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Published: 2016-09-27T19:50:15-05:00

 



Iridium Doubles-Down on IoT Support, Faster Connections

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:50:15 -05002016-09-27T19:50:15-05:00

“If you have a coverage map, you aren’t global,” said Tim Last, VP & GM M2M Business at Iridium when I asked why the company’s M2M/IoT business was growing so fast. The company’s customers span most major markets such as enterprise, industrial, government, maritime, aviation, fleet management, asset tracking, environment and Cathodic protection or pipelines. The company’s satellite–based solutions help industries that have global assets which need tracking. He also showed me the new Iridium Edge (coming soon), a solution which is like a fixed-site telemetry device – it can be used for secondary connectivity to back up cellular. What is more exciting though is Iridium Next which is the largest commercial satellite project in the world. They are launching 72 satellites in the next 18 months but only need 66 so yes, 6 are spares. This replaces the twenty-year old Constellation network. In addition, bandwidth will go from 160 kbps to 1.4 Mbps. src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tAUoIlF0bjM" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"> In other very exciting news, the company’s new spin-off Aireon will allow real-time commercial and airline surveillance and this could be a very big deal. Today, air traffic control uses vertical and horizontal separation to ensure flight safety. Often this means planes need to fly through turbulence or strong headwinds just so there is a margin of error for flight safety. With real-time surveillance you can bring them closer together saving time and money. There is lots of great news here, we can expect much more efficient flights as well as better IoT connectivity for all our devices which have line-of-sight to the sky. We may even see an end to flight turbulence which is never a bad thing.The bottom line is the world is getting smaller by the day. Tags: Related tags: flight safety, iridium, company, flight Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: Iridium Doubles-Down on IoT Support, Faster Connections Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com [...]



Procera Helps Carriers Shape Even Encrypted Traffic

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:24:46 -05002016-09-26T16:24:46-05:00

One of the biggest challenges for network operators is certainly dealing with the growth of network traffic in a margin-compression environment. Video is one of the main drivers of bandwidth growth on the net but it isn’t always easy to deal with it. Consider mobile traffic is growing 53% CAGR from 2015 to 2020.See graph below: In addition to dealing with the above issues, carriers have to also manage various video providers and their particular responses to your traffic shaping. Netflix and YouTube for example could buffer and/or stop if they are downrated too many times resulting in a subpar user experience. I just spoke with Cam Cullen, VP of Marketing and Mike Newsome, VP of Global Marketing of Procera Networks who discussed the company’s scorecard which is in line with FCC broadband labeling – reporting delivered bandwidth performance as well as encryption metrics improving on NetFlow and probes. The company uses DPI technology and provides analytics, traffic management and policy/charging. In this manner, carriers are able to see what the packets are and ensure real-time traffic is not slowed and other traffic such as Dropbox is slowed if needed. One win of note earlier this year was Boingo, who installed their virtual CPE solution to manage customer experience at its wireless hotspots. Tags: bandwidth, networking, procera, rating, traffic Related tags: traffic, carriers Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries Talari Adds Firewall, Features to SD-WAN solution - Aug 16, 2016 SD-WAN Fuels Aryaka 150% Growth - Jul 13, 2016 SD-WAN, the Best Bang for Your IT buck - Apr 13, 2016 Level 3's SDN-Powered Instant-Bandwidth is here - Mar 13, 2016 InfoVista and Ipanema Technologies Poised to Enable New Carrier Services - May 27, 2015 CloudGenix Gets Funded to Fuel SD-WANs - May 12, 2015 Aerohive adds Ease of Use, Massive Dell Distribution Network - May 06, 2015 Why Cradlepoint is Poised for Growth - Mar 02, 2015 New Extreme Networks Solutions Aim to be Simple, Fast and Smart - Apr 03, 2014 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Wants to Boost Your Application Fluency - Apr 02, 2014 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: Procera Helps Carriers Shape Even Encrypted Traffic Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



IoT MVNO PodSystem Pledges More Partnerships and Not to Compete with Customers

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:22:57 -05002016-09-26T15:22:57-05:00

