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Votacall Brings Its Unique Flavor to Cloud-Based Communications
Votacall is a communications solution provider with a full suite of business VoIP and cloud-based managed voice solutions in a crowded but fast-growing market. The company says it separates itself from the pack by delivering a better and more customized user experience. We took their cloud-based communications product, the Votacall VBX Hosted VoIP solution, for a test drive and the following is what we found out about their product and their approach.
Welcome to WebRTC
If you're reading this supplement, chances are good that you've already heard about WebRTC. But, like much of the rest of the industry, you may not be completely clear about what WebRTC is, where it came from, why it's important, and where it fits into the larger communications picture. So here's a bit of background to get you prepped for the rest of this WebRTC supplement and for WebRTC Conference & Expo IV, which takes place June 17 through 19 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.
The Outlook for WebRTC in 2014 and Beyond
The outlook for WebRTC is a positive one, but questions persist as to whether and when this technology will cross the chasm from early adoption to mass-market embrace - and what it will take for WebRTC to make that leap. That's according to the WebRTC Outlook 2014 Report, which is based on a December 2013 survey of more than 100 leading entrepreneurs, users, and vendors in the WebRTC ecosystem.
Temasys Discusses the New Wave of Innovation WebRTC Can Enable
INTERNET TELEPHONY recently spoke to Chip Wilcox of Temasys Communications Pte Ltd. about WebRTC. The CEO says WebRTC is the foundation on which Temasys - which says it is leading the new wave of innovation in web and mobile communications and collaboration - has built its business.
WebRTC's Impact on Service Providers
Disruptive Analysis believes that WebRTC is one of the most important telecom technologies that has emerged in the past 10 years or more. It will radically alter the landscape for voice, video, and data real-time communications, as it helps democratize them - allowing them to be combined directly with a variety of applications, websites, and devices.
Talking WebRTC with Priologic's Doug Pelton
INTERNET TELEPHONY recently spoke to Priologic Software Inc. CEO Doug Pelton about the state of WebRTC and how this important new technology is impacting its business.
The WebRTC Market and Ecosystems
WebRTC is a technology that will initiate a fundamental change in the communications market and in how all of us communicate. WebRTC changes the paradigm of communications managed by two service providers interacting for their users (the PSTN) or having to join a club (Skype) to communicate. With WebRTC, any website can be a communications "host" and the entire communications market is open to the same webification that has transformed the information market over the last 20 years.
WebRTC Conference & Expo - The Global Best of WebRTC
WebRTC Conference & Expo is the leading event for WebRTC worldwide. The event - which takes place June 17 through 19 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta - brings together the technical and business leaders in WebRTC along with the leading companies that are enabling and using WebRTC in their businesses. With WebRTC moving so fast, each WebRTC Conference & Expo reflects huge changes in the market and involves new sponsors, attendees, and WebRTC examples and knowledge.
An Enterprising View on WebRTC
The enterprise has numerous uses for WebRTC, including enabling the bring your own device model, allowing for next generation customer interaction through web integration, and establishing direct communications between employees and the outside world. Because WebRTC creates an experience that comes from the host web server, the experience the enterprise provides can be unique and tailored to deliver advantage.
CafeX Dishes on WebRTC
INTERNET TELEPHONY recently spoke to Sajeel Hussain, vice president of marketing and partner development of CafeX Communications, about the company's offerings in the WebRTC arena, industry trends, and the WebRTC Conference & Expo in Atlanta.
Avaya Offers a Practical View of WebRTC
INTERNET TELEPHONY recently spoke to Val Matula about WebRTC. Avaya's senior director of analytics and multimedia says WebRTC will be an integral offer to the company's enterprise-wide Avaya Aura Collaboration Environment framework.
Acision: WebRTC is Moving Beyond the Hoo-Ha
INTERNET TELEPHONY recently spoke to Acision Engineering Director John Parr about WebRTC, what the company is doing in this realm, and its plans for WebRTC Conference & Expo.
What Time is It? The Future of Legacy Networks, Regulation & Competition
Copper, TDM, and wireline networks in general - all three remain important parts of our public networks today. At the same time, all three are vestiges of the past that continue to be the source of decommissioning discussions. But is copper really going the way of the dinosaur? What's happening with the TDM-to-IP transition?
Cornell's Statler Hotel Checks Out New IP PBX, Wiring, Wi-Fi Technology
There's a hotel in the center of campus at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., but this isn't just any lodging facility. The Statler Hotel has a history dating back to the 1950s, when it was opened as a test bed of sorts related to Cornell's School of Hotel Administration.
iM to Build Modular Colocation Facilities Along Allied Fiber Routes
A few years back a company called Allied Fiber set out to build a nationwide dark fiber network in an effort to bring more affordable and efficient fiber to a variety of customers. The New York-based company is selling dark fiber and neutral colocation along various railroad rights of way around the United States.
