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Cisco Plays Catchup in DPI Test

If you’re a large enterprise with its own network, an ISP, or a company intent on claiming its own, online, the technology force of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) is with you.

But it may surprise you who shows up on the doorstep to sell it to you.

Results of a test of P2P filtering gear conducted for Internet Evolution by the European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) , show that Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), ipoque GmbH , and Procera Networks Inc. (Amex: PKT) are ready, willing, and able to help enterprises and ISPs reduce network production costs.

Some are more ready than others, though. Cisco, while matching and exceeding its rivals in various test scenarios, offers half the bandwidth capacity of the two smaller, younger companies. Cisco offers a total of four 10-Gbit/s load modules on its SCE-8000 unit, compared with eight 10-Gbit/s modules supported on ipoque’s PRX-10G Traffic Manager and Procera’s PacketLogic 10014.

During the tests, Procera’s and ipoque’s devices, both equipped with four interface pairs, were exposed to twice the load and concurrent connections number as Cisco’s, with its two interface pairs.

Cisco, despite being the world’s biggest networking vendor, was bested in blocking P2P traffic by ipoque, whose PRX-10G allowed less than 0.01 percent of P2P traffic to bypass its filtering, compared with 2.4 percent for Cisco’s SCE-8000 and 2.9 percent for Procera’s PacketLogic.

Further, Cisco, along with Procera, required some updates and adjustments to perform as expected in detecting popular P2P protocols.

Does this mean Cisco’s not ready for P2P prime time?

Hardly. While its DPI device may be lower capacity than the competitors in this test, Cisco, like the others, appears to have emerged from the beta-like vaporware stage all vendors were in during the March 2008 P2P EANTC test.

“Whether we talk about intelligent management of consumer traffic or about freeing bandwidth by throttling the massive amount of P2P traffic, the devices we tested are ready to be rolled out in service provider backbones,” says Carsten Rossenhövel, managing director of EANTC.

As detailed in our latest Big Report, “P2P Taste Test,” vendors have improved performance and accuracy significantly since last year’s test. EANTC increased its performance test bed by a factor of 25, and still didn’t hit the limits of these boxes.

10 reasons why a hosted phone system is good for SMEs

1) A State of the Art phone system

A Rustyice Solutions Hosted Phone System provides business customers with a leading edge phone system without the associated capital cost. From day one you will have a system that delivers all the current features plus tomorrows as they become available.

2) Future Proof

The Hosted Phone System is ‘future proof,’ as soon as we introduce new features, we roll them out to our customers, so you won’t have to worry about another large capital equipment upgrade a few years down the road.

3) Pay As You Grow

With Rustyice Solutions: Voip Providers there are no penalties to start small and then add ‘seats’ to the VoIP system as you grow, as you only pay for the seats you need on a monthly basis.

4) Reduce Trunk Lines

Renting trunk lines from carriers isn’t small change for most organisations that rely on voice for both internal communications and customer interaction. Trunk line rental is a significant part of monthly overhead cost, so why not reduce this outlay wherever and whenever possible?

5) Reduce Call Costs

While saving on calls is no longer the primary driver for adopting hosted VoIP systems, it can be a prime factor for organisations that have multiple offices requiring frequent voice communication, so not having to pay for that communication can reduce a large amount from an organisation’s operational budget.

6) Instant Communication and Collaboration

VoIP telephones improve productivity and the ability to collaborate remotely by creating direct links between teleworkers and office-based workers with the click of a mouse; this creates a workplace without borders.

7) Seamless Teleworker Connectivity

The VoIP system makes it easy to integrate teleworkers into the business telephone system through their own broadband connections. Additionally, your customers will be able to reach your teleworkers through your corporate switchboard, regardless of where the worker is physically located.

8) Respond More Quickly to Customers

With a Hosted VoIP system, companies can improve customer communication by providing them with VoIP telephones that allow them to contact your sales and service departments directly, for free.

