Friday, August 31, 2007

Most Popular Cell Phone Plan....Simple...A Family Plan

The culture of the cell phone continues unabated....with the most popular cell phone plan becoming the family cell phone plan. This shouldn't be a surprise considering the many choices available .... and the great deals a multiple phone plan can offer today's family .

Ensuring that every member of the family can be instantly connected .... via voice and/or text .... has gone beyond the basic need for emergency communication. The downward trend in pricing opens up more possibilities for features that were previously considered luxury's. Now .... just having the basics isn't enough. Nor does it need to be.

It seems that every cell phone model can be had as part of a family plan. Plus .... every cell phone provider is offering deals that make outfitting the family more affordable than it's ever been.

For the process of finding just the right family plan .... including the best combination of both cell phone model AND provider plan .... you no longer have to hunt and peck online or hop from one mall kiosk to another.

Now there's an online tool available to you where you can find pricing details for every cell phone available in your location .... specials, rebates, family plans, and so on .... and take advantage of the deal you find by ordering right there. This free online tool evens shows accessories (Chargers and Batteries, Cases and Holsters, Bluetooth, Memory and Data, Faceplates & Covers, Headsets, Value Bundles, Wireless Signal Boosters, and more). It's as simple as searching by your zip code.

To get started using this amazing cell phone search and compare tool yourself .... simply click here....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

How Should Converged IP Networks Evolve?

How should converged IP networks evolve? A very interesting question that has an answer in the way the Telecom standard bodies, network equipment vendors, and the industry as a whole are moving currently. IMS is potentilly one of these directions, and it is a possible direction if the business case supports it. We don't need another WAP or 3G/UMTS hype again. Unlike baseball fields, if you build it, they definitely don't come. Case in point, one very world famous large Mobile Operator stated in its annual report that it would take seventeen years to make a return on the investment made on 3G/UMTS. Seventeen years!!!

Should Cellular be part of this converged IP network evolution? It already is part of it... especially in the Core and Transport parts of the network, and slowly in the Radio Access Network (although I have seen some interesting developments from Cisco in this area).

How can this be achieved? Well, I don't think there is enough space here to start the discussion in detail, but it starts with an internal discussion within your company about cost savings, innovation and what you are trying to achieve by this effort within the overall business strategy of the company.

For example, there are cost savings that can be obtained by consolidating various IP/MPLS back-bone networks in your organization, followed by the organizational operations and systems needed to support and maintain this consolidation. Why? Due to M&A growth in your company, it makes more sense to have one consolidated IP/MPLS back-bone and one consolidated operations than various separate ones. Of course this is a simplistic first start, but a first start towards many more objectives that would have been discussed internally within your company on "why" and "what" as mentioned earlier.

For most (successful) Carriers/Operators, it's about innovation through enhanced capabilities for the future, while obtaining cost savings through organisational consolidation followed by technology convergence.

I think people are too focused on the technical side of converged IP networks, when in my opinion this is not that important, but rather the business transformation needed to deal with converged IP network evolution is ignored or forgotten. This is the hard part where more questions should be asked because this is where the bulk of the issues and problems exist.

In reality there's two different IP convergences going on right now.

First there's the infrastructure convergence. Carriers are quickly realizing the value of a packet switched infrastructure over the traditional circuit switched architectures. For example pretty much every carrier is, has, or will be converting from circuit switched ss7, to ss7 over IP. But the driving factor isn't so much evolution of the design, as it is trying to find cost saving ways to implement the design. Similarly while cellular carriers are starting to block services such as Skype, they're implementing carrier class VoIP to connect their major switching centers to make better use of the circuits they already have.

Second, the other convergence going on is with the customer data. The reason I separate these, is the customer IP data for the most part is tunneled through the wireless infrastructure. While routing of that data is going on, that routing is not based on what data the customer is using. For a wireless device, http traffic and wap traffic traverse the network identically. So where is the convergence here? I think we're just starting to see carriers open up to evolving this part of the network. An example of this type of convergence is with T-Mobile's 'hot spot at home' offer, where your device can make voice calls over wifi from an access point at home, or through the cellular network. To be able to hand off from what is largely still a circuit switched call to a VoIP gateway through the internet is a big step forward.

In a world where carriers make a penny or two per minute of use, I believe it's the carriers who think outside the box who will lead the way. When they learn to leverage cheap outside IP resources (wifi hotspots like above) to bolster their expensive network core then everyone can benefit.