Choosing the Right Voicemail Solution for Your Business
It's been said that voicemail is becoming a parity technology that only keeps an enterprise equal with its competitors. So if voicemail is dead, why should you worry about replacing it? The simple answer is that while use of voicemail, fax and other legacy communications technologies are declining, they are still essential business applications that no business can currently do without.
On Rad's Radar: Misunderstanding the Channel
Both Verizon and AT&T announced that they were committing millions to the channel. CenturyLink announced that channel had delivered big revenue last year. Telx said that more than 40 percent of new logos came from channel partners. Google has 10,000 channel partners.
The Cloud, Microsoft, and Channel Eclipse
Microsoft kicked off 2014 with the news that it would make deep cuts in the commissions of service providers selling its Office 365, Exchange Online, and the company's other cloud services. The cuts, which were instituted to the Online Services Advisor Incentive program in late January, ranged from 15 to 50 percent, according to reports. Also in January, Microsoft joined forces with web hosting giant GoDaddy, which as a result is selling Office 365 to the small business community - yet another move many service providers selling these products view as an assault on their livelihoods.
Session Border Controller Roundup
SBCs have long been a staple in carrier networks to enable secure carrier-to-carrier interconnectivity, and now many enterprises are using session border controllers as well. According to an Infonetics Research report issues in March, the E-SBC market grew a whopping 42 percent last year, to $255 million.
What Do Aviation and Telephony Have in Common? Power Failure is Not an Option
Communication is essential to the success of any business, and customers need support when they want it. Should a businesses' phone system go down and a customer be greeted with radio silence during a crisis, that customer might ultimately decide to take his or her business elsewhere. With this in mind, it is imperative that businesses do all they can to ensure their phone systems remain online at all times.
SDN Excellence Awards
Software-defined networking is considered to be one of the most important, and potentially disruptive, developments in networking since the rise of the Internet. To date, networks and connectivity have come first, and applications have followed. SDN turns this model on its head, approaching networking from an apps-first standpoint.
Product Review of the SmartBox by PanTerra Networks
PanTerra Networks is probably the most innovative unified communications and file sharing cloud-based service provider you've never heard of, until now. TMC Labs was somewhat familiar with PanTerra Networks, but even we were surprised by the sheer number of UC and file sharing features built into its WorldSmart product suite when we took it for a test drive. WorldSmart's unified cloud services deliver just about every form of file sharing, communications and collaboration - voice, video call, IM, e-mail, desktop sharing and fax. The WorldSmart suite includes two major components, CloudUC and the just launched (January 2014) SmartBox, which PanTerra calls, "the world's first file sharing service that communicates."
New Big Switch Networks CEO Talks Strategy
SDN upstart Big Switch Networks has made a lot of big changes in the past few months. The company's CEO Doug Murray spoke with INTERNET TELEPHONY recently to explain the new strategy.
Super Telco: How Service Providers and Their Suppliers Are Recreating Themselves
Carriers are scrambling as they see over-the-top services such as Skype and WhatsApp eating into their revenues. Indeed, OTT players have captured 30 percent of voice traffic in seven years, and now service provider voice growth is around 3 percent per year.
VoIP Logic Enables Next-Gen Service Providers to Take Control
Operational outcome is a category of measurement that is difficult to quantify but can be the linchpin in deciding to opt for VoIP Logic. Because the technology used to deliver communications services is becoming more complex and specialized and there is a growing number of manufacturers found in integrated services, the bar on precision in technology support and experience is always rising. Opting for an experienced provider can make exponentially significant differences in service interruption time and resolving other dangerous - customer-effecting - incidents.
PanTerra Networks Leads the Next Wave of Unified Cloud Services
In referring to PanTerra as a platform provider, Chang is pointing out that the company built the platform on which its service runs in-house and from the ground up. That is a key differentiator for PanTerra vs. the competition, which typically relies on the platforms of companies like Cisco and Microsoft, he says. PanTerra designed its platform to be multiservice, highly scaleable, and carrier agnostic. This platform also adds value for PanTerra and its customers because it gives them a higher level of control.
12 Days of Christmas, ITEXPO Style
As the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year" - not only because the holidays are a wonderful chance to spend time with family and loved ones, but because it also means that ITEXPO Miami is on the way.
