Expert Analysis
Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in October 2005
Shoot The Messenger, Not The Medium
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
Black lists and white lists . . . what does it all mean? To many of us it all looks like spam. I once asked an associate of mine on the sales side of the house what makes for legitimate advertising. His response, while understandable, was a bit disturbing. His philosophy was any ads that are paid for are legitimate. It took me a while, and I didn't like myself better as a result, but I started to see his point. As a culture, we've accepted without necessarily appreciating the notion of advertis
VoIPShield Launches VoIP Risk Assessment Tool
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
VoIPshield Systems Inc. has just launched a new voice over IP (VoIP) vulnerability assessment solution that will allow organizations to respond to threats before they affect IP telephony systems and
SMBs Worry About IP Telephony Security
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
A survey of small and medium businesses has found that many are leery of the security of IP telephony systems and favor traditional telephony systems.
Collaboration Brings New Life To Web Searches
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
As the trend continues to extend collaboration capabilities into all facets of our computing and communications experience, why not include our most often used Web tools, the search engines? Why not, indeed, say bevy of new search players that are starting to put meat on the bones of the "Web 2.0" movement to make the Internet a more collaborative environment. While Web applications in general have become more collaborative, search engines have been slow to follow suit.
Coming From Microsoft: 'Hosted Everything'
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Within a year, Microsoft plans to offer hosted implementations of SharePoint as well as its CRM and ERP applications, with the locations of server farms still to be determined.
Juniper Launches Security Solution To Protect Against VoIP Attacks
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Juniper Networks has announced a network security solution designed to defend VoIP systems from session initiation protocol (SIP)-based attacks.
Dramatic Increase In Consumer VoIP Projected
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
The number of U.S. households subscribing to Internet telephony services is expected to rise dramatically by 2010, as consumers flock to the cheaper service, a market researcher says.
Skype Tunes Service For Business
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
Skype launches a small business program that lets one person buy and distribute Skype premium services among a group of people.
VoIP Darling Skype Divulges Flaws In All Clients
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
Skype has acknowledged all its VoIP clients suffer from bugs that leave machines susceptible to crashes and/or open them to attacks that could take control of the computers.
An E-mail Archiving System And A Floor Wax!
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
That old Saturday Night Live skit about the dessert topping/floor wax was made for people like me. Ever since I was kid, I was a sucker for tips and tricks on how to multitask the things you already own, making them perform tasks you could never dream of on your own. My friends might have considered me too loosely wired when I roasted an ear of corn on my car engine's exhaust manifold while driving down the highway, or when I poached a trout using the rinse and wash cycles while running
Protect Yourself Against The Worst VoIP Dangers
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
VoIP is the future of the network. But there are plenty of very dangerous VoIP security holes you need to watch out for. Here's what they are and how to
Cisco To Link Two-Way Radios With IP Networks
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Cisco Systems Monday unveiled a forthcoming product lineup that aims to use IP to unite disparate two-way radio communications systems used by public safety, security, military and enterprise customers.
IP Telephony Gamble Pays Off For Global Cash Access
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Nevada-based credit-checking company says installing new IP capabilities led to a 63 percent decline in agent-handled calls, a similar decrease in call waiting time, and a projected $600,000 first-year cost
As Teens Abandon IM, What's Left?
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
Forrester recently issued a report confirming what many of us have suspected for some time: Instant messaging isn't the cool thing that it used to be and there is no loyalty among users. The last statement is rather obvious because loyalty has never been a major part of the strategy. You can't have closed networks and expect users to play on your turf exclusively. Imagine where the mobile handset market would be if you could only talk to in-network users. Microsoft and Yahoo have decided that
Security Group Takes First Major Step Against VoIP Dangers
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
The VoIP Security Alliance releases the VoIP Security Threat Taxonomy, a common reference point to help the industry deal systematically with VoIP security issues.
