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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in March 2006
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How To Stay Off Email Blacklists
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
E-mail has become a critical marketing tool for small businesses. Yet sometimes legitimate businesses find themselves on dreaded email "blacklists" that classify their emails as spam. Here are some tips
IBM System i Servers Get 3Com VoIP
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
IBM and 3Com are planning to integrate 3Com's VCX IP telephony software with IBM's System i midmarket servers.
VoIP Sales To Hit $5.5 Billion By 2007: Report
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
VoIP hardware and software sales will reach $5.5 billion by 2007, but will then decline due a mature market and decreasing prices, according to a new report by Juniper Research.
Geek Chic: Apple MacBook Pro
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
The MacBook Pro is clearly poised for the next generation of laptop use, with a faster architecture and more refined details than previous models.
IBM, 3Com Tag-Team On IP Telephony Suite
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
3Com and IBM announced a partnership today to port 3Com's IP telephony server onto IBM's System i server platform, the re-branded, multiplatform version of the old AS/400 series.
Vonage Boasts One Million VoIP Customers With E911
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
VoIP service provider Vonage says more than one million of its subscribers are equipped with Enhanced 911 (E911) emergency calling service.
Washington Ranked Top 'Teleworking' City
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Long commutes, high fuel costs, and a high percentage of white collar workers put the nation's capital at the top of the list for teleworking, a new study says.
Review: Wikis In The Enterprise
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Wikis can help you develop an easy-to-use collaborative workspace. We tested four commercial wikis: one software-based, one appliance and two hosted solutions. One offering stood out from the rest, thanks
Review: Outsourced Data Center Services
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
We evaluated four RFI proposals on behalf of our fictional company, which was seeking a partner to manage its server infrastructure. Of the quartet, we gave high marks to the
Competitors Threaten Skype With A Smackdown
News  |  3/29/2006  | 
A trio of competitors have released no-cost or low-cost VoIP solutions within the last few weeks, attempting to muscle in on Skype. What are their chances for success?
Video, Photo Search Engine Taps RSS Feeds
News  |  3/29/2006  | 
Pixsy Corp. plans to make Web searching visual, and next week will launch a search engine that is designed to return thousands of photographs and video images from hundreds of
A Modest Proposal: Kill the Web
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
It???s time to stop letting users have access to the Web at work. Companies that take this bold (though unpopular) step will reap substantial rewards. Here???s why....
OnAir Solution USB HDTV Creator
News  |  3/29/2006  | 
This hardware-software combination aims to bring the new digital, high-definition programming to your PC.
Affordable IT: Desktop Management Suites
News  |  3/29/2006  | 
We evaluated five low-cost desktop management suites for small-to-midsized organizations. Our Editor's Choice Award went to the option with the best usability, patch management and tech support.
JBoss Opens Up Messaging, Web Servers
News  |  3/28/2006  | 
JBoss adds messaging projects for service-oriented architecture in an effort to boost the company's JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite into the enterprise market.
Centerfold: Extreme Makeover: Virtual Building Edition
News  |  3/28/2006  | 
Major commercial contractor Webcor Builders is paving the way to virtual building, the next generation of construction technology where every detail of a project is modeled and mapped out virtually
Lycos Enters VoIP Market, Bundled With Goodies
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
The VoIP marketplace is getting another major player in for form of Lycos Phone, which is offering a bundle of free features and services,
RingCentral Updates On-Demand Telecom Service For Small Businesses
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
RingCentral Inc. today announced RingCentral Online 3.0, an update of its on-demand telecommunications service for small businesses and mobile workers.
The Five Biggest Network No-Nos
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
If you're expanding your network or building one from scratch, there's plenty to watch out for. Here are the five biggest mistakes you should avoid.
Cast Iron Systems' iA3000
News  |  3/25/2006  | 
Cast Irons' EAI appliance offers a full palette of activities, including Web services and SAP connectivity.
Pumping Up the Online Jam
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
A new Web service called eJamming lets musicians play over the Internet. The collaboration software enables real-time jam sessions between musicians from almost anywhere. While small today, operators expect the
Sourcefire Acquisition Squelched by Politics, Ignorance
Commentary  |  3/24/2006  | 
Check Point Software put its proposed $225 million acquisition of IDS/IPS vendor Sourcefire on indefinite hold this Thursday due to political concerns. The acquisition, announced in October 2005, came under the scrutiny of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the...
Jabber XCP 5.0
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
Jabber's latest IM server could have more improvements in useability but open standards support is a plus.
'Skype Killer' Products To Do Battle In Marketplace
News  |  3/23/2006  | 
There's a new breed of so-called "Skype-killer" products filtering into the marketplace. They aim to help overworked IT shops get a grip on the popular P2P app.
Goodmail Saga Continues, Dyson Tells It Like It Is
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
Applause goes out to Esther Dyson for her recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, You've Got Goodmail. She points out that Goodmail's service is like "FedEx for e-mail," except that Goodmail provisions its service atop the ISPs' services. So it's more like FedEx without its own planes. But I sort of like that analogy because the opposing forces seem to be conveniently overlooking some obvious facts h
Microsoft Touts Office Live As Partner Platform
News  |  3/23/2006  | 
Microsoft on Thursday will pitch its Office Live software services as a platform for SMB application development and deployment.