NFV Shines with Orchestration
ETSI released its first update to the NFV framework recently. This update includes several documents outlining the framework and scenarios where NFV can be applied and the communications service providers can benefit. This is an exceptional starting point to deliver on the value and vision of the NFV framework.
Ask the SIP Trunk Expert
Selecting a SIP Trunking Provider
When choosing a SIP trunking provider, consider them your other half. Your provider will become an expansion of you and your business, and ultimately, what your brand represents. This is why it is absolutely essential to ensure that the provider you choose to partner with is devoted to meeting your business needs.
The Most Interesting People of 2013
INTERNET TELEPHONY recently polled industry analysts and other experts for their input on the most interesting people of 2013.
Collaboration and the Contingent Workforce
For IT leaders faced with the challenge of prioritizing dozens of strategic and tactical issues, one important trend is emerging that deserves attention sooner rather than later: the expansion of the contingent worker.
What Happened in M&A This Year and What We Might Expect in the Near Future
This year finished with a bang in terms of M&A activity, with deals like Verizon's $130 billion buyout of Vodafone and Softbank's $21.6 billion investment in Sprint raising the stakes. But perhaps the most talked about 2013 acquisition in tech was Microsoft's $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's device business.
The Best & The Worst of 2013
Ask people to name the best thing that happened in tech in 2013, and you'll get a wide variety of sunny answers. Ask for the worst, and one reply is likely to rear its ugly head.
Lexifone 2 Enables Natural Phone Conversations in a Variety of Languages and Dialects
People who use different languages but want to communicate with one another have a few options to make that happen. They can learn a new language. They can call on the services of a human interpreter. Or they can use a book or an automated solution like Google Translate. But all of the above options can be expensive, time-consuming, clunky, or some combination of the three.
Phybridge Switches Reach Out to Simplify VoIP Deployment
In unpacking the smaller unmanaged PoLRE LPC Switch, we saw it came with two PhyLink adapters, which are small inline adapters that connect the phone wire on one end and an Ethernet cable on the other, providing up to 10W of PoE power to IEEE 802.3af-compliant devices. After connecting an Ethernet cable to Uplink Port 1 on the device to join it to our LAN, we connected a standard RJ11 phone cable to port 1 of the PoLRE LPC Switch, and the other end of the phone cable to the PhyLink adapter. Next, we connected the other end of the Ethernet cable to an IP phone and the IP phone's LCD lit up and the phone booted. We made a test call from the IP phone and, as expect- ed, it sounded flawless.
Gaining Momentum in the Channel: Hosted VoIP Provider's Valued Partner Program Off to a Strong Start
Hosted VoIP is supposed to be easy to deliver, but the plug-and-pray method of installation doesn't always work so great for customers, or the agents that sell them such solutions. The true path to hosted VoIP success is to take the time to visit the customer location, do a site survey, handle the installation rather than just ship the customer phones, and offer ongoing support and quality monitoring throughout the life of the customer and channel partner relationship.
WebRTC Continues Its Advance: Technology Promises to Deliver 'True UC'
The sun is setting on the PSTN and narrowband voice networks, while the WebRTC ecosystem and the number of solutions based on the new technology are growing. Already, WebRTC is supported on more than 1 billion endpoints, says Google, one of a raft of important tech companies driving this new technology. And Disruptive Analysis expects that to grow to 3.9 billion by 2016.
CertainSafe, the Virtual Safety Deposit Box, Drives Secure Collaboration
TMC Labs learned about a new product launching by TransCertain called CertainSafe that could be a game changer when it comes to cloud-based collaboration. Fortune 1000 companies and indeed even smaller companies are reluctant to put their most sensitive and confidential data in the cloud to be shared with their partners and customers. But what if you could encrypt the data in the cloud using AES256 encryption or any encryption algorithm of your choice, and combine that with "tokenization"? Further, what if you could share certain folders and files with specific people using just a browser and, with no plugins required, what if you could set an expiration date of how long a folder is shared and maintain an extensive audit trail?
Why Sprint? Emerging & Wholesale Solutions Group Tells Its Systems Integration Story
The Emerging & Wholesale Solutions group at Sprint cuts across a wide range of customer segments, including auto manufacturers, retailers and other industry verticals; MVNOs that want to provide wireless services to select affinity groups; and device manufacturers. These customers are being inundated with complexity, says Carter, and they need simplicity, yet no one company can provide the full range of capabilities they require.
Momentum Telecom Emphasizes the Benefits of Telecommuting
Telecommuting has evolved into a fully sustainable work model, leaving the days of water cooler conversations and punching the time clock in the past. Organizations debating the benefits of on-site vs. off-site work most recently sparked by Yahoo!'s and Best Buy's new remote work policies are wasting energy, because the home-based workforce is part of the now, and an even bigger part of the future.
