Category Archives: Webinar/Webcast/Presentation

Talari’s Adaptive Private Networking Nabs Best of Interop Nod

Talari Networks has won the Best of Interop 2013 Award in the “Performance Optimization & Testing” category for its new Adaptive Private Networking (APN) 3.0 operating software, which we reported on earlier this week. The Best of Interop 2013 Awards were announced on May 7 at the Interop Las Vegas conference. For more information, visit:

The Best of Interop Awards’ Judging Committee, comprised of 16-award-winning IT editors and analysts, reviewed nearly 150 entries and selected winners based on products with significant technical impact and the most potential to advance the business technology market. Talari is showcasing its patented and dynamic APN 3.0 operating software to support its family of Mercury WAN appliances this week at Interop booth #2450, May 7-9, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

“The Best of Interop Awards showcases IT vendors pushing the boundaries of technology,” said Andrew Conry-Murray, editor of Network Computing. “Talari and each category winner demonstrates a commitment to innovation and has a compelling offering deserving of recognition.”

Study Finds Enterprise Cloud Focus Shifting From Adoption to Optimization

Cloudyn together with The Big Data Group has released the latest AWS customer optimization data, reinforcing the positive growth trend expected for the year ahead.

We set out to evaluate whether the projected 2013 ‘year of cloud optimization’ is on course and discovered that we are well into the public cloud adoption life cycle. In 2011 and 2012 the conversation centered around how and when to move to the cloud. Now it is all about companies looking for efficiencies and cost controls,” commented David Feinleib, Managing Director of The Big Data Group.

The study, based on over 450 selected AWS and Cloudyn customers, highlights a more mature approach to cloud deployments reflected by a deeper understanding of where inefficiencies lurk and how to optimize them. EC2 makes up for 62% of total AWS spend, with more than 50% of customers now using Reserved Instances in their deployment mix. However, On-Demand pricing remains the top choice for most, accounting for 71% of EC2 spend. Even for customers using reservations, there is still opportunity for further efficiency.

For example, Cloudyn’s Unused Reservation Detector has assisted customers in finding a startling 24% of unused reservations. These can be recycled by relocating matching On-Demand instances to the availability zone of the unused reservation.

There is also a shift away from large instance types to medium, where two medium instances cost the same as one large, but can produce 30% more output. However, with the low 8-9% utilization rates of the popular instance types, there is certainly more work to be done on the road to cloud optimization.

Cloudyn and The Big Data Group host a webinar on May 1, 2013 at 9:00 am PT focused on deployment efficiency.

FOSE 2013: Cloud, Virtualization, Cybersecurity, Mobile Government, Big Data Featured

Cloud and Virtualization; Cybersecurity; Mobile Government; Big Data and Business Intelligence; and Project Management will be the featured tracks at FOSE 2013, each providing cutting-edge technology insights, policy updates, case studies and expert guidance to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs. FOSE 2013, the largest and most comprehensive event serving the government technology community, will take place May 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

“Late last year we surveyed our government and industry attendees to gauge the topics that are of most interest,” said Mike Eason, Vice President, Public Sector Events, 1105 Media, Inc. “Not surprisingly, cloud, mobile, big data/analytics and cyber came in at the top. It’s our job to ensure we are offering the education that supports the government’s needs around these issues. We are once again structuring our program to highlight these key trends, and will be drawing on the expertise of agency executives that have real past performance in the five areas to serve as speakers.”

Each track provides an in-depth look into the given topic, including:

  • Cloud and Virtualization will feature best practices and insights on technology trends, case studies and leading practices on planning, implementation and benefits realization.
  • Cybersecurity will examine the business of cyber, including detecting complicated malware and adversaries – insider and outsider, determining what data left the organization, developing defensive and preemptive measures to keep attacks from happening and managing risk-based compliance.
  • Mobile Government will offer tools, strategies and insights into hot issues such as BYOD, security, APIs and mobilizing enterprise systems, as well as achieving the goals of the Digital Government Strategy.
  • Big Data and Business Intelligence will focus on how to extract meaning from bits and bytes to reach business objectives, featuring case studies from federal agencies that have found useful intelligence from data, examine toolkits being used and highlight the management and policy challenges that come up in the process.
  • Project Management, developed in conjunction with the Project Management Institute, will provide best practices and trade secrets of agile project management to help the government professional advance their career.

