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Metro Networks Must be Optimized in Multiple Dimensions

By: Dave Brown, Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

From original TechZine Article

Metro network transport platforms must be compact, scalable, and agile to conquer the specific challenges of this key portion of the transport network. Growing and shifting traffic in the metro has triggered these challenges.

Today’s cloud-optimized metro network transport platforms “must” be:

  • Compact – with optimal power and performance in a form factor that meets metro operational cost targets
  • Scalable – to have the capacity you need when you need it to aggregate and transport multiple, high-performance services
  • Agile and intelligent – to dynamically reconfigure network resources to get services to your customers faster
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The NFV End Game and Ushering in a New Wave of Players

The clock is ticking and it’s about to strike midnight.  NFV will usher in an era of change for the telecom...

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AT&T Partner Exchange Adds Features to Gain SMB Share

Ma Bell knows it's all about ecosystemCompanies rare really focusing on their solution partners (SP) – especially when looking to court small...

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What's With the MSO Consolidation?

Charter was the first company to make a play for TWC. Now reports are in that Charter is chasing Bright House....

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Expect Security Funding Bubble to Pop in 3-5 Years

Security is one of the hottest areas in tech right now. Indeed, there is infinite possibility in this space because technology...

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SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Lessons from a Poet

May 28, 2014

The port, author and teacher Dr. Maya Angelou passed away this morning. My Facebook feed is full of her quotes this morning. I had heard her quotes, but didn't know who she was or that she originally wrote these quotes.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

What The Channel is Selling

May 27, 2014

Finance is buying MPLS (or IP-VPN or VPLS - depending on what flavor of private networking that the carrier is using). Banks, credit unions, insurance and other financial companies have a unique set of regulations to follow, including ones that define storage.

Healthcare is also buying MPLS. Healthcare has a mandate for private networking, encryption and security, all driven by the HITECH Act and Rule-making.

A Look at ShoreTel Numbers

May 21, 2014

The WSJ posted revenue numbers from Shoretel. I am taking a guess that these would be industry average or demonstrate what all PBX vendors are seeing. ( could be wrong.)

"Recurring revenues, which consist of cloud monthly recurring revenues and support revenues, represented 40% of total revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 and reached an annualized value of $130 million." So 30-35% of revenues are now coming from HPBX MRC.

More Big M&A Deals Announced

May 19, 2014

TWC is being bought by Comcast - with Charter taking some pieces of that $45 Billion deal. This would make Comcast - already the biggest ISP and TV provider - even bigger and more powerful. While TWC is not really a competitor to Comcast (in fact, the cable guys collude like no other business sector), it would concentrate a lot of power into one entity that also owns a lot of content under its NBC-Universal.

Before this deal was announced, FCC Chair Wheeler told Softbank that they would not look friendly to a T-Mobile acquisition by Sprint.

The UC Install Opprtunity

May 19, 2014

When I talk to UC provider (or Hosted VoIP providers) that sell nationally, the biggest challenge is the customer install. There are a couple of national installers including Endeavor. The feedback I hear is that the current choices are not good. just because you can spell ROUTER doesn't mean you can configure one or find one was just one anecdote.

The Cbeyond Story

May 19, 2014

Cbeyond started strong in Atlanta. At one point, they had a chunk of the small business T1 market in Atlanta. Being VC funded, growth was required. New cities would have to be added.

Telecom Transitions in Rural America

May 15, 2014

I notice that with the changes to the USF program (transition from paying for voice lines to broadband); the end of broadband stimulus dollars; the end of inter-carrier compensation; and the TDM-to-IP transition the IOC (independent telephone companies) community is in a huge state of flux. It's federal funding is dwindling while it has to make big shifts in tech and business models.

VARs, VADs, inter-connects, CLECs, even Agents have been in turmoil as business models have had to morph. The entire telecom ecosystem is shifting.

Notes from Metaswitch Forum

May 13, 2014

Day 2 for me at the Metaswitch Forum 2014 in New Orleans. Here are some of the notes and tips:

Bryan Grimm of Metaswitch says that NOW is the time for Hosted PBX sales. The Big Opportunity is now.

The Attack of the Sales Boob

May 9, 2014

So over at Mojo Marketing, Angela has been blogging about a couple of awful networking experiences (like this one and this one). I have been having my own issues with tele-marketers and execs at startups.

Twice last week, online video/collab/conferencing companies have asked for 90 minutes each for our first call. 90 minutes?

The Hosted VoIP Crowded Picture

May 8, 2014

Microcorp just signed up 8x8 as a vendor. By my count, that is the 20th service provider that offers Hosted VoIP of some kind. 20.

Some are Broadsoft based; some are Metaswitch based; and some are home brewed versions (Asterisk/Freeswitch/whatever).

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