No Boundaries: UNSi Breaks Through Carrier, Growth Barriers
Chances are good that you've never heard of UNSi. The company traditionally has been the kind of organization that just blended into the woodwork. However, UNSi is now breaking out in a big way - with an aggressive growth strategy, relatively new leadership, and a plan to reach $62 million in revenues by 2015.
Seeing Green: Service Visibility, Data Analytics Could Add Up Big for Mobile Service Providers
That's because facilities-based service providers have the ability to understand what's happening on their networks to predict congestion, for example. And that can enable facilities-based mobile operators to get ahead of the problem by alerting subscribers of the situation and offering them solutions, such as upping their subscription plans or delivering an offer from a content provider partner who might sponsor a better network experience and pay the mobile operator for that capability.
Move & Changes: ANPI Expands to the Enterprise
The world of communications is changing, and ANPI is changing along with it. And the service provider wants to help its traditional base of customers (independent local exchange carriers), and an entirely set of new ones (enterprises and SMBs), respond to and benefit from recent technological advances, regulatory changes, and workplace trends as well.
TMC Announces UC Award Winners
Unifying voice, video, wireless, presence and other communications technologies, can results in more efficient communications and improved employee productivity. But unified communications solutions come in many forms.
Panduit Gets Physical with Data Centers, Enterprise Networks and Industrial Applications
The 55-year-old, privately held company got its start providing electrical products for routing, termination and organization of physical assets, explains Panduit CTO Jack Tison. Years later, when Ethernet moved into the mainstream and token ring started to fade, Panduit expanded its portfolio to address Ethernet enterprise networking products. Since then, the company has worked to apply its product set to a broader range of applications involving Ethernet and to address the ever-growing transmission speeds required by today's communications.
WebRTC: The Next Game Changer in Communications
When that happens, things get particularly interesting for web entities like Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Google (one of the pioneers of WebRTC) that want to enable new communications options for existing online communications, he says. Edholm offers for consideration one possible scenario on this front: "So if you use Pinterest, for example, and tag something you like and there are five other Pinterest tags on that item, what can happen with WebRTC is it can allow the server to trigger real-time communications between those individuals. To do that in a server takes about 40 lines of Java script, which is really easy to write."
What We Did at StartUpCamp6 this Fall
Among the most popular events at TMC's ITEXPO is StartUpCamp, which is hosted by Embrase Business Consulting. StartupCamp is promoted as an evening to celebrate entrepreneurship in telecom and an opportunity to learn, network and have fun. And StartUpCamp at TMC's most recent ITEXPO in Austin, Texas, once again delivered on that promise.
Siemens' Hummel Says Making Mobility the Default Could Help Drive UC Forward
The term unified communications has become tainted in the past decade as the industry has grappled to address a rapidly changing communications environment and appeal to businesses with integrated solutions that are at the same time fun and productive to use, Chris Hummel, chief commercial officer with Siemens Enterprise Communications, noted during his ITEXPO Austin address in October.
Sonus CEO Draws Parallels Between UC and Mobile
Unified communications is following a somewhat similar trajectory to mobile communications, Raymond P. Dolan, president and CEO at Sonus Networks, indicated during his keynote speech at the recent ITEXPO Austin event. That, of course, is somewhat encouraging, given that mobile has taken off like a rocket and is now a multibillion dollar industry, while many see UC as still sitting on the launch pad - or having taken off, but still feeling gravity's pull.
INTERNET TELEPHONY Announces BSS/OSS Excellence & TEM Excellence Award Winners
The editors of INTERNET TELEPHONY have selected the companies whose business support systems and operations support systems have contributed to the success of their clients' businesses.
Got Game? Businesses Leverage Game Mechanics to Drive User Behavior
Babies play on iPads. Preteens don't remember life before the Wii. And Generation Y has been raised on a regular diet of broadband-enabled computers, smart mobile devices, and connected gaming systems like the DS and the Xbox. In fact, a 2011 MTV study revealed that members of Gen Y, which make up 25 percent of today's workforce today, think a "game-like metaphor" can be applied to virtually every aspect of their lives.
MultiAlert911 - Finding Gold on the ITEXPO West 2012 Show Floor
Doing the show floor walk at technology conferences and gatherings can easily turn into a mind-numbing exercise. A telecom and wireless communications event such as ITEXPO is even more challenging, as almost every company in attendance has products on the show floor that require a good amount of time and explanation to fully understand and get a handle on.