Opinion: Respect For Customers Still Counts In The Virtual World
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
The best things to come out of the drive to virtualization, says CMP Editorial Director Bob Evans, are the value and respect delivered to customers, not just the increased customer
Major Disruption In Level 3 Network Slows Internet Traffic
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
Problems on Level 3's -- and the smaller NTT network -- slowed Internet response, a monitoring firm says
Voice Over WLAN To Triple In By 2007: Report
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
Voice over wireless local area network adoption will triple over the next two years, reflecting the overall trend of WLAN adoption, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.
BPL Becomes Reality in Virginia
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
BPL technology has often been criticized for its slow deployment, but after a service rollout in Manassas, Va., service providers are looking to spread the technology quickly.
CommuniGate's CommuniGate Pro 5
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
CGPro offers solid e-mail, but IP PBX applications must mature.
Are You Going To Answer That?
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
A reader responding to my most recent blog about a user survey and the future of e-mail brought up an interesting point about the nature of always-on communication technology. He said his life pattern had changed once he started using his Blackberry device, and that he felt somehow more compelled to read e-mail on his Blackberry the moment it is received, akin to the urgency of answering a mobile phone. He ended with a lament that he and his associates spend more time looking at the device and l
Lucent Debuts IPTV, VoIP Solution For Service Providers
News  |  10/20/2005  | 
Lucent Technologies has announced a new solution designed to allow providers to cost-effectively deliver Internet television (IPTV), voice over IP (VoIP) and multimedia services to consumers.
eBay CEO Says All Phone Calls Will Be Free
News  |  10/20/2005  | 
Meg Whitman tells analysts that VoIP will drive down costs to zero, and that providers will make money by delivering ads and selling users other services.
Playing It Safe Doesn't Always Work, But It's A Good Start
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
Does sender certification work as a method of ensuring the legitimacy of e-mail senders? According to Habeas Inc., provider of the popular Habeas Safelist database of certified senders, it does. Habeas claims that it is now receiving more than 20 million requests per day from messaging systems worldwide. That represents a ten-fold increase in traffic in the last six months.
E-mail: Is It In You
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
I've become as dependent on my e-mail as the next person, but for me it's still an office and an occasional home activity. I consider traveling on business or pleasure an extension of my professional and personal lives so I'll include laptops in my mix of e-mail devices. I rarely, and I do mean rarely, use the Internet capabilities of my GSM network provider. I find it intrusive, but then I will also turn off my phone when I'm out camping, fishing, and mountain biking, checking once in a while f
Pacific Title & Art Studio
News  |  10/18/2005  | 
A 100-terabyte SAN with tripled the company's workflow efficiency
Converged Networks To Skyrocket: Report
News  |  10/18/2005  | 
The convergence of IP networks will dramatically increase over the next years, according to a new survey released by Economist Intelligence Unit and AT&T.
Understanding Voice Over IP
News  |  10/17/2005  | 
Need help with VoIP? Who doesn't? This VoIP Extravaganza gives advice on everything you need to know about Internet telephony, from planning your system through deployment, keeping it secure and
Telcos Aiding Internet-TV Market
News  |  10/17/2005  | 
Telephone companies are installing more Internet TV, driving higher demand for set-top boxes that the support the service.
The Dawning Of The Age Of WiMax
News  |  10/17/2005  | 
Vendors push the earliest incarnations of the technology, calling it pre-WiMax. But it could take years for WiMax to realize its potential.
How To Prepare For Internet Outages
News  |  10/14/2005  | 
In the wake of the Level 3-Cogent fiasco, VARs are making preparations for the next time an Internet provider pulls the plug on Web traffic, which experts say is not
Is VoIP Right For Your Medium-Sized Enterprise?
News  |  10/14/2005  | 
The hype is inescapable --- converged networks and VoIP promises to drastically lower telecom and networking costs, and usher in a new era of converged data and voice applications. But
Wireless LANs, IP Telephony To Boom
News  |  10/13/2005  | 
Spending on wireless LAN and IP telephony gear is likely to more than double by 2009 in key business segments, according to a report released Thursday by IDC.
