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Impressions from Voicecon!

Wow — Cisco was in the house for Voicecon this year! For a company that was not taken seriously as a voice vendor a few years ago, this year we were rocking this conference. Walking around in my Cisco t-shirt, I was stopped several times by folks who complimented the shirts (simple black t-shirt with Cisco in white on the front) and one guy admitted to me he was sick of the “awful colors” on t-shirts. Then I overheard a passing comm…


Introducing the Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF)

…y to be a founding member of the NTAF. NTAF will help bring the right level of standardization to achieve common interoperability goals. In a complex test environment, interoperability becomes the key differentiator for service providers when improving time to market of their deliverables. As an innovator in network equipment manufacturing and with our experience with service providers such as Verizon and BT, and key test equipment vendors such a…


ShowNotes: The Engineering Behind TelePresence

…of chicken’ for Jimmy Ray agreeing to work on a voice project with Tina.)   Segment 3: TelePresence Interoperability Protocol The future of simple interoperability can be found within the innovation of open protocols like TIP that allow any vendor to inter-operate.  Cisco TelePresence Engineer Michael Thomma stops by the lab to help dissect the protocol. He and Jimmy Ray dive into how TIP, based on open standards, allows vendor…


Forrester Acknowledges Cisco as a Leader among WAN Optimization Vendors

In their Q4 2009 WAVE report Forrester recognized Cisco WAAS as a market leader in WAN optimization in their comparison of the top 8 vendors, considering criteria such as the offering, strategy, market presence, and technology. Forrester says that WAN optimization is increasing in importance to IT organizations and that business issues such as consolidating branch office servers and rolling out new collaborative applications are driving its adop…


How Internet standards are born: Part 3

…luding consumer, enterprise and service provider. The primary goal of these companies is to test and certify the interoperability of Wi-Fi standards as implemented across product lines from multiple vendors. Interoperability is usually shown by “low bar performance testing” against a test bed of “golden products,” rather than by conformance testing. This is a pragmatic, cost effective approach. A second goal of the Wi-Fi A…