Unified Communications Appears to be Ready for Takeoff
For those of us attending the annual ITEXPO West event in Austin, paying attention to things where attention should be paid is an occupational delight. And the interesting thing about this year's event in the context of IP-based integrated enterprise communications is twofold.
Sangoma's New Strategy Bears Fruit
INTERNET TELEPHONY in May ran a cover story about Sangoma's new strategy to rev up growth via the delivery of new turnkey solutions, a significantly ramped up product release schedule, and global expansion. In it, Sangoma President and CEO Bill Wignall talked about his three-step process to energize the company and propel growth by better meeting the needs of customers and prospects via this strategy.
The Appeal of Automation: LoBue Citrus Picks FoodLogiQ, Intermec Inventory & Labeling Solution
LoBue Citrus is a family-run grower and distributor of oranges accounting for 4 to 5 percent of the California citrus industry. That equates to between 4 and 5 million boxes each year, with 40 percent of the product exported to Asia. Based in Lindsay, Calif., the company recognized the need to automate its produce traceability program. Formerly, the process was manual, which tied up critical resources and increased the likelihood of error.
It's Time for ITEXPO!
As of mid-August, attendee registration numbers for ITEXPO West and its co-located conferences were tracking 80 percent higher than last year with just seven weeks to go before the event.
Community College Upgrades to CommScope Connectivity Standard
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina offers more than 2,000 courses to a yearly enrolment exceeding 22,000 students. Its courses include fully accredited associate degree programs in more than 40 areas including arts and sciences, business, information technology, health and public services, engineering technologies, and biotechnology.
Globalinx Tells Its Story of Customized End-to-End Business Solutions
If you're not yet familiar with Globalinx, chances are good that you soon will be. The company, which provides voice and data services, has positioned itself as a cloud services provider, and it aims to expand on that front both through acquisitions and organic growth. To push forward this strategy and the related messaging, Globalinx has been working on new branding and a revamped website, both of which are set to be unveiled this month.
Chelsea Piers Gets in the Game with Toshiba's Strata CIX
The Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is a 28-acre entertainment complex built on four historic Hudson River piers. Opened in 1995, Chelsea Piers features a variety of sports facilities, including rock climbing walls, batting cages, ice rinks, a golf driving range, a gymnastics center, a bowling center, indoor turf playing fields and basketball courts, a 150,000-square-foot health club, pro shops, TV production studios, marina, restaurants and more.
Winners of the TMC Labs Innovation Awards Include the Latest and Greatest
2012 marks the 13th annual INTERNET TELEPHONY TMC Labs Innovation Awards, with several strong contenders in cloud, collaboration, unified communications, high bandwidth products and, of course, VoIP.
TMC Labs Innovation Awards UC 2012
Unified communications continues to have rapid growth, both in technological improvements and deployments. The unification of voice, video, desktop sharing, instant messaging and other communications technologies improves employee productivity and lowers the total cost of ownership.
Document Management: Oce Business Services Talks Trends, Requirements
Indeed, Ron Glaz, IDC program director for digital imaging solutions and services, in an October 2011 reported, noted: "The worldwide document solutions market continues to grow at a healthy rate of 6.8 percent. Growing integration of mobility solutions within businesses is expected to drive security and mobile printing software to obtain double-digit growth rates during the forecast period."
Adding Value with Internet+
The Internet, and IP networks in general, have gone a long way toward expanding our world of communications. But we still have a ways to go. To allow end users to realize natural and universal communications, and enable facilities-based service providers to benefit in the process, the industry needs to move to Internet+.
Study Reveals Retailers' Top Priorities for 2012
A new report from the NRF Foundation and KPMG LLP called Retail Horizons: Benchmarks for 2011, Forecasts for 2012 looks at retailers' top strategic initiatives for 2012.
Third Time's a Charm: Successful Mobile Strategies in the Retail Vertical
Retail strategies related to mobile communications have been a mixed bag. Using wireless technology as a means with which to alleviate specific customer pain points, however, has been very successful for select brands like Starbucks, Tesco and Walgreen's. Meanwhile, Macy's is rocking the wireless opportunity via its Backstage Pass promotion.
Cloud Security: Users May Not Be Clear on Who is Responsible for What
Cloud service providers typically are very clear about what they secure for customers, and what cloud customers themselves must look to secure. But that point is sometimes lost in translation. However, with better education, new tools and related services, things are likely to improve on this front over time. At least that's what INTERNET TELEPHONY is hearing from the handful of sources it interviewed for this article.