Business travelers get the idea of the single SIM card which allows global connectivity at reasonable pricing. I’ve written about companies like Gigsky, Xcom and Truphone before – providers of such SIM solutions which work across a number of global carriers. In the IoT space, the need is just as great – in fact, you might say it’s even greater. I say this because, when there is a potential glitch with a universal SIM solution which could happen occasionally, due to configuration errors and the like, a user can always revert to a local SIM or even their home SIM with roaming turned on. In the world of IoT, this is not an option… Things have to work, be cost-effective and of course support is still an issue so you need someone to pick up the phone if there is a problem. PodsystemM2M is an IoT MVNO and I recently sat down with Natasha Nader, Director Strategic Partnerships and Sam Colley, CEO to hear how their business has progressed since our recent video interview of late last year. One area of note is the solution is able to fall back on a secondary carrier if the primary has an issue. A nice touch - especially for mission-critical applications. src="http://www.tmcnet.com/tmc/videos/videoiframe.aspx?vid=11689&width=600&height=360" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> The company has a white label solution as well as a conventional one and they have integration with partners such as Ingenu. As a data connectivity provider for M2M/IoT, they differentiate themselves by being more nimble but still providing important features like 20 hours of phone support each day. Going forward, Podsystem expects to have more collaboration and partnerships with industry players but wants to steer clear of competing with customers – unlike what’s happening with some of the larger wireless players lately via their historic acquisitions. Tags: 4g, iot, lora, lte, m2m, mvno3g, podsystem, sim Related tags: solution, partnerships Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries MultiTech Intros New 4G-LTE Cat 1 and LoRa Solutions - Sep 26, 2016 Altair: LTE the Right Choice for M2M & IOT - Aug 26, 2014 Volubill Updates Charging and Policy Solutions at MWC2013 - Feb 25, 2013 Google Gmail VoIP, Cloud Computing and Other News August, 25 2010 - Aug 25, 2010 Book ITEXPO Now to Save Hundreds - Aug 04, 2010 Discounts for Communications and Technology Events at ITEXPO - Dec 31, 2009 ITEXPO East 2010 Hotel Block 131% Sold Out - Dec 28, 2009 Speaking at Adtran Event This Week - Nov 02, 2009 AT&T Drives IoT Growth via Channel Partners - Mar 23, 2016 How GigSky Made #MWC Easy for Me - Mar 09, 2016 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: IoT MVNO PodSystem Pledges More Partnerships and Not to Compete with Customers Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



MultiTech Intros New 4G-LTE Cat 1 and LoRa Solutions

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:16:26 -05002016-09-26T08:16:26-05:00

For anyone who worked with PCs during the 1980s they remember MultiTech as a major player in the world of modems. In a world where tech companies are acquired or go out of business seemingly faster than it takes the light from the screen you’re reading to reach your eyes, this company has innovated and stayed in essentially the same business they have always been in, helping machines communicate with one another. As the company continues to grow in what we now call the M2M or IoT space, I sat down with Sara Brown from the company to learn about the company’s IoT SocketModem Cell for 4G-LTE Cat 1.  Allowing upload speeds of 5 Mbps and download of up to 10 Mbps, it’s designed for 2G replacement as well as use in solar devices or others where power is scarce. In other news the company announced MultiConnect xDot, an ultra low-power endpoint module optimized to communicate over LoRa. The unit uses less than 2µA and even less in deep sleep. A word on range – vendors are telling me expect 1-3, possibly 5 km of range with this new protocol – theoretical is 15 but its not real-world. Sara also shared the battery drain from the device is likely lower than the battery’s own lifecycle meaning 5+ years of battery life is possible. My colleague Ken Briodagh has details about the news and more on MultiTech deploying a LoRa network in China.   Tags: 4g, iot, lora, m2m, multitech Related tags: company, battery, multitech, world Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries IoT MVNO PodSystem Pledges More Partnerships and Not to Compete with Customers - Sep 26, 2016 Altair: LTE the Right Choice for M2M & IOT - Aug 26, 2014 AT&T Drives IoT Growth via Channel Partners - Mar 23, 2016 IoT Time is Back! Amazon, Lemonbeat, Korea and More - Dec 01, 2015 2016 is the Year of IoT - Nov 20, 2015 BuckleMate Reduces Teen Injuries Through Smart Monitoring - Sep 24, 2015 Orbcomm Grows its M2M and IoT Leadership Position - Sep 14, 2015 Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World - Aug 31, 2015 VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps - Aug 31, 2015 IoT Has a Serious Image Problem - Here's Why - Aug 12, 2015 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: MultiTech Intros New 4G-LTE Cat 1 and LoRa Solutions Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:38:19 -05002016-09-25T20:38:19-05:00