Yahoo Expands VoIP Service In U.S.
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Yahoo is adding a voice component to its Yahoo Messenger. The Phone Out service allows customers to use their PC to call traditional or mobile phones in more than 180
EDS Latest Tech Giant to Increase Offshore Hiring
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
The Dallas-based provider of IT and BPO services plans to double its staff in Hungary, where it currently employs about 1,100 workers.
China Reportedly Says It Will Block Some VoIP Calls
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
China reportedly says it will block computer-to-landline phone service for two years, in order to protect its own local telephone services.
Siemens Is Ringing: Dare You Answer?
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Siemens' new P2P VoIP system will be easy to deploy. Businesses should wonder whether it will just as easy to hack.
Turn To IPTV, Study Tells European Telcos
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
European telecommunications operators will do well to turn to IPTV, a study says.
Sudden Impact
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
In this podcast, I chat with the leading experts from Avaya, Microsoft, the Burton Group, and the Yankee Group on the impact real-time and non-real time collaboration technologies will have on the enterprise....
Martin Says FCC Has Authority To Enforce Net Neutrality
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
AT&T chief Whitacre pledges not to block or degrade independent services as network neutrality issue takes center stage at TelecomNext show.
Microsoft Touts SharePoint As Development Platform
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
The upcoming iterations of SharePoint Portal Server and SharePoint Portal Services will be Microsoft's preferred foundations for developing collaborative apps, company officials said Tuesday.
Many Data Centers Still Have No Risk Management Plan
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
More than 75% have experienced a business disruption in the past five years, including 20% who say the disruption had a serious impact on the business, according to a recent
Disney's Iger: No Net Neutrality Laws Needed
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger weighed in on the network neutrality debate with an opinion guaranteed to please his hosts at the TelecomNext show -- he doesn't think any new
17 Ways To Speed Up Your Network -- For Free
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Got a sluggish network, but don't want to break the bank speeding it up? We've gone to the pros, who offer their advice for free or almost-free speedups.
Wireless VoIP Phones Can Learn A Lot from Plain Old Cell Phones
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
But they face problems with mobility, authenticating at Wi-Fi hot-spots, and meeting E-911 requirements
The Tale of the Tube
News  |  3/18/2006  | 
Today's Internet is no match for television. Major improvements in technology are needed for the Web to provide programming that matches the quality received today over cable or satellite, not
Spring VON Show: Microsoft Underwhelms With VoIP Beta -- Analysis
News  |  3/17/2006  | 
Microsoft may have been the biggest company at VON -- but its beta product may have made the smallest splash.
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  3/17/2006  | 
Today's freebie is brought to you by the letter "N", for NetJaxer. NetJaxer integrates Web 2.0 applications like Gmail, iOutliner, TadaList, Digg, Writely (recently acquired by Google), and Meebo with Windows, making them easily accessible via several traditional Windows launch...
Microsoft's Live Video, Voice Still A Beta Thing
News  |  3/17/2006  | 
Software giant shows beta-on-beta demo of video and voice calling from 'Live Mail' program, and says IP voice phones will be out this summer.
Daily Spin: When Your Boss Fears Open Source
News  |  3/16/2006  | 
Does your network and app infrastructure contain open source products? Chances are they do. It's equally likely that those at the top of the IT org chart may not know
Daily Spin: Cisco Telegraphs Video Push
News  |  3/15/2006  | 
The networking company is making a major push into video delivery with new acquisitions, product launches and pronouncements from CEO John Chambers laying out the path.
Skype's New Business Offering Under Fire
News  |  3/15/2006  | 
A perception that Skype???s VoIP solutions aren???t ready for prime time may hold back the growth of the company???s new small-business offering, solution providers say.
Chambers Says Video Will Drive Collaboration
News  |  3/15/2006  | 
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers said the networking giant in the coming year will focus on improving collaboration by weaving video into enterprise voice, e-mail and instant messaging applications.
Getting Ahead Of Ourselves: The AOL E-Mail Battle Continues
Commentary  |  3/15/2006  | 
The can of worms that has become America Online's certified e-mail delivery strategy just won't go away. It's not that other e-mail providers haven't offered the very same or similar services; it's just that this can of worms is being used to catch the biggest fish in the lake. AOL will soon begin offering a fee-based, guaranteed e-mail deliver service based on GoodMail's Certified Email technology and the coalition is ratcheting up the pressure against the move. One assumes that t
Vonage, Skype Seen Leading VoIP Adoption
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
Voice over Internet Protocol in U.S. homes is gaining traction -- and Vonage, Skype, AT&T and Google are among the market share leaders.
Report: VoIP Gains Traction In Home Service
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is slowly gaining traction within U.S. households, according to Telephia, a market research firm.
Intel Adds Low-Voltage Xeon In Portfolio Revamp
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
The new Intel processors will bring the company into competitive balance with rival Advanced Micro Devices.
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