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Lifesize

June 18, 2007

Near Telepresence at a Fraction of the Cost   There seems to be no doubt if your company has corporate jets you can afford and will likely embrace a telepresence system from a company like Cisco or Polycom and spend up to $300k per unit to do so. But for those companies who might think twice about spending the equivalent of the average US house on their videoconferencing solution, there are choices.   One such choice comes from a company called Lifesize who has been making lots of noise in the HD videoconferencing market. Lifesize sits in the market at the midrange, providing excellent video quality at a fraction of the cost of the big boys. The goal of the company is to be the price/performance leader and I can vouch for the quality of their technology as I had a chance to see it for myself.

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.

SPIRIT DSP and HTC

June 16, 2007

Samsung’s Gateway Play

June 15, 2007

Samsung is no stranger to the world of technology with leading positions in memory chips, televisions and mobile devices to name a few. Recently the company has launched a line of gateways dubbed the Ubigate Intelligent Business Gateway (IBG) series.   The gateways range from the IBG3026 for large offices down to the IBG2006 for small branch offices and have many leading-edge features such as hot-swappable modules, fan and power supply, redundant power supplies and more.   The gateway also has a built-in firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, URL filtering, web application firewall and end-point security.   I met with the company’s charismatic VP of Business Development, Alex Kim who has held positions in the past at 3Com and Spirent. Alex really focused his attention on the four distinct capabilities of the box… VoIP, security, switching and routing.   He went on to say in the mid market he believes a single box is a much better solution than individual solutions. Samsung is certainly ambitious as they want to be the IP mobility convergence leader.

Zed-3 Affordable VoIP

June 14, 2007

Please enjoy the unedited Publisher's Outlook from the July 2007 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine. ------- One of the most colorful characters in the communications space has to be Iain Milnes the founder of Zarak and Zultys. Zarak sold to Spirent for hundreds of millions in stock just prior to the telecom meltdown and Zultys ended up being acquired after some financial troubles. Iain parted ways with Zultys a few months back and is already at it again.   Some people call him a legend in telecom and for sure he is multifaceted having launched successful companies in testing and the phone systems business.   In less than six months after leaving Zultys, Iain has a new company called Zed-3 and he is the President and majority owner. I had a chance to catch up with Iain at TMC’s Communications Developer Conference.

Interesting Reading

June 9, 2007

  Here are some things to keep you busy this weekend. Some articles in the IP Communications and contact center spaces followed by some events worth registering for. All of these are TMC articles and events btw. Enjoy!   IP Communications News   1.

UC For the Trading Floor

June 7, 2007

Nortel on Open-Source Communications

June 6, 2007

Tony Rybczynski – affectionately known within Nortel as Tony Ryb is one of the top thought leaders in the communications space and has been with Nortel as long as I can remember. He has also been a TMC columnist and speaker at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo for a decade.   He recently sent me this e-mail about open-source communications and Asterisk and I thought is was worth passing along. Perhaps his ideas will spur a dialogue on this “guest blog” from Tony Rybczynski.

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.

Office Live Meeting 2007

June 5, 2007

Tom Keating has a great review/first look at Microsoft’s Office Live Meeting 2007 which seems a voluminous name for a product. But perhaps this is intentional as the software is stuffed with features. For example the same desktop client is used in a hosted or CPE-based solution.   The new software has the ability to show/play rich media such as Windows Media and Flash as well as support for Live webcam XE and support for panoramic video XE via Microsoft RoundTable XE. There is VoIP and PSTN integration, an active speaker indicator, a public events page and Handout XE file transfer.   Overall Tom was pleased with this new product.
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