Uncommon Wisdom:

September, 2008

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September 30, 2008  12:53 PM

Recession unavoidable; tech slump will increase



Posted by: Tom Nolle
capital expense

Against all odds and the advice of party leaders on both sides, the House has failed to pass the rescue bill. The problem came as Republicans deserted their leadership en masse and failed to support the bill. Democrats had previously indicated they would not accept responsibility for voting a...

September 26, 2008  2:32 PM

Using DPI: Behavioral targeting and privacy



Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, DPI, Verizon

AT&T and Verizon have pledged not to track online users for behavioral targeting unless the user opts in, a move that we believe is being taken to help position both companies for later use of DPI for more direct user surveillance. In fact, without DPI it is difficult for someone other than...


September 24, 2008  8:42 PM

Cisco’s collaboration launch conclusions



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, collaboration, Google, Telepresence

Cisco launched its long-awaited collaboration strategy, a move that is not only a giant step and risk for Ciscom, but an indicator of a major disruption in the networking market. Cisco is telling the world that selling bits is not enough, that margins and growth will have to come increasingly...


September 23, 2008  1:59 PM

Comcast traffic management: Sign of the future?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Comcast, FCC, net neutrality, Peer2Peer

Comcast’s response to the FCC on its traffic management policies seems to promise a future where operators may be moving to metered capacity or to pay-for-excess plans like those already adopted elsewhere. The network operators who provide broadband access to the Internet have, for years,...


September 22, 2008  6:16 PM

Cisco to launch collaboration strategy



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, collaboration, Telepresence

Cisco will shortly be launching its collaboration strategy, and will be changing its “Human Network” advertising campaign (a good branding exercise for Cisco) to reflect a more collaborative theme. The Cisco strategy, we believe, will be to link its collaborative and telepresence offerings and...


September 19, 2008  4:11 PM

Oracle DBMS earnings a good sign



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Database, Oracle

Oracle’s DBMS (database management system) business helped boost its revenues by 14% and profits by 28%, offering the first new data point on the tech space, a favorable one. This continues to show that the strategic cycle is not yet derailed, and that would mean that tech spending in 2009...


September 16, 2008  1:52 PM

Juniper continues software transformation



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, Juniper Networks, Routers, Security, Switches, Virtualization

Juniper has announced the first major innovation in its Service Layer Technology area, something it calls the Dynamic Services Architecture. This is a new product set, the first of which is the SRX Services Gateway, built on a platform that tightly couples service feature hosting and both...


September 15, 2008  12:28 PM

Microsoft focuses on software in network planning



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, service delivery platform

Microsoft has released a new TV platform for advertising, Mediaroom, but the product won’t actually be available until June of 2009 according to sources. The release marks a major initiative by Microsoft to become the platform provider for a wide variety of service components in both emerging...


September 12, 2008  4:59 PM

Google Chrome: Sign of browsers to come?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, Software as a Service

Google’s Chrome browser may be a harbinger of changes to browsers brought about by SaaS applications and online services. As script-based tools and plugins become more important, browsers are beginning to address the performance of applications run within them as differentiators. This reflects...


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