Expert Analysis
Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in March 2005
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Zoom Modems Give VoIP Users Flexibility
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
Zoom Technologies, Inc. is providing a group of consumer-friendly telecommunications devices that enable users to toggle back-and-forth between VoIP and primary phone connections.
Are VoIP 911 Problems Life-Threatening?
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Voice over IP and cell service can't be relied on for 911 calls. That means that ripping out your conventional phone service could be a dangerous -- even deadly --
Don't Abandon PSTN: Centrepoint CEO
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
VoIP hardware maker warns that enterprises need to maintain connections to the public switched telephone network despite the promise of VoIP.
Nortel Gets Contract To Upgrade Pentagon Network
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Nortel will help convert an existing Defense Department network into a private network fully controlled by the Pentagon.
United Virtualities Directs Ads Toward VoIP Users
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
United Virtualities is offering at no charge software that consumers can use to manage their PC-originated telephone conversations in return for having advertising displayed in the product.
Kagoor Buy Gives Juniper VoIP Smarts
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Router vendor Juniper Networks Inc. said Tuesday it would acquire Kagoor Networks for $67.5 million, a purchase that adds Voice over IP smarts to Juniper's portfolio of service-provider oriented products.
VoIP Security Alliance Names Board, Details Security Rules
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Immediate plans are to develop a threat taxonomy and define VoIP security requirements.
Extreme Networks Debuts Combo Gigabit Switch for Wireless, VoIP
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
New line of Level 3 fixed Gigabit Ethernet switches provides high availability for wireless, voice over IP (VoIP) and converged networks.
Cisco, EarthLink, MCI Join Forces Against Cyber Attacks
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
Telecom equipment providers and network operators, including Cisco Systems Inc., EarthLink Inc. and MCI Inc., unveil an alliance to combat cyber attacks.
Toshiba Taps Vendors To Support VoIP System
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Toshiba America Information Systems is putting more meat behind its IP telephony strategy through vendor partnerships that add networking, wireless, security and services options to back up its VoIP portfolio.
Alcatel, Nortel Ink Wireless OEM, Development Deals
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
As Cisco Systems closed its acquisition of wireless switch vendor Airespace last week, networking heavyweights Alcatel and Nortel Networks were lining up new vendor partners.
Clearwire May Block VoIP Competitors
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Someday, customers of wireless broadband provider Clearwire Corp. may be able to use Voice over IP services. But right now, Craig McCaw's newest company is giving its customers the silent
Instant Messaging Security
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
This edition looks at IMLogic's IM Manager 7.0, Trendware International's TEW-T1 2.4-GHz Wi-Fi Detector, Red Gate Software's SQL Backup 3.0 and Dorian Software Creations' Fortress Desktop 4.0.
NextPage's NextPage 1.5
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
This subscription service provides version control for collaborative Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The price and system requirements, however, might leave your head spinning.
Job Schedulers
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Stop relying on homemade solutions to keep your systems running on time. The six job scheduling programs we tested automate almost every administrative, maintenance and business process an enterprise requires.
China-Based Huawei Leads Worldwide VoIP Media Gateway Market
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
Report says nearly 37 million units were shipped in 2004; Huawei had almost 25% of the global market.
Tachyon Rolls Out Expanded Satellite VoIP Service
News  |  3/23/2005  | 
Company claims service prioritizes voice packets over data, leading to more efficient and reliable VoIP connections.
ShorTel, Foundry Networks Team For IP Telephony Solutions
News  |  3/23/2005  | 
Solutions are designed to offer great flexibility and high scalability at a competitive cost.
Texas Sues Vonage Over 911 Calls
News  |  3/22/2005  | 
The Texas attorney general slapped Voice over IP provider Vonage Holdings with a lawsuit Tuesday [March 22], claiming that Vonage misled consumers about its 911 emergency services.
Level 3 Withdraws VoIP Fees Petition
News  |  3/22/2005  | 
With the winds of rumor and innuendo whispering that things might not go its way, Level 3 withdrew a petition regarding Voice over IP traffic and access charges Monday night,
Veraz Debuts Contact Center Voice-Compression Scheme
News  |  3/22/2005  | 
Company claims it cuts down on bandwidth requirements by more than 90%,and offers a Return on Investment of less than six months.
Novell Expands Linux And Identity-Management Strategies
News  |  3/21/2005  | 
Plans unveiled at Novell's BrainShare conference include partnership with JBoss.
Qnext and Trillian 3.1
News  |  3/17/2005  | 
These instant messaging programs let you monitor other IM services simultaneously using single, advertising-free interfaces. With one more P2P-oriented and the other more communications-focused, find out which works for
Adelphi Chooses Level 3 To Provide Wholesale VoIP Services
News  |  3/16/2005  | 
Cable company will begin offering VoIP, using Level 3 services, to select markets this year.
Belair Releases All-In-One Wireless Architecture For Voice, Video, and Data
News  |  3/15/2005  | 
Wireless Multi-service Architecture is designed to scale up from local Wi-Fi, wide-area WiMAX, and 3G cellular networks without requiring the deployment of a new network backbone.