The simple answer... is that IP networks don't care about the transport. SIP (session initiation protocal) and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) provide a way that transport providers such as telecoms who previously shunned application connectivity and API's can now offer integration with a large range of applications and network attached computers. In that context, the IMS layer knows who you are and what kind of network attached computer you're using at the moment, whether that be a PC or a mobile handheld. User experience can then be delivered relative to the capabilities of the device

3GPP and ETSI are working on an architecture called IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). This is an architecture to manage network infrastructure in a technology agnostic way to provide a standard way to provision services on top of IP and other network technologies.

Think of it as the SS7/IN standard which allowed the development sophisticated services (number portability, non-geographic numbers etc...) on top of the standard telephony infrastructure.

What IMS will do is effectively abstract out the network technology from the perspective of the user applications.

Though IMS was initially developed by 3GPP... which is a mobile/cellular standards group..... it was quickly adopted by ETSI TISPAN for wireline purposes with some tweaks. Both groups work closely now. IMS has gained a lot of interest from both wireless and wireline operators.

Consequently it's not necessary to worry so much about where IP convergence will go. The impetus to standardise on IP across the board was driven by the need to reduce complexity and gain consistent network services. IMS acts as an abstraction layer and thus to a certain extent deflects the drive for IP convergence. Having said that the cost savings achievable and capacity gains from a uniform network technology platform is still a powerful driver. Given that IP is here and works well, the convergence will continue.

Much of what we have in place now was developed as "art of the possible", meaning best with the technology available at the time.

Once we have invested large amounts of longterm infrastructure capital, there is a damping effect on change. The telephone system is a good example of this - synchronous, highly optimized (channelized and compressed) and "service-ized" (it costs more to print and send the phone bill than it does to provide the actual connection).

Having said this, it is clear that converged IP networks will occur slowly as benefits are realized by the operators. For example, lots of backbone voice traffic is carried on IP but done over a SONET infrastructure.

Following up on cellular - again we have huge investment, international road maps, and vested interests. If we were just starting cellular deployment in 2007 (given WiFi and related technology) would we build it the way it is? Probably not, but we have an existing infrastructure that must play.

The good side of this effect is that things like VoIP were well thrashed out before they were deployed (I'm not talking about Skype or Vonage here).

IP will generally rule. It is designed to work over just about anything (smoke signals anyone?) and has a proven track record. I think the improvements will come in the "routing" protocols rather then in the "routed" protocols ....so there is plenty of room for innovation during periods of wider convergence.

Should MPLS be part of the converged IP network solution you're looking for to meet your specific infrastructure application...I recommend using the free consultative services at ....

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If you're convergence solution leans toward an IP network infrastructure (e.g. VoIP based)....I recommend taking advantage of the free assistance at ....

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Monday, August 27, 2007

How To Choose A DS3 or OC3 Bandwidth Provider For Your Network Application

Deciding which DS3 or OC3 bandwidth provider will best serve your network architecture requirements can be a complex process. Consultation during this process can be invaluable. Especially, if this consultation is unbiased, free, and without obligation.

[Note: DS3 is also known as T3]

DS3-Bandwidth.com provides free consultation.....and because we are the authorized agent for all 20 of the top DS3 and OC3 providers in the country (US only), our advice is without bias. Other than our goal to ensure that the customer receives the best possible service, for the best possible price, we do not favor any one provider over the others.

As we assist customers to determine which provider will best meet their network infrastructure needs, many factors are considered. Four of the most important of these factors include customer application need, proximity of the customer to the provider, provider perception of competition from other providers, and type of services offered by the provider.

DS3 and OC3 prices are significantly affected by the distance the customer is from the facilities of the provider. As a general rule, the closer the customer’s business is to the provider’s point of presence (PoP), the lower the price will be for their DS3 or OC3 service. The farther the customer is from the PoP of a provider, the higher the price will be. For this reason, DS3 and OC3 service can be very expensive in rural isolated areas.

Regarding price.....if a provider perceives that the customer will only be talking to them, or that the customer is unaware of the provider’s competition, then their prices can often be from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars a month higher than they would be if the provider perceives that they are being compared to a competitive market.

All providers which we represent understand up front that their offerings and prices are being compared to all other major providers, in real time, and on the same easy to read quote chart, with best prices listed first.

For this reason the same provider who might quote much higher if you go directly to them.....will often provide much more competitive quotes when they quote through us. This means it's to your advantage to have us working for you....where your best interests are always at the forefront.

It is also important to note that there are several types of DS3 and OC3 service. These include such categories as data (internet), local (local phone service), long distance voice, integrated, bonded, fractional, channelized integrated, dynamic integrated, and point-to-point.

