Lippis Report Issue 85: ICA Update: Are Nortel and Microsoft Delivering?

June 18th, 2007

In Lippis Report Issue 85 I check in with the folks at Nortel to see what progress has been made with their Microsoft relationship (ICA), since it´s been nearly a year to the date that ICA was announced. I look back at the July ´06 announcement and my analysis of it in Lippis Report Issue 65: Nortel Marries Up to see if they are delivering.

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Secure Information Sharing for Layer 2 Networks
How CipherEngine delivers security without complexity

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June 18th, 2007

By CipherOptics

Recent improvements have made Layer 2 WAN services a viable, scalable and cost-effective alternative to traditional WAN services. Extending LAN traffic across the corporate backbone at native speed is welcomed as application performance is significantly improved. While there are many Layer 2 services available such as Metro-Ethernet, Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) and private Ethernet Line Services, all require encryption services to protect corporate IT assets.

Is Your Network Ready for TelePresence?

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June 18th, 2007

By Cisco Systems

A new application, Cisco® TelePresence, makes high demands on the network for quality of service, availability, and security. Cisco TelePresence, introduced in late 2006, recreates the “in person” experience: It feels like being there, even from opposite ends of the globe. People who meet using this application are virtually in the same room. They see each other life-size with life-like realism, with the ability to catch all the nuances of expression and body language which they would see by being physically in the same room. They speak naturally face to face, looking at each other. Sitting around a virtual conference table, they hear sound coming from where the person speaking is sitting in the room.

Cisco TelePresence can run on your enterprise´s existing converged network and does not require a dedicated and separately managed infrastructure. It uses an intelligent network, allowing it to coexist with other applications. This means real savings to your business in capital and operating expenses. To take advantage of this, companies need to make sure that their infrastructures are capable of handling its demands and those of other next?√ᬨ?generation applications to come.

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Extend the Value of IBM Lotus Applications with Avaya Unified Communications
A Step-by-step Guide for IT Leaders on the Considerations, Options and Benefits of Unifying Communications

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June 18th, 2007

By Avaya

Avaya and IBM have leveraged their considerable individual technologies and platforms and roadmaps to create a combined vision to make real-time and non-real-time collaboration a reality for enterprises.

Integrating the powerful communications applications from Avaya with market-leading IBM Lotus software for business applications results in unity of communications. This unity removes the barriers of time, geography, isolated applications, messaging formats, communication modes, and choice of device. Information and communications are then liberated from virtually any access limitation. The mantra of anytime-and-anywhere communications is now being united with any way.

Learn how enterprises can now increase productivity in measurable ways by allowing:

  • “click-to-communicate” from familiar desktop interfaces;
  • integrate in-house audio and Web conferencing to reduce expense and make meetings more effective;
  • integrate e-mail, voice mail and calendars into a single client;
  • reduce total cost of ownership on server management;
  • extend functionality to mobile and remote workers

Also learn when and how to make integration decisions as well as the unique capabilities afforded by the powerful combination of Avaya/IBM by downloading this white paper.

Enhancing Business with Smarter, More Effective Communications

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June 18th, 2007

By Cisco

Unified Communications is an emerging class of applications and services designed to improve communications within the modern organization: to keep workgroups connected, enable them to collaborate effectively, and streamline business processes. As the industry leader in networking and secure business communications, Cisco® is uniquely positioned to deliver the solution to these challenges: Cisco Unified Communications is a comprehensive IP communications system of voice, video, data, and mobility products and applications that help organizations communicate more effectively, more securely, and in a more personal way.

This white paper addresses Cisco Unified Communications applications in the context of emerging organizational needs and identifies quantifiable benefits: such as greater productivity, a richer collaboration environment, and reduced costs: that can be gained by deploying these applications.

Securing Unified Communications

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June 13th, 2007

Podcast intervieweesUnified Communications or (UC) deployment is well underway. With the IP telephony, telecommunications and application industries focused on taking their share of the emerging $35B to $40B annual UC market it is inevitable that UC will soon be a fact of corporate life. So the question is: are you ready? Is your infrastructure secure enough to support UC? What specific vulnerabilities need to be mitigated within a UC infrastructure? Is NAC and NAP enough or do you need more? To answer these questions I am joined by Scott Lucas Senior director of solutions marketing of Extreme Networks, Shrikant Latkar Director of Enterprise Architecture at Juniper Networks and Kamal Anand VP Marketing and Corporate Strategy of Meru Networks. It is a jam packed podcast that will help you keep UC flowing. Enjoy, Nick.

