Saturday, October 11, 2014
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Microsoft purchase is an obvious one (i thought it would happen in 2011): pretty much the only thing Microsoft can do to keep Windows Phone a potential player in the mobile OS business.
Granted, Microsoft will now be competing head on with "partners" Samsung et all and might have difficulty getting other handset manufacturers to bundle Windows. However, the mobile device market is just too important and Microsoft must move aggresively to retain its industry leading position. The money involved is reasonable at $ 7,2 billion and considering the cash Microsoft has, its a steal.
This sure looks like Steve Ballmer's parting shot. An excellent one that makes Microsoft appear much less rooted in old style desktops and more focused on the future: mobile devices.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
It’s been announced some time ago and widely expected, but recently HP finally pulled the plug on its VoIP PBX product, HP VCX. This product had received little investment over the last few years and had dwindling sales, so who cares?
Well there is still a significant amount of customers out there that run the platform and made major investments into it. As it’s a proprietary platform, customers will have to ditch their investment and buy an entirely new system. Not only do these companies now have to buy new hardware and software, they also have to retrain their users and administration staff. There is also the cost of down time. It’s not the first time this happened, either. Not so long ago Nortel went bankrupt and Avaya, who bought Nortel, forced customers to move to an Avaya system.
All this is proof how important it is to go for an open standard SIP system. Some customers still think that buying a big sticker price PBX from a large company means they are assured the product will always be available. They assume there will be continued investment in the product. Well HP VCX is further proof that these days are over. High prices, big brand names, it’s simply no guarantee that the product will be around in the years to come.
My advice to companies is to go open standard. Invest in a technology adopted by a whole industry - SIP. A technology for which there is a big choice of hardware; IP Phones, Gateways, SIP trunk providers etc. Invest in PBX software running on an operating system you know well and you can manage without additional training costs (be it Linux or Windows, whichever you know better). These points will be a much better safeguard from a costly ‘forced’ move than a “big” brand or high purchase price!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, October 8, 2011
But behind all this doom and gloom shines Microsoft’s little lauded and often forgotten jewel – the Windows Server OS. Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 8 even more so, are the ultimate in server computing. Yes, if you want to run Apache with a PHP app (Wordpress), nothing beats Linux. But for everything else you need Windows Server. Windows Server is performant. Scaleable. Manageable. Programmable.
With terminal services you can virtualize desktops and apps. And its inbuilt virtualization makes it easy for administrators to run several machines on one server and easily configure redundancy and automated backup of not just apps but the whole OS. Windows Server makes it easy to go to the cloud, but allows you to decide to wait. Windows Server is THAT reliable and manageable you can hold on to your precious data a while longer. Share your data with Google or your hosting provider at some point in the future.
And Windows Server 8, already far ahead, lifts the bar even higher. Hyper-V is greatly improved. The internal switches between VMs can now be intelligently configured and traffic throttled or filtered. Hyper-V Replica can backup virtual machines automatically itself at intervals. And differentially. Put your server back in time with a few mouse clicks in case of emergency.
Storage for your servers can be virtualized and moved to other hardware with a few mouse clicks. You can move virtualized servers onto other servers - LIVE.
You can even send a LIVE VM to a remote host, thanks to network virtualization. Domain controllers can now also be virtualized and the Hyper V hypervisor will recognize domain controllers and deal with them intelligently avoiding conflicts.
And Windows Server management got easier too. Not just the management of a single server but of all your servers, including virtualized ones.
Windows Server 8 is cool. And it’s the future of Microsoft.
Friday, September 16, 2011
I recently bought an HTC Wildfire S and have been very impressed with the phone. The Android operating system is evolving rapidly, and in terms of usability its pretty close to an iPhone. But HTC Wildfire trumps the iPhone on several points:
- It has a smaller form factor and is more durable.
- Its half the price.
- The operating system is more open allowing you to install your own apps.
- I'd say the the text input keyboard on the HTC is better.
- The HTC has speech recognition for text messages and mail which works really well.
- You can rid yourself of the awful iTunes software!!
I have also been using 3CXphone on Android with the new tunnel feature connected to our 3CX Phone System. I can now use our company PBX from pretty much any hotspot in town. Easy and free…
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Google just bought Motorola for 12,5 billion, and in my view this is a very good thing for the entire industry. The mobile device market has been growing at an amazing pace, and this largely because of the innovation that iPhone and Android based devices are delivering. In time, mobile devices powered by iPhone/iPads and Android devices will replace the traditional desktop and reshape the IT landscape. A whole host of new products and opportunities for IT vendors and resellers.
And this innovation and growth could only be blocked by one thing – the US patent system. Supposedly it protects innovators but it does exactly the opposite. Android already faced significant lawsuits which could deter device makers of using the platform. However, with Googles Motorola buy, Googles has a huge patent portfolio that can be used to defend itself against Apple and others. With google protecting Android and companies developing for Android, the market is suddenly a lot safer. And thus market growth and innovation has been secured. Heads up to Google!