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September, 2008


September 30, 2008  1:59 PM

Cisco Patches CUCM Security Flaw



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, CUCM, exploit, patch, Security, update, vulnerability

Cisco is preparing to launch the next release of their Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) product - CUCM 7.0. But, last week they released an update for the current CUCM release. Actually, they released a total of 12...

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September 30, 2008  1:52 PM

What’s Next From Microsoft UC?



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Mary-Jo Foley, Microsoft, OCS 2007 R2, UC, Unified Communications

Microsoft is working on the next major release of Office Communications Server 2007. The new version, Microsoft OCS 2007 R2, is in a tightly controlled Beta test version currently. Microsoft is working closely with partners to incorporate needed functionality and work out the bugs. Gurdeep Singh...


September 30, 2008  1:41 PM

Shore Up Security With ShoreTel



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Security, ShoreTel, UC, Unified Communications, VoIP

It is an unfortunate truth in IT that hot new technologies tend to be embraced and adopted long before the concept of 'security' enters the picture. Things are improving, but in general security is often an afterthought. VoIP was no different. As vendors pushed the idea of leveraging the existing...


September 30, 2008  1:27 PM

Remember ROI?



Posted by: Tony Bradley
efficient, investment, productivity, revenue, ROI, UC, Unified Communications

Ah, the 'Good Ole Days'. Remember when business decisions and investments could be made based on ROI (return on investment). If a business invests $1 million in new manufacturing equipment that helps them produce higher quality widgets faster, thereby increasing output and bringing in $200,000 a...


September 29, 2008  3:41 AM

Free VoIP Security Tools from SecureLogix



Posted by: Tony Bradley
free tools, Mark Collier, SecureLogix, Security, VoIP security

SecureLogix has released a suite of VoIP security assessment tools that are available as a free download from their web site (SecureLogix.com).  The tools can help analyze the security of your VoIP network and determine whether it is susceptible to...


September 28, 2008  4:05 AM

Video Conference Via SmartPhone



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Callwave, Cisco, CUCM, Fuze, iPhone, Microsoft, OCS 2007, smartphone, streaming video, Video conferencing

Throw away your excuses. You won't be missing any more meetings. As long as you have your mobile phone, you will only be a click away. CallWave is rolling out the Beta version of FUZE which, according to a...

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September 20, 2008  5:13 PM

Risk of RTP ‘Monoculture’



Posted by: Tony Bradley
FUD, monoculture, Real-Time Transport Protocol, RTP, SecureLogix, VoIP security, VoIPshield

One of the issues or stumbling blocks facing organizations as they adopt unified communications is the interoperability (or lack thereof) between systems. A company would like to know that the platform they invest in will be able to integrate, or at least cooperate with, disparate platforms being...


September 20, 2008  4:23 AM

RIM Introduces Blackberry Support for OCS 2007



Posted by: Tony Bradley
BlackBerry, OCS 2007, RIM, UC, Unified Communications

I give credit to Palm for bringing the concept of the personal digital assistant (PDA) to the masses. Research in Motion (RIM) however introduced the revolution of integrating the PDA functionality with a mobile phone which can almost be said to be the beginning of unified communications. Well,...


September 19, 2008  8:38 PM

Cisco Reversing Course?



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, Gurdeep Singh Pall, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications

As unified communications entered into the mainstream consciousness, a few major players emerged. Two of them were Cisco and Microsoft. They have very different visions for what unified communications means and very different approaches to get their customers there. At one point, they actually...


September 19, 2008  8:21 PM

Cisco Buys Jabber



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, CUCM, instant messaging, Jabber, UC, Unified Communications

With the speed of computers and networks today, email is virtually instant. But, many corporations consider instant messaging to be a valuable complement to email communications and a vital component of efficient communications. When 10 seconds is just too long to wait for an email to be delivered,...


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