Aug 11

How to Blog succesfully?

As you may have noticed this Blog is quite new. I think in a very short time I was able to create a decent page with a small amount of effort. In the past I had been creating my own HTML code. I came to the conclusion that I was not a webdesigner and my strengths are not to create an appealing weblayout. I do believe I have something to share and valueable experience. I would like to share my experience and also receive feedback on this.

Now it however comes to the trick: “how to create a succesfull blog?”.

My idea is to write about corporate ICT solutions, experiences, objections to move to new solutions within customer environments etc. But is this interesting for people read about? Will visitors be interactive and send in comments and start reacting? A lot of questions.

I would like to invite people to share some thoughts on:

  • what visitors would like to see on this site? (and what not)
  • if visitors would be interested in participating on this blog and become an author?
  • any idea’s on how to promote this blog? (no commercials offers please, this is a personal hobby)

Please let me know by sending in a comment, since I have little experience in running a blog site (yet).

You can also follow me on twitter with username: @jboonekamp

Aug 05

Keeping up with the explosive growth of the internet

My eye was cought today on following news item Verizon and Google have reached pact on Netneutrality. Google being a real content provider on the internet is stepping up to give users better performance but then end-user will have to pay for this extra performance. This is a concept that is quite common in the business environment, quality and guarantees come at a price. You cannot expect to be on front row for a low price and receive the best performance and the best uptime.

But you have to take into account that margins with telco’s are quickly declining, on voice but also on data. In order to keep investments up and keep up with innovations, the money has to come from the person that profits from it. Take a look at the iPhone 1 to 4, if something really has added value, an end-user will pay for it and is happy with it. The shareprice of Apple can show this.

However internet is seen as you can get everything for free. Free newspapers, free video, free promotion, free advertisment, free music, free HD movi downloads etc. But in the end there is no such thing as free content. The internet is a collection of networks that is payed by ISP’s making agreements amongst each other with a business model behind it. In the end someone has to pay for the fiber to the home, cable connections, business dsl, t3, e3, 100 mbps ethernet and thousands of mile submarine cables connecting the internet. Yes that is person at the end of the connection or the content providers making money on the content, but need optimal end-user experience and a large crowd.

If you look at a recent report that was recently release by Cisco, market leader in internet infrastructure hardware:

Cisco Visual Networking Index

Some quotes in this report :

  • Global IP traffic will quadruple from 2009 to 2014
  • Global Internet video traffic will surpass global peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic by the end of 2010
  • Internet video is now over one-third of all consumer Internet traffic, and will approach 40 percent of consumer Internet traffic by the end of 2010, not including the amount of video exchanged through P2P file sharing.

There can only be only conclusion. Content and especially peer-to-peer, streaming video, HD Videoconferencing etc is taking a tremendous growth, so most likely service providers aren’t able (or would be difficult) to keep up with the tremendous bandwidth explosions. A good example is AT&T and wireless 3G networks with Apple iPhone. It is a such a success that they are limiting the usage or you have to pay additional fee with high usage. Quality, preference and bandwidth will cost money, even on the internet. It is the same for digital TV, you pay extra if you specific channels or content.

So as an end-user I wouldn’t be that happy if I look at my wallet. But if I am working at home and using my HD desktop video client or remote access solution I would be very happy to have uptime and some decent quality. I cannot permit being offline anymore or connections being slow. This would immediately effect the HD video calls I have with my customers, colleague’s or family.

Aug 02

Video between Apple and the standards based world

A while ago (about 4 months ago), Tandberg R&D made attached videoclip, showing how it would look like how to experience video on the iPhone3. Of course this version did not have a front facing camera.

