within the correct parameters – even when pushed to the limit.   Of course a use for such technology is ensuring VoIP applications are running efficiently but the product/service also excels in other areas. For example when choosing between various vendors, Shunra can help you company set up a virtual network environment.

T-Mobile Fights VoIP

June 16, 2007

Update: Please note this post is regarding T-Mobile UK VoIP has obviously changed the revenue equation in the telecom space with operators now facing competitors which are smaller, nimbler and able to launch new services rapidly. In some ways these new operators embody the ultimate dream of IMS. The only problem is in some cases operators have seen these new services as competitive to their core offerings and in many cases have blocked this competition. Sometimes illegally.   That is the contention of Andy Abramson who runs PR for Truphone.

Espial

June 11, 2007

The IPTV market is forecasted to grow nicely for the foreseeable future and one company in the space who has recently gone public is Espial. As a pure-play provider of IPTV solutions Espial may be positioned nicely to take advantage of the growth in this area.   In order to learn more about Espial’s IPO I contacted Brian Mahony the VP of Marketing at the company to get his feedback. Here is the ensuing the mini-interview.   Why did you decide to go public?   We decided some time ago that this would be the best option for growth financing.   What was the market's perception of your offering?   The stock was up 12% in Friday's first day of trading, so it looks positive.   What will the IPO enable your company to do?   According to the Prospectus, the funds will be used to improve the breadth and depth of our products and to allow us to invest in sales, marketing, and operations to support our growth.   Where will Espial be in 3, 5 years?   I can't predict where Espial will be in 3 or 5 years, but if we at least grow with the IPTV market (growing at about 90% CAGR according to market research firm iSuppli) we should be doing fine. We also want to maintain our status as one of the leading middleware companies in all our major markets (Asia, Americas, EMEA)   What is the future of IPTV?   The future of IPTV is about more than TV but other interactive applications and video-related services.

Taqua Success

June 11, 2007

The resurgence being seen in the IP communications space has changed or refocused the business models of countless companies. VoIP and video over IP growth seem unabated and there has been record M&A activity in the market as of late. Avaya being purchased by private equity for a premium and Mitel acquiring (latest news) Inter-Tel are just a few examples of companies investing in the growth of enterprise IP communications.   The service provider market too is growing nicely. Smaller carriers are all looking for ways to generate more revenue from their customers and many of these carriers are looking for solutions which afford them maximal flexibility while remaining cost-effective.   Enter Taqua, a softswitch manufacturer who flew high in the glory days of VoIP which I define as roughly 1998-2000.

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.

Ken Camp

June 4, 2007

GIPS News

May 15, 2007

Global IP Solutions, the company formerly known as Global IP Sound is well known as the company providing VoiceEngine technology. Their products enable communications for millions of users each day as their technology is found in Skype, WebEx and others.   Today at the Communications Developer Conference the company announced a new version of one of their their VoIP embedded media processing solutions. The new product is called VoiceEngine Multimedia Lite and according to Matt Benkoil, the GIPs development community director, it combines the power and performance of GIPS VoiceEngine with high quality video conferencing support.   I am actually working pretty early for California and this news comes to me in the form of a press release so I am not able to ask the company any questions. If I could I would ask what makes the software “lite.” I would imagine the software perhaps has less functionality and takes less processing power than the regular version of the product.   If/when I find out more I will update this post.

Communications Developer Show Daily

May 11, 2007

Here is the first show daily from the Communications Developer Conference taking place next week. Many have told me they are thrilled TMC is sponsoring such an event as there needs to be a single place the communications industry can come to get development information and network with fellow developers.   The show daily has many of the links you will need to understand what is important and when it is taking place.   In addition there is an explanation of the various workshops taking place from the following companies:     I am looking forward to the industry coming together next week and working on developing for the next big communications opportunities.

Cable Gets VoIP

May 8, 2007

Cable companies are feasting on VoIP success by the millions of customers. What an amazing job they are doing taking customers from phone companies. So far however, cable VoIP growth in the SMB space has been slow. Large phone companies for their part seem to be copying as opposed to innovating.
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