The type of DS3 or OC3 service which will best serve you will depend on the specific needs of your business....in other words your intended network "application". Most DS3 and OC3 providers will specialize in a few of these types of DS3 and OC3 bandwidth solutions, and some cannot offer all of them. We'll know who and can sift through that maze for you.

Unfortunately, if you are working directly with a provider, and they are not able to provide the service you need, they will often attempt to convince you that you need a service they offer. In other words....providers are commonly biased toward the services they offer, rather than impartially recommending a service your company may actually need.

Until the development of our patented comparison tool, discerning which providers could offer the best prices for the service needed was an arduous process that could involve weeks of research. With our tool and process however, any customer can obtain real-time comparative service availability, and pricing, for the top 20 DS3 and OC3 providers in the US within seconds.

With DS3-bandwidth.com, you simply list the product you are searching for with the address and phone number of your business or install location(s), and instantly you are provided availability and comparative price quotes. With no obligation to buy.

To take advantage of this service for your network application(s) visit our website:

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As mentioned earlier......our consultation is free, unbiased and without obligation.


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Friday, August 24, 2007

How Do You Improve WAN Application Performance?

Let's say you are a CIO of a company with established WAN infrastructure and are getting complaints from the users .....that the applications are sluggish. Will you contact the network vendor (e.g. Cisco, Juniper), invest in WAN accelerators (e.g. Packeteer, Riverbed), or hire a consulting firm to investigate? What will you do to resolve the situation?

To start....take a step back and take a deep breath. You're jumping the gun suggesting the WAN is responsible. More information is needed.

The moral of the story....get data first.

Find out what is the performance of specific actions when the client is running in the same building as the application server.

Repeat that for a client in various other locations and compare the results.

This may point to specific WAN links to check. In other words what are the bandwidths and response times across different segments. [Are some locations longer than others, does distance seem to play a part, is there one specific congestion point.]

It may also point out the need to analyze the client traffic flow. Does the application require 100+ round trips between the client and server (over the WAN) for even the simplest of actions? Something like this can only be solved by changing the application. (Don't care who the providers are. You can't do much about the speed of light around the globe that many times.)

So part of the answer is......asking any specific vendor to "fix" it before you know what "it" is will waste your time.

The short answer is.....get data, analyze it, then fix.

Performance problems can be attributable to the network, the servers, the database(s) and applications themselves, so its important to step back and look at the complete infrastructure including the applications and all their components before assuming the WAN is the culprit.

Ask yourself......

- What is the current “end-user experience” for business applications in terms of performance and availability?

- What is the current response time contribution of client, network and server tiers?

- What are the current resource utilization levels on the critical servers that support the business?

- What is the current utilization of network resources (i.e., WAN links) and which applications are using the most bandwidth?

- Which servers, workstations and business locations represent the “top talkers” on the network?

If you believe that you already have these questions answered.....and your primary suspect is still WAN performance.....you need to ask whether you have sufficient bandwidth for the application traffic traversing the WAN and/or whether the problem applications are suitable for WAN deployment in the first place. (A chatty 2-tier database app is not going to scale well across the WAN no matter how much h/w you throw at it).

A network monitoring tool that can help deliver a comprehensive network asessment over a period of time, be it peak volume traffic a 24hr work day or busy business period, can help you understand the worst offenders. Once you know who they are you can do two things .....

- look at the network readiness for the application(s)

- look at the applications themselves to determine whether they are optimized for your environment.

If the issue is just bandwidth, the question becomes how much more do I need? A network profiling tool with predictive capabilities can help you assess the impact of network changes on application performance and whether more bandwidth or reduced latency will solve the problem.

If latency is an issue you may seriously have to look at the problematic applications in question to see whether they are suitable for WAN deployment. The same profiling capability from above can help you determine the effects of less round-trips between client and server(s) allowing you to determine the cost/benefits between changing the application or the infrastructure.

Dont just thow accelerators at it however without first knowing what the problem is. They may be a waste of money for certain applications and not solve the problem.

This is a typical issue for most organizations at some point in time and I would follow the steps below to resolve it.

First, define and quantify the problem. Poor WAN application performance can be the results of many things; lack of bandwidth, failing network gear, telecom vendor issues, poor application design, unanticipated network demand. The symptoms of the problems need to be documented. Does it happen at a particular time of the day or is it constant? Does it occur when a certain application is running? Which users are effect? What nodes on the WAN are effected? Is it a localized issue or does it seem to effect several locations? Have there been a changes made to the WAN recently (new hardware, new applications, new telecom vendors, etc).