There are perhaps four major cybersecurity incidents in my mind which are world-changing. The first is the OPM data breach which allowed China to get the most intimate secrets of virtually all federal employees – tens of millions of them. As I’ve described – this information, which is super top-secret and consists of sexual history could be used to blackmail U.S. workers. The next is the hack of the DNC. In addition, many of us expect a release of information before the 2016 election of Hillary Clinton’s homebrew server which consisted of top secret and classified documents. WikiLeak’s Julian Assange hinted at this – we’ll see what comes of it in the next month or so. Finally, almost as important as the above is the news of this past week – two major incidents caught my eye. Yahoo’s data breach of 500 million records set a record as the largest data breach in history – so far. The breach happened some time back and has already ensnared the company in a ton of lawsuits and its acquisition by Verizon is feeling the strain. If this wasn’t bad enough, a historic denial of service attack was unleashed via the Akamai network to Krebs on Security – a popular security blog. 665Gbps is the amount of sustained traffic the site had to deal with before Akamai shut it down. What is amazing about the hack is that many of the nodes sending the traffic were IoT based – cameras and the like. The one thing we know for sure is the growth of IoT devices is not slowing down and billions – tens of billions, hundreds of billions of these devices will be in use over the next decade or so. Your shirt, pants, virtually everything worth more than a few dollars could potentially produce web traffic and be taken over. Because of the news of this past week, two things are certain. People who use the same user name and password for many of their accounts are in a great deal of trouble – if they have a Yahoo! account. Hackers are no doubt trying to login to banks using the stolen Yahoo credentials. And on the DDoS front we know for sure that hackers have the ability to shut just about any site down at will using hijacked IoT devices. The state of cyber-in-security has never been worse and we wish we could predict this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week wasn’t part of an accelerating trend but we can’t. Tags: clinton, cybersecurity, dnc, iot, julian assange, opm, wikileaks, yahoo Related tags: terrible horrible, breach, security, billions, devices, yahoo Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries President Obama, After $400 Million, Where are Those Criminal Iranian Hackers ? - Aug 05, 2016 VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps - Aug 31, 2015 Clinton's BYOD Phones, E-mail Server May Achieve Bin Laden's Goal - Aug 20, 2015 It Hurts to Think it But Wikileaks is Media - Dec 04, 2010 GIPS Powers New Yahoo! Video Messenger - Aug 24, 2009 IoT MVNO PodSystem Pledges More Partnerships and Not to Compete with Customers - Sep 26, 2016 MultiTech Intros New 4G-LTE Cat 1 and LoRa Solutions - Sep 26, 2016 You Can Get Fired for Choosing Dropbox: A True Story - Sep 01, 2016 The New Threat: Drones Attacking Industrial Systems - Aug 05, 2016 Profit: The Real Reason Whitman is Backing Clinton - Aug 03, 2016 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



Jabra Halo Smart Wireless Stereo Headphones a Great iPhone 7 Companion

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:54:01 -05002016-09-09T14:54:01-05:00

Confirming months of rumors, Apple announced two new iPhone 7 models which have no headphone jacks. There are two schools of thought on this decision. The first is the headphone jack is antiquated and not necessary. The second, Apple wants to make more money and charge royalties for use of the Lightning connector. The reality leans far more towards the second option because if the headphone jack sucks so bad, Apple could introduce a complete line of Lightning headphones and the market would flock to them as they are far superior. A business decision: In other words this is a profit-boosting move for Apple and a pure PIA for customers. If you’re an Apple shareholder this is a good decision because the inconvenience won’t be enough to lose a lot of customers and Apple will mint money as manufacturers license Lightning adapters in greater numbers. They also own Beats which sells the majority of bluetooth headphones. Show me the money Tim: Heck, they’ll make tens or hundreds of millions just from selling adapters between the analog headphone jack and the Lightning connector. If you follow tech news at all – you were aware Apple was going in this direction and as a result I got a hold of a Jabra Halo Smart Wireless Stereo Headphones evaluation unit. The claim to fame of these headphones is the battery lasts for many hours – 17 or so. That’s pretty much the whole day. Quite impressive. I have yet to get through a whole day with any bluetooth headphones so I was quite excited about this new product. As advertised: In my review, listening to podcasts and music, I went a week without charging, listening from one to three hours each day. I did turn the unit off when not in use. Until I used these headphones, the measly battery life of bluetooth headphones was a constant issue. I got three to five hours at best. Then there is the inevitable in-ear fit issue… With the typical sports headphones, the battery sticks out of your ear meaning some increased pressure for them to come lose during exercise. The concern I had about using the Halo headphones was, would it be uncomfortable to have a neckband hanging around my neck all day. The answer, depends on the activity and the clothes you wear. A day in the life: In a t-shirt, the headphones are very comfortable… I hiked up mountains in Vermont, hit a speed bag, jogged through the woods, went through a full routine of lifting weights for all body parts and generally didn’t have any issues. I found that if you lie down, the neckband could feel uncomfortable if your body moved – for example if you performed leg raises, leg press, scissors, etc. Hitting a speed bag meant you would occasionally touch the wire which protrudes from the neckband and goes into your ears. If you perform triceps pull downs, the cable could rub against the headphone wire and possibly the neckband, depending on how bad your form is. When wearing a collared dress shirt and a jacket, it was occasionally uncomfortable to have the headphones underneath. None of these issues were deal-breakers for me… They are minor trade-offs I’m willing to make in exchange for such long battery life. What to like: What really stood out besides battery life is the dedicated Google Now/Siri button as well as the sound quality which provided deeper bass than typical in-ear bluetooth headphones. Also, when talking on the phone, the microphone did a great job filtering out wind – I had few issues with others hearing me. The earbuds are magnetic meaning you can clip them to the neckband when not in use – this didn’t work well for me. What worked better was clipping them together when not in use. A great feature is music automatically stopping when they touch and automatically answering calls when they are disconnected. This means less time fumbling for your phone.Another great feature is the headset vibrates when the[...]



