September 2010 Archives

Avaya - Sexy? Oh Yes...

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There are those vendors - typically start-ups - that have some really interesting, nay almost-truly exciting technology.

And there are those that have worthy but (verging on) dull. Avaya would typically come into the latter camp, let's face it; got voice cracked but hardly revolutionary.

Until now (as Jezza Clarkson would say).

Speaking with my Avaya man Nigel Moulton (scouser who's into cars but only those that he actually owns) about Avaya Flare, rarely has a product been so accurately named.

Contained in the form of its "Desktop Video Device" this is the hottest-looking touchscreen technology since the HP 150 back in 1984 (man, that was awesome for the time - MS DOS compatibility via a touchscreen, when IBM/Microsoft had the B&W 12" monitors and the DOS prompt to rival it). Basically it's merged vid-conf and collaborative working into one, that looks to have moved the whole genre forward a generation and made it Android-powered at the same time. So you simply choose who and what you want to be part of the session and "drop" it into the "spotlight" in the centre of the screen.

Which is nice and something even iPhone users should be able to cope with.

It includes what Avaya describes as "a virtual Rolodex" that provides a singular view of multiple directories, including corporate and personal, Facebook, Twitter and others. Users flip through to find the person with whom they want to collaborate, see their availability, select the preferred mode of communication and launch the connection.

Moreover, it's an open architecture so could and should spawn the same kind of Flare-App (as opposed to Flare Up) rush that the IPhone and now iPad have created. Avaya spoken in the same light (iLight?) as Apple? You'd better believe it.

Anyway, I'm sincerely hoping to get my paws on this stuff to put it to the test before the end of the year, so look out for updates here.

Now if only Avaya would go and grab the VoIP optimisation technology from my mates at Voipex (before a certain someone else licenses it to death) its quest would be complete...


Autumn Turkey, Modern English And Real Virtualisation

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Hello from yet another Netevents - my bi-annual vendor/analyst/press jolly, sorry - symposium, that I am attending as a judge of the awards of the same name (as well as a CW blogger, a tester, alleged wine expert etc).

This one's in Istanbul, where there appears to be lots going on in the Telecoms/ISP world. And, yes, it is full of kebab (kebap) shops. I'll be reporting on the debates over the next two days, and trying to do a count on how many times the word "virtualisation" (or virtualization) arises. Likewise cloud.

Which brings me onto the subject of IT "speak" and imagining what it might be like to be transported forward 30+ years into the contemporary 'net world and see a browser screen for the first time, with ads such as "Novell - Cloud Management"; little would they believe we can now manage the weather, but, at the same time, 'tis exactly the kind of futurist thing they would expect.

Then there's this headline I saw on an IT news website today: "LinkedIn users attacked by deadly Zeus spam"

For anyone only familar with Greek gods and Danish pork produce, this would be a pretty surreal headline. And I guess "LinkedIn" would sound like some bizarre sex format, so I suspect they would simply be thinking "serves them right".

Meantime, in the land of converting this stuff into meaningfulness, can I please point you at our brand spankers report on securing the virtual data centre - where we used real, virtual products (not so much of a contradiction in terms as it sounds) to prove the case using a Spirent test bed and donor kebab, sorry, product, from TippingPoint of the HP variety (not the sauce).

Anyway - tis available for download from our website: www.broadband-testing.co.uk

The reality is that vendors are pushing out virtual solutions without having been able to test them; so we've taken up the challenge on their behalf. Join the queue here my good vendors...


Le colis est arriveé!

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Anyone who read my previous installment of the soap opera that is and was FedEx's inexplicable failure to deliver a parcel of HP goodies (one of which is for me to test) should be pleased to know...

The package has finally arrived - in Grenoble at HP EMEA HQ that is, not with me yet...

Delivered

Initiated
Picked up
In transit
Delivered

There - the proof. So, in case you didn't believe the - admittedly outlandish sounding - story of this parcel's travels, here's the trace, taken from the FedEx website:

(note - most recent entry at top, so go down to bottom and read upwards for best results, starting at August 13th...). BTW  - it's a long read...  Film rights are a must.

Date Status Location Detail
Sep 7, 2010 11:31 AM
Delivered GRENOBLE, FRANCE FR
Sep 7, 2010 8:56 AM On FedEx vehicle for delivery ST QUENTIN FALLAVIER FR
Sep 7, 2010 8:32 AM At local FedEx facility ST QUENTIN FALLAVIER FR Package not due for delivery
Sep 6, 2010 9:57 PM Departed FedEx location PARIS FR
Sep 6, 2010 6:07 PM Int'l shipment release PARIS FR
Aug 30, 2010 8:35 PM Clearance delay PARIS FR
Aug 30, 2010 8:18 PM Arrived at FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 30, 2010 8:18 PM In transit PARIS FR Package available for clearance
Aug 28, 2010 10:00 PM At local FedEx facility PARIS FR
Aug 28, 2010 7:04 PM Arrived at FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 28, 2010 1:24 PM In transit LANTAU ISLAND HK
Aug 28, 2010 12:34 PM In transit CHEK LAP KOK HK
Aug 27, 2010 11:50 PM At local FedEx facility LANTAU ISLAND HK
Aug 26, 2010 10:47 PM In transit LANTAU ISLAND HK Package available for clearance
Aug 25, 2010 9:38 AM Departed FedEx location ANCHORAGE, AK
Aug 25, 2010 8:06 AM Arrived at FedEx location ANCHORAGE, AK
Aug 25, 2010 1:57 AM Departed FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 24, 2010 11:24 PM In transit MEMPHIS, TN Package available for clearance
Aug 23, 2010 8:46 PM Arrived at FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 23, 2010 11:21 AM Arrived at FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 22, 2010 9:43 PM In transit MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 22, 2010 8:06 PM Departed FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 19, 2010 11:41 PM In transit MEMPHIS, TN Package available for clearance
Aug 19, 2010 11:01 PM Arrived at FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 19, 2010 10:39 PM In transit PARIS FR
Aug 19, 2010 9:02 PM Departed FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 19, 2010 6:39 PM Arrived at FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 18, 2010 10:40 PM At local FedEx facility PARIS FR
Aug 18, 2010 9:05 PM Arrived at FedEx location PARIS FR
Aug 18, 2010 4:42 AM In transit MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 18, 2010 4:25 AM In transit MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 18, 2010 3:55 AM Departed FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 17, 2010 3:16 PM In transit MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 17, 2010 4:16 AM Arrived at FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 16, 2010 8:00 AM Delivery exception CORDOVA, TN http://fedex.com/Tracking/track/images/helpIcon.gif
Incorrect address 
Aug 15, 2010 9:48 PM Departed FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 15, 2010 9:30 AM In transit MEMPHIS, TN Package available for clearance
Aug 14, 2010 11:56 PM Arrived at FedEx location MEMPHIS, TN
Aug 14, 2010 10:05 PM In transit CHEK LAP KOK HK
Aug 14, 2010 10:02 PM In transit LANTAU ISLAND HK
Aug 14, 2010 4:30 PM Left FedEx origin facility TSUEN WAN HK
Aug 14, 2010 12:05 PM Picked up TSUEN WAN HK
Aug 13, 2010 6:13 AM Shipment info sent to FedEx