Profile of Paul Korzeniowski
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Paul Korzeniowski is a freelance contributor to InformationWeek who has been examining IT issues for more than two decades. During his career, he has had more than 10,000 articles and 1 million words published. His work has appeared in the Boston Herald, Business 2.0, eSchoolNews, Entrepreneur, Investor's Business Daily, and Newsweek, among other publications. He has expertise in analytics, mobility, cloud computing, security, and videoconferencing. Paul is based in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at [email protected]
Articles by Paul Korzeniowski
posted in May 2010
Buzz, it is what every vendor craves. Microsoftï¿¼s present Stephen Ballmer recently realized that Windows Mobile has no buzz, so Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) division responsible for the device, now has no job.
Cisco has decided to take a vertical approach with its network equipment. The company has designed a new switch and a new router designed to work in utility companiesï¿¼ smart grids. The announcement underscores the vendorï¿¼s desire to diversify as it attempts to continue its rapid revenue growth.
With an eye firmly fixed on the small and medium business market, Siemens Enterprise Communications overhauled its Unified Communications (UC) line. The companyï¿¼s OpenScape Office MX system, which is geared to companies with 150 employees, was enhanced, so it can be deployed more easily and includes integrated contact center functions.
Unified communications (UC) applications are designed to enable users to work with data, video, and voice information stored in a variety of places. One challenge has been getting different products to work together in a seamless manner. In response, vendors, including Microsoft, Polycom and Hewlett-Packard, formed the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF). However, two of the UC industryï¿¼s largest providers, Avaya and Cisco, are not members.
Cloud computing has quickly gained momentum in the storage space because many small and medium businesses do not want to deal with the hassle of backing up company data. EMC's Mozy has emerged as a popular service, and the company made some enhancements to maintain its market momentum.
Last year was one that most vendors would like to forget. Sales in many markets plummeted as small and medium businesses tightened up their purse strings. One notable exception was netbooks, which saw unprecedented growth and are now a staple in many companies. So how bright is their future?
Virtualization has taken hold in small and medium companies, however, one challenge is managing those connections. In response, SolarWinds enhanced its Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM), so it offers these companies more insight into how their virtual systems are performing.
Making international calls has often been an expensive proposition for small and medium businesses. In response, Skype expanded its calling plans, so companies may pay as little as $.01 a minute for such calls.
Network Attached Storage (NAS) is usually, inexpensive and easy to install; Storage Area Networks (SANs) cost more, can be more difficult to connect, but offer sophisticated data protection features. Iomega has tried to bridge the gaps between the two with the introduction of its StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array.