Sangoma Revs Up Growth via Turnkey Solutions, Global Expansion
This focus on new products in no way diminishes Sangoma's commitment to its existing base of open source developers and open source telephony projects. Sangoma always has and will continue to support, sponsor, contribute code to, and advocate for the OST community. It was one of the first supporters of Asterisk (in fact Asterisk ran first on Sangoma hardware), is a big advocate of FreeSWITCH, and engaged with virtually every OST project out there.
SherWeb Puts the Service in Hosted Service
Many of the best companies are founded by people who themselves discovered the need for a solution, and then went on to establish businesses to deliver a product or service to meet that need. Such was the case with SherWeb, a Canadian company founded by brothers Peter and Matthew Cassar in 1998.
Integrated Cargo Security Program Protects Cargo, Lowers Costs
Cargo theft on our nation's highways accounts for $25-30 billion in lost assets each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ also reports that cargo theft is on the rise, due to its relative ease, its profitability, and the fact that penalties for cargo theft are light when compared with other crimes.
WatchDox CEO Emphasizes Need to Secure Documents in the Age of Mobility
The bring-your-own-device trend in the work world is now very well understood. But that's not to say that businesses have fully come to terms with it. Indeed, as more employees carry work data with them on their mobile devices, and high-profile security breaches continue to remind us of the vulnerability of our networks and devices, companies are paying more attention to the need to secure important documents on the go, regardless of the user's location and device. But just how to do that remains a question mark for many organizations. INTERNET TELEPHONY recently spoke with WatchDox CEO Moti Rafalin about the challenges and solutions on this front.
Swing and a Hit: Hosted iPBX Does a Triple Header at Cactus League Ballpark
It's springtime, and in Arizona springtime brings the boys of summer. That means things are pretty busy this month over at Salt River Fields, the new Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. This beautiful new facility on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale includes an 11,000-seat stadium, separate training facilities and clubhouses for each team, 12 practice fields, and various concessions areas. The $100 million complex, which opened just one year ago, also offers spectacular mountain views, a plentiful supply of sunny days, and a state-of-the-art spectator experience.
Web 2.0, Mobile Boom Create New Security Challenges
You've probably heard the now-popular refrain about how while many folks are very comfortable sharing many details of personal their lives online, these same people have a high level of expectation relative to the security of their personal and professional information. What they may not know is that Web 2.0 and the rise of the bring-your-own-device trend make it easier than ever for criminals to penetrate the sanctity of our personal and professional content and networks.
Peeling the Onion: Cloud Drives Interest in Content-Aware Security
In the movie Shrek, the title character says that ogre's are like onions - in that they have layers. Turns out security and ogres have something in common.
Plixer Brings Concentrated Focus to NetFlow Reporting and Analysis
When it comes to the heart, most folks go to a specialist to address what ails them. When it comes to the network, tapping a specialist is also the ideal prescription.
Telx Helps Companies Make All the Right Connections
No man is an island. The same can be said about a network. Networks are useful only to the extent to which they can enable us to connect successfully, securely and reliably with other networks, people and applications. Telx is in the business of enabling service providers, businesses and other organizations to make these connections.
What's Next in Smartphone Usage
Smartphones have become so ingrained in our personal and professional lives that it's hard to believe it's only been about five years since Apple introduced the iPhone. Consumer enthusiasm for these devices in only expected to intensify in the next two years, according to PwC, as apps become more creative and convenient.
The Six Steps to Policy Excellence
Striking the right balance between risk mitigation and the commercial demands of the business is an essential skill, which must be adapted according to the nature of your industry and the size, culture and risk appetite of your organization. This role needs to have clear ownership at the senior management level.
Network Infrastructure Features
Chicago's Columbia College Lights Up Dark Fiber
Technology is always moving forward, and we continue to make amazing gains in connectivity, devices and interoperability. At the same time, it's sometimes surprising just how low tech things can be behind the curtain.
Network Infrastructure Features
The Expanding Possibilities of Carrier Ethernet
New Ethernet solutions are enabling carriers to make their services available on a much wider basis and at higher data rates than once imagined possible. That includes a range of both copper- and fiber-based solutions.
Network Infrastructure Features
SimpleWan Introduces vMPLS for Multi-location Organizations
A new company called SimpleWan delivers a subscription- and hardware-based service called vMPLS that enables secure multi-location connectivity over legacy and/or newer broadband connections.
"It's MPLS virtualized," says Comvoice CEO Erik Knight.