To be able to define the issue you have to start collecting good information to help in the process. Places to start collecting information would include:

- Help desk. Great source for defining symptoms of the issue.

- Network Gear. Routers, Switches, CSU/DSU logs can be reviewed for problem identification.

- Telecom vendors. Especially for shared networks (frame relay, atm, etc) they will be able to provide statistics on burst rates and usage.

- User Interviews. Some users don’t log all their problems

Through these sources you should be able to characterize the problem. And the nature of the problem will dictate the solution. Some problems and solutions would include....

- Poorly Designed WAN Application. Possible solutions are; re-work the application, move servers in network topology, increase WAN bandwidth or use terminal server software (i.e. Citrix). The band aid and no brainer approach is to use Citrix and take the WAN out of the equation.

- Poor Telecom Vendor support. Possible solutions are changing out Telecom vendors or have them re-engineer the links. For example, move from Frame Relay to Point-to-Point topology. But be careful. Most of the time the last mile is usually the same physical medium which may be the problem. Meaning changing topology would not help.

- Limited Bandwidth. The possible solution is increasing bandwidth. Sometimes natural organizational growth and uses of the WAN account for the poor WAN performance and you have to buy more bandwidth. Or, once again, you can limit this growth by falling back to using Citrix or maybe relocating servers.

- Failing network gear. The possible solution would primarily be either replacing components or the whole piece of equipment. This is the one situation you might want to consult with an outside expert depending on the level of skill you have internally.

- Odd situations. There are always the unusual situations. For example; I have seen WANs slow down when people start to email around MPEGs. This is more of a policy issue.

The bottom line is sometimes you may have to bring a consultant in. But in many situations, by using common sense, you can determine the cause and solution to the problem internally.

Should analysis show that increased bandwidth is warranted....you can obtain no cost assistance in finding the right bandwidth solution for your specific application at

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Their no cost support covers T1, DS3, OC3, OC12, OC48, OC192, MPLS, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet in all possible configurations....fractional, full, bonded, integrated, point-to-point, private, etc.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

More Thoughts On Ethernet Service Providers [Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet] ....

In the end, the goal (in my opinion & observation) is to use ethernet as a straightforward and common medium for access to the routed IP core. The services that are mapped onto the Ethernet link can (and will) be the existing corporate data services such as PPP/ML-PPP, some FR or ATM IMA, and much HDLC-framed traffic from the premise equipment which is dominantly Cisco premise routers. But instead of the T1s or NxT1s, an ethernet based offering allows more flexible provisioning of increased Bandwidth over time (without truck rolls, delays, etc) since the pipe is no longer in archaic denominations of a TDM or SONET "currency".

Some of the other real implementation considerations surround the mapping of QoS parameters from legacy to Ethernet...... and to the operational considerations such as OAM and provisioning.

While the benefits of using ethernet for access are clear, I think that the expectations are quite varied, as are the different customer needs and environments. At the same time, there is a lot of hype and confusion out there.

For more insights and heads up on an excellent resource to help navigate the confusing waters of business network decisions....with regards to Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet.....read this Broadband Nation post:

Comparing Ethernet Service Providers [Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet] ....And MUCH More

Again, if you're looking for ethernet service of any kind...you owe it to yourself to save time, effort, money, and headaches by using this free resource:

Ethernet Service

However, if ethernet just won't cover your network application needs....than take advantage of the free assistance for T1, DS3, OC3, OC12, and OC48 bandwidth solutions at: DS3 Bandwidth

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Comparing Ethernet Service Providers [Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet] ....Cost And MUCH More

It seems the buzz in today's IT world is all about ethernet....Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet in particular.

With that in mind....if your business is looking to:

* ....move into a building with existing carrier facilities.

* ....substantially upgrade your current broadband connections.

* ....establish a direct relationship with a provider without the local Bell in the equation.

* ....find a carrier who provides QoS (Quality of Service) guarantees. Since the carrier you select is in complete control of your connection, it is much easier for them to provide QoS.

* ....gather information that will be helpful in the planning stages of broadband deployment for a new real-estate development.

.....than we have an amazing resource for you.

Compare Ethernet Service Providers

The free resource web site, powered by next generation GeoQuote software and Google maps, enables the general public to search for lit buildings where carriers have a physical presence. The results are displayed on a dynamically generated map for easy viewing. There's also a ton of material explaining the background and application of ethernet technology for those who need it.