You Can Now Use your Phone on the Plane

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:13:14 -05002016-09-09T14:13:14-05:00

The latest Windows 10 update makes it easier than ever to bring your mobile lifestyle onto an airplane. If you go into Settings and then Network & Internet, under Mobile hotspot, you can turn the service on and set a network name and password. As I write this on a Microsoft Surface Book, I decided to try the feature out. I then connected an iPhone and within a minute the phone rang. It was startling actually.You see I have Voice over WiFi enabled on the phone. I didn’t take the call but made another right away and could hear the other person clear as day. Apparently I sounded like I was atop Mt. Everest which actually makes a lot of sense. But its likely poor upload bandwidth to blame… Not the altitude. Of course I could have easily paid for two GoGo Wireless connections but it doesn’t make financial sense to have both devices on wireless if I am using one primarily. The good news is I can now get iMessages too. I am also streaming IHeartRadio via my phone to my Jabra headphones. Bottom line – there was a lot of buzz on the internet some years back when Andy Abramson found a way to make calls on a flight using Phweet. Once word got out, Aircell found a way to stop it. Apparently WiFi calling via iPhone is another loophole which allows people to make calls from up in the air. Hopefully GoGo doesn't read this post and decide to stop it. Tags: airline, airplane, flight, gogo, hotspot, wifi, wifi calling, wifi telephony, wireless Related tags: phone Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries I Finally Get On-board WiFi - May 18, 2009 Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California - Sep 17, 2014 Amtrak adds WiFi to Fight Disruptive Free Bus Internet - Jan 12, 2010 Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn - Oct 17, 2014 Boingo, GigSky, XCom: Why my Europe Connectivity was Awesome - Apr 23, 2014 Volubill Helps Carriers Deliver Enhanced Wireless Services - Mar 19, 2012 Taqua Leverages WiFi, Introduces Backhaul Product at MWC 2012 - Mar 10, 2012 Enough with the Airplane Gadget Ban - Dec 28, 2011 Verizon MiFi 4510L Mobile Hotspot Review - Dec 21, 2011 What if Someone is Trying to Steal This Data? - Oct 25, 2010 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: You Can Now Use your Phone on the Plane Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



You Can Get Fired for Choosing Dropbox: A True Story

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:08:00 -05002016-09-01T12:08:00-05:00