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Avaya Goes Private

June 6th, 2007

For the price of $8.2B, Silver Lake and TPG Capital, formerly known as Texas Pacific Group, have offered to take Avaya private. Both Silver Lake and TPG are private equity firms. This is the largest transaction in the enterprise networking and communications space undertaken by a private equity firm. My take is that this is positive development for Avaya´s shareholders, employees and most importantly its customers.

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Lippis and Kerravala on Avaya Being A Private Company

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June 6th, 2007

Zeus KerravalaZeus Kerravala of the Yankee Group joins me to discuss Avayas announcement to enter into a definitive merger agreement with Silver Lake and TPG Capital for approximately $8.2 billion. Avayas acquisition by a private equity company is the largest in the enterprise networking and communications space. What will it mean to customers, partners, employees and shareholders? Also how is the industry changing now that Avaya will no longer be a public company? Get two of the top industry analyst view on the topic by listening to this Lippis Report Podcast.

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Lippis Report Issue 84: Fixed Mobile Point Conversion

June 3rd, 2007

I am redefining the term for enterprise-based fixed mobile convergence (FMC) with Mobile Unified Communications. FMC is the linking of fixed telephony end-points such as desktop phones and messaging with mobile devices. Unified Communications is making FMC obsolete as business and IT leaders search for solutions to provide mobile executives with the same features on the road as they have in the office. All the major IP telephony providers are busy extending their UC features and interfaces to mobile devices, which far outstrips the single vmail box, PBX features on mobile phones and fixed/mobile phone ringing tricks provided by FMC. IP telephony companies such as Avaya have purchased Traverse Networks to extend their mobile UC offering while Cisco purchased Orative to do the same. The offerings of both companies deliver value far above traditional FMC capabilities.

To make this point, we´ll focus this Lippis Report on Avaya´s FMC to Mobile Unified Communications MUC offering. Clearly there are many other firms such as Cisco, Siemens, Nortel, Mitel, Alcatel-Lucent that are on the same FMC to MUC journey and in another Lippis Report we may profile each of these firms.

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An Introduction to Wireless Mesh Networking

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June 3rd, 2007

By Firetide

Wireless networks provide mobility for laptop and PDA users who no longer need wires to stay connected to their workplace and the Internet. Ironically, the very devices that provide wireless service need lots of wiring themselves to connect to private networks and the Internet. This white paper presents a viable alternative to all those wires – the wireless mesh network. The paper covers basic mesh concepts and technologies, key capabilities needed to deploy an effective and robust solution, and target applications in both private and public networks.

Mobility & Cost Savings in a Multi-site Environment

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June 3rd, 2007

By QuesCom

When multi-national corporations connect their VoIP traffic through traditional global service provider offerings, cost usually soars. But GSM infrastructure can be leveraged to provide site-to-site connectivity for both intra- and inter- country communications thanks to GSM gateways and SIP trunking.

Wireless Solutions for Security and Surveillance

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June 3rd, 2007

By Proxim

In the post 9/11 world, terrorism, law enforcement, border patrol, public safety and monitoring challenges have forced government organizations and enterprises worldwide to elevate security and surveillance to a top priority. These challenges have manifested as significant growth in the video surveillance market which in turn has created a huge opportunity for system integrators, equipment manufacturers, software vendors and chip companies to compress, capture, transport and archive these large amounts of video traffic. Technology advances in video, wireless and software now make it possible to use cost-effective fixed and mobile wireless solutions for comprehensive security and surveillance applications.

This white paper provides an overview of the market drivers for security and surveillance applications, the benefits of wireless solutions, deployment considerations and also presents an overview of Proxim’s carrier grade wireless solutions to acquire, transport, record, and analyze video applications.

Grene Vision Group Gains 20/20 IT Vision with Avaya Interoperability and Mobility

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June 3rd, 2007

by Avaya, case study

With continuing growth and separate telephone systems across 26 locations, Grene Vision Group was unable to operate effectively as a single company. It deployed Avaya Media Servers, Avaya Media Gateways, and Avaya telephony applications in a networked IP telephony architecture to gain interoperability, mobility, scalability, and availability.

Avaya Self Mobility Case Study: Boosting Its Productivity, Responsiveness And Creating A Branded Customer Experience

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June 3rd, 2007

By Avaya, case study

Providing mobility services and tools for its highly mobile workforce would not only help the company meet its business goals but would also create an in-house model for Avaya customers who were implementing mobility strategies in their own businesses. With a focus on the same mobility strategies prescribed to its customers, Avaya implemented IP Telephony-enabled mobility applications to equip its employees with wired and wireless mobility solutions, allowing them to conduct business seamlessly whether in the office, in a remote location or on the road.