Ethernet will be in five years what T1s are now - the standard for commercial broadband. Ethernet allows customers to connect DIRECTLY to the carrier's network at speed of 10 mbps to 10 gbps for under $20 per meg. That's a huge savings over existing connections......you get more for your buck.

The problem with ethernet is it's availability. Never before have carriers ever disclosed where they have their expensive fiber that makes ethernet possible. These carriers have now entrusted this highly valuable information to us for use with the above resource tool.

Combining the database of "lit buildings" we've received from XO, Level3, MegaPath, Telnes, Time Warner Telecom, Nuvox, One Communications, and Cavalier (with many more coming soon) and Google maps, we created a visual research tool that will foster interest in ethernet service..... as well as assist companies looking to relocate find office space close to an ethernet service provider.

Why is Ethernet the future?

Ethernet is, quite simply, plugging your network directly into a telecom provider's network. When you bypass the local phone company you cut out an expensive transport step. Having direct access to customers is a carrier's goal as it allows them to control the user's experience from end to end while reducing cost. These savings are passed on to you.

"The market for managed Ethernet services is expected to grow by 30 per cent a year until 2010, when it will top $25 billion (£12.3bn) worldwide." Infonetics Research - July 2007

"Over time, Ethernet will overwhelm SONET in the MAN/WAN market. Ethernet is cheaper, has better economies of scale and allows for simpler, more unified networks. Ethernet is at the gates, and it's coming in." Greg Collins - July 2007 Business Communications Review Magazine

So if you're looking for ethernet service of any kind...you owe it to yourself to save time, effort, money, and headaches by using this free resource:

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Friday, August 17, 2007

How To Find A Mitel Networks Dealer

How To Find A Mitel Networks Dealer

If you're looking for any type of Mitel networking equipment....and especially if you're looking for a certified Mitel dealer in your area.....here's an excellent resource that will save you time (AND money).

Mitel Networks

Using the search capability from this online resource will help find you the best qualified Mitel IP, digital voice, and analog voice hardware dealers in your immediate area. Their search tool will only gather just enough information to enable the dealers in your area to get in contact with you. There is no pressure or commitment in any way - this is a completely free service that helps buyers contact the most appropriate (and nearest) dealer.

Mitel is a progressive technology company whose focus is voice solutions in IP, digital and analog phones. For example, the Mitel 3100, Mitel 5340, Mitel 3300, Mitel SX-2000 PBX communications system, Mitel SX-200 ICP, Mitel 200 ICP, Mitel 3600 Hosted Key System, Mitel 5201 IP Phone, and Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform , includes many features that businesses today rely upon: integrated auto-attendant, router and power sensitive hub, voicemail, IP telephony, and more. However, in order to purchase Mitel products, you need to contact an authorized dealer; someone who has been extensively trained and educated in the Mitel product set.

But not to worry, the resource tool above has already searched those partners out for you and ranked them in order using their "best fit" algorithm - which includes customer service surveys, product matches, and other search criteria.

So...whatever you need from Mitel you'll find. Right at your finger tips.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bandwidth Chart and Bandwidth Calculator Resource

Here's a very helpful little resource that will tell you just about anything you want to know about any standard or common bandwidth...... as well as associated bandwidth application(s) and devices.

This resource will help you calculate, convert and compare bandwidth/bit rate/throughput for a wide variety of devices. You can use it to calculate bottlenecks..... and convert between units.

No matter what you're looking for you should find it here:

Bandwidth Calculator

Simply clicking on any one of the listed bandwidths in this resource will take you directly to the Bandwidth calculator for that particular bandwidth level/application/device.

The categories included are........

NETWORK

* Network Standards (wired)........

- LAN......Token Ring, Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet

- Telephone Modem.....9600 baud Modem, 14.4 Kbps Modem, 28.8 Kbps Modem, 56 Kbps Modem, 128K ISDN Modem

- Broadband......Cable Modem, 512K ADSL Modem, 4Mbit ADSL (<2 km), VDSL Modem (<1 km), VDSL Modem (<500 m)

- WAN.....T1 Network, T3 (DS3) Network, OC1 (optical), OC3 (optical), OC12 (optical), OC48 (optical)

- Musical Instrument....MIDI, mLAN (IEEE1394)

* Wireless/Mobile.......

- Close Range.....Bluetooth 1.1, Wireless USB

- Infrared....IrDA SIR, IrDA FIR (fast), IrDA VFIR (very fast)

- WiFi....802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g (extreme G), 802.11n

- GSM .....GSM Data (CSD), GSM Data (HSCSD), GPRS Data, EDGE (3G)

- CDMA.....WCDMA Data

* Hosting Bandwidth Allowance.......