An MSP is contacted by a publicly traded company looking for help managing their IT. When the MSP goes to the company conference room to tell them about how they can protect their servers, the decision-maker explains they don’t have a need for servers, they are using Dropbox. The MSP is perplexed and explains there could be security issues with the cloud in general and it is safer to keep the data locally and have encrypted backups. The MSP is mocked – told Dropbox is safe and secure and that her old company had users on it and it works great. The MSP reiterated the concern and explained that her company which is under regulatory scrutiny shouldn’t take the risk. More mocking. Finally, the MSP explained that if a government agency requests their data from the cloud by going directly to the cloud vendor, it is possible they will never know about it. The MSP was told in response this isn’t important to them – they are using Dropbox. The MSP wasn’t chosen – the company likely went with an alternative vendor who just took the money and didn’t give the important advice they should have. Fast forward some months… Yesterday we learned 68,680,741 Dropbox account records were stolen. It is possible many Dropbox accounts were accessed and the data siphoned off by hackers. At this point it is unknown how much data was stolen. The compliance ramifications are potentially massive. The average cost of a data breach is $4 million! The company in question could have purchased a single HPE ProLiant DL385p Gen8 Server for about $2,500 and paid about $20,000 for labor and software needed to get it up and running. In other words, they would have saved just under $4M dollars! And this number doesn’t even take into account the cost of the cloud service. The cloud is amazing – it allows companies to live beyond their financial computing means as they don’t need to purchase as much hardware – the OPEX vs. CAPEX argument. But successful cloud vendors are also huge targets and for them, getting hacked is a matter of when not if. In such a scenario, companies should think twice before going to the cloud. This is why Morgan Stanley blocks Dropbox. The MSP in question is thinking of reaching back out to the prospect to see if they can sell them a server but they’ll most likely be out of business if their data was part of the breached information.What do you think about this story? Should the decision maker be fired? Tags: cloud, cybersecurity, dropbox, msp, opex, reseller, security Related tags: decision maker, using dropbox, dropbox, cloud, company, should Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries Politically Motivated Hackers Hit Nissan, Are You Prepared? - Jan 15, 2016 The New Threat: Drones Attacking Industrial Systems - Aug 05, 2016 Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable - Jun 20, 2016 API of the Week: Trulioo Provides Instant Identity Verification - Jun 13, 2016 Inside Dark Web Live Blog 2016 - May 11, 2016 Tadiran Aeonix UC: A Unique Play for the Channel and MSPs - Apr 11, 2016 AT&T Drives IoT Growth via Channel Partners - Mar 23, 2016 Inside Dark Web Conference: Why TMC Teamed with Alan Meckler - Mar 09, 2016 CyberFlow Analytics Detects Cybersecurity Breach Anomalies - Aug 17, 2015 Zocalo: Amazon Just Fired a Gun at Microsoft, Oracle and Dropbox - Jul 10, 2014 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: You Can Get Fired for Choosing Dropbox: A True Story Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



Talari Adds Firewall, Features to SD-WAN solution

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:01 -05002016-08-16T00:00:01-05:00

SD-WAN is another one of those growth areas in tech which often goes unnoticed. Some time back I went to visit Talari to learn about their solutions in the spaces – before the term was called SD-WAN. I named them one of the companies to watch in 2015 as a result.I actually first started interviewing the company in 2011 and we have had 6 other interviews with the company as well src="http://www.tmcnet.com/tmc/videos/videoiframe.aspx?vid=4498&width=600&height=360" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> Recently in Cloud Computing Magazine, my colleague Peter Radizeski wrote that cloud isn’t killing the hardware business. He went on to explain: SDN has made some gear go away; but it also means different hardware has to be purchased and deployed. SD-WAN will change the customer premises equipment as more of it will look like a white box appliance whose functionality is controlled by the service provider. Again, different hardware and functions are being deployed, but it is still hardware. Those managed services that will be deployed with SD-WAN are going to make NOC (network operation centers) important again. This is just another example of data center at the middle of the latest IT trend. In other words, SD-WAN continues to be a winner as there is a shift to cloud. There are many reasons for this and Cisco’s Kailem Anderson spells out a few of them: Oversubscribed MPLS circuits in the Enterprise: Estimates indicate that enterprise WAN utilization is typically in the 30-40% range this resulting in severe circuit wastage. Traffic bursts: Short bursts of intense traffic can degrade the performance for everyone A silo based approach to addressing WAN management: Solutions such as WAN optimization, application delivery controller, routers, and security devices are widely deployed today but only solve part of the problem. Management silos: Historically, different groups perform all of the management functions separately, such as visibility, performance, monitoring, optimization, and analytics. This can lead to long troubleshooting times and inefficient capacity planning. Another colleague of mine, Maurice Nagel writes on the TMCnet SD-WAN Resource online community that IDC projects the market will grow from its $225 million valuation in 2015 to $6 billion by 2020! Staggering growth. It’s for this reason many companies are getting aggressive. Earthlink for example has recently entered the space. Vonage is in the space and getting aggressive selling their solution.One of the first companies I’ve known in the space, Talari is also looking to grow more rapidly by introducing new solutions. Specifically, the newly released Adaptive Private Networking (APN) 5.2 and Aware 2.2 management software deliver an easy and flexible way for enterprises to deploy a Talari branch simplification solution. Notice the terminology – the SD-WAN solution has gone from a fixed-function device to one which helps simplify your branch office. I had an hour long interview with the company - Michele Hayes, Neil Abogado and Alex Ratcliffe to learn more and share with my community of readers. APN 5.2 extends the existing SD-WAN, routing and VPN capabilities to now include a stateful firewall, NAT, DHCP server, enhanced DHCP relay functions, and adaptive bandwidth discovery. The goal of course is to consolidate various boxes in one to reduce device sprawl. Talari Aware is the company’s the centralized management and its latest release, 2.2 supports all of the new capabilities being delivered in APN 5.2. Moreover, its zone-based firewall, supports policy-based filtering between services and security zones as well as static and dynamic NAT. It also features global security zones shared between Talari-enabled branches. The global definitions of security zon[...]



