VoiceCon Spring 2005 Press Coverage

Making the case for VoIP outsourcing

TechTargetBy Eric B. Parizo, SearchEnterpriseVoice.com, 02/15/05

Though on-premise VoIP deployments get the lion’s share of attention, a panel of industry luminaries at VoiceCon 2005 argued that hosted VoIP services are easier to implement and can offer a higher level of service.

Enterprise Voice News: Adopters highlight complex decisions behind VoIP

TechTargetBy Eric B. Parizo, SearchEnterpriseVoice.com, 02/14/05

Vendors may laud cost savings as the key VoIP benefit, but VoiceCon 2005 speakers explained that other boons like unified messaging and improved reliability must be the true drivers for successful Internet telephony projects.

Customers find different VoIP benefits

Network World FusionBy Phil Hochmuth, Network World, 02/14/05

Network executives who shared voice/data convergence stories at last week’s VoiceCon show described VoIP as a new kind of juggling act for IT departments, one where both technical and managerial issues must be handled delicately.

VoiceCon: My day with Deke

Viewing VoiceCon through the eyes of a network strategist.

Network World FusionBy Bob Brown, Network World, 02/14/05

Deke warned me: He wasn’t like most of the other 4,500 attendees at last week’s VoiceCon show. As senior technology director for networking and telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania, Deke Kassabian gets paid to figure out the best long-term path for the school’s network.

Users cite VoIP’s convenience, cost savings

ComputerWorldBy Matt Hamblen, Computerworld, 02/11/05

During sessions at VoiceCon 2005, IT managers described the hunt for the killer voice-over-IP app in many different terms. But convenient messaging, especially for on-the-go workers, was cited as a strong selling point for VoIP by multiple attendees.

Users cite VoIP’s convenience, cost savings

ComputerWorldBy Matt Hamblen, Computerworld, 02/11/05

During sessions at VoiceCon 2005, IT managers described the hunt for the killer voice-over-IP app in many different terms. But convenient messaging, especially for on-the-go workers, was cited as a strong selling point for VoIP by multiple attendees.

VoIP projects need cooperation of voice and data engineers

ComputerWorldBy Matt Hamblen, Computerworld, 02/11/05

The thorniest worry of voice-over-IP project managers remains getting voice and data engineers to work effectively together on VoIP rollouts, several managers said at this week’s VoiceCon 2005 conference.

Voice, Data Teams at Odds Over VoIP

ComputerWorldBy Matt Hamblen, Computerworld, 02/11/05

The thorniest question facing voice-over-IP project managers remains whether they can get their voice and data networking staffs to work effectively together on rollouts, attendees said at last week’s VoiceCon 2005 conference here.

Enterprise Voice News: VoIP demands more from a firewall

TechTargetBy Eric B. Parizo, SearchEnterpriseVoice.com, 02/10/05

According to an expert at VoiceCon 2005, without a firewall specifically designed to work with voice traffic, a company’s communications could be disrupted or compromised. During an address this week, Mark Collier, chief technology officer at SecureLogix Corp., a voice network management vendor in San Antonio, said that while it’s common for enterprises to adapt their existing firewalls for voice data, they may be asking too much of legacy equipment.

Lehman Bros. brings IP telephony development in house

Network World FusionBy Bob Brown, NetworkWorld.com, 02/10/05

Exploiting IP telephony technology is becoming more and more of a do-it-yourself project for brokerage firm Lehman Brothers. Phil Palevo, who now manages Lehman’s voice and data network engineering group, shared his company’s experiences this week during a lunch presentation at the VoiceCon conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Netcordia to improve VoIP monitoring

Network World FusionNetwork World Network Optimization Newsletter, 02/10/05

Network traffic analysis vendor Netcordia last week announced it would make available a VoIP add-on that would enable its flagship NetMRI appliance to better monitor voice traffic and QoS. The add-on will enable IT managers to quickly pinpoint problems affecting VoIP, the company says, and will provide a daily listing of problems to help staff prevent them before they occur. The company plans to display the product enhancements at VoiceCon in Orlando this week.

RIM unveils Wi-Fi BlackBerry at VoiceCon 2005

Network World FusionBy Matt Hamblen, Computerworld, 02/09/05

At this week’s VoiceCon 2005 event in Orlando, Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM [Research In Motion Ltd.] said its new BlackBerry 7270 offers users secure access to IP telephony features, corporate e-mail and other capabilities. The new device, still in beta-testing, was demonstrated Tuesday at booths for both Nortel Networks Ltd. and 3Com Corp.

Wi-Fi Comes to Blackberry

WiFi PlanetBy Eric Griffith, Wi-Fi Planet, 02/09/05

Officially announced late last year, the BlackBerry 7270 is here. This is the first version of the popular handheld communicator from Research in Motion (RIM) of Waterloo, Ontario to build in Wi-Fi support, specifically for 802.11b.