Businesses Bullish On VoIP, But Consumers Remain Leery: Survey
News  |  3/15/2005  | 
Harris Interactive finds 72% of businesses are likely to deploy VoIP this year, but consumers worry about complexity, security, and privacy.
The Feds Must Protect VoIP
News  |  3/15/2005  | 
VoIP is here in a big way, as the success of Vonage and Skype, which just signed up its millionth paid customer, shows. But in the dog-eat-dog world of networking
Gaining Control Over The Wireless Explosion
News  |  3/14/2005  | 
InnerWireless system lets customers manage a wide variety of applications.
Packeteer CEO Sees Partner Opportunities As Networks Evolve
News  |  3/11/2005  | 
Packeteer CEO Dave Cote explains in an interview with CRN why the continuing expansion of applications across far-flung networks is creating a services opportunity for solution providers.
Skype Signs One Millionth Paid VoIP User
News  |  3/11/2005  | 
The firm said that it is adding new users at the rate of 155,000 a day, bringing its registered user base to 29 million.
Networking Week In Review: All VoIP, All The Time
News  |  3/11/2005  | 
Thanks to the Spring VON 2005 show, there were three topics of importance in the networking world this past week: VoIP, VoIP, and more VoIP.
Cisco Plants Storage Virtualization Flag
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
Cisco released a new switch module for virtualization and SAN extension, along with a host of third parties who will either OEM the module or build application software.
Claflin Says Channel Could Help 3Com Topple Cisco
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
3Com President and CEO Bruce Claflin is calling on solution providers to help the networking vendor challenge and even overtake rival Cisco.
Global Crossing Accelerates VoIP Migration
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
Moves to VoIP switches in response to increasing levels of VoIP traffic, which accounted for almost half its voice traffic at the end of 2004.
Former WorldCom Chief Claims Tech Ignorance
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
WorldCom has been found guilty of the biggest accounting fraud in corporate history, but former chairman Bernie Ebbers says he doesn't know technology or accounting. Yeah, right.
IP PBXs
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
We brought a trio of VoIP systems in-house to evaluate SIP compatibility. Find out which offering received our coveted Editor's Choice, thanks to its excellent interoperability and features-to-price ratio.
AOL Is AIMing for the Enterprise
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
By integrating AIM with Microsoft Outlook, recruiting sites and stock brokerages, AOL could make IM more useful and more attractive to enterprises.
Enterprise VoIP Solutions
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
What's got vendor competition, maturing standards and productivity features that will make your users do the Funky Chicken in their cubes? Why the current IP PBX market, of course. We
Vonage Being Blocked -- Again
News  |  3/9/2005  | 
Vonage Holdings Corp. said it is investigating a new potential incident of its Voice over IP service being blocked, this time by a cable television company that also provides Internet
3COM Ships Terabit Switch For Converged Networks
News  |  3/9/2005  | 
The Switch 8800 is designed for large-scale, secure convergence and application integration, and targets IP telephony.
AOL Announces VoIP Service
News  |  3/8/2005  | 
Welcome! You've got VoIP. That was the message America Online sent to the world Tuesday via the VON Spring 2005 conference here, where AOL chief executive Jon Miller officially announced
VoIP Vendor Upgrades Wi-Fi Handset
News  |  3/8/2005  | 
Net2Phone adds ability of the phone to automatically detect and connect to a wireless network as well as to connect using pre-configured profiles.
Nearly Three Quarters Of Consumers Favor VoIP: Survey
News  |  3/8/2005  | 
Survey finds that 71% of respondents would consider subscribing to VoIP services, though many said that they still require more information before making the leap.
Fifty Two Percent Of Enterprise Already Deploy VoIP: Survey
News  |  3/7/2005  | 
Results from Empirix survey also show that voice quality is the primary concern of those who deploy the technology.
New Service Speeds Up Fulfilling VoIP Orders
News  |  3/7/2005  | 
Neustar's Enhanced Service Request automates customer order requests such as porting or transferring phone numbers; aims at cutting service delays and errors.
Nortel Gives Partners New Voice In Managed Services
News  |  3/4/2005  | 
Nortel Networks is prepping the launch of several managed services to be offered through its partners under their own brand names.
Review: Symantec Mail Security Makes Midmarket Splash
News  |  3/4/2005  | 
Symantec's new Mail Security 8200 series of security appliances promises to bring enterprise-class e-mail security to the midsize-business market.
What Price SOX?
Commentary  |  3/4/2005  | 
Finally, some numbers have been collected to show the costs associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance projects. But in the final analysis, the whole thing remains one big crapshoot. Readers and other IT professionals have been telling us for months about...
FCC Fines N.Car. Provider $15K For Blocking Vonage
News  |  3/3/2005  | 
A North Carolina-based service provider agrees to pay a fine for its actions and pledged not to block VoIP traffic in the future
Bernie Ebbers Trial
Commentary  |  3/3/2005  | 
Bernie Ebbers knows nothing? So it looks like ex-WorldCom chief Bernie Ebbers adopted the Sgt. Schultz Defense in his testimony before a federal court last week: "I know what I don't know. I don't, to this day, know technology. I...
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