Archive for February, 2011

IT Expo Summary

February 5, 2011

IT Expo turned out to be a lot busier than I expected — There definitely is an economic turnaround starting, at least in the cloud and hosted communities.

Here are some interesting points that were discovered during the show:

  • More and more Cloud-based services are rapidly coming to market, each solving a wide variety of problems in a very low-cost manner.
  • The cloud-based services are inherently stable and secure, but the networks that convey the services are not.
  • Companies don’t have good tools to troubleshoot their own internal networks, let alone extranets and the cloud.
  • Troubleshooting performance and stability issues take way too long, and are resulting in finger-pointing between the cloud services vendor, the network provider/carrier, and the local network and application teams.

The takeaway from this is that many enterprises that have converted to VoIP have call quality and stability problems within their own network. ┬áIf you add the cloud to this picture, it’ll only get worse.

Presenting at IT Expo East 2011

February 2, 2011

I’ve been invited to speak as a guest lecturer at IT Expo East 2011. It looks like a packed show with lots of network & telecom experts both attending and presenting — I’m honored to be associated with a group of folks like this.

Feel free to join my program if you’re in the area: Dark Clouds : Can you trust the cloud? Latency, Security and Availability (CL-06). The session is on Feb 4th at 10am.