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Open Handset Alliance and More

November 5, 2007

Another week and other massive avalanche of news in the communications space. The first item worth sharing is regarding Google shaking up the foundation of the mobile phone market. The funny thing is, editors and bloggers have been looking to find the Google phone for months and instead of it being somewhere, it will be everywhere.   If you missed it the company has launched an Open Handset Alliance which aims to open things up in the cellular communications space. Specifically the alliance is a total of over 30 companies working together to produce low-cost phones whose development is supported by advertising.

IP Communications News Week of November 3, 2007

November 5, 2007

What’s new in the world of IP communications? Well, as it turns out, quite a bit. For example, Allworx has just released version 6.8 of its software which includes follow-me functionality as well as allowing specific callers to be forced into voicemail. The latest update also has the ability to do some fancy things with messages which you can read about here.   Radisys who just had a blow out quarter recently introduced a new media processing blade.

Fluke

November 3, 2007

In the world of advertising the expression commonly used is “perception is reality.” Moreover companies are often branded by customers. If I say IBM, you will say mainframes. Oracle? Databases.   Sometimes I feel it is my job to help uncover companies who have a broader portfolio of products than is generally appreciated.

I am Gphone, You are Not

November 2, 2007

Polycom is Everywhere

November 1, 2007

Free Switchvox

October 31, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent Cuts 4,000 More

October 31, 2007

Toshiba Gains in IP Communications

October 30, 2007

Toshiba has great potential in the world of IP communications as it makes phone systems and a variety of computing devices. The company recently released Toshiba SoftIPT 2.1 which further connects the company’s line of Strata CIX IP business communications systems with software which runs on laptops, handheld computers and more.   The solution also works in conjunction with the company’s Video Communication Solution or VCS.   So while this announcement is not so revolutionary – Avaya has had similar software for at least five years, from a branding perspective, there is tremendous potential to put soft clients on Toshiba devices far and wide.   My point is the company is well-known in computing but virtually unknown in communications. What if they installed soft client telephony applications on all their computers and devices? And in addition what if these devices worked with a Toshiba-powered hosted communications system?

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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