Cloud & Data Center Feature
Gathering Clouds: Telesphere Aims to Consolidate a Fragmented Industry
The cloud services space is highly fragmented and could benefit from consolidation, and Telesphere believes it's in a plumb position to pull things together. That's the word from CEO Clark Peterson, who recently spoke with INTERNET TELEPHONY at the company's headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Bright Side of the Road: Key Industry Players Mostly Upbeat about 2011, the Year Ahead
The economy at large didn't make for a very pretty picture in 2011, and most folks don't expect it to improve significantly in the year ahead. But while much of the world continues to grabble with high (although slightly improving) unemployment and foreclosure rates, depressed home values, and the sovereign debt crisis, a fair share of businesses have been remarkably resilient and, in their communications with INTERNET TELEPHONY, many communications industry players offered upbeat assessments both of the year past and 2012.
Business Video Feature
Columbus Security Effort Includes City-wide Access Control and Video Surveillance
The city of Columbus, Ohio, is quickly becoming a role model of municipality security with its ongoing unification of access control for city buildings into one centralized location and its use of a fiber-optic network that saves money and helps increase public safety.
TMC, INTERNET TELEPHONY Congratulate IT Product of the Year Award Winners
INTERNET TELEPHONY and its parent company, TMC, are proud to announce the winners of the IT Product of the Year Awards.
INTERNET TELEPHONY Congratulates BSS/OSS Award Winners
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, is proud to announce the winners of its Third Annual INTERNET TELEPHONY BSS/OSS Excellence Awards.
Metaswitch Edit Series
Carrier Snake Bite. What Should They Do Now?
At the recent Metaswitch Forum 2011 in Las Vegas the company devoted considerable effort helping its carrier customers compete in this brave new world. The event was the eighth put on by the company and attracted 800 global service providers. And the carriers at the event were extremely knowledgeable - I had two speaking slots and asked them a barrage of questions, and people seemed to all be on their game.
Move to Fiber Optics Leads AV Systems Integrators to Seek Single Enclosure Solutions
AV integrators face a daunting challenge when installing complex, high-definition, multimedia systems involving multiple displays and distances over 15 feet: incorporating and often converting a myriad of signal input options to high-definition formats over fiber optic cable and doing so with a relatively clean installation that minimizes potential points of failure.
INTERNET TELEPHONY Congratulates Winners of the UC Excellence Awards
With the rise and snowballing expansion of mobile networks and applications, communications, connectivity and collaboration seem to be everywhere. Unified communications solutions that intelligently bring together real-time and recorded voice, IM, presence, audio and video conferencing, and other capabilities continue to improve and become available to a broader cross section of the populace.
Balancing Security, Performance and Cost in the Real World
Service providers' IT organizations are tasked with building infrastructure that can scale to meet growing network demands at a reasonable cost while ensuring fast and secure communications. Maintaining a high level of performance while applying stringent security technology has never been easy, and with the confluence of new multi-purpose security technologies such as unified threat management devices and next-generation firewalls and the changing profile of network traffic, budgeting for the correct amount of hardware is becoming a very difficult practice.
Analyzing SIP's Role in Regulatory and Tax Structures
SIP is an application layer protocol in the TCP/IP family of protocols. It is utilized in the establishment, modification and termination of telephony, multimedia conferencing, instant messaging and other types of real-time communication over IP-based networks. Like interconnected VoIP and other IP telephony services before it, the industry's perception of the federal and state regulatory and tax treatment of SIP is uncertain.
Propelling Collaboration: The Nexus of Voice, Collaboration and Social Media
For many communications technology professionals, myself included, one of the most promising and exciting IP-based technologies to enter the marketplace in the past 10 years has got to be collaboration tools. The ability to initiate and conduct video and web conference calls, share documents, and remain productive while on the road has certainly impacted many businesses and enterprises that have come to rely upon these solutions. In essence, collaboration tools have helped businesses improve a number of processes, like shortening sales cycles, improving customer service, and reducing travel-related costs. At a high level, collaboration is an impressive technology that can tangibly improve business performance.
Voice Carrier Offers New Twist on Virtual PBX Pricing
There are plenty of virtual PBX solution providers in the market place. Sorting through them all to find the right one for your business needs can be a challenge. But a company called Voice Carrier has a special approach to pricing that can result in significant savings for businesses, while at the same time outfitting them with highly reliable and feature-rich solutions.
The FCC's New Action Plan: Next-Generation 911 and Indoor Location
On Aug. 10, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a comprehensive plan to upgrade the technology behind the country's emergency call systems and move toward next-generation 911. Two of the primary goals behind the plan are to enable the use of advanced communications methods beyond voice, such as text, photo, and video, to contact 911 call takers; and to develop location accuracy mechanisms for NG911.