3Com, RIM Team Up on WLAN Networking

America's NetworkWireless News via NewsEdge Corporation, 02/09/05

3Com and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced that they are working together to deliver a “new wave” of mobility in enterprise communications by combining 3Com’s Internet Protocol (IP)-private branch exchange and wireless local area network switch with RIM’s BlackBerry wireless solution for WLAN networks.

Bank of America breaks down its VoIP deployment

Network World FusionBy Phil Hochmuth, Network World Fusion, 02/08/05

“Divide and conquer” is Bank of America’s approach as it undertakes a massive PBX-to-VoIP migration, according to the bank’s top network architect, speaking at the VoiceCon show here Tuesday. Speaking to a packed auditorium, Craig Hinkley, Bank of America’s senior vice president, network architecture and strategic design, described how the bank is restructuring its IT organization and breaking down its massive VoIP rollout plan.

Enterprise Voice News: Dodging grenades in VoIP turf wars

TechTargetBy Eric B. Parizo, SearchEnterpriseVoice.com, 02/08/05

Craig Hinkley, senior vice president of network architecture and strategic direction for Bank of America Corp., told attendees Tuesday at VoiceCon 2005 that the people and processes empowering a VoIP implementation are as critical as the technology itself.

Nortel to support converged apps on Wi-Fi BlackBerry

Network World FusionBy Phil Hochmuth, Network World Fusion, 02/08/05

Nortel and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a partnership where users will be able to run Nortel’s converged voice/data applications on a new Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry handheld device. Announced at the VoiceCon show this week, the partnership will integrate Nortel’s Multimedia Communications Server (MCS) 5100 with RIM’s new BlackBerry 7270 device.

IPcelerate Launches Content Platform

Light ReadingLight Reading, 02/08/05

IPcelerate, Inc., a provider of advanced communications-based software applications, announced at the VoiceCon 2005 show today the launch of E2instein, a content delivery solution for IP telephony platforms that creates a new foundation of information exchange throughout the enterprise.

VoiceCon: Reporter’s notebook

Network World FusionBy Network World Staff, Network World Fusion, 02/08/05

We got hit up by some three dozen vendors leading up to VoiceCon who wanted to give us their schtick. We declined, but invited them to set us up with any customers they might have on hand among the 4,500 attendees.

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Buoyed by the popularity of its winter VoiceCon conference, BCR Tuesday announced a new VoiceCon event scheduled for the fall in San Diego.

VoiceCon Mirrors Growth of Enterprise IP Telephony And Convergence Market By Adding New Event, VoiceCon Fall 2005

TelephonyWorld.comTelephonyWorld, 02/08/05

New VoiceCon Event Created to Meet the Year-Round Needs of Constantly Evolving Market; Key Industry Leaders Demonstrate Support of Event,

VoIP vendors to ‘converge’ on show

Network World FusionBy Phil Hochmuth and Denise Dubie, Network World, 02/07/05

There will be no shortage of VoIP PBXs, phones and gateways on display at this week’s VoiceCon conference, but such infrastructure components could get overshadowed by a slew of announcements about new management tools for converged networks.

Are you VoIP ready?

Network World FusionBy Denise Dubie, Network World Fusion, 02/07/05

Vendors at this week’s VoiceCon show in Orlando want to help answer that question for enterprise IT managers. Two specifically, Apparent Networks and Empirix have prepped new products that will help IT staff gear up their networks for voice applications and IP telephony systems.

As VoIP matures, payback remains an issue for users

ComputerWorldNews Story by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld, 02/07/05

Network managers who were waiting to see if VoIP was mature enough have discovered that it is, said Fred Knight, general manager of VoiceCon 2005, which is taking place this week in Orlando. “So the next question is, What can I do with this technology to help businesses work?”

Trio Eases VOIP Management for Businesses

eWeekBy Caron Carlson, eWeek, 02/07/05

Avaya Inc., which has been selling IP telephony systems for three years, this week at the VoiceCon conference in Orlando, Fla., will unveil its Enterprise Service Platform to give customers the option of letting the vendor remotely monitor the network on a subscription basis.

Tool Troubleshoots VOIP

eWeekBy Paula Musich, eWeek, 02/07/05

Apparent Networks Inc. this week at VoiceCon in Orlando, Fla., will roll out a voice-over-IP version of its network troubleshooting tool that allows users to assess their networks’ ability to handle voice traffic and lets them quickly address VOIP problems.