- Shared Hosting.....Typical ISP Bandwidth, 1and1.com Shared Hosting, Bluehost.com Shared Hosting

- Virtual Private Hosting.....evl Servers.net VPS

- Dedicated Server.....evl servers.net Value, evl Servers.net P4, theplanet.com, dreamhost.com

- Unmetered Server.....10 Mbit, 100Mbit

STREAMING

* Audio/Video Encoding......

- Video.....DV25 (DVCAM), DV50 (DVCAM), DigiBeta (Betacam), HDCAM, HDCAM-SR, HD MPEG-2, ITU-R BT 601 4:2:2 D1-DTR (8-bit sample), ITU-R BT 601 4:2:2 D5-DTR (10-bit sample

- Audio.....MP# Low, MP3 Medium, MP3 High, MP3 Very High

- Speech Encoding.....GSM, G721 (ADPCM)

* Streaming Media......

- Modem.....for 28.8 Modem, for 56K Modem, for IDSN Modem, for Dual ISDN Modem

- Ifilm.....WMV/Quicktime For Dial-Up, WMV/Quicktime for Broadband (medium), WMV/Quicktime for Broadband (high)
STORAGE

* Hard Disks......

- ATA....., ATA-33, ATA-66, ATA-100, ATA-133

- Serial ATA.....Standard SATA, 3 Gbit SATA

- SCSI.....SCSI-1, Fast SCSI-2, Fast Wide SCSI-2, Ultra Wide SCSI-40, Ultra2 SCSI-80, Ultra 160 SCSI, Ultra 320 SCSI

- iSCSI.....iSCSI Gigabit, iSCSIERL 2 (10 Gigabit)

- Fiber Channel.....FC 1Gbps, FC 2Gbps, FC 4Gbps

* Optical Media.......

- CD-ROM.....1X, 2X, 4X, 8X, 16X, 20X, 24X, 32X, 40X, 48X, 52X

- DVD.....1X, 2X, 4X, 8X, 12X

- Blu-Ray.....1X Playback, 1X Record, 2X Record

- HD-DVD.....HD-DVD

- Universal Serial Bus.....USB 1.0, USB1.1, USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)

- IEEE1394.....Firewire-400, Firewire-800

* RAM Memory

- SDRAM....PC66, PC100, PC133, PC1600 DDR, PC2100 DDR, PC2700 DDR, PC3200 DDR

- RDRAM.....PC800 (single channel), PC120 (single channel), PC800 (dual channel), PC120 (dual channel)

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Comparing DS3 Bandwidth Service Providers....Cost & More

When researching the best fit to meet your company's DS3 bandwidth application requirements....the process can be extremely frustrating, costly, and time consuming. Too often it entails individually contacting each provider in your area of installation.....at least that you know of. Negotiating "in the blind"....not knowing exactly where you can push for a better deal....also puts you at an extreme disadvantage. Plus not knowing for sure if the package they offer you will really cover your specific application needs. The entire effort can take days, weeks, or even months to find just the right solution.

But there is an easier way. MUCH easier.

Simply identify your requirements and installation location(s)......providing the details here:

DS3 Bandwidth Service Provider Comparison

[note: Please provide complete, detailed, and accurate information. Incomplete or bogus RFQs will be ignored.]

You'll automatically receive instant real time rate quote info via email (1st cut preliminary assessment)....comparing multiple providers available for the specific location(s) designated (sorry, US locations only). We'll follow that up immediately with personal contact providing more unbiased detailed research based on your detailed comments.

At a minimum the providers covered will include: ACC Business, Aire Spring, AT&T, Broad Sky Networks, Covad, Level 3, Megapath, New Edge Networks, Network Innovations, Nuvox Communications, One Communications, Power Net Global, Qwest, Splice Communications, TelePacific Communications, Telenes Broadband, Time Warner, UCN, US LEC, and XO. Others will be included depending on the location and your intended application.

We'll be in immediate contact to discuss the details, help determine exact application parameters and needs, confirm the best pricing available, and assist with the acquisition process. We'll negotiate on your behalf, ensure the best SLA (Service Level Agreement) and QOS (Quality of Service), do the paperwork, monitor provisioning and installation, and even run interference for you with your chosen provider for the life of the contract.

Our services our free....and we guarantee our efforts. We'll find the best Tier 1 solution for your project/application.....whatever it is. The entire process is done FOR you. Saving you time, effort, money, and headaches. NOTE: you can't get better pricing than we can get for you....even if you go directly to the provider yourself. We guarantee it!