Now Apple has released the iPhone4 with the video application called Facetime. Sadly this only works when someone is connected to wifi (or you jailbreak it) and you can call only another iPhone4 users with Facetime enabled. Apple has used their own implementation of SIP and connect to the world of Cisco, Polycom, Tandberg, Lifesize, Radvision etc. Apple has said they would donate their protocols to the industry to raise Facetime to be a standard. After Cisco (TIP protocol) and Microsoft (RtVideo/RtAudio), this is the third large corporation that tries to impose their proprietary protocol to the market of Video. Don’t we all want to communicate with each other in stead of staying on islands?

Aug 02

Connecting the different corporate islands and services

Most of the corporate enterprise I visit talk a lot about Unified Communications, but that’s because they are definitely not. Typical case is:  The enterprise usually has an old PBX, has an audioconfering bridge or provider and has some legacy (5+ years old) video units.

The corporation is thinking about rolling solutions for presence, desktop sharing and desktop video. On the other side they are rolling out HD Video and perhaps even Telepresence. It’s not uncommon that different solutions are chosen from within different departments (network, voice&video or application/microsoft domain). Companies are used to making product or service decisions on feature, pricing, service, sla’s within a specific domain and choose the solution that best them (or at least their department).

Then the end-users comes and wants to do more from within that one end-users interface. For example dial-in with voice into a Video Virtual Meeting Room (MCU), or videoconference from the desktop to a telepresence system. Last but not least they also want to do this remote from the internet or via a VPN. This is just subset of functionality requests I see and every day I hear a new version coming up.

To unify several solutions,several protocols exist like H.323 or SIP to connect several converged applications. SIP is currently the buzzword today, although it’s far from the same implementation at the different vendors. It’s possible to connect different solutions from vendors like Cisco, Alcatel, Avaya, Tandberg, Polycom, Microsoft etc. together via SIP, direct registration, gateway solution or maybe it has to integrate with a cloud solution.

However wouldn’t things have been a lot easier if at the time when services (or products) where selected, requirements where set a level of a broader Unified Communications scope and integrations with an installed base where investigated beforehand? Maybe a lot of complexity could have been avoided? Or maybe a different vendor would have been chosen? Do you really need all the functionality from vendor X, or perhaps that other vendor has less functionality but integrates better within my current products I have already chosen.

My point: Customer should have at least a program director with a focus on a broader Unified Communications scope.  This is largely a politcal function within an enterprise that has the delicate task to bring functionality wishes together and choose the best total solution in stead of the best departmental solution.

Connection several solutions together is certainly possible but very much dependant on the “openess” of the vendors and their willingness to cooperate with the other vendor. So advices is to take this into account when building your Unified Communication solution to your end-users.

Aug 01

Up for personal certification

Last one and half year i’ve been advancing in Cisco Personal certification. Passed both the routing (bsci) and switching (bcmsn) already, now studying for last exam (arch) to reach my CCDP.

I plan to take my exam in about two or three weeks. It covers a broad range of topics, most of them network oriented.

Jul 31

Intercompany Telepresence

Videoconferencing is on the rise. But within a company there is only a limited amount of units/people you can dial. The future is that you call people/rooms outside your company. If there are no quality wishes the internet is adequate. However if you are in the telepresence area, quality is of absolute important. It might be embarrassing if you are doing a merger and cannot understand the other. Look at this youtube movi to see the future in intercompany videoconferencing aks telepresence: http://bit.ly/agf6lt. This was a demo at Cisco Live 2010.

Jul 31

Applications and uses of videoconferencing

Lately i am trying to use more the strengths of social media. I have the idea that i am quite a late mover on this topic. Since about two months I’ve been using twitter, recently foursquare and today started my own blog.

Within twitter I am following several videoconferencing related companies and today I receive a good post on application of videoconferencing with the manufacturing industry. Check it out at: http://bit.ly/c2Usds

Jul 31

Hello world, welcome to Djeek's Blog!

Welcome to Djeek. This’s is my first post with on the Djeek’s Blog. Idea is to write about ICT related issues from both a business and technical angle.

Some topics that you can expect are: Unified Communications, Collaboration, Videoconferencing, Global Networks / ISP, Security and much more.