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WildPackets

June 5, 2007

WildPackets comes out swinging with a suite on new testing initiatives as part of it’s new OmniAnalysis 5 release.   The testing market seems to be doing very well and it is amazing to see how many new products are being launched in this space and how well companies in this market seem to be doing.   I certainly don’t want to say the market is an easy one to play in but in reality as networks get more complex and real-time applications like voice and video jump on packetized networks, testing becomes essential. Add to this the proliferation of new wired and wireless broadband standards and you have a recipe for rich testing companies.   Now I am not accusing any of the testing companies of being fat and happy because clearly they are innovating. What I am saying is the opportunity seems to be bright in this space.   One company who has launched a major set of new products is WildPackets. I recently caught up with the company’s management team and the briefing was so packed with information I may have set a typing record trying to record it all.

Netgear

June 4, 2007

Recently I sat down with Vivek Pathela the VP of Marketing at Netgear and he shared some of the recent happenings at the company. For example Netgear recently rolled out a new NAS solution which is based on technology from a company they recently acquired called Infrant.   NAS for the SMB with built-in RAID is somewhat interesting to me but what is really worth coverage is the approach the company takes to their NAS solution. They have focused on keeping NAS simple to operate.   Netgear is known for having products that work well in the field and they are embracing SMB telephony with the hope of bringing their easy to use mindset to the world of telecom. The company has partnered with Avaya to resell the New Jersey-based telecom leader’s one-x Quick Edition line of solutions.   Why is the edition quick you ask?

Unified Communications for the Trading Floor

June 4, 2007

  Please join me as I will be participating as a speaker at the following event fairly soon:   Unified Communications for the Trading Floor Roundtable Location & timing:     * New York City * Monday, June 18th, 5.30 – 8.30pm * The Audi Forum, 250 Park Avenue at 47th Street, near Grand Central Station (Audi’s corporate flagship location— very high tech, with latest line of high performance cars on display)   Agenda:
  • 5.30pm - 6pm Welcome cocktails
  • 6.00pm – 7.00pm Roundtable discussion
  • 7.00pm - 8:30pm Closing reception (cocktails and canapés)
    Panelists:
  • Saul Rozinsky, VP Network Engineering, Lehman Brothers
  • Jason Scott, VP CIB Technology, Wachovia CIB Capital Markets
  • Michael Payne, Business Development Manager, Financial Services, Cisco
  • Tony Kleckner, Director & Practice Leader for Financial Services, Avaya
  • Ed McDonnell, SVP Sales, IM Trader/Pivor Solutions
  Theme & Discussion Topics Unified Communications: Communications integrated to optimize business processes on the trading floor   Basic description:   Today's organizations must contend with increasingly complex communications environments featuring a wide array of communications methods. Employees, business partners, and customers communicate with one another through infinite combinations of wired, wireless, and mobile phones; voice messaging; e-mail; fax; mobile clients; and rich-media conferencing. Too often, however, these tools are not used as effectively as they could be. The result is information overload, lack of agility, and misdirected communications that delay decisions, slow down processes, drive customers away, and reduce productivity.

IP Sizzles

June 4, 2007

Tom Wheeler

June 1, 2007

Communications Optimism

June 1, 2007

CommPartners Update

May 22, 2007

It has been a few years since I wrote about CommPartners and I am surprised at how much their business has transformed. The company is one of the few CLECs who seem to have figured out a business model that works.   CommPartners is a CLEC focusing on business customers and the company also sells access to their network on a wholesale basis. They have some impressive customers and as is all too frequently the case I can't share the list with you due to confidentiality agreements. Suffice it to say it is a group of carrier’s carriers and consumer VoIP providers you may even be using at home.   In a conversation recently with David Clark the CEO and Co-Founder of the company and Mark Peterson the VP of Sales & Marketing I got a chance to get up to speed on what the company is up to lately.   A few years back as the company built out their network they realized the future was in providing applications but they knew the market was not quite there yet.

IP Phone Security Threats

May 20, 2007

Mihaylo Bids for Inter-Tel

May 16, 2007

There is a higher bid for Inter-Tel than what Mitel initially offered to pay. The bid is being led by Steve Mihaylo who is a major shareholder of Inter-Tel and the former founder. Rumor has it Steve who has been a keynote speaker at a prior Internet Telephony Conference & Expo has board members who can help direct the sale of the company back into his control.

Mihaylo had a former offer for the company rejected as you may recall.

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.
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