Circuits to Packets to Applications

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August 28th, 2006

Tim Kraskey of SpanlinkChanges in communications are accelerating at a rate no other industry has experienced. The transition from circuits to packets is well underway while the transition from packets to applications is starting now. The communications applications are being tightly linked into business process in an effort to automate workflow to deliver greater productivity and profitably to the global economy. In this podcast, I interview Tim Kraskey of Spanlink, a leading communications application firm. We explore how business processes is changing and how to utilize IP telephony for real competitive gain? There is one slide to download for this podcast. It is a great listen, enjoy.

Lippis Report Issue 65: Nortel Marries Up

August 21st, 2006

It´s been a very difficult time for Nortel and its customers, ever since the optical bubble burst in 2000. For six years there have been financial scandals, poor operating performance, re-statement of financials, multiple changes of executive management, SEC investigations, criminal allegations, layoffs of over 70,000 employees, lost market share, lack of focus, selling of assets and on and on and on. What a long strange trip it´s been for those Nortel employees and customers who have hung on. For investors, it´s been nothing short of hellish, as Nortel stock fell precipitously from a high of $80 dollars a share to $2 and stayed there essentially for 6 years. So can Microsoft change Nortel´s fortunes with its new innovative communications alliance? An alliance Steve Ballmer, Microsoft´s CEO says will be as influential and on par with Microsoft relationships with Dell, HP and Intel in the personal computing space.
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Avoiding a Convergence Crisis
Webcast on VoIP Lifecycle Management Best Practices

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August 21st, 2006

Presented by Viola Networks with guest speaker Nick Lippis

Dave ZwickerI´ve written a lot about the benefits of converged networks and the difficulties many IT executives face during planning, deployment and operations. In this webinar, I provide my latest thoughts on service level management, which is the best approach to avoiding the convergence crisis others have experienced. The twenty minutes you spend on this webinar will pay dividends many times over. Enjoy, Nick

ServerIron SIP & VoIP Application Switching

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August 21st, 2006

By Foundry Networks

With Microsoft bringing its ecosystem to the IP telephony market, IT executives can be sure that there will be a plethora of communication application options in 2007 and beyond that we have never seen before. For now, the key planning activity is to get your network ready for convergence. Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a key enabling technology for new-generation IP-based communication services such as voice, messaging, streaming, and video. This document highlights the challenges to deploying these services and discusses solutions to help deliver commercially viable, always available, and highly scalable SIP-based communication services.

Lippis and Kerravala on the New Communications Industry Structure

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August 21st, 2006

Zeus KerravalaZeus Kerravala and I discuss the new industry structure, which is emerging thanks to Microsoft´s entry into the communications market this past June. Some of the topics covered:

  • Avaya has a new executive management,
  • Microsoft and Nortel form a bold new Innovative Communications Alliance,
  • Mitel plans an IPO,
  • Siemens Communications has one foot with Microsoft
  • Cisco stays the course for now.

What will be new communications development platform (SOA, .net, SONA?). What should you do if you´re in deployment mode, planning or operating a converged network? Which firms will survive and which ones will wither? As always you will receive straight talk advise when you listen to this industry roundtable Lippis Report podcast.

Levy with Lippis on ObjectWorld’s Microsoft UC Strategy

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August 15th, 2006

David LevyMicrosoft’s Unified Communications announcement included Communications Server 2007 (CS 2007), which is the heart of its architecture. Many firms will be looking to add value to CS 2007 and join the Microsoft ecosystem. Objectworld is such a company who has straddled communications and IT and is very close with Microsoft. I interview David Levy, President and CEO of Objectworld, to find out more about CS 2007 and how it plans to add value to a UC deployment.

Lippis Report Issue 64: The Road to Network Admission Control

August 8th, 2006

In Lippis Report Issue 59 I discussed difficulties associated with implementing network admission control or NAC. There are two approaches to NAC deployment: infrastructure or appliance-based. Many are finding that implementing NAC first with appliances is a more manageable approach that delivers solid value today and allows them to prepare for an infrastructure-based NAC deployment tomorrow. Microsoft plans to offer yet another approach to network security with its NAP or Network Access Protection which will be built into Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” operating systems. While both architectures are not fully available, Microsoft has been successful in extending the sales cycle for infrastructure-based NAC deployments. With infrastructure-based NAC being complex and expensive and Microsoft´s NAP on the horizon, many CIOs/CSOs are embracing the appliance approach to network security as a strategy to build defenses now while buying time for the two big players to demonstrate their full network security architectures.

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Network and Security Infrastructure Convergence

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August 8th, 2006

Tom TurnerAs security features and functions become deeply embedded within network and IT infrastructure the need to centralize alarms, events and overall security monitoring is becoming increasingly important. The ability to analyze millions of events sourced from a wide range of network and security equipment, correlate them, identify anomalistic behavioral threats and propose remediation promises to improve defenses while reducing operational complexity and cost. This is a big promise. I went to Q1 Lab´s Tom Turner, VP of Marketing, to discuss this new category of security monitoring device as they build one, called QRadar. You´ll be impressed by what you hear. Enjoy, Nick.

Network Security Management

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August 8th, 2006

Article by Q1Labs

Although security and networking have traditionally been separate organizational responsibilities they are now converging, especially as network infrastructure is increasingly utilized as a security platform. Security initiatives such as admission control and identity management bring home this point. But security management products lack first-hand network knowledge. Enterprise security management and incident response initiatives must be able to view the converging network security fabric. This paper provides a framework for a combined security and network management. It´s very topical and well written.

Network Admission Control Simplified

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August 8th, 2006

Tom BarsiThere are three major industry framework initiatives in play today addressing network security: Cisco´s NAC, Microsoft´s NAP and the Trusted Computing Group´s TNC. The problems with all three are that they are not ready, and they are complex, non-standard and costly. However, the market is demanding network access control without the above baggage. So a few smart people started companies to address this window of opportunity, Tom Barsi being one of them with his company ConSentry. Tom joins me to discuss a better way to control network access.