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Polycom is Everywhere

November 1, 2007

Diamond iPhone

October 31, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent Cuts 4,000 More

October 31, 2007

Google Negotiates with Sprint Nextel

October 30, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent May Cut More

October 30, 2007

Verizon, Google Discuss Partnership

October 30, 2007

How does Verizon fight back against the Apple iPhone and AT&T network? Simple… They call Google and discuss partnering with the world’s leading search engine in order to come up with a device which will potentially take some share from Apple.   The Wall Street Journal is reporting that talks are underway but nothing solid has come of them.   It seems that Verizon will be responsible for hardware and Google will supply the software. In addition there will be an advertising split of some sort.   According to the WSJ, one concern held by Verizon is whether the device will be secure enough.   My take? This device will have to be as slick and integrated as the iPhone to make any sort of dent in the market.

Google Phone

October 30, 2007

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is close to unveiling the plans for its much anticipated mobile phone. Apparently in the US, T-Mobile will be a likely network partner. What will make the phone different from other devices is not fully known at this point but it is likely safe to say the device will be great at mapping, searching and probably showing videos of the YouTube variety.   Speculation coupled with past comments from Google execs lead us in the direction of thinking the new phone will be open and have seamless access to Google services.   The article is interesting as it includes a quote from Microsoft which basically says mobile phones are already open and you can currently develop programs for them.   To some degree this is true but by the same token, Google has been quite an innovator in the arguably mature desktop software business.   Examples? Well there is Google maps and the whole mashup concept.

NexTone/ReefPoint Merger

October 29, 2007

Foundry Networks

October 29, 2007

As the need for ever-more broadband capacity in data centers increases and space available decreases, what is a company to do? One option is to look to Foundry Networks, a company who has decided to focus on high density/low-power data center solutions. The company is one of the greenest technology vendors in the market and their recent sales success shows that being green brings in more green.   In a meeting with Bill Ryan the Senior Product Manager and Pavel Radda the Media/Analyst Relations Manager I got to hear about the company’s products which save space, power and money.   Now I could spend some time going through all the details of the company’s product line such as the newly released BigIron Rx-32 or the enhanced designs of the XMR 32000 and NetIron MLX-32 but it may make more sense to start off by telling you how much electricity the company can save you.   For example the BigIron RX-32 uses 8.74 Watt/Gbps while the equivalent Cisco Catalyst 6500 uses 14.41 Watt/Gbps meaning the Cisco product uses 65% more electricity. As you might have guessed, a product whose name starts with BigIron has a good deal of capacity.   For example this new switch can handle 1,536 10/100/1000 ports and 128 10-GE ports with a throughput of 2.2 Bpps.   Regarding the XMR 3200 and the NetIron MLX-32 both units have better cable management and air flow channeling.

SprintSecure Laptop Guardian

October 29, 2007

One of the more interesting features of mobile devices such as Blackberrys is the ability to have the device remotely wiped in the case of theft or loss. Interestingly, many laptops are filled with much greater amounts of corporate data but it is not always so easy to remotely wipe data on such portable computers. There are certainly technologies which can make this happen but they are far from widespread and are limited in scope. In a recent meeting with executives from Alcatel-Lucent and Sprint, I was shown a technology developed by the former and sold by the latter which makes laptops more secure in a number of ways. The solution the companies demonstrated is something many corporations need as it allows them to take control of their mobile assets in ways not previously possible.   In brief, the companies have developed a broadband wireless data card named the SprintSecure Laptop Guardian which contains a battery, computer, GPS transceiver, VPN, firewall, and more.
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