9) Cut Move, Addition and Change Costs

Every time your company moves, adds, or changes a conventional telephone connection, it costs money. With VoIP, your network configuration is software programmable and its voice signals are carried over your business LAN – this means that you can administer the changes yourself.

10) Your Number Moves With You

Unlike traditional numbers, you can take your number with you, down the road, to another town, or even another country as the VoIP system is not dependent upon your geographic location.

The 6 Biggest Benefits to Switching your business to Rustyice VoIP

The world is making the switch to VoIP, but in case you are still unsure if VoIP is right for you, here are six benefits to adding VoIP to your home and business. At £12 per user per month for our flagship hosted solution it seems crazy not to make the switch. There are many benefits and advantages to switching from PSTN- Public Switched Telephone Network. VoIP technology is growing and changing every day. Major corporations are transferring their business needs over to VoIP and households worldwide are making the switch. VoIP is produced by transferring voice into digital data over the Internet. If you have a broadband connection in your home or business, then you can utilize VoIP. You may need to purchase a VoIP phone adapter (ATA) in order to continue to use your older telephones. The phone adapter will allow you to use all of your telephones with the VoIP technology. You may also need to purchase a router however most homes and businesses already have one. At Rustyice Solutions we can supply you with the hardware that you need. You even have the option of purchasing phones designed for VoIP as well as Videophones that will display images while you speak.

VoIP is the wave of the future. Many major computer companies have already begun to incorporate VoIP with their Instant Messaging programs not to mention Skype. Instant Messaging programs such as Yahoo, MSN, and AOL allow free pc-pc phone calls. Skype and VOXOX offer far more functionality than that and all for free. The world is making the switch to VoIP, but in case you are still unsure if VoIP is right for you, here are six benefits to adding VoIP to your home and business.

1. VoIP is Cost Efficient

Whether for your residence or business, VoIP is just plain cheaper than other telecommunication applications. You can reduce cost in your home by saving on long distance and local telephone calls. We have plans that allow virtually unlimited local and long distance calling due to the negligibly low call charges. You also save money by using VoIP throughout your house. You won’t need to install additional phone jacks and wires, you just add on to your VoIP system.

2. VoIP will Integrate your Audio, Data, and Video Applications.

Rustyice VoIP systems can integrate your telephone needs with your computer applications such as E-mail, Fax, Web conferencing, and Video Phone needs. This saves money and energy by conveniently combining all of these services into one basic application. You can use your phone and access all of your other programs at the same time in a truly integrated fashion, allowing greater freedom by giving you a simpler way to utilise all of your different communication products.

3. VoIP Provides Flexibility

VoIP allows users tremendous flexibility. For instance, many VoIP users can take their phone adapter with them, and use their telephone number anywhere they have access to an Internet connection. This includes traveling overseas, while staying in hotels, or even camping. If you have high speed Internet, you will be able to take phone calls on your usual home or business number. This is a much better solution for those with active lifestyles compared to the expense of cell phones as well as being the perfect solution for mobile employees and those whose jobs require much travel. In addition to this, it is now possible to use SIP apps on smartphones to log into your VoIP system by using either a WIFI network or even a 3G network and make and receive calls on your smartphone as if you were at home or in the office. The potential for reducing and removing call charges alone makes this a no brainer.

4. VoIP Users Can Choose their Own Area Codes

VoIP providers allow users to choose their own area codes. This is a fantastic option for those whose friends and family all live in one particular location. By choosing your family and friends area code, you are allowing them to call you, whenever they choose, and they will not have to pay long distance charges. Their calls will be local. Some providers extend the area codes to other countries. This would be extremely beneficial to someone whose friends and family are halfway across the world.

5. VoIP offers Features for Free

Features that typically cost extra with PSTN phone services are usually bundled with VoIP unlimited calling plans. These features include Voice Mail, Call Forwarding, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Return, Call Block, and Do Not Disturb. Because of the integration between VoIP and the Internet, many service providers will allow you to access and control all of your VoIP phone features through the Internet. With VoIP, users have greater access to control all of their phone features as well as save on charges.

