What’s Next For Unified Communications?

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March 31st, 2009

Lawrence Byrd, our podcast guestAvaya has launched a new architecture for Unified Communications (UC) with its new software product Avaya Aura™. This enterprise-wide SIP architecture connects users, UC devices, disparate legacy voice and IP systems plus UC applications, creating a holistic UC services delivery system. That is, a centrally managed Avaya Aura™ can disseminate common UC services to every corner of the enterprise independent of locations and multivendor systems, across all kinds of SIP endpoint. Avaya Aura™ promises to significantly reduce communications and management costs, using a single multivendor dial-plan, common user profiles and by simplifying SIP trunking, while offering federated presence and application integration software to integrate UC into enterprise applications. To understand Avaya Aura™ and what’s next for UC, Lawrence Byrd, Director of Unified Communications Architecture for Avaya, is my guest.

Lippis Report 122: Cisco’s Unified Computing System: Opportunities and Challenges

March 24th, 2009

Nick LippisIt’s been over a week since Cisco launched its Unified Computing System (UCS) initiative. I’ve reviewed all the presentations, documents, financial analyst research notes, twitter and Facebook chatter as well as talked to a dozen or so IT leaders and in this Lippis Report Research Note I provide my assessment. There’s so much to consider with the UCS launch, the technology, the data center value, go to market strategy, competitive responses, etc. But I have a one important observation. This is the first time in the history of IT that a networking company has entered the computing industry. My first job in 1984 was at Digital Equipment Corporation, where networking was always an accessory, or stepchild, to computing. And yes, a lot has transpired since then but the sheer fact that a networking company has grown to the size of Cisco and that it can stand up and say “Hey IBM and HP, I’m entering your core market and there’s nothing you can do about it” is a remarkable occurrence. Anyone who has spent his or her career in networking and has worked within DEC, IBM or HP networking groups knows how it feels to be tangential to corporate strategy. For this group, UCS was a moment that tipped networking technology and networking professionals to a higher level of importance and influence in the IT industry. In this Lippis Report Research Note we review UCS and Cisco’s opportunities and challenges.

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A Framework for Deploying Unified Communications

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March 24th, 2009

By Wainhouse Research sponsored by Avaya

This white paper describes a four-step framework for moving unified communications from an ad hoc, deployment scenario, which has resulted in many of the companies interviewed having a siloed implementation, to a managed process, tying the technology to an organization’s people, processes, and business objectives.

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Get Lean and Green Fast with Telecommuting

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March 24th, 2009

By Siemens Enterprise Communications

This paper defines different telecommuting models and shows how companies are telecommuting across the globe. Lastly, it will demonstrate how Siemens Enterprise Communications Group has significantly cut expenses by adopting green telecommuting and how you can do the same.

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Communications in a Difficult Economy

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March 24th, 2009

By Siemens Enterprise Communications

“As in every downturn, who succeeds and who fails is likely to be determined not by what costs are cut, but how they are cut and above all which ones are not cut.”

The Economist magazine 22 November 2008

Recession is upon us. Business and technology leaders are hurriedly looking for places to scale back, while defining strategies for surviving – or even getting ahead – during the economic downturn. This paper addresses three key imperatives for communications management for a tough economy:

Streamline – How to cope with reduced budgets and staffing without impeding business operations

Compete – Using technology to maintain speed, innovation and customer service with fewer staff

Prepare – Ensuring your business can scale up and strike fast at the earliest signs of opportunity

The paper identifies key points for executives to consider in making communications reductions and investments and offers an array of solutions supported by real-world case studies.

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Unified Computing Overview

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March 24th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

Virtualization has created a market transition in which IT departments are trying to reduce costs and increase flexibility. Despite this, IT organizations are constantly working against existing rigid, inflexible hardware platforms. As a consequence, data center administrators have had to spend significant time on manual procedures for basic tasks instead of focusing on more strategic, proactive initiatives. This document highlights crucial issues in today’s data center and introduces Cisco’s vision for resolving existing challenges and setting data center operating practices on a more scalable and sustainable path: a unified computing system.

