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What Happened to Redundancy?

May 18, 2010

I don't know if you have been reading about the outages that the Cloud Providers have been having. Rackspace, Amazon, Terremark to name a few have experienced outages in the last six months.

My question is What Happened to Redundancy?

The main selling point of these data centers is Redundancy. You know, Battery backup, Generator (for auxillary power), in some cases dual electrical grid power feeds.  

A vehicle took out a transformer on a utility pole in instances at both Rackspace and Amazon. But shouldn't the battery backup work for at least 45 minutes?





Cloud Communications Alliance Interview

April 23, 2010

Lots of buzz this week about the launch of the Cloud Communications Alliance by a group of 8 Broadsoft based service providers. This is a short interview with Dean Parker of Callis Communications about the Cloud Communications Alliance and what it means for the industry as a whole.

Some quick facts:

This was a year long venture to get launches.

HD Voice Coming to the Cloud

April 20, 2010

Today, the Cloud Communications Alliance™ launched at the Cloud Computing Expo in NYC. The Cloud Comm Alliance consists of 8 ITSP members: Alteva, Broadcore, Callis Communications, Consolidated Technologies Inc., IPFone, SimpleSignal, Stage 2 Networks and Telesphere. [see member profiles here]. The consortium will drive development and adoption of the first nationwide high-definition enterprise voice and data network in the IP Cloud.

Ever Wonder?

March 31, 2010

Ever wonder why Hosted PBX isn't sold by telcos? It's the new entrants to the voice game that are pushing Hosted PBX on to the business community.

Comcast is probably the closest thing to a CLEC that sells Hosted PBX; hence, the NGT acquisition. 

Many CLEC's have morphed into tiny ILEC's, because getting to $1B in revenue means changes. The model for most of the CLEC's is the ILEC. It's unfortunate but true. 

The sales force for most CLEC's has the plug-n-play mentality, which to me  means that the sale is wrapped around replacement services.



Is Hosted PBX Like BPM?

March 29, 2010

Business Process Management was a big concept about 5 years ago. The concept revolved around integrating business processes into systems for consistent execution of routines. (Heh! I can talk marketing speak!)

Today, we have Hosted PBX coming into small and medium businesses mainly as a cost savings factor, but there are business changes that occur due to the nature of the service.

As companies move to Software-as-a-Service, Cloud services or other hosted offerings, business will change as a result.



Hosted versus Premise

March 8, 2010

Point-CounterPoint: Hosted Voice vs. CPE is an open debate between two bloggers: Mike Graves  and Dave Michels (of PinDropSoup).

Personally, I think Dave missed the boat. Two key points: CAPEX and OPEX.

For CAPEX (capital expenditure), there are ITSP's that are offering a leasing package which includes the phones, a router, a POE switch, Internet Access, phone service and monitoring. It is financed and rolled into one monthly charge, eliminating the CAPEX scare. 

There are a number of businesses that just need the IP desk phones that they opt to purchase themselves.



How Do They Avoid Being Just the Dumb Pipe

February 11, 2010

On LinkedIn there was a question in the Telecom Executives Business Network group: "How can a Telco Service Provider value chain defend itself from the attack by the emerging "Cloud" services? My understanding is that the emerging "cloud" services remove value-add and differentiation from the Telco service providers which are cornered to act just as the bit-stream providers (especially for the retail market)."

My answer to that was as follows:

Most telco carriers worry about becoming a Dumb Pipe. Isenberg told them this would happen.

Enterprise Cloud Computing Seminar

February 4, 2010

  The February South Florida Technology Association (SFTA) monthly meeting in Fort Lauderdale will bring together the leaders in the virtual server and storage cloud computing space. Panelists will include representatives from Dell, VM Ware, Cisco, and DataCore.

"There is a lot of excitement building up to the event and we expect a great crowd to attend, including local IT Directors and C level executives from some of the largest organizations in South Florida," writes Lenny Chesal, Chief Marketing Officer for the sponsor, Host.Net.

The meeting will be February 25 at 5:30 PM at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North (6650 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL).

Cloudy Thought

January 25, 2010

Making Money in IP Communications

January 20, 2010

In a room filled with VAR's, inter-connects and VoIP resellers (and one investor), our ITEXPO panel this morning discussed making money from IP communications.

How does the indirect channel make money from IP? It is SO different from TDM. This isn't really plug-and-play services.

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