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Swithvox adds IAX Protocol Support

July 5, 2005

Switchvox, an Asterisk-based IP-PBX has announced support for the open-source IAX protocol. Here's the news...

Switchvox, a leading provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capable PBX phone systems for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced enhanced functionality for its flagship IP PBX phone system. Adding support for the Inter-Asterisk exchange (IAX) protocol, the Switchvox system now offers customers more bandwidth savings than traditional protocols, as well as ease of interoperability with additional VoIP providers.

The Switchvox system enables SMBs to easily and affordably create and manage their phone system, using traditional analog lines, as well as VoIP services.

Vonage selects Avaya

June 20, 2005

Is it just me, or is there something strange/weird about Vonage partnering with Avaya? Here you have Vonage, a cool technology trendsetter in broadband telephony that has helped changed the telecom landscape forever partnering with Avaya, a "traditional" PBX manufacturer. According to the release pasted below, Vonage is using Avaya's IP telephony contact center solution for their customer service call center. Nothing against Avaya, but I would have expected Vonage to go with something "cool and hip" like an open source Linux-based Asterisk PBX solution.

Linksys Secretly Developing SOHO IP-PBX?

June 15, 2005

I'm going to go out on a limb and make a prediction that Linksys will sell a turnkey, "plug and play" SOHO IP-PBX in 2006. LinkSys will announce this as early as December of this year. How do I know this? Shhh...

Linux Booming in Telecom

June 2, 2005

Some news to share about Linux in telecom. Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, today announced it has published its Carrier Grade Linux requirements definition version 3.1 (CGL v3.1) and will host two SUPERCOMM panels, "Accelerating Linux Deployment in Communications" and "The Business Case for Linux," to meet the growing interest in CGL applications for telecommunications infrastructure.

Hosted by Ibrahim Haddad - author, former Linux researcher at Ericsson, and strategic program manager at OSDL- the "Accelerating Linux Deployment in the Enterprise" panel will look at the most recent requirements from the Carrier Grade Linux working group, including high availability and clustering definitions. Haddad will also deliver the "State of the Penguin" keynote address at the Linux Solutions Telecom Conference being held at SUPERCOMM.

Mid-Sized Companies Not Interested in Linux?

April 5, 2005

I wonder how much Microsoft "secretly" invested in this study.

Mid-Sized Companies Not Interested in Linux -Microsoft Still Dominates, Study Says

London, ON - Most mid-sized enterprises are simply not interested in Linux, according to a recent study by Info-Tech Research Group, a leading technology research firm.A tiny 10 percent of mid-sized enterprises plan to evaluate Linux within the next three years and only a portion of these will actually adopt it.

"Just 27 percent of mid-sized companies currently have Linux installed and almost half of the respondents said they have no interest in Linux.The Linux advance into this market has stalled," says Frank Koelsch, Executive Vice President of Info-Tech Research Group."Microsoft still dominates this market and is the clear leader for mid-sized companies," he adds."Linux was initially hot, but interest has substantially declined.Companies are past the hype and taking a much more cautious approach towards Linux."

The study highlighted the divide that is occurring between large companies who are increasingly embracing open source, and smaller companies who remain Microsoft-centric.Of the companies who did not already have Linux installed, 48 percent have no interest whatsoever and a further 15 percent are not sure.

"An important consideration for any mid-sized enterprise evaluating Linux is that although Linux is free, the support for it is not," says Koelsch."For smaller organizations that already have a trained Windows-based support staff, adding Linux to the mix can add headcount, complexity and create havoc," he continues."Unless there is a compelling business reason to implement a Linux system, IT decision makers in mid-sized enterprises should stick to Microsoft solutions, even though they are not perfect either."

The findings and trend analysis are included in Info-Tech Research Group's annual "IT Priorities 2005" report.With over 1,400 companies responding, it is the largest annual survey of its kind.The study focused on mid-sized enterprises in the US, Canada and the UK.
With a paid membership of over 25,000 worldwide, Info~Tech Research Group is the global leader in providing IT research and analysis to the mid-sized enterprise market.It is North America's fastest growing full-service IT analyst firm.

Triple play Linux STB breaks $100 barrier

February 18, 2005

Hat Tip to Linux Devices for this i3 micro technology news...

i3 micro technology claims that its new Mood 130 is the first high-performance IP set-top box to provide video streaming for under $99. Housed in a very compact (6.69 x 4.21 x 1.10 inch) enclosure and running embedded Linux, the Mood 130 provides "triple play" services to users: Internet access, VoIP, IP television, and on-demand entertainment, along with MPEG-1 and -2 video, and MPEG-1 audio streaming.

The Mood 130 is a "carrier grade" set-top box (STB) that meets the quality and security requirements of "both incumbent operators and demanding residential subscribers," according to Jan Werne, CEO of i3.

Linux-based Citrix Competitor?

February 9, 2005

This Userful, Inc. press release pasted below is very interesting.Basically it allows you to turn one Linux computer into ten Linux computers.Sounds like a Citrix competitor - only on the Linux platform.Although, one major difference is that Citrix is pretty much all software (except the server) and then uses a softclient to connect to the Citrix server which transmits all the keystrokes, mouse movements, pixels, etc. over an IP network.

Conversely, if I am reading this release correctly, this solution requires that you put 1 video card per remote PC.So if you want 10 clients, you need 10 video cards? Aren't VGA cables typically only 5 feet long?

Packetbox IP-PBX

February 7, 2005

Asterisk Forum

January 17, 2005

Linux Embedded DVR

January 5, 2005

George Tang Industrial Corporation GDV-08 DVR

George Tang Industrial Corporation introduced the GDV-08, its latest 8-channel DVR with built-in LAN and CD-RW. The Linux-embedded unit is bundled with Software Watchdog and realtime MPEG-4 compression. 8 channels? Now this is one sick DVR...

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