The Future of VoIP: Regulatory Storm Clouds on the Horizon
When the Federal Communications Commission preempted states from regulating Vonage in late 2004, the entire voice over Internet protocol industry exhaled. Fears the industry would succumb to the burdensome regulatory framework applicable to providers of traditional, circuit-switched telecommunications services seemed to subside, especially with industry supporter Michael Powell at the commission's helm.
Are You Hiding from Emergency Responders?
If your organization doesn't actively manage E911 location information you are increasing the odds that an emergency responder may not be able to find a 911 caller in need quickly enough to help.
Strategic Solutions Series
Amtel TIMS Is Single Platform for Telecom / Mobile Expense Management (TEM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM)
Mobile communications is growing by leaps and bounds in consumer circles as well as in the workplace. Worldwide sales of mobile devices to end users totaled 428.7 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 16.5 percent increase from the second quarter of 2010, according to Gartner, Inc. The research firm forecasts that worldwide mobile connections will reach 5.6 billion in 2011, up 11 percent from 5 billion connections last year. IT research firm Forrester, meanwhile, tells us that 73 percent of the global enterprise workforce will be mobile users by 2012. That means the 187.9 million mobile users in 2008 will expand to a whopping 397.1 million individuals in 2012.
TMC Congratulates 2011 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Awards Winners
TMC, the parent of INTERNET TELEPHONY and a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person, and online, is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Awards.
Audio Over IP and the SIP Environment
The network-everywhere methodology has infiltrated our lives. Most of us are attempting to negotiate a network connection at some point every day. This is the very nature of session initiation protocol, or SIP as we fondly know it, which primarily exists for the purpose of negotiating a voice or video connection between two or more points.
Vitelity Launches New Marketing Campaign, Unveils Cloud Service
Vitelity LLC is well known in open source circles. Now it's moving to raise its profile with those that aren't already familiar with its solutions and its work in the open source community. Chris Hall, CEO of Vitelity, recently spoke with INTERNET TELEPHONY about the company, its new marketing campaign, and its recent move into cloud services.
IBM Exec to Offer ITEXPO West Attendees New Perspective on the Cloud
Before many of us had even heard the phrase cloud services, IBM was hard at work researching this concept and engaging with select customers to discover and define the potential benefits and challenges of cloud solutions. Mike McCarthy, vice president of cloud computing for IBM Global Technology Services, says the company has learned much about the value of the cloud from its clients via the thousands of engagements it's done over the last few years. He will share some of these nuggets of wisdom during his ITEXPO West keynote speech at this month's event in Austin, Texas.
Businesses Are Sweet on Social Networking: What Can They Do to Make the Most of this Budding Relationship?
Social networking in the business world has gotten a lot of buzz in recent months. But after much study and analysis of the subject, this is my conclusion: Many businesses view social networking as adolescents might view love and romance. The idea excites them, but they’re not quite sure what to do about it.
A New Twist on Location-Based Services: LBS Can Be Used to Bill, Locate, Manage, Monitor and More
These days the term location-based services frequently brings to mind new applications that push promotional offers or other content to cellular subscribers as they move into a particular geographical area. But there’s a whole lot more to LBS than meets the eye. LBS also can be used to help cellular service providers with network management, policy enforcement and billing, and to enable new, productivity-enhancing capabilities within the enterprise.
SIP’s Tortoise and the Hare Story
AT&T recently floated the idea of decommissioning the PSTN. And there’s tons of talk about SIP adoption. Yet the uptake for SIP — at least within the customer premises — is not what many initially envisioned.
Are SIP-Based Networks Ready for Prime Time?
There is no doubt that IP technology has become ubiquitous in modern communications networks. It is a fundamental element for a vast array of business-oriented solutions that help customers manage key processes, like increasing revenue, improving operations, enhancing communications, and controlling costs. Yet, as powerful and commonplace as IP solutions have become, the technology is often based on a best-effort protocol that does not match legacy SS7 technology in terms of reliability – a crucial distinction for business customers.
SIP Trunking Continues Ascent: Interoperability Efforts Move Forward as Well
As the other two stories in this package discuss, SIP-based premises gear has seen gradual adoption, but not the rocket-like growth some had originally forecast; meanwhile, some have questioned whether SIP-based services are ready for prime time. But one aspect of SIP-based communications that has seen very little resistance and very wide appeal is SIP trunking.
The Next Big Leap: Virtualization-Aware Networks
Server virtualization has proven to be a revolutionary solution for improving utilization rates of physical servers, providing a cost-effective means of implementing disaster recovery and fueling innovation by making compute resources flexible and moveable.
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