Silicon Valley Will Crush You!

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:51:08 -05002016-08-10T17:51:08-05:00

The amount of PR generated by tech companies mostly in Silicon Valley like Google, Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Tesla and Amazon is staggering. Tech companies seem to own the media. Even more interesting, companies that are less tech but still funded by the same backers as tech companies such as Andreessen Horowitz also seem to have a lock on the media. Case in point… A very novel company Nature’s Best has a drink called Java Pro. I haven’t tried it but I’ve been meaning to. It’s a meal replacement drink and coffee in one. It gets covered in publications like Muscle & Fitness but not on tech blogs and the like. Which is why when Soylent launched their new meal replacement beverage this week which also has coffee in it, I marveled at the media coverage. It was like Soylent invented the idea and the category. In other words, the VCs in this business seem to have to have the luxury of funding a company and having their association, increase the press such a company gets. Wired for example marveled at the beverage saying, “It’s a quick, healthy alternative to a drive-thru when you don’t have time for anything else.” There you have it, the built-in Silicon Valley advantage. How do companies outside this magical sphere of money and influence compete in such a world? Perhaps they can’t.Update: August, 23, 2016: As I was saying - the tech press continues to be enamored. Tags: java pro, meal replacement, silicon valley, soylent Related tags: silicon valley, companies, media, valley, silicon, company Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries EEOC Finds Silicon Valley filled with Racist, Sexist Criminals - May 27, 2016 TMC Conducting 100+ San Jose Video Interviews Next Week - Nov 06, 2015 A Candid Talk with Ford about Connected Cars and the Future - Mar 04, 2015 TMC San Jose Video Interviews 2012 - Aug 15, 2012 TMC Video News Crew out in San Jose Next Week - Jul 10, 2012 Is it Web 3.0 Time in the Valley? - Nov 09, 2011 Duh - Tech, Winning! - Apr 27, 2011 Austin, Texas Selected For ITEXPO West 2011 - Jan 27, 2011 The Most Important Elections of our Lives - Oct 24, 2010 Will Silicon Valley go to War with China? - Jan 12, 2010 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: Silicon Valley Will Crush You! Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



Tech Culture Will Separate Winners from Losers in The Digital Economy

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:32:24 -05002016-08-08T14:32:24-05:00

The 2016 Tech Culture Award winners have been announced The outlook for tech workers has perhaps never been brighter as top tech companies look to expand their footprint and bet on moonshot projects while traditional companies innovate through tech, in some cases, disrupting themselves. Google is becoming famous for driverless cars which for them is a moonshot project – one that could be a huge future revenue driver. In response, BMW, the company famous for its tagline, “Ultimate Driving Machine,” is changing to get ready for a world where cars aren’t driven. Klaus Froehlich, the head of research and development at BMW, told Reuters software engineers will make up 50% of the department within 5 years, an increase from today’s 20%! Kia is investing £1.4 billion over the next 2 years to meet the same challenge. Every company has become a tech company. Fracking which has been boosted by big data allows oil to be produced as cheaply as $2.50 per barrel! GE is becoming a software company focusing on IoT among other areas. J&J is a tech company and so on. In this new world, software engineers will be the new assets which allow companies to thrive and grow into new areas. Building and sustaining the ideal tech culture will separate winners from losers in the digital economy. Understanding where things are going, my company TMC and our website TMCnet launched the first-ever 2016 Tech Culture Award winners. After pouring over submissions from dozens of companies consisting of hundreds of pages of perks, growth rates, collaboration tools and so on, we’ve named and graded our winners. The companies selected were given grades ranging from B to A+. Nice Systems received the only A++ because their culture is really that good. Telstra’s Australia office received an A but we felt the New York office deserved an A+. It is our hope that the annual Tech Culture Award becomes the industry standard measure which separates the truly best environments worth competing for. If your real-word experience agrees with what we’ve presented or differs, we want to know about it. Please respond in the comments below each entry. Tags: culture, nice systems, tech, tech culture, tech culture award, telstra Related tags: culture award, losers digital, separate winners, digital economy, software engineers, culture Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries New Award Helps Attract Tech Workers in a Competitive Market - Feb 01, 2016 Tech Culture Awards Status - Jun 27, 2016 10 Takeaways from Successful Twilio IPO - Jun 22, 2016 The Alex St. John Wage-Slave Debate Sh*t-Storm I Created - Apr 21, 2016 Tech to Eliminate Fast Food Minimum Wage Workers - May 21, 2015 How TextGen Converges Texting with Service - Mar 07, 2014 ITEXPO] Win this Mustang at ITEXPO Miami 2014 - Jan 29, 2014 ITEXPO Setup in Progress - Jan 27, 2014 In Defense of Capitalism - Jul 30, 2012 What UCONN Engineering School Advances Mean to New Students - May 21, 2012 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: Tech Culture Will Separate Winners from Losers in The Digital Economy Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



