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Telecom Tidbits (Part 2459)

Some stats from 451 Research Enterprises buy a variety of computing services from public to private along with VPS, hosting and everything in between. "It's easier for enterprises to develop, test, operate and migrate workloads across hybrid architectures when...

Cisco's Business at Risk?

"CEO Chuck Robbins' first orders of business upon taking the helm at Cisco was to initiate a transformation away from hardware and shift to a software, cloud, and recurring revenue model. Last quarter was yet another example of Cisco's...

3 Ways Cisco's Channel is Better than Yours

I often hear how channel heads want to model their channel after Cisco or Microsoft. Well, you forget 3 large factors that are missing from telecom. ...

Beating the SD-WAN Drum

I was shocked that Cisco bought Viptela for >$600M. I thought Cisco would buy Velocloud. (Someone will soon.) With Viptela, Cisco keeps Verizon as a customer. It also gets partnerships with CA, SingTel, Westcon, EMC and zScaler. That should...

The EC17 Overview: Experience Matters

Enterprise Connect seemed much bigger this year with 18 rows of booths, many of which were 20x20 or larger. There was much in the way of video conferencing and a couple of VR rooms. The real buzz came from...

Will SD-WAN Crush Cisco?

As more and more providers add SD-WAN, what happens to Cisco (and ADTRAN and Juniper)? Think about this: SD-WAN providers use an appliance as the CPE or end-point. This appliance can function as a switch, router and more. It...

Telecom Tidbits #2447

CenturyLink sold its data center business (57 sites) to a consortium of PE firms fronted by Medina Capital Advisors for $2.3B end of last year. Details were sketchy for agents who had clients in those data centers. And we...

Stats on Mobile as It Eats the World

Yesterday I put up some stats in emerging tech. Today I have a bunch more. There are 2.5 billion smartphones on the planet now, according to Ben Evans. "China now has 656 million internet users. Brazil trails only the...

UCaaS Round-Up (Tidbits 2443)

Nextiva, a Broadsoft powered ITSP, announced at their user conference that it has released a new UC&C or Workplace Comms platform that they created internally named NextOS. Nextiva has 100K SMB customers. It is surprising that they didn't make...

Studying UCaaS

UC is a bucket of ways to communicate - voice, video, conferencing, messaging (SMS, text, IM, chat), presence and more. Some of those buckets are shifting. Voice calls can be made through many apps (like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Google...

UCaaS: It isn't All Bad News

Okay, I will stop picking on UCaaS like I did HERE and HERE and tell you about some good stuff. VOSS Solutions has been a Cisco shop for many years. Now they are launching VOSS-4-UC, a management platform for...

UC Tidbits #2441

So many pieces of news about the UCaaS and UC&C segment that I just wanted to cover the highlights (with links) for your perusal. New ReportsWeb Global UC&C study: "The global market is gradually experiencing the transition from legacy...

LinkedIn to Join the Microsoft Suite

Let's start Monday with some small transactions. First up, Blue Coat is selling itself to Symantec for $4.65 Billion. The cyber-security software company was going to go public via an IPO, but chose the private sale route, which seemed...

Is Hosted PBX the Emperor's New Clothes?

Since 2004 when I started blogging, I have blogged about a hardware solution less than 2 dozen times - and not one product review. I have talked with OneAccess, a hardware company that was launching a new line of...

Musings on the Polycom Deal

So MITEL is getting bigger by buying Polycom. It had been rumored for weeks and now finally hits the news. I wonder if Polycom saw the writing on the wall that the battle is going to come down to...

It Will Be an Outsider That Kicks Your Butt

Bloomberg has an article about Facebook at Mobile World Congress and how FB looks like a competitor to telcos. FM Messenger, WhatsApp (that FB owns), SnapChat, Skype, Slack, and many other messaging apps are video and voice enabled (in...

Telecom Tidbits #2429

PRIVACY First up is Apple versus the FBI over end-to-end encryption on the iPhone. For privacy nerds, Barry Eisler's new book, God's Eye View, was a scary realization that the NSA has too much reach -- and very little...

Tidbits # 2428

IOT Cisco buys Jasper Tech for $1.4 billion, because Jasper's IoT cards are inside GM cars, vending machines and car charging stations. The number of IoT developers is growing exponentially - "According to VisionMobile's new IoT Megatrends 2016 report,...

Cisco to Spark Some BroadCloud Competition

As if it weren't bad enough that Microsoft was forcing its tech partners to become salespeople, and Broadsoft was nudging its white-label partners to the curb, now Cisco is hosting a unified comms platform. "Hosted by Cisco and sold...

M&A Rumor Mill

One big rumor is that Salesforce is being acquired. Google, Microsoft and even Oracle have all been mentioned. Although Oracle has said they will profit more if someone else buys Salesforce. By the way, just the rumor made a...

A $19B UCC Business

In a CRN article, Bob Gutschenritter, director of UCC for Ingram Micro North America, was reported: "Gutschenritter said the UCC business as a whole is already a $19 billion business, with 7 percent year over year growth. He said...

An Exchange Alternative with UC

Icewarp: I have seen them around (since 2001) but didn't really know what they did. I spoke with them at the WebRTC Expo in Atlanta. Icewarp is a replacement for Microsoft Exchange server. (All those Microsoft partners who still...

Channel Programs Have Changed

Many companies are adding channel programs. Most look at the success that Microsoft and Cisco via their channels. The thing is most companies don't treat their channel the same way that these two giants did. Microsoft knew that if...

Everything is Changing, No One is Happy

Belkin is buying Linksys from Cisco, who is exiting the consumer business. What are they doing with the Scientific Atlantic set-top boxes?Logitech is dumping some of its product lines as it re-vamps. Andy says that Yahoo Voice is shutting down....

Moves and Changes This Week

Cisco announced plans to acquire Meraki, a managed Wi-Fi company, for about $1.2B.Broadsoft announced UC One and now Rich Communications Services (RCS) to be added to its BroadCloud SAAS platform. [UCStrategies]After Softbank put $20B into Sprint, Sprint turns around and...
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