Nortel Opens Up To Pingtel

August 15, 2008 9:32 AM | 5 Comments

You have probably read about Nortel's Software Communications System 500 (SCS500), a Unified Communications (UC) SIP-centric software solution for SMB (30-500 users), and that our go to market includes IBM and Dell.

What you may not know is that the SCS500 is based on open source from SIPfoundry, and blends the best of both the open source framework and Nortel's experience and expertise in voice, data, multimedia and unified communications.

Now we have bought PingTel, an open source pioneer. Where does Pingtel fit it?

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Low Cal PCs

August 13, 2008 7:24 AM

With Olympic fever run strong, couch-bound watchers may want to think about how to combine work with fitness. Of course, work can be replaced with watching the amazing Michael Phelps bring in the Gold (again). Walk faster;)

Ran across a health-oriented workstation developed with help from the Mayo Clinic.
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The next step could be a green solution- when you stop pedaling or walking, your PC shut downs and your day is done!

Save Twice on the Cisco Energy Tax

August 11, 2008 9:01 AM

I've written extensively about the Cisco energy tax.

We have run into tow type of situations.
1. Enterprises with Green initiatives and someone who is accountable, immediately embrace 40% lower energy efficiency with Nortel (over Cisco) and start asking all the right questions (e.g. "Are we really best served by putting all our networking investments in Cisco's coffers?")
2. Others understand the Cisco energy tax but come back that they don't see or own the monthly energy bill, and so they don't have the budgetary impetus to change what they are doing.

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Olympic Fever Hits Beijing

August 8, 2008 7:36 AM

The stats are awesome:
- $400M IT budget
- Keeping track of 200000 accreditations, that includes, as well as athletes, judges and coaches, 21 600 journalists
- Moving, processing and storing data for 10,500 athletes, participating in 302 events in 28 sports at 39 competitive venues over 7 cities
- 1 million pages served per day across 1100 servers

And the world watches:
- 4 million spectators at the event
- An estimated 4 billion television viewers
- An expected 11 billion web hits

And we, at Nortel, know what technology it takes to stage such a world class event, since we are helping deliver flawless communications experiences at both the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and the London 2012 Summer Games.

You may want to read the technical paper I wrote on a behind the scenes view of the first all IP Network that we are building for Vancouver.

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Last December, I blogged on the fact that I had unplugged my desktop phone (replacing it with a LG-Nortel USB phone 8501), though I observed that this wasn't for everyone!

Well I attended the Nortel Technical Conference, and in fact hosted the final day, and won a new desktop phone- sort of.

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Actually, the handset is a Bluetooth device married to my cell phone. Look carefully- no flexicord of olde.

What could have been my grandfather's rotary dial phone is my improvisation for a handset cradle- some place to put my new handset.

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Some of the largest and medium-sized U.S. airports report close to 637,000 laptops lost each year. Wow, this figure has got to make you think.

Combine this with the IDC prediction that the number of worldwide mobile workers (many with laptops and many more with smart phones) will reach 1 billion - including nearly 75% of the U.S.

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Enterprises need to think three times before looking at post acquisition Gores Siemens Enterprise Networking (SEN).

1. SEN didn't have a data play and used to partner with a number of data vendors. Now they have had a tier 3 data player thrust on them, previously Enterasys, previously Cabletron. If you are looking for a data solution, Nortel Business Optimized Networking is a lower risk approach delivering 7x the reliability, 20x the performance, requiring 40% less energy and delivering up to 50% lower TCO compared to Cisco.

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London put sustainability at the heart of its bid for the 2012 Games, framed by the concept of 'Towards a One Planet Olympics'.

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This was derived from the World Wildlife Federation BioRegional concept of 'One Planet Living®' , which is based on the fact that globally mankind are consuming resources at a faster
rate than the planet can replenish them. If everyone lived as most Europeans do, we would
need three planets; if as most North Americans do, then five!

In announcing Nortel as its Official Network Infrastructure Partner for the 2012 Games, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games also declared Nortel as its Official Sustainability Partner.

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Banking on the Olympics

July 30, 2008 7:43 AM

Paul Deighton used to be European Chief Operating Officer for Goldman Sachs. So he's well aware of the challenges of running a big business.

Now he's taken on a big job as the CEO of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), responsible to deliver all operational plans for the 2012 Games.

Andy Platten also used to work in IT for a very large bank.

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Hyperconnectivity A Sport?

July 28, 2008 4:30 PM | 1 Comment

The first "speedcabling" competition recently took place in Los Angeles. This new geek game is based on unraveling the rat's nest of wires found beneath most computer desks, as people connect an assortment of storage, scanner, printer, camera etc to their PCs.

But this may be a short-lived "sport" as Wireless USB, complemented by WiFi and Bluetooth, emerges as a solution to everyone's below-the-desk Hyperconnectivity challenges.

Briefly Wireless USB (technically USB3.0) is a hub and spoke technology, creating a cluster of up to 127 devices. To achieve up to 480Mbps (equivalent to USB 2.0) at distances up to 3 meters, Wireless USB uses low power ultra-wideband (UWB) transmission over an extremely wide spectrum (technically from 3.1 to 10.5 GHz), and will coexist peacefully with other wireless technologies such as WiFi and Bluetooth.

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For data centers, virtualization of network services over an IP fabric, simplifies data center design and management of networks to lower operational expenses, while also capping the cost of expanding available services and dramatically reducing energy consumption. In addition, optical SANs between data centers provide a very high level of disaster recovery and business continuity.

Although Fibre Channel (FC) is predominant in the data center today, the trend towards compute virtualization and 10GigE servers will drive the move to Ethernet as the preferred interconnect for storage. In fact, "2008 and 2009 will be the peak years for FC switch sales thanks to server virtualization and blade servers," according to Richard Villars, vice president, Storage Systems, at IDC.

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If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. "Hyperconnectivity is a megatrend whereby everything and everyone that can benefit from being connected will be connected."

The other side of the Hyperconnectivity coin, and to great degree a key enabler, is the megatrend that everything (not yet everyone!) that can benefit from being digitized will be digitized.

I see three reasons why these are two sides to the Hyperconnectivity coin.
1) Once content (music, books, photos/painting, medical records, movies) are digitized, add some headers to this digitized content and you have packetized data ready to go.
2) Once content such as audio and video are streamed over the network, then it is trivial to store them for later retrieval, analysis and replay.

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IBM's Websphere is 10 years old.

Back in 1998, there were 25 developers. Today, there are 6000 across IBM and another 10,000 developer partners (including Nortel), serving some 100,000 WebSphere customers.

The initial focus was on rapid development of web apps supporting HTTP, Servlet and Java environments.

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Never Too Old To Be Hyperconnected

July 17, 2008 9:04 AM

Olive Riley, an 108 year old with 70 entries on her blog, died recently in Australia. Olive, who started blogging just last year, has seen a century of technology development go by. Just imagine Olive's technology world when she was 15 (in the photo).

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When I tried to get on her blog, I got a screen stating 'due to overwhelming demand this page is currently not available". Not that surprising, as her blog was ranked 7000th earlier this year, out of 80 million blogs (or 'blobs' as she called them) worldwide.

Thanks Olive for reminding us all that you're never too old to get hyperconnected.

A recent Goldman Sachs survey of IT executives found that "17% expect to support iPhone 3G in the next year".

How should we interpret this result?

It says that iPhone will join RIM and Windows Mobile for the hearts and wallets of enterprise users. If the latest iPhone meets IT security and management requirements, it surely will.

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