President Obama, After $400 Million, Where are Those Criminal Iranian Hackers ?

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 18:40:14 -05002016-08-05T18:40:14-05:00

Why did we ship a fortune to our mortal enemy and not get the indicted cybercriminals living in Iran who attacked us, in return? The U.S. is in a cyberwar. It's common knowledge. If you did have a doubt, it was reported today that The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as the Islamic State.The challenge with cyberattacks is you often can't figure out who specifically is doing the attacking. When you actually can figure it out, it is a fantastic opportunity to set an example so others don't follow in their footsteps.This past March, Iranian hackers were indicted in the U.S. because they attacked financial institutions and a dam in Rye, New York. The seven accused were believed to have been working on behalf of Iran's government and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. No one expected the Iranian government to hand them over so the press conference seemed to be designed to show the government is doing something about nation-sponsored cyberattacks. The implication was - we will eventually get these people. src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Jv0D3juEek" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"> Attorney General Loretta Lynch said they conspired together and with others to conduct a series of cyberattacks in all which cost the victims tens of millions of dollars. She went on to say these attacks harmed hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S.Identifying these people is what the security industry would consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.All we needed now was leverage - something of value to give in exchange for these people who attacked us.This week, we found out that we sent Iran $400 million dollars in an unmarked plane, at night and in untraceable foreign currency. Obviously, in exchange for all this cash, we could name our price - get anything we wanted, right? There is potential proof that this money was given in exchange for four hostages – which president Obama denies. But if the money wasn’t in exchange for the hostages, why did we not get the cyber-attackers? The biggest threat this country faces is cyberattacks. Ransomware is just one problem – we learned this week that drones can be used to sabotage industrial systems. The Dark web is making it easy for Russian and Chinese hackers to learn from each other and further allows “state sanctioned” hackers for hire to attack the U.S. from a distance. The OPM hack by China puts in the hands of this government, all federal workers – including spies and further, the database had their personal information such as lovers, sexual secrets, where they work and more. Any foreign government could use this data against American citizens at any time. For example, in the South China Sea where China and the U.S. don’t see eye-to-eye on the islands which China constructed and turned into military bases. If we have an aircraft carrier nearby, the Chinese government would likely know who is on the boat and can also find out about their families via simple Google searches. This information can be used to blackmail anyone on the boat. A simple threat to someone’s kids or spouse will make them think twice before following orders. In short, one hack has altered our national security landscape making us far less secure. And when we had a chance to set an example. To get a hold of hackers who attacked private companies and public infrastructure, potentially endangering American lives, we did nothing. One wishes something as crucial as this got the media coverage it deserves but instead, the top political news of the day and I k[...]



New Skype Spock Chatbot Dissapoints

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:35:04 -05002016-08-05T11:35:04-05:00

Lets thank Microsoft for the new Spock chatbot but ask they go back to the drawing board. I spent a few minutes communicating with the young pre-ambassador only to come away baffled by the experience. Sure, its a great idea but the responses - at least the ones I saw didn't make much sense. Check it out below.

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    The New Threat: Drones Attacking Industrial Systems

    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:02:38 -05002016-08-05T11:02:38-05:00