Europe Is Very Slow To Adopt VoIP: Study
News  |  10/13/2005  | 
Forrester says less than half of European enterprises have adopted VoIP and 40% have no immediate plans to adopt the technology.
VoIP Extravaganza!
News  |  10/12/2005  | 
Need help with VoIP? Who doesn't? Our VoIP Extravaganza gives advice on everything you need to know about Internet telephony, from planning your system, through deployment, keeping it secure, and
Skype, Linksys Team Up To Offer VoIP Wireless Handset
News  |  10/12/2005  | 
Skype Technologies and Linksys have teamed up to offer a $130 cordless handset that enables Skype users to make free VoIP calls.
You Can Believe The IM Numbers . . . And Then Some
Commentary  |  10/12/2005  | 
We've seen some heady projections recently for instant messaging growth, a fact that leaves some scratching their heads, but not me. Sure, it’s a technology that IT managers love to hate. Sure, it's a market already consolidating behind some big players. Sure, there are standards issues that would appear to be slowing its adoption, at least in the enterprise arena. But hey, it's a hot, real-time communications technology that promises to keep offering ever-better functionalit
Microsoft, Yahoo Reportedly Ready To Link Instant-Messaging Services
News  |  10/12/2005  | 
Microsoft and Yahoo are expected to announce Wednesday interoperability between each other's instant messaging service, a move that could dramatically change a market that's been dominated by America Online Inc.,
Lucent, Global Crossing Move Ahead On IPv6
News  |  10/11/2005  | 
Lucent Technologies said Tuesday it has been chosen by Europe???s TeliaSonera to prepare the European communications service provider for large-scale migration to the next Internet Protocol generation in 2006.
BellSouth, Sprint Nextel Plan Business Data Service
News  |  10/10/2005  | 
BellSouth has teamed up with Sprint Nextel Corp. to create a next generation data network aimed at business customers.
XO Carried More Than 1.8 Billion VoIP Minutes In Third Quarter
News  |  10/10/2005  | 
The number represents a growth rate of 17 percent over the previous quarter, due to increased usage of XO's commercial and wholesale VoIP solutions, the company claims.
VoIP's Growth Sparks Patent-Infringement Lawsuit
News  |  10/10/2005  | 
Sprint Nextel is among the telecom vendors jockeying for VoIP market share
Skype Eyes Mobile Workers
News  |  10/10/2005  | 
Voice-over-IP company's latest deal continues expansion beyond consumers
New Regulations Will Affect VoIP Operations, Deployment
News  |  10/7/2005  | 
The FCC recently gave VoIP service providers an extension on their 911 notification program while also imposing wiretap requirements on the technology.
Sprint Nextel Sues Vonage, Others over VoIP
News  |  10/4/2005  | 
Sprint Nextel has sued Vonage Holdings Corp., Voiceglo Holdings and, accusing them of infringing on seven patents related to Internet telephony technology.
Google, Sun To Announce Alliance To Rival Microsoft Office
News  |  10/4/2005  | 
Google and Sun Microsystems are set to announce a "collaborative effort," sparking wide speculation that they are planning to release Web-based software that competes with Microsoft Office.
Will Hurricanes Bolster Conferencing?
Commentary  |  10/4/2005  | 
Now there's an odd question, but at least one conferencing vendor is using the deadly Katrina/Rita combo to promote its services and give back a bit to the relief effort.
Nokia Unveils VoIP Server For Converged Networks
News  |  10/4/2005  | 
Nokia has unveiled a new voice over IP (VoIP) server that extends the capabilities of the company's Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) solution. The Nokia VoIP Server is carrier-grade solution that delivers voice services over converged networks, allowing service providers to...
How To Prevent Peer-to-Peer Network Abuse
News  |  10/1/2005  | 
With the popularity of peer-to-peer communications, preventing user abuse is difficult, but you can secure your network if you understand the protocols. We explore the most popular ones.

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