A selection of confirmed session topics includes:

For more information and to keep up-to-date on the full program agenda, visit To see how FOSE addresses the technology road ahead, view the FOSE 2013 infographic at

Anticipating Law Enforement Move to the Cloud, Assocation Publishes Guide

Today, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released “Guiding Principles on Cloud Computing in Law Enforcement” at the Leveraging the Cloud for Law Enforcement Symposium held at the Newseum.  Developed in collaboration with key law enforcement subject matter experts from around the nation as well as experts from, the principles establish clear and concise parameters and a path forward for the exploration of cloud-based computing solutions and services by law enforcement.  The IACP principles come after a newly released IACP/Ponemon Institute/ commissioned survey showed that over half of law enforcement agencies surveyed indicated that they had implemented, were planning or considering implementing cloud-based solutions in the next two years.

“Cloud computing represents an important shift in the way information resources are managed and deployed by law enforcement agencies,” said Bart R. Johnson , Executive Director, IACP. “Realizing the substantial potential benefits of cloud computing, however, requires that we recognize the sensitivity of law enforcement information, make every effort to maintain the security and availability of key systems and data, and that we work closely with industry to build solutions that meet the critical and evolving needs of law enforcement.”

The IACP principles focus on addressing some of the most tangible benefits that cloud computing offers, including cost savings, rapid deployment of critical resources, off-site storage and disaster recovery as well as meeting dynamic operational needs, while maintaining the security of systems and the proper use of data.

Key principles include:

  • FBI CJIS Security Policy Compliance – Services provided by a cloud service provider must comply with the requirements of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy.
  • Data Ownership – Law enforcement agencies should ensure that they retain ownership of all data.
  • Impermissibility of Data Mining – Law enforcement agencies should ensure that the cloud service provider does not mine or otherwise process or analyze data for any purpose not explicitly authorized by the law enforcement agency.
  • Confidentiality – The cloud service provider should ensure the confidentiality of law enforcement data it maintains on behalf of a law enforcement agency.

IACP will be working in the coming months to develop model policies associated with cloud computing through the IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center. Model policies are expected to be released at the IACP Annual Conference, scheduled for October 19-23, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

To view the IACP principles and results and methodology of the IACP/Ponemon Institute/ commissioned survey, please visit

How Tough are the Final HIPAA Privacy, Security Rules?

Online Tech is hosting an educational webinar on the new final HIPAA omnibus rule, No More Excuses: HHS Releases Tough Final HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Thursday, January 31 at 2 P.M. ET. The webinar will discuss how the latest HIPAA modifications affect the healthcare industry and healthcare vendors.

Dickinson Wright’s Brian Balow will lead the No More Excuses webinar with April Sage, Director of Healthcare Vertical for Online Tech. On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released its long-anticipated modifications to the Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules under HIPAA/HITECH.

These modifications leave no doubt that covered entities, business associates, and their subcontractors must understand the application of these Rules to their operations, and must take steps to ensure compliance with these Rules in order to avoid liability. To find out more about the webinar and register via GoToMeeting, click here.

ProjectSpeaker Aims to Streamline Speaker Management, Engagement

ProjectSpeaker Inc., a cloud-based technology company, has launched its speaker management platform to save conference and meeting planners’ time and resources. Planners can search a speaker database of complete profiles, manage events and sessions and engage directly with speakers and/or their representatives through an internal communication channel.

With over 300 speaker bureaus and over 2,000,000 “professional speaker” search results on Google, the process of locating the ideal speaker and managing the engagement process is daunting. With ProjectSpeaker, planners are now able to create unlimited events and sessions, assign and review speakers and engage them directly to streamline the entire process.

ProjectSpeaker is free for both planners and speakers. It features an innovative business model in which we partner with conference industry suppliers to bid on their services in response to planners’ requests. ProjectSpeaker shares in the revenue generated.

Global Industry Leaders to Discuss Latest Technology Trends at Santa Clara Technical Symposium 2012

The Technical Symposium today announced that speakers from industry leaders like Sony, Google, VMWARE, eBay, IBM, Microsoft, 3VR , Lightspeed Ventures and others will participate in a one-day event Monday, October 29 at the Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Attendees will hear global technology thought leaders on various areas of technology including Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobile, Information Security and BYOD, among others. The keynote address, “Enterprise Trifecta: Data, Security, and Mobility. Which combination are you playing?” by Bipul Sinha, Partner, Lightspeed Ventures will focus on how emerging opportunities can be leveraged to build the technology giants of tomorrow.

