Category Archives: Channel Partners

Azure In Your Data Center: Understanding And Positioning Azure Stack

By | February 29, 2016

AWS is undeniably the big kahuna in cloud services, however Microsoft has emerged as a strong number two with the Azure IaaS/PaaS combination, which it is now extending into private clouds via Azure Stack, a packaged version of Azure services that can be deployed in private data centers. The goal is to deliver a completely consistent hybrid cloud platform… Read More »

4G Isn’t Just For Phones: LTE As A Backup Network

By | January 30, 2016

LTE availability and performance make it a viable option for branch office, retail WAN redundancy: Some options and considerations This column summarizes a report done for Channel Partners available here (with registration).  Reliable network connectivity is such a fundamental requirement for the digital business and mobile lifestyle that most people consider it on par with power and water:… Read More »

Open Wi-Fi Means Open Season For Hackers: How To Secure Mobile Connections

By | November 25, 2015

The world’s Going Mobile: The Who’s song about life on the road has taken on a prophetic new meaning in the smartphone era; unfortunately, mobile networks are typically about as secure as a tent trailer. There are now over 7 billion mobile subscriptions, over 30% of those with smartphones, and global mobile data traffic grew by 69% last… Read More »

The Confluence of Next-Gen LTE and Wi-Fi: Good News for Carriers and Customers

By | September 26, 2015

LTE and Wi-Fi are finally bridging the gap between cellular and wireless LANs, enabling UC for the smartphone era Mobile IP telephony is nothing new, however the innovation has come from app developers, not carriers. Over the top messaging (OTT) services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Google Hangouts and iMessages/Facetime have displaced traditional carrier SMS for text messaging… Read More »

Sights and Highlights from VMworld 2015

By | September 4, 2015

VMworld is a multifaceted experience, particularly for those of us where it may be the one time of the year where we can visit with far-flung friends and colleagues in the flesh. Indeed, the opportunity to have deep, stimulating discussions with other very smart people is perhaps the highlight of VMworld. Yet there were plenty of vendor announcements, technical… Read More »

Smart Consolidation: Make Branch Offices Server Free with WAN Appliances

By | July 20, 2015

A version of this article, with complete coverage of  branch office WAN appliances, use cases and recommendations is available this Channel Partners report. With the pressure on IT to deliver new services without bigger budgets, organizations large and small are under pressure to cut costs and increase efficiency while simultaneously improving application performance and security. It’s a tall… Read More »

For Hospitality Business, Mobility is Mandatory

By | June 16, 2015

For hospitality executives and their partners, failing to build a first-class mobile experience could be a mistake of existential proportions. In this business, providing a home away from home has always been the goal. And that requires a solid wireless network foundation to support customer requirements and new mobile apps. In this report (registration required) I detail how… Read More »