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Cisco Unified Computing System – An Executive Video Overview

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March 24th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

Cisco leaders describe how the Unified Computing System is designed and optimized for virtualized data centers, reducing time to deploy new applications and simplifying operations. To watch the video, follow the link above.

Cisco Unified Computing System

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March 24th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

This flash-based presentation delivers an overview of Cisco’s recently announced Unified Computing System. The presentation discusses the value of united data center technologies with the Cisco Unified Computing System. Follow the link above to see the presentation.

Pressure is Building to Deploy IPv6 to Avoid Another Y2K

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March 16th, 2009

Fred Wettling, our podcast guestThere are over 1.5 billion people worldwide using the internet representing only 23.5 percent of world population and we are now entering an Internet population explosion as emerging internet countries go online and need address space. Experts predict that an IP address exhaustion date is coming between Nov 2010 and Feb 2011 or sooner as countries potentially rush to acquire the last available addresses to avoid being shut out of the internet. In addition the number of IP addresses per person is growing too as millions to billions of new devices have become IP aware such as Mobile internet IPhones, smart phones, etc plus new internet services on trains, plains and the home grow. So the question is, is the industry heading toward another Y2K event? Fred Wettling, a Bechtel Fellow plus Manager-of Architecture & Planning and coauthor of the book “Global IPv6 Strategies: From Business Analysis to Operational Planning” joins us to provide perspective and strategy on how IT leaders can manage IP addressing and avoid a Y2K event.

Lippis Report 121: A New Approach to Network Design When You’re In The Cloud

March 9th, 2009

Nick LippisIn Lippis Report 120 we discussed how cloud computing is driving new networking requirements for both public and private cloud implementations. We focused on ethernet switch devices in that Research Note. But cloud computing may also require a new network design paradigm as well. The three-tier network model of edge or access, then aggregation or distribution and core have been the building blocks of modern computing networking for the past two decades and are still fundamental to classical enterprise network design. But in high performance data centers and in particular cloud computing a new two-tier model is being considered.

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Lippis and Kerravala on Cisco’s Unified Computing, Nortel’s bankruptcy and more

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March 9th, 2009

Zeus KerravalaWhile world governments figure out how to save the banking system our industry is changing at a pace I haven’t seen since the mid-1990s. Nortel is bankrupt, Cisco is making a huge announcement the week of March 15th, Force10 and Turnin have merged, Cisco launched EnergyWise, HP ProCurve launched ProCurve One, Juniper announced its EX2500 and Stratus, Brocade extended its DCX backbone, Mallanox launched a converged fabric gateway. IBM is getting close to Juniper while HP TSG fortifies its data center position with EDS services, etc. Zeus Kerravala, Senior VP, Global Enterprise Research for the Yankee Group joins me to discuss the blizzard of announcements and changes taking place in our industry and offer our opinions and guidance on how to make sense of an industry in fundamental change.

Thriving in an Economic Downturn

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March 9th, 2009

By Avaya

A guide that takes you through the latest contact center technologies, and how they can help you develop brand differentiation, elevate customer loyalty, and keep costs low — even when everyone is tightening their budgets. A must-read in today’s economic climate.

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Reduce Power Consumption through Integrated Services Delivery

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March 9th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

The Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) is an integrated high-performance network infrastructure platform designed to replace multiple devices in today’s existing networking environments. Businesses can consolidate six disparate devices (router, switch, voice IP, private branch exchange (PBX), security appliance, application acceleration device, and wireless access point) into a single platform, reducing the physical space requirements, reducing energy and cooling consumption costs by more than 76 percent and reducing overall management expense. This white paper presents a five-step program that takes full advantage of the Cisco ISR and helps you reduce the carbon footprint of your branch offices through more efficient power consumption, management, and delivery.

SMB Communications Pain Study: Uncovering the hidden cost of communications barriers and latency

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March 9th, 2009

By SIS International Research & Siemens Enterprise Communications

This white paper outlines the findings of a study sponsored by Siemens Enterprise Communications and prepared by SIS International Research. It discusses and quantifies the hidden cost of communications barriers and latency that small- and medium-sized businesses in 8 different countries, across 8 different verticals, and with up to 400 employees experience in their daily business activities.