Find out the true cost of moving to IP telephony before making any final decision, because it is rare to find companies that have actually achieved any real savings, according to Ericsson enterprise division director Chris Pattas. Claiming he is yet to find an organization that delivered ROI by moving to VOIP, Pattas said it isn't simply about the cost of the handset; the public network is still not IP ready.
SunGard Availability Services' track record in the area of business continuity looks pretty impressive. The company's Web site says SunGard does 350,000 hours of business continuity consulting each year, has written 10,000 disaster recovery (DR) plans, and can be credited with more than 1,500 successful recoveries! Dave Palermo, SunGard's vice-president, marketing, shares some of these strategies in this exclusive interview with Warren Lee.
3Com next week will introduce software that uses switches as enforcement points to shut down attacks on business networks, making it possible for users to quarantine infected machines that propagate malicious code. New software for the company's TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System lets the IPS intervene if individual machines violate security policies. The package requires no dedicated quarantine client on each device, which would require administration time to distribute, configure and maintain.
Foundry Networks Inc. this week launched a router and switch products aimed at the core and edge of carrier metropolitan area networks. The NetIron Internet and Metro Router (IMR) 640 is targeted at the networks of service providers interested in providing MPLS VPN services over metropolitan arena networks based on Ethernet technology. Foundry also introduced its NetIron 2404, for aggregating Ethernet services and MPLS VPN traffic at the MAN edge. Foundry is also targeting the switch platforms at very large enterprises and university customers interested in building metro area backbones with carrier switching capabilities.
Bell Canada recently rolled out its High Speed Metro Service, a managed, metropolitan wavelength offering, designed to appeal to large organizations requiring big bandwidth transfers within downtown Toronto or downtown Ottawa.