More than 2000 candidates are expected to attend the event with more than 50 leading companies of the Valley participating. This will be the fifth Global Career Fair with Technical Symposium event, with the most recent having attracted more than 1500 attendees.

Prestigious companies like Google, Microsoft, eBay, Infosys, Sony, IBM, WIPRO, Tech Mahindra, Scopus, SPhata, eGrabber, 3VR, Seclore, Skytree, Appdynamics, 2600hz, Mapr, Bitzer Mobile, Couchbase, Reliable Coders, NewzSocial, Syfx Tekworks, Vilynx, Appception, Gushcloud, Pintrips, PapayaMobile, Mutu, Verbble, TotalCoach, SportYourself, Rendewoo, Offerbus, Visual Stager and Streetline are exhibiting their products, speaking or hiring at the event.

Highlights of the Events

  • Scott Collison of will discuss “Doing Deals in the
    Cloud Ecosystem” and how companies on both sides of any partnership or
    transaction now expect “light and fast” deals and also, what is the
    optimal path to productive partnerships, and are traditional venture
    capital deals still relevant?
  • Vishal Gupta, CEO, Seclore will discuss, “Information Security in the
    Social, BYOD World?” and share how companies can bring much needed
    security in an increasingly BYOD, social and collaboration driven
    world. With Seclore technology, not just emails but any document or
    presentation can be remote controlled so it cannot be copied,
    replicated, or shared without permission.
  • In his session “Big Data: from Big Picture to Reality”, Al Shipp, CEO
    of 3VR, will discuss how video intelligence tied to big data analytics
    will be the game changer across industries from retail to banking, to
    crime prevention.
  • Jack Norris of MapR will talk about “Thinking Big with Hadoop” and how
    the combination of scale, efficiency, and analytic flexibility creates
    the power to expand the applications for Hadoop and can transform
  • Anil Vasudeva of IMEXResearch will discuss, “State of the Industry –
    Big Data Infrastructure” and where the industry is heading as a whole.

For more information, please click on the links below:

For a full list of speakers, please click here.

For Global Career Fair registration, please click here.

For Technical Symposium registration, please click here.

News shorts from Citrix Synergy Barcelona (October 17-19)

CENTERM Exhibiting Cloud Terminal

CENTERM will exhibit its new desktop cloud terminal B20 and mobile cloud terminal CT Pad2, calling it “…a major step forward as the firm demonstrates its latest technological achievement in System-on-Chip (SoC) and Power-over-Ethernet (POE) after CENTERM made its first foray into the US and European markets when it announced the GM810 cloud terminal at Citrix Synergy San Francisco 2012 in May.”

The GM810 is certified as Citrix HDX Ready and ready to ship now.

CA, Citrix Partner

CA Technologies and Citrix announced that they are partnering to “help enterprises and service providers increase agility and productivity by providing additional management and monitoring capabilities on top of Citrix cloud and desktop virtualization solutions.”

New Mobile Enterprise Solutions

Citrix unveiled the next phase of its strategy to enable the mobile enterprise. With the advent of consumerization, mobility and the cloud, an increasingly mobile workforce is looking for easier ways to work the way they want – with anyone, from any location, on any device. With today’s announcements, Citrix gives customers of all sizes the Power to Say Yes to consumer-inspired mobile workstyles with an expanding portfolio of solutions that give employees the freedom and flexibility they want, combined with the security and control businesses need. Today’s announcements make it easier for companies of all sizes to go mobile – empowering employees to interact securely with any combination of data, apps and devices – then bringing it all together in a seamless, integrated experience for end users.

Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions with Citrix Products

Dell announced new additions and enhancements to its end-to-end cloud client computing portfolio. The solutions, which are specific to Citrix-based IT environments and now available in the US and Europe, are “…easy to select, deploy, and support, and deliver a cost effective and highly secure user experience to any device anywhere.”

