Unified Communications News, Features, and Interviews

News
  • 5 for 15 hits 50: That's 50 interviews, 250 key insights

    By Mike Gee | 27 February, 2015 11:11

    ARN's massively popular and successful editorial initiative, 5 for 15, has reached a half-century. That's right, 50 interviews, 250 key insights in the channel and ICT industry in 2015. And there are still more to come.

  • IN PICTURES: ARN Roundtable - Revolution-as-a-Service: The changing role of distribution

    By Mike Gee | 26 February, 2015 19:15

    The latest ARN roundtable brought together a stellar group of industry thought leaders to tackle the topic, Revolution-as-a-Service: The changing role of distribution. This exclusive roundtable investigated the role of the distributor in the new service based world, where the opportunities for profit lie, where distributors should be focusing, specialising and differentiating – and how they can support their partners, at both the vendor and reseller level. This roundtable was sponsored by Avnet, Dicker Data, Distribution Central, Exclusive Networks, Rhipe and Westcon. Photos by ARN Editorial Director, Mike Gee.

  • IN PICTURES: ARN Lunch - Tag team on security with Palo Alto Networks' Ron Myers

    By ARN Staff | 25 February, 2015 16:49

    ARN in conjunction with Distribution Central and Palo Alto Networks hosted a security-focused lunch with its vice president of worldwide channels, Ron Myers. The event was held with stunning panoramic views of the Sydney skyline in O Bar, and featured local channel partners discussing the state of the security industry, and the new partner programmes and technologies Palo Alto Networks is bringing to market.

  • Australia and China lead the world in SDN adoption: Avaya

    By Brian Karlovsky | 25 February, 2015 11:00

    An overwhelming majority of IT professionals want software-defined networking to extend beyond the datacentre, despite having doubts about the ability to do so.

  • Avaya extends SDN offerings

    By Jim Duffy | 24 February, 2015 23:58

    Avaya this week extended its SDN arsenal with an architecture and supporting products designed to simplify enterprise connectivity and application provisioning.

Round Table
  • Unified Communications roundtable: Achieving interoperability

    By ARN Staff | 02 September, 2009 13:09

    The UC market is full of a range of vendors promoting tools that allow organisations to communicate and collaborate more effectively. But according to roundtable attendees, third-party offerings have to integrate successfully if UC is really going to take-off with customers.

  • Unifying communication roundtable: Identity management

    By ARN Staff | 02 September, 2009 11:00

    The cornerstone of a successful UC implementation is having up-to-date user information. DiData’s Brian Walshe said integrators often took for granted that identity information within a customer’s organisation was accurate and managed properly.

  • Roundtable: Unifying Communications

    By Nadia Cameron | 02 September, 2009 12:16

    The unified communications concept has been floating around for several years now, but what does it mean today, and where are customers in terms of adoption? ARN recently brought together several industry experts to discuss collaboration and communication, the impact on infrastructure and local opportunities.

Features
Interviews
  • Nick McMenemy: More channel consolidation to follow in 2015

    By Allan Swann | 13 January, 2015 12:40

    Westcon Australia director of vendor alliances, Nick McMemeny, wrapped up his tenure on December 31, 2014, and took the time to chat with ARN about his predictions for 2015.

  • Q&A: David Gage on Microsoft's new Cloud partner focus

    By Allan Swann | 09 September, 2014 14:35

    ARN 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, David Gage, took some time out from Microsoft’s Annual Partner Conference to discuss the company’s channel partner programme across 2014.

  • Interview: Juniper Networks' new CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir

    By Allan Swann | 23 January, 2014 11:28

    ARN took some one-on-one time with the high profile CEO to discuss his vision of where he wants to take the company in 2014, and how it will compete with key rivals.

  • INTERVIEW: Bringing Aastra back to relevance in the channel

    By Allan Swann | 22 October, 2013 11:51

    Aastra’s Tony Warhurst has been managing director of the unified communications company’s A/NZ operations for just over a year, but has already overseen the company resurgent in the Channel. Boosted by the launch of a several key products, he sat down to discuss the company, his mission and the trends emerging in the UC market.

  • Distributor Directions: Staying dynamic

    By Nadia Cameron | 09 September, 2009 10:38

    Scott Frew is a veteran of the IT distribution space, making his mark as owner of LAN Systems, which was sold to Westcon Group in 2000. Five years after the acquisition of his latest venture, Firewall Systems, he talks to NADIA CAMERON about the parent company’s strategies, market challenges and what’s on the agenda.

Opinions
  • The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

    By Larry Hettick | 25 June, 2014 07:18

    We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.

  • Wireless audio enhances two new gadgets

    By Keith Shaw | 25 March, 2013 12:07

    Shaw reviews Roku's Roku 3 Internet streaming TV box and Jabra's Revo wireless headphones.

  • Why Stuxnet Is a really bad weapon

    By Mark Gibbs | 22 June, 2012 21:25

    Cyberespionage is coming of age but the problem with weapons like Stuxnet is that they will be used against us

  • The Great Verizon Network Extender rip-off

    By Mark Gibbs | 08 June, 2012 17:31

    A few months ago I started writing about my saga of getting AT&T U-verse DSL service established at the new location of the Gibbs Universal Industries Secret Underground Bunker.

  • Four things to watch post-CES

    By Keith Shaw | 16 January, 2009 08:59

    As the dust settles from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, here are four trends worth looking at based on some products that were announced at the show. On my radar screen for the year:

Reviews
  • Riverbed wins 7-vendor WAN optimization test

    By Joel Snyder | 11 November, 2013 12:13

    As applications move to the cloud, network managers are seeing increasing requirements to optimize and manage WAN connections. Most enterprises have migrated to web-based applications and make heavy use of Internet services for day-to-day business. All of this makes network performance a key factor for productivity and end-user satisfaction.

  • 4 Bluetooth speakers: Mono colors with stereo sound

    By Barbara Krasnoff | 22 March, 2013 11:09

    Even the most high-end smartphones and tablets today still have less-than-stellar speakers. We test four mobile Bluetooth speakers to see how they can improve your sound.

  • 7 low-cost videoconferencing services: Which is best for your meeting?

    By Serdar Yegulalp | 18 December, 2012 11:17

    We look at 7 online videoconferencing services that help colleagues and friends keep in touch, share screens and collaborate on presentations.

  • Jabra Solemate: Small package, big sound and price

    By Nick Barber | 16 October, 2012 19:42

    The Jabra Solemate is a portable Bluetooth speaker that produces great sound with a strong bass, but its $US200 price tag might make buyers hesitant.

  • Microsoft Lync 2010: Unified communications comes of age

    By Brian Chee | 21 April, 2011 01:27

    Every once in a very long while, I get to review a product that strikes me as a stepping stone toward the future. Microsoft Lync 2010 combines instant messaging, VoIP calling, live meetings, and videoconferencing, but it's more than the sum of these parts. Although Lync integrates with almost any PBX, it puts the PC at the center of communications so effectively that it could send your current phone system packing.

 

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