Take advantage of this no cost service...and make your life much easier.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

How To Plan For Installing VOIP In A Single Or Multiple Location Company

If you're in the midst of trying to make decisions for installing VOIP in a single or multiple location company......relax. Take a deep breath and read on.

The first step is deciding when/if it might be beneficial to move from a traditional voice network to a converged network. Each company is different, but two key indicators are intra-site call charges and the need for a more agile telephony system geographically (eg. distributed call centres). For many companies the cost of converting is too high to balance the cost savings. Simply changing your voice supplier might be easier and generate better cost savings.

At the moment the whip hand is with PABX manufacturers moving into the IP market, rather than the IP hardware vendors moving into voice - but the hardware market is far from dominated by any single player. IP-enabling an existing PABX infrastructure is often the way forward in conjunction with planning your WAN carefully. This would suggest going for a PABX specialist for this element. If Cisco (et al) is your bag, then look for IPT accreditation and keep an eye on references and proof.

Be cautious about accepting too pat technical information from sales people. QoS is not strictly necessary to carry voice and can carry quite a cost premium. Neither are uncontended DSL services strictly necessary. We have people running 3-4 voice channels concurrently between sites on strandard contended ADSL (20:1) with simple packet prioritisation at the edge to protect the voice from e-mails and printing traffic.

There's no single solution. Find a solution provider that you can work with, with track record. Carefully consider the costs of change against the cost benefits as they are often not clear. Ensure you consider UPS protection for IP equipment essential for voice delivery - or have a back up analogue telephone option.

Before simply installing VOIP... take a step back and look at the larger communications picture in your single or multiple location company. You will see a number of Horizontal Communications paths:

ACCESS / BANDWIDTH MAIL & GROUPWARE/FTP IMS to provide - CHAT (IM/Online Presence) - Voice+ (SDP/SIP/etc.)

Presence... the users "online reachability"... is the empirical parameter.

Companies often DIY their email/IM/Voice systems & protection schema's, but these exist as industry standard solutions today... Why not outsource that effort to an Industry leading Service Solution provider & then just focus on the business?

Your biggest challenge is actually to find a Hosted Service Provider who is already on the Convergence Path (there are VERY few)... A Service provider who offers "Presence" (user log on/reachability status) similar to the MSN/ICQ/AIM/YIM/Skype. A service provider who offers this, can

1) bill you appropriately for "online reachability" rather than the call-by-call (or monthly subscription) basis...

2) offer not just secured VOIP, but also IM/Mail/Video/Collaboration/etc. via SIP on an IMS infrastructure.

If you have day to day responsibility for the opertion of a multi-location VoIP network - there are some issues to be aware of.

1) It's not as cheap as vendors want you to believe

2) Legacy equipment manufacturers do not have the best products and may not be the best solution. Remember the old adage about IBM from the 60's.... "no one was ever fired for buying IBM". Now it seems to be buying Cisco or Nortel kit is the "safe" option.

3) There is a support cost that older management types will not get or possibly understand. That the LAN just became extremely important in the overall comunication infrastructure. It isn't just for e-mail anymore.

No matter your final decision....keep in mind that everyday is an adventure. Be careful - be wary and test, test and test again.

Here's a tip....for a little extra help walking you through all the steps at ZERO cost to you....take advantage of the free support offered by Business VoIP Solution.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

How To Compare DSL, Cable, And Satellite Internet Provider Plans

If you're looking for high speed internet service for home or small business....the search can drive you to drink. Researching individual companies one at a time can be frustrating. But now you can take a deep breath and relax. There's now an online tool that will do all the work for you. You can compare multiple providers at once ....and even order your service...all online in just mere minutes.

Simply go to: Compare DSL, Cable, Satellite Internet Service

This easy-to-use Real-Time Quote engine includes all high-speed internet DSL, Cable Internet, and Satellite Internet providers available in your area (US only). If you are currently a customer of one of these providers, their information will be excluded from the quote. Comparison shop from these quality providers.......Comcast, Qwest, AT&T/Yahoo, Insight, Covad, Earthlink, Time Warner Cable, Sprint, Speakeasy, and Verizon.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Nokia n75 Cell Phone....Is It Right For You?

