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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in September 2005
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A 10-Minute Guide to Deploying VoIP
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Thinking of rolling out VoIP? It's tougher and more time-consuming than you think. But this 10-Minute guide will give you the rundown on everything you need to know before you
Microsoft Keeps Working On Windows Server Links
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
With the next version of Commerce Server and BizTalk Server, and their shared foundation, Microsoft hopes to eradicate many app server integration problems.
New Tool Helps Service Providers Manage Distributed VoIP
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
N-able Technologies has announced a new module for its N-central 4.5 IT management platform that will allow managed service providers to remotely manage and monitor distributed voice over IP (VoIP)
Big Hurdles Remain For VoIP Deployments: Industry Panel
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
VoIP may be the next big thing, but it faces security, regulatory, and business challenges, a panel of industry evangelists warn at NGN2005.
Verizon Deploys More Fiber, Embraces IP
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Verizon is moving toward an all-IP fiber network so it can deploy more high-bandwidth offerings like the TV service it introduced last week.
Vonage Said To Pick Underwriters For An IPO
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Vonage Holdings is inching closer to an initial public offering, reportedly choosing four underwriters for a planned $600 million IPO.
VoIP On The Go: New Wireless Solutions
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Want the cost savings of Voice over IP but don't want to be chained to your desk? These six VoIP Wi-Fi phones can help your VoIP connectivity roam right along
DSL Forum Reports Focus on VoIP, IPTV in Homes
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
The DSL Forum has issued new technical reports designed to support the rollout of enhanced services for the home including Internet TV and VoIP.
Clusters vs Supercomputers
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
Despite cluster hype, users say supercomputers may be the better fit for some applications
Farewell -- It's Been Great!
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Creating and running the editorial for Messaging Pipeline has been a fun and interesting time for this technology journalist. Few assignments in my career have been as challenging, and that's the sort of food a journalist needs in order to survive. When I first started, the spam war reached its peak, diverting your and my attention from the amazing progress being made in other more important technologies, such as presence and instant messaging, as well as collaboration and conferencing tools.
Virtual Iron Boosted by Intel
News  |  9/27/2005  | 
Startup gets $8.5 million toward further development of server virtualization software
Firms Struggle To Meet FCC VoIP Mandate
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
With the FCC???s order mandating Enhanced 911 (E-911) compliance for VoIP providers looming, many firms may not be able to comply completely with the order by the Nov. 28 deadline.
Ten-Minute Guide To Deploying VoIP
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
Thinking of deploying VoIP? It's tougher and more time-consuming than you think. But our ten-minute guide will give you the rundown on everything you need to know before you get
Give Web-Based E-Mail Another Look
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
For all the reasons cited by Associated Press writer Anick Jesdanun about web-based e-mail clients--and more--you should all take a look around your shops at the state of desktop e-mail clients. They are nice enough products, have nice features, integrate well with other desktop products, and all that stuff. But they are also pervasive support problems, requiring upgrades and maintenance, hand-holding and the like. And they require you to ma
Sun Microsystems' StarOffice 8
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
With most of the features for a fraction of the price, StarOffice 8 promises improvements on its already efficient office suite with Windows-like functionality.
Market Analysis: Unified Messaging
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
Thanks to maturing standards and improved features, not to mention SIP support, improved connectivity and reduced costs, there's finally a reason to rally behind unified messaging. We explore the market
Verizon Tunes In With IPTV
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
The move marks the start of the telecommunication company's head-to-head competition with cable and satellite TV operators.
Net2phone Tests Verisign VoIP Service Combining Mobile and Wi-Fi Nets
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Enterprise and carrier VoIP provider Net2Phone has begun trials of VeriSign's Wireless IP Connect service, integrating mobile and Wi-Fi networks.
VoIP Service Provider Gear Sales To Hit $2 Billion This Year: Survey
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Sales are being largely driven by a red-hot softswitch market, which will grow 46% annually over the next four years.
Clearwire To 'Certify' VoIP Providers
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
While Clearwire executives won???t say "block" and "Vonage" in the same sentence, the company is nevertheless readying a plan to partner with independent Voice over IP providers to technically certify
Microsoft, Qwest, Sylantro Bring Voice To The Desktop
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Microsoft is extending its Office telephony integration to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) with a new product that integrates hosted VoIP, presence, email, and collaboration.
Verso Applicance Lets Enterprises Block Skype
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Verso Technologies announced an update to their NetSpective content filtering appliance that the company claims is the first in the market able to monitor and block the use of Skype
MCI Powers Up New VoIP Suite
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
MCI has announced two additions to its suite of enterprise voice over IP (VoIP) solutions intended to give organizations a cheaper and more flexibly path to deploying IP voice.
AOL Readies VoIP Service, AIM Overhaul
News  |  9/20/2005  | 
America Online plans to release a preview edition of Triton, a major overhaul of the company's popular instant-messaging service.
Kayote Intros Provisioning Tool For VoIP Providers
News  |  9/20/2005  | 
Kayote Networks, Inc. today announced a new traffic management solution with comprehensive provisioning and monitoring features designed to allow voice over IP (VoIP) providers to quickly and securely deploy their
Vonage's Citron Calls For 'Broadband Bill Of Rights'
News  |  9/20/2005  | 
Proclaiming some Internet truths to be self-evident, Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron called for a ???Broadband Bill Of Rights,??? to ensure that the Web remains as open as possible.