    We’ve discussed how recreational drones can be used as murder weapons in the past but drones can also be used in ways which businesses and governments should find quite disturbing. At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Yokogawa Senior Principal Tech Specialist Jeff Melrose explained there are numerous drone-related problems to be concerned about: They can be used to block sensors in factories such as those monitoring temperature. They can block radio signals using a jammer or similar device making a factory and IoT devices unable to communicate or perhaps communicate erratically. They can be used to trail a vehicle at up to 25 MPH. They can infiltrate computer networks – attacking WiFi as well as bluetooth mice and keyboards to get into a network.   src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GnZXKghyABg" width="480" height="360" frameborder="0"> In addition, the Marines have a drone which can best be described as a mini-tank, capable of firing guns and launching grenades. It comes in two sizes – the large one can potentially fire 3,000 rounds per minute! In all, the world is becoming a more challenging place with new threats emerging on a regular basis. Perhaps of greater concern is cybersecurity breaches are easier to pull off than the industrial sabotage outlined above. In other words, attackers will likely focus on cyber first and the physical world second. When they can’t get into a system through the internet, they can resort to flying in a gadget to wreak havoc. See also:  Three Must-Watch Cybersecurity TED Talks Drones have potential for industrial sabotage Drones: A Hacker's New Favorite Toy? Tags: cybersecurity, drone, drones, espionage, security Related tags: industrial sabotage, drones, industrial Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting - Aug 31, 2015 You Can Get Fired for Choosing Dropbox: A True Story - Sep 01, 2016 API of the Week: Trulioo Provides Instant Identity Verification - Jun 13, 2016 Inside Dark Web Live Blog 2016 - May 11, 2016 Inside Dark Web Conference: Why TMC Teamed with Alan Meckler - Mar 09, 2016 Politically Motivated Hackers Hit Nissan, Are You Prepared? - Jan 15, 2016 CyberFlow Analytics Detects Cybersecurity Breach Anomalies - Aug 17, 2015 The Drone War Hits the White House - May 14, 2015 How SmartSenseCom uses Microphones to Detect Drone Threats - Apr 29, 2014 Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week - Sep 25, 2016 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: The New Threat: Drones Attacking Industrial Systems Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]



    Profit: The Real Reason Whitman is Backing Clinton

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:41:35 -05002016-08-03T17:41:35-05:00

    HPE is a leading user of outsourced workers and skilled immigrantsPeople generally vote their own self-interest and in most cases they align themselves with the party which best matches these interests. This isn't always the case but seems to hold up as a general rule.Eric Schmidt for example backed President Obama and as a result they aren't dealing with the antitrust issues they are faced with in Europe. In addition to other perks they have received unprecedented White House access. Google has visited Obama at least 128 times! Defense contractors in the top 50 in total, visited the White House only 89 times in the same period!Donald Trump has stated he will drastically reduce illegal immigration and even legal immigration from much of the world. In addition, he has threatened to stop companies from moving work overseas.The simple law of supply and demand tells us the less workers there are, the more the salary will be for each. In other words, wages are being suppressed by a glut of labor.The issue came up recently in an ad run by a pro-Trump PAC where Clinton says in a speech to an Indian group that there is no way to stop outsourcing. src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WYBJZIfZYq8" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0">Silicon Valley needs cheap labor. They are huge outsources and use contract manufacturers who typically make things in places like China.Specifically, last year HPE CEO Meg Whitman said she would offshore 60% of the workforce in her consulting business.One imagines a Trump administration would make life very difficult for a company which intentionally hurts U.S. workers. As a result, Meg Whitman voted with her company's pocketbook. She did the right thing for HPE shareholders by throwing her support behind Clinton.The question now is whether American workers realize what the difference will be in a Trump versus Clinton administration - the former will do his best to protect American jobs while the latter will allow jobs to continue to flow out of the country and be taken by lower cost immigrants.The Whitman endorsement is important for Clinton and comes during a week where Trump is under assault from the media. Still, if his campaign is able to explain what happened here, his views could get even more support from the typical American worker worried about losing their job.Check out America's Oligarchs Support Clinton Almost Unanimously for more. Tags: clinton, hp, hpe, meg whitman, outsourcing, trump Related tags: white house, support clinton, clinton, trump, whitman, workers Follow me: Facebook Profile Google+ Profile Twitter Profile Related Entries Will the Clinton Vs. Trump Outsourcing War hurt your Business? - Jul 27, 2016 Prediction: Meg Whitman Lasts at HP 12 Months Max - Sep 22, 2011 Trump's Twitter Lead is the Real Force That's Awakened - Jan 04, 2016 HP's March into Simplifying NFV - May 22, 2015 TMC's New NFV News and Analysis Site - Jun 12, 2013 Intel Finally Gets Mobile? - May 17, 2012 HP: 50% of Organizations Use Non-IT Sanctioned Clouds - Apr 24, 2012 A Contrarian View on The Apple/Foxconn Labor Situation - Apr 05, 2012 HP Itanium Feud with Oracle Hurts Customers Most - Jun 09, 2011 Cisco Lowers Umi Price as Margins Become a Bigger Concern - Mar 10, 2011 TrackBacks | Comments | Tag with del.icio.us | Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Home | Permalink: Profit: The Real Reason Whitman is Backing Clinton Copyright Communications and Technology Blog - Tehrani.com Sponsored by Apex Technology Services, a leading IT Services company[...]