First off.... if you need a site that is good for making comparisons of phones I would strongly suggest spending some time on Cell Phone Comparison

On the left side of the page you can click on individual carriers (AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Nextel, T-Mobile, Alltel, US Cellular, Disney Mobile) for carrier specific information. The next screen enter your zip code....and you'll see all the phones and plans offered by that carrier in your area. You can then do a direct side by side comparison of features. This site will help you a great deal when it comes to buying a cell phone or advising someone else on a good phone to get. You can even order the cell phone you want from this site. Very nice..... especially since they often have specials and rebates available too.

Now....here's the scoop on the Nokia n75. I have to say it is an impressive phone.

The good.....

- Great reception and sound quality.

- Great 2MP camera and very nice quality pictures.

- Great music player and stereo speakers that are quite loud.

- Full web browser that is capable of rendering full websites in a very usable way on the small screen.

- For a small screen it is actually quite big and exceptionally detailed and clear.

- Read text messages without opening the phone.

- Lots of customizing options

- It is a smartphone and can manage files and view business files such as PDF's and office docs.

- Pretty good battery life, it can play music on the external speakers at full volume for more than 5 hours.

- Nokia software is very stable and very easy to use to manage the phone from a computer. (I think it is a lot better than active sync was with a windows mobile smartphone)

The bad.......

- Proprietary connector for headset and its big and bulky and placed in a bad spot. (I'd suggest you get equiped with bluetooth gear)

- Camera lags about a second behind the button push before it actually takes the picture.

- Trim surrounding the internal screen has a very glossy finish and it is virtually impossible to keep it looking good. Every single time the phone touchs your face there is a visible smudge left on the trim.

I have not had the time to explore the bluetooth or the video capability so far so I can not comment on those aspects.

If you are half as happy with your decision as most Nokia n75 users......then you will still be ecstatic if the Nokia n75 is the phone you choose.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

T1 Bandwidth Is No Longer Enough For Business Network Infrastructure.

Not long ago it used to be that most businesses....even larger ones....were content with running their networks on T1 circuits. But no longer. Now everyone is squeezed for throughput..... as the desire AND need for more online applications grows with the emphasis to improve productivity (and thus the businesses "bottom line"). You can't "make more money"....more efficiently and effectively....if your network can't keep up.

Now keep this in mind........

Your infrastructure is only as fast as its slowest component, whether a CPU crunching numbers, disk access, memory access, or fetching other resources to process over a WAN. Imagine a web page crammed full of information that is drawn on from many sources, required as a part of a business process (think a CRM or data analysis solution that draws from many disparate data feeds.) 100Mbit to the desktop doesn't help if the application is still waiting on a feed over a 128kbit frame relay line.

That said most IT shops are moving to a model with a highly controlled desktop; software like Altiris, WSUS, and the like are used to push and manage patches and policies. SOX and other regulatory measures pushes users to store their e-mail and work products on centralized file servers. As product includes more and more rich content, that's more data, and more data needs more bandwidth to the servers to keep employee efficiency up.

How are you going to stay ahead of the game?

Here's a simple suggestion to save you time, effort, and money....and make the decision process more efficient and effective.

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You'll automatically receive instant real time rate quote info via email (1st cut preliminary assessment)....comparing multiple Tier 1 providers available for the specific location designated (sorry, US locations only). They'll follow that up immediately with more unbiased indepth research based on your detailed comments.

They'll be in intimate contact with you to discuss the details, decide the best configuration, confirm the best pricing, and assist with the acquisition process. They'll negotiate on your behalf, do the paperwork, monitor provisioning and installation, and even run interference for you with your chosen provider for the life of the contract.

The services are free....and they guarantee their efforts.

It may look overwhelming.....but it doesn't need to be.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Cell Phone Tips And Reviews

For all of you desperately looking for just that right piece of information about a particular cell phone.....the Doctor has just the prescription you need.

Before you pull more hair out....or develop an ulcer....calm down. Here's an outstanding resource for anything you can think of on "mobile" phones.

Cell Phone Tips And Reviews

You'll find everything you need to satisfy your curiosity....News, Reviews, Ringtone Info, Phone & Brand Rankings, Comparison Tool, Glossary of Common Terms, Recommended Links (for more info), and even a Discussion Forum.

If it ain't here....it ain't anywhere.

To add to that cornacopia of cellular knowledge...there's also another tool available to you where you can find pricing details for every cell phone available in your location.....specials, rebates, family plans, and so on....and take advantage of the deal you find by ordering right there. It evens shows accessories (Chargers and Batteries, Cases and Holsters, Bluetooth, Memory and Data, Faceplates & Covers, Headsets, Value Bundles, Wireless Signal Boosters). It's as simple as searching by your zip code.

Cell Phone Finder

Now you can relax....the Doctor has provided the cure.

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