Dell unveiled new vStart for VDI Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 reference architectures. Available in two configurations, vStart for VDI 50 and vStart for VDI 1000 are pre-engineered, pre-built and pre-integrated converged solutions that include Dell’s PowerEdge servers, EqalLogic or Compellent storage, PowerConnect or Force10 networking, Dell Wyse T10, Dell Wyse Xenith Pro and now Dell Wyse Xenith 2 thin- and zero-clients and management plug-ins. These VDI infrastructure solutions leverage XenDesktop and help organizations achieve benefits of desktop virtualization in a rapid, highly secure manner.

Dell is also updating its DVS Simplified Appliance this month to specifically address the cost and complexity challenges of virtual desktop adoption with new flexible server form factors, support for new hypervisors and additional new capabilities.

Citrix outlines strategy

Citrix unveiled the next stage of its strategy to help enterprises and service providers of all sizes deliver business-ready cloud services. Citrix revealed that Project Avalon will be delivered in two releases – code named Excalibur and Merlin.

The Excalibur release, available this quarter as a tech preview, will feature “…advancements in simplicity, scalability and rich multi-media services needed to deliver Windows apps and desktops to millions of new consumer style mobile devices. Excalibur will dramatically simplify the management of virtual apps and desktops, giving Citrix XenApp® and Citrix XenDesktop® customers a single unified way to design and deliver any mix of virtual applications and desktops from a common management console, and deliver them to end users with any mix of virtual delivery technologies.”

The Merlin release, available as a tech preview in the first half of next year, will “…bring cloud-style orchestration, self-service and deployment flexibility to XenApp and XenDesktop by integrating proven technology from products like Citrix CloudPlatform™ and Cloud Portal™. As a result, customers will be able to rapidly deploy personalized Windows apps and desktops in a flexible, private cloud environment across single or multiple sites, and utilize public clouds in a “capacity on demand” fashion to support fluctuating business needs.”

LiveVox, CallMiner Webinar: Mitigating Compliance Risk with Speech Analytics, Centralized Call Recording

LiveVox, a  cloud contact center software provider today announced a joint webinar with CallMiner, a provider of cloud-based speech analytics. As contact centers prepare for a tightening regulatory environment, the market is responding with new technology, among the most promising of which is speech analytics. LiveVox and CallMiner have partnered to provide a simple, cost effective and short deployment path for speech analytics. Join executives from both organizations as they discuss technology approaches for an uncertain but assuredly tightening regulatory world.

Speech analytics, like all business analytics strategies, is rooted in data and dependent on its accessibility. In order to aggregate data and make it accessible for analysis, site-based networks have been required to purchase equipment that necessitates large capital expenditures, ongoing maintenance and, most handicapping, integrations into existing topology. For multi-site operations, the cost and complexity are compounded with each site. Cloud changes that. Data is centralized, secure and available for analysis. Speech analytics for multisite contact centers is a great example of a cloud solution to a heretofore complex problem.

“It would not surprise me if call recording data is held to the same standard as financial data in the accounts receivable management industry. Clients and regulators expect a complete record of all financial transactions and agent documentation on accounts. The agent/consumer audio is critical data that is often glaringly absent. LiveVox makes it very straightforward for multisite contact centers to centralize data in a secure environment. Speech analytics turns that data into risk management and operational improvement gold,” said John McNamara, Chief Marketing Officer of LiveVox.

Join CallMiner, LiveVox and Accounts Receivable Management, Inc. operations and technology executives as they share a path to bypass integration hurdles and implement speech analytics to improve operations and compliance across the enterprise. The event will be held at 2PM, EST, Wednesday, Oct. 17th. Reserve your spot today.

“Leveraging speech analytics to automatically analyze calls can significantly reduce the risks associated with non-compliance for collectors in accounts receivable management. Instead of spot checking recordings, 100% of captured audio can be analyzed to ensure agents are saying things they should, such as the mini-Miranda, and not saying things they shouldn’t. The end result is better customer experience and higher success in collections efforts,” said Scott Kendrick, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at CallMiner.


  • Utilizing Centralized Call Recording to address integration challenges
  • Leveraging 100% call recording to maximize speech analytics initiatives
  • Transforming voice data into usable analytics across all operations
  • Practical uses of speech analytics to improve compliance and operations
  • Maximizing the LiveVox and CallMiner partnership for rapid deployment

To register, click here.