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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in October 2011
Call Centers Get Flexible Pool Of Minutes
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
VoxTrunk combines toll-free and toll call allocation, enables contact centers to use minutes where they are needed most.
2 Reasons Videoconferencing Remains A Niche
Commentary  |  10/31/2011  | 
By now, video calls and conferences should be as common as texting. So why aren't we all saying, "Can you see me now?"
Federal CIO Unveils Initiative To Push XML, Virtualization, Agile In IT Planning
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
The CIO of the U.S. government unveiled in Silicon Valley this week Future First, an initiative in which the newest approaches to developing information technology would be leveraged to run federal agencies.
Polycom Adds Whiteboard To Unified Communications
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Whiteboard content can be shared with others on a videoconference, but only in one direction. Polycom says two-way sharing is slated for future versions.
Cisco TelePresence Turns 5, Broadens Options
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Cisco Systems is marking the fifth birthday of its high-definition TelePresence videoconferencing system with a flurry of product announcements, including less expensive and more portable systems. The company is also offering TelePresence as a hosted service for SMBs. And, responding to critics of its closed, proprietary ecosystem, Cisco said its technology is more interoperable with most other HD videoconferencing systems entering the market Cisco helped create.
As Cisco TelePresence Turns 5, New Flavors
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Videoconferencing technology celebrates its fifth birthday with smaller, more portable, and less expensive products.
How To Make SharePoint More Social
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
Can third parties like Neudesic and NewsGator drag Microsoft's entrenched collaboration system into the era of Facebook and Twitter?
Ericom AccessNow For Enterprise Portals - Secure, Portal-based, HTML5 Web Access To Windows Applications, Desktops And Services
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
Ericom Software, a global leader in application access and desktop virtualization solutions, today announced the availability of Ericom AccessNow for Enterprise Portals, the newest capability of the AccessNow HTML5 product family. AccessNow for Enterprise Portals enables the integration of Windows applications and desktops within leading enterprise portals, including IBM WebSphere Portal, Microsoft SharePoint, Oracle WebCenter Suite, Oracle WebLogic Portal, SAP NetWeaver, JBoss Enterprise Portal
Can ShoreTel Be Everyone's Mobility Solution?
Commentary  |  10/24/2011  | 
There are a growing number of stories to be told about management frameworks in the corporate mobile device space. Some are about one-trick ponies tied to limited device types or PBXes, while others describe solutions that are so flush with functionality that you have to study them for a while to fully appreciate what they offer. ShoreTel Mobility is one of those impressive stories that may take some review to fully appreciate.
8 Best Practices For Reliable UC
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
Erratic connectivity will sink your unified communications project. Here's how to succeed.
Plantronics Extends UC Headsets To Mac, iPhone
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
Apple users get improved unified communications features with Spokes for Mac and Instant Meeting for the iPhone.
IBM Adds Predictive Analysis To BI Software Line
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
IBM said that it is adding predictive analytics capabilities to its lineup of enterprise business intelligence software, which studies business process and IT operations to see where changes should be made to improve the business. With these new offerings, IBM seeks to maintain its leading role in the BI and analytics market, where, according to research from Gartner, it is among the top five BI software vendors in the space, although behind SAP, Oracle and SAS Institute.
OS33 Cloud Drive Creates A Unified Cloud File System
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
OS33 has announced its OS33 Cloud Drive, which enables MSP clients to offer their users a technology that creates a unified file system by bringing together storage from various different private and public cloud technologies. The technology unifies the storage capabilities of Amazon Simple Storage, SharePoint 2010 Doc Libs for Enterprise Content Management, and Microsoft Windows on NTFS.
Big Data Means Big File Sharing
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
Need to move a few 60-MB CAD files cross-country? To the cloud, by way of Aspera's new virtual appliance.
Microsoft And HP Announce SQL Server Appliance
News  |  10/14/2011  | 
Microsoft and HP announced on Thursday the November availability of the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance for SQL Server. The hardware-software package is aimed at speeding deployment and simplifying management of hundreds, if not thousands of database instances in a virtualized "private cloud" environment.
Polycom Adds Tablet Videoconferencing
News  |  10/12/2011  | 
RealPresence Mobile, free app, runs on Apple iOS and Android devices.
BlueStacks Brings Android Apps To Windows
Slideshows  |  10/12/2011  | 
Bluestacks is a virtualization layer that runs on Windows PCs and allows users to run Android apps. Rather than run a full Android emulator, including the UI, Bluestacks provides enough of the Android OS to run most apps as if they were native Windows apps.
Google Voice Saves The Day
Commentary  |  10/12/2011  | 
This week I'm on the road at SNW in Orlando and then to speak at Dell's Tech Summit internal event leading into Dell World in Austin. During all the chaos of interplanetary travel, I rely heavily on Google Voice and its ability to track me down like a dog. When I discovered yesterday that my cell phone had gone among the missing, Google Voice once again came through for me.
Cisco, Citrix Do Video Via Virtual Desktop
News  |  10/12/2011  | 
Technology sends HD video point-to-point through a virtual desktop infrastructure, bypassing the data center and cutting CPU and network consumption.
Why Sprint's WiMAX Dump Was Inevitable
Commentary  |  10/11/2011  | 
LTE's on an unstoppable roll, and the carrier needed to get on board before it was too late.
X1 Redefines Mobile Search For iPhone And iPad
News  |  10/11/2011  | 
X1 Technologies today announced a major update to X1 Mobile Search, featuring "Fast-as-you-Type" search of desktop-bound email and documents. With X1 Mobile Search, users can turn their iPhones and iPads into an extension of their PC or Mac, allowing them to leave their laptop behind. X1 will be demonstrating the new app at Pepcom's MobileFocus Event today in San Diego.
Coverity 5.5 Released, Includes Integration With HP ALM Platform
News  |  10/6/2011  | 
Coverity, maker of software development testing tools, has released version 5.5 of its testing suite and is announcing integration with HP’s ALM platform. A key advantage of the integration, says Coverity, is that the people doing QA on an application build can be tied in with the people setting the business requirements for what the software is supposed to do, and vice versa.
Radvision Does Big-Time Small-Device Video Conferencing
Commentary  |  10/4/2011  | 
Ah, the BYOD craze. Users demand to use their own mobile devices for work, network admins fret over how to properly manage these odd little gems, and industry players continue to roll out some pretty amazing mobile capabilities--like Radvision's new SCOPIA Mobile video conferencing application, which extends enterprise-quality conferencing to consumer-grade smart devices.
Oracle Exalytics Invites Comparisons To SAP's Hana Appliance
News  |  10/4/2011  | 
Oracle headlined its Oracle OpenWorld 2011 convention this week by unveiling the Exalytics appliance for business intelligence (BI), which can analyze data instantaneously since the data runs in memory rather than being retrieved from storage. The appliance seems similar to one already on the market from rival SAP, the Hana appliance, but an Oracle executive begs to differ.
Will Tuesday Bring iPhone5-ageddon To Your Network?
Commentary  |  10/3/2011  | 
Maybe, maybe not. But it still behooves IT to plan so that traffic bursts don't dent collaboration.

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