McHugh On ProCurve’s Adaptive Network Vision

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January 29th, 2007

John McHughJohn McHugh, VP and GM of ProCurve Networking by HP joins the Lippis Report podcast to discuss the network business platform and ProCurve’s Adaptive Network Vision. Adaptive Networking is the ProCurve industry commitment to add value to users, applications and organizations through its networking products. In this podcast John and I discuss the value delivered though Adaptive Networking and ProCurve’s investments are targeted toward making networking address the rapid change of business. Enjoy, Nick

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Microsoft/Nortel ICA CEO Event: A lot of sizzle but no steak

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January 29th, 2007

Zeus KerravalaZeus Kerravala, SVP of The Yankee Group´s Enterprise Research joins Nick Lippis to discuss the Microsoft/Nortel ICA CEO event, RSA, VoiceCon and Interop. Zeus and I talk about the major industry events coming up and what they may and may not bring. Enjoy Nick

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Lippis Report Issue 75: The Networked Business Platform

January 22nd, 2007

The network is the new business platform. Networking is evolving well beyond its initial role as a connectivity service as unified communications, network access control, network virtualization, mobility, application fluency, location services, etc., are embedded into the network fabric and are ?¢‚Ǩ?ìcallable" entities to application developers. This increased value in networking which can be molded and shaped by IT developers to achieve corporate goals is the genesis of the new business platform. Business platforms are launch points, which deliver value to customers, suppliers and partners while offering corporate differentiation.

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Cisco Integrated Services Routers: The Value of Integrated Security For Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

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January 22nd, 2007

By Cisco Systems

Networks have evolved from closed infrastructures to integrated systems that enable organizations to work more closely with employees, partners, customers, and vendors worldwide by connecting and automating business processes and applications. Bringing applications to the Internet has had a dramatic impact on productivity and profitability – but it has also increased risk of attacks.

Security breaches can occur from a wide range of sources, including a company’s own networked PCs and servers. New worms and viruses are targeting network end-points. This is of particular concern to small and medium-sized offices, which often have limited IT resources to combat these challenges. Cisco Systems prepares organizations for attacks by helping them build self-defending networks with dramatically improved capabilities to identify, prevent, and respond to threats. An important component of the Cisco Secure Network Foundation and the Cisco Self-Defending Network is the new generation of Cisco integrated services routers. These routers are the first to deliver secure, wire-speed data, voice, video, and other advanced services to small and medium-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices.

This white paper focuses on the changing security landscape and the embedded security features of Cisco 800, 1800, 2800, and 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers. Market trends point to growing customer demand for concurrent integrated services in small businesses; this paper outlines the value of integrating security within the router. It also illustrates how the Cisco Smart Business Roadmap and a unique systems approach from Cisco effectively address security challenges today and well into the future.

This paper is not a technical deployment guide. Rather, it explains how Cisco is merging best-in-class network security technology with more than 20 years of routing expertise to redefine network security and provide customers with end-to-end network protection.

Empowering Branch Networks with Value-Added Integrated Services and Solutions

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January 22nd, 2007

By Cisco Systems

Today´s business realities are changing the communications landscape, accelerating convergence and integration. For example, the ubiquitous cell phone is no longer just a phone. It has now morphed into an integrated MP3 player, a camera, a camcorder, web browser, walkie-talkie, a storage media, an authentication device, allowing text messaging and e-mail : the capabilities are endless. Likewise, a computer is no longer just a fast computing machine, but a true multimedia end-point capable of serving as a DVD player/recorder, a VoIP phone, an audio player, a game machine, and even a TV, as well as a work system. Wherever one looks, the trend is obvious : integrated services and applications are being delivered in a smaller form factor, resulting in enhanced productivity and efficiency to the end user. Over the past few years, Cisco has assumed industry leadership in applying this innovative concept to a domain that is considered mission-critical: the branch router. The result is the highly successful Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) with over 2 million sold in a little more than two years. This white paper discusses the concept of Integrated Services as they apply to the branch router and how they help to create the empowered branch for small-to-medium business, large enterprises, and service providers offering managed services.

The Networked Business Platform

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January 17th, 2007

Zeus ZerravalaZeus Kerravala, SVP of The Yankee Group´s Enterprise Research joins Nick Lippis to discuss and define the network as the new business platform. Networking is evolving well beyond its initial role as a connectivity service as location, unified communications, network access control, network virtualization, mobility, application fluency etc are embedded into the network fabric and are ?¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ?√¨callable" entities to application developers. This increased value in networking that can be molded and shaped by IT developers to achieve corporate goals is the genesis of the new business platform. Zeus and I define and discuss the importance of this new role for networking within IT and the boardroom.