Nortel, RIM Partner To Extend BlackBerry

Communications Convergence.com, 02/07/05

Nortel Networks Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the popular BlackBerry handheld computer, said Monday that the companies plan to integrate the BlackBerry with Nortel’s communications server.... Nortel and RIM, both based in Canada, demonstrated a preview of the technology at VoiceCon in Orlando, Fla.

Jasomi, Radvision Partner on Conferencing

Light ReadingLight Reading, 02/07/05

RADVISION, a leading provider of multimedia conferencing and communications platforms, and Jasomi Networks, offering products that support Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity across network security boundaries, today announced a marketing and technology partnership aimed at increasing the penetration of integrated video, voice, instant messaging (IM), and data conferencing services across corporate networks. The partnership, announced at VoiceCon 2005, will provide enterprises with a unique and secure desktop multimedia communications solution that not only delivers Microsoft-powered voice, video, and data conferencing, but also overcomes firewall and NAT (Network Address Translation) traversal issues.

Nortel Joins Up With RIM

UnstrungUnstrung, 02/07/05

Nortel (NYSE:NT) (TSX:NT) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM) (TSX:RIM) today announced a joint initiative aimed at delivering secure, full-featured, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-enabled business communications over wireless local area networks (LAN)....Nortel and RIM are demonstrating a preview of the technology at VoiceCon in Orlando this week.

3Com Teams With RIM

UnstrungUnstrung, 02/07/05

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that the companies are working together to deliver a new wave of mobility in enterprise communications. By combining 3Com’s Internet Protocol (IP)-private branch exchange (PBX) and wireless local area network (WLAN) switch with RIM’s BlackBerry(R) wireless solution for WLAN networks, the companies plan to offer a rich set of voice and data applications to on-campus enterprise users.

Tool Troubleshoots VOIP

Extreme TechExtremeTech, 02/07/05

Apparent Networks Inc. this week at VoiceCon in Orlando, Fla., will roll out a voice-over-IP version of its network troubleshooting tool that allows users to assess their networks’ ability to handle voice traffic and lets them quickly address VOIP problems.

Nortel, RIM Partner To Extend BlackBerry

TechWebBy TechWeb News, 02/07/05

Nortel Networks Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the popular BlackBerry handheld computer, said Monday that the companies plan to integrate the BlackBerry with Nortel’s communications server.... Nortel and RIM, both based in Canada, demonstrated a preview of the technology at VoiceCon in Orlando, Fla.

Siemens Launches New Line of IP Phones

CommWebCommWeb, 02/07/05

Features of the new optiPoint 420 family of IP telephones from Siemens include multi-line support, programmable self-labeling keys, and optional snap-on displays. Siemens Communications has unveiled a new line of IP telephones, the optiPoint 420 family, at the VoiceCon conference in Orlando.

Nortel, RIM Partner To Extend BlackBerry

CommWebCommWeb, 02/07/05

Nortel and Research In Motion, plan to integrate the BlackBerry with Nortel’s communications server.... Nortel and RIM, both based in Canada, demonstrated a preview of the technology at VoiceCon in Orlando, Fla.

Jasomi And RADVISION Partner To Provide Next Generation Multimedia/Multipoint Conferencing Across External Networks

TelephonyWorld.comTelephonyWorld, 02/07/05

RADVISION (NASDAQ: RVSN), a leading provider of multimedia conferencing and communications platforms, and Jasomi Networks, offering products that support Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity across network security boundaries, today announced a marketing and technology partnership aimed at increasing the penetration of integrated video, voice, instant messaging (IM), and data conferencing services across corporate networks. The partnership, announced at VoiceCon 2005, will provide enterprises with a unique and secure desktop multimedia communications solution that not only delivers Microsoft-powered voice, video, and data conferencing, but also overcomes firewall and NAT (Network Address Translation) traversal issues.

Sphere Communications Demonstrates New Features, Expands Alliance Support, Delivers an Enterprise Telecom API, and further increases Scalability

TMCnet.comBy Paula Musich, ExtremeTech, 02/07/05

Sphere Communications announced today it is demonstrating the new release of its Sphericall enterprise telecommunications software this week at VoiceCon 2005 Conference & Exhibition.

Inter-Tel Unveils New PBX

Communications ConvergenceCommunications Convergence.com, 02/02/05

It’s called the 5000 Network Communications Solution and it was built from the ground up around IP communications.We had a nice briefing on this major new phone system last week from Jeff Ford, chief technology officer for Inter-Tel.... They’re officially unveiling the new platform at the VoiceCon show next week in Orlando.

Inter-Tel Unveils New PBX

CommWebCommWeb, 02/02/05

It’s called the 5000 Network Communications Solution and it was built from the ground up around IP communications. We had a nice briefing on this major new phone system last week from Jeff Ford, chief technology officer for Inter-Tel.... They’re officially unveiling the new platform at the VoiceCon show next week in Orlando.