Borderware Debuts SIP Firewall For VoIP, IP Apps
News  |  9/20/2005  | 
Borderware Technologies Inc. today unveiled SIPassure 2.0, the latest version of its Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) firewall, which it says will help raise the level of security for SIP-based applications.
JabberNow
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
JabberNow is about the easiest network installation chore I've ever had the pleasure of doing.
Startup Eyes WAN Optimization Market
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
SilverPeak's goal with its new product line is to improve WAN performance while eliminating the need for the variety of e-mail, file, and Web servers that typically populate branch offices.
Appliance World Is Just Around The Corner
Commentary  |  9/17/2005  | 
I'm feeling a bit like I ought to go to Las Vegas for the week. Why? Well, just a week ago I tested the JabberNow instant messaging appliance, and in my blog called on the rest of the industry to follow suit and begin packaging more applications into single-box appliances. And, in the next week, you'll be seeing more appliance announcements here in the messaging space, and I swear to you, I didn't know!
Gartner: VoIP Security Uncertain in EBay/Skype Deal
News  |  9/16/2005  | 
In another twist on the eBay/Skype deal, a research firm cautions big businesses should steer clear of the combined companies' technology. The problem: lackluster VoIP security.
VoIP Role in Katrina Aftermath Understated
News  |  9/16/2005  | 
VoIP enthusiasts say that Internet telephony played a wider role than may be generally appreciated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Is Google Losing Sight of Search Technology?
News  |  9/16/2005  | 
As Google unveils its Google Talk instant-messaging capability, we wonder if the Web's best search engine is degrading in its performance.
State of the Art: Data Naming
News  |  9/16/2005  | 
Employees create the files, but IT must design a workable naming policy to comply with regulations and avoid storage chaos.
New Service Lets Wireless VoIP Providers Offer E911 Emergency Calls
News  |  9/15/2005  | 
Intrado Inc. has announced a new service that will allow wireless broadband VoIP providers to offer 9-1-1 services in compliance with the recent Federal Communications Commission mandate.
FCC To Probe Katrina Telecom Failures
News  |  9/14/2005  | 
The FCC will meet in Atlanta to determine how telecom networks collapsed in the aftermath of Hurricance Katrina and to find ways to prevent future failures.
HDTV: Finally In The Picture For Christmas 2005?
News  |  9/14/2005  | 
The annual chorus of promises that high-definition television ???has arrived??? to sweep the viewing public off its feet was sung again at International Broadcast Conference.
Small Businesses Slow To Adopt VoIP: Survey
News  |  9/14/2005  | 
Although they are ready to move to voice over IP (VoIP), U.S. small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are slow to make the jump, according to a new report from Savatar
Execs: EBay Plans To Keep Skype 'Separate,' For Now
News  |  9/12/2005  | 
EBay plans to position Skype closely with their PayPal unit and keep the VoIP firm separate.
Let's Hope The JabberNow IM Appliance Is A Trend
Commentary  |  9/10/2005  | 
Arrival of the JabberNow instant messaging server from Jabber, Inc. (see Jabber, Inc. Ships IM Appliance) presents a strong signal to the messaging and messaging security industry that it's time to think small if it wants to think big. JabberNow in its smallest configuration can support up to 25 users, can be geared up to interface to IM security and compliance systems, and can also be enhanced to federate via to the AOL Enterprise Fed
Alcatel Pushes PoE To The Closet
News  |  9/9/2005  | 
Alcatel this week is launching a new line of Fast Ethernet switches that aims to make Power over Ethernet pervasive throughout enterprise wiring closets.
Landline Phones Are An Endangered Species: Report
News  |  9/9/2005  | 
The traditional, public switched telephone network (PSTN), landline phone is an endangered species, according to a new study by Insight Research.
Antepo's OPN System XT
News  |  9/9/2005  | 
OPN's high-end integration with AIM and others gives it an edge.
Building An Encrypted (But Accessible) Archive
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
Regulatory and legal pressures are forcing many companies to encrypt their e-mail and other archives. But can they decipher those messages or that data when they need to? We tell
VoIP Fuels Security Appliance Growth: Report
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
In-Stat finds that enterprise VoIP adoption is fueling a growing and robust security appliance market.
eBay In Talks To Buy Out Skype For Up To $3 Billion: Report
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
eBay is in talks to buy out VoIP maker Skype for between $2 billion to $3 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
3COM Rolls Out New VoIP Applications
News  |  9/6/2005  | 
Additions are targeted at converged networks to increase productivity, reduce telecom costs, and build stronger customer interactions.
Deadly Communications Failure
Commentary  |  9/5/2005  | 
Okay, this isn't about messaging, not per se, but it is about communications and in particular, it's about the failure of any and all communications systems to keep our political leadership in touch with what goes on in this country, and around the world. If these people were in touch with the reality of the world in which they and we live, we would not have a drowned United States city, with a citizenry that is either displaced or dead, today.
Google, Microsoft At It Again--This Time It's VoIP
News  |  9/5/2005  | 
Microsoft acquires Teleo a week after Google offers instant messaging with VoIP.
Internet Shows Katrina Damage From On High
News  |  9/2/2005  | 
On the Web, millions are able to access never-before-seen perspectives of a major U.S. disaster as sites post satellite images of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
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