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Southern Company Test SIP Phones From Siemens

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January 10th, 2007

Arnold SolomonArnold Solomon, Information Technologies Architect for the Southern Company joins the Lippis Report podcast to discuss its SIP phones based IP telephony deployment. The Southern Company is the largest utility company in the Southeast US and among the top 3 in the US. They have more than 85 locations served by HiPath 4000s. The Southern Co corporate HQ, which opened in downtown Atlanta in Oct 2005, features a 4000 v2 serving 600 optiPoint 420 Advanced phone sets. All users, including corporate officers, are using IP phones. They have a large deployment of SIP terminal adapters serving electric substations in GA, all off two 4000 v3s. Also installed are more than 100 Hicom 300s, which along with the 4000s serve more than 90% of all Southern Co desktops. They just introduced SIP phones in to this environment and you will want to hear what Arnold has to say about the deployment. Enjoy, Nick

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Lippis Report Issue 74: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Strategies

January 8th, 2007

Two events which have had the largest impact on business this century are the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and corporate scandals/bankruptcies of Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Adelphia, et al. These two events ushered in sweeping changes in disaster preparedness and corporate governance. Often preparedness plus regulatory/legislative/presidential orders are linked and managed under an umbrella term of ?¢‚Ǩ?ìcompliance" and ?¢‚Ǩ?ìbusiness continuity". Most if not all public concerns have a compliance officer who is tasked with planning, budgeting and implementing business continuity. Depending on the size of the firm, a compliance budget can be huge, measured in the tens of millions of dollars or more. In the networking industry business continuity is being addressed as network architecture attributes.

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Extending VoIP to Remote Locations: Challenges and Solutions

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January 8th, 2007

By QUINTUM TECHNOLOGIES

As IP telephony rollouts continue, a new set of challenges has emerged. In particular, businesses are encountering a variety of unanticipated problems as they deploy VoIP to remote locations including: local survivability, analog support, PSTN connectivity and remote management. This white paper outlines remote office challenges and solutions. By keeping these concepts in mind as they plan their VoIP deployments, corporate IT departments and service providers alike can avoid the pitfalls experienced during remote office VoIP implementations.

Communications Strategies for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

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January 8th, 2007

Produced by Dialogic Communications Corporation (DCC), the leading provider of emergency notification technology

Experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) believe that the world is closer to another influenza pandemic than at any time since 1968, when the last of the previous century´s three pandemics occurred. Consequently, President Bush requested to fund the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza. The National Strategy guides our preparedness and response to influenza pandemic. Three areas, as identified by the Federal government, are pillars of this plan: Preparedness and Communication, Surveillance and Detection, and Response and Containment.

This white paper will focus on the first pillar of the National Strategy, Preparedness and Communication, offering comprehensive strategies that involve the use of emergency notification technology. Each is consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Response Plan (NRP) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Contingency planners inside both the public and private sectors will find the contents to be relevant and beneficial to their respective organizations.

Enterprise Management of the Flattened Voice Network for Resiliency, Quality, and Reduced TCO

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January 8th, 2007

by Consistacom

The flattened call center architecture advanced by Avaya in the last few years has proven its worth in the most demanding environments. It has reduced costs, made worldwide virtual call centers possible, and introduced significant new disaster recovery capabilities. Lessons learned in leading edge installations have been combined with new application capabilities to introduce Multi-System Synchronizer, the first enterprise scale management tool for the flattened architecture. This paper discusses how synchronization delivers increased resiliency for dealing with disasters, improves the quality and consistency of a caller´s experience, and lowers the total cost of ownership of the call center.

Get Ready for Open Source IP Telephony

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January 4th, 2007

Arnold SolomonI am joined by Arnold Solomon, Information Technologies Architect for the Southern Company to explore the interest in open source IP telephony. There is a growing interest in the opening up of IP telephony architecture through the open source approach. Arnold attended and spoke at Astricon this year and he shares his views and opinions on open source IP telephony and how Southern Company is using it. There are lots of new companies such as Star2Star, Trixbox, Fonality, Asterisk and we talk about them all. Enjoy Nick

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