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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Green WiFi

June 15, 2007

Something magical happens when you combine solar power and municipal WiFi. You get internet access for a population of 44,000 residents. St. Louis Park, Minnesota is where this green technology implementation is taking place. The WiFi APs will be connected by fiber and reside on 16 foot poles painted an aesthetically pleasing brown.   Clint Pires, CIO for St. Louis Park, said his city is the first in the U.S. to combine Wi-Fi and solar panels so widely.   "Our decision to use solar power reflects the city's philosophy of environmental stewardship, but we also expect to save $40,000 to $50,000 each year by using solar power instead of electric utility connections," Pires said in a statement.

Verdiem Joins Climate Savers

June 14, 2007

Verdiem, a developer of power management software for PC networks, has joined the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (see previous blog entry here).   “We are excited to work closely with this group of public and private sector leaders to help set and meet IT energy efficiency goals,” said Kevin Klustner, chief executive officer, Verdiem.   According to the release hailing the company’s charter membership pf the green initiative:   Studies show that PCs and monitors use as much as 14 percent of all power consumed in office environments. Based on its existing customer base, annual use of Verdiem technology reduces greenhouse gas emissions at a rate equal to taking more than 9,800 passenger cars off the road for an entire year, or conserving 5,181,586 gallons of gasoline.   Verdiem’s SURVEYOR, is software that allows organizations to measure, manage and reduce their PC network's energy consumption, saving money and lowering their network's total cost of ownership. SURVEYOR works by intelligently placing PCs into lower power settings when not in use.

Computers Need to go Green

June 14, 2007

Articles like this one really show how the typical PC has a way to go before it becomes green. Or at least much greener. Computers generate as much as 35 mullions tons of gas each year and this equates to about 100 million flights! It is unclear from this article if this is PCs in the UK or the world.   It takes around 1.8 tons of chemicals, fossil fuels and water to produce a PC, and its operation generates 0.1 tons of CO2 in a typical year.

GreenPrint To Pay the Fortune 500 To Go Green

June 14, 2007

GreenPrint has a plan.   They’re giving away their software.   GreenPrint’s software is designed to eliminate unwanted pages saving paper, ink, money, and millions of trees. You know, those blank pages that litter the garbage and recycle bins around the printer? The ones which print out with only a URL and a banner ad and footnote?   The deal is that GreenPrint will give away its software in exchange for half the savings that companies will reap by using the solution. The offer is available to companies with over 1,000 PC users.   The potential is massive.   According to the release announcing this initiative:   According to studies released by Citigroup and Lexmark, wasted pages account for as much as 25 percent of all printed material and cost the Fortune 500 over $1 billion a year.

Rackspace

June 13, 2007

Green Mountain Daily

June 13, 2007

Carbon Trust

June 13, 2007

Google, Intel Drive Green Technology Initiative

June 13, 2007

Intel, Google and over 25 other organizations joined forces in pledging their support for the environment.   Together with the likes of Yahoo!, NEC, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and others, the group announced the formation of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, an organization whose stated goal is to “save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting aggressive new targets for energy-efficient computers and components, and promoting the adoption of energy-efficient computers and power management tools worldwide.”   According to the Climate Savers Computing Initiative Web site, the average desktop PC wastes nearly half the power delivered to it, and this waste increases the cost of powering a computer, as well as increases the emission of greenhouse gases.   Among the goals of the new environmentally friendly alliance, the Climate Savers Computing Initiative hopes that by 2010, reductions in wasted energy and the adoption of eco-friendly methods of producing PCs will help lower greenhouse gas emissions by up to 54 million tons per year, which is equal to removing more than 11 million cars from the road or shutting down 20 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants   The initiative hopes that these steps will help save more than $5.5 billion in energy costs as well. -gg

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