6. Rustyice Solutions can offer you all of this and more, today, for £12 per user per month.

Rustyice Solutions has recently partnered with Telcentris Inc in the USA to offer their revolutionary VoIP services to homes and businesses in the UK. Upon making the switch to Rustyice/Telcentris VoIP, you will enjoy UK wide calling at £0.000056 p per minute. No you didnt read it wrong, thats 5.6 THOUSANDTHS of a penny per minute. Calling to anywhere within the USA and Canada is free and other countries enjoy similarly low calling charges. You can keep your existing telephone number(s) too by porting them across to your VOIP system. Whats more, we can offer you a free no obligation trial which takes no more than a couple of days to set up and, should you wish to make the trial permanent it is simplicity itself to do so. This post merely scratches the surface of the many and fantastic features that then become available to you or your business so contact us today to find out how you can bring these benefits to your home or business.

The world is making the switch to VoIP, but in case you are still unsure if VoIP is right for you, here are five benefits to adding VoIP to your home and business. There are many benefits and advantages to switching from PSTN- Public Switched Telephone Network. VoIP technology is growing and changing every day. Major corporations are transferring their business needs over to VoIP and households worldwide are making the switch. VoIP is produced by transferring voice into digital data over the Internet. Because the data is smaller compared to a standard electric unit, VoIP users save on valuable bandwidth as well. If you have a high-speed connection in your home, then you can utilize VoIP. You may need to purchase some equipment, such as a VoIP phone adapter. The phone adapter will allow you to use all of your telephones with the VoIP technology. You may also need to purchase a router. Most of your VoIP service providers will supply you with the hardware that you need. You even have the option of purchasing phones designed for VoIP as well as Videophones that will display images while you speak.

VoIP is the wave of the future. Many major computer companies have already begun to incorporate VoIP with their Instant Messaging programs. Yahoo has also recently purchased the VoIP Company, Dial Pad. Now, Instant Messaging programs such as Yahoo, MSN, and AOL allow pc-pc phone calls. The world is making the switch to VoIP, but in case you are still unsure if VoIP is right for you, here are five benefits to adding VoIP to your home and business.

1. VoIP is Cost Efficient

Whether for your residence or business, VoIP is just plain cheaper then other telecommunication applications. You can reduce cost in your home by saving on long distance and local telephone calls. Many VoIP service providers have plans that allow unlimited local and long distance calling. You will have to check with various companies to see how far their unlimited local and long distance calling areas serve. You also save money by using VoIP throughout your house. You won’t need to install additional phone jacks and wires, you just add on to your VoIP system.

2. VoIP will Integrate your Audio, Data, and Video Applications.

VoIP systems can integrate your telephone needs with your computer applications such as E-mail, Fax, Web conferencing, and Video Phone needs. This saves money and energy by combining all of these services into one basic application. You can use your phone and access all of your other programs at the same time, allowing greater freedom and is a simpler way for the home owner to utilize all of these different products.

3. VoIP Provides Flexibility

VoIP allows users tremendous flexibility. For instance, many VoIP users can take their phone adapter with them, and use their telephone number anywhere they have access to an Internet connection. This includes traveling overseas, while staying in hotels, or even camping. If you have high speed Internet, you will be able to take phone calls on your regular number. This is a much better solution for those with active lifestyles compared to the expense of cell phones as well as being the perfect solution for mobile employees and those whose jobs require much travel.

4. VoIP Users Can Choose their Own Area Codes

VoIP providers allow users to choose their own area codes. This is a fantastic option for those whose friends and family all live in one particular location, and they are out of state. By choosing your family and friends area code, you are allowing them to call you, whenever they choose, and they will not have to pay long distance charges. Their calls will be local. Some providers extend the area codes to other countries. This would be extremely beneficial to someone whose friends and family are halfway across the world.

5. VoIP offers Features for Free

Features that typically cost extra with PSTN phone services are usually bundled with VoIP unlimited calling plans. These features include Voice Mail, Call Forwarding, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Return, Call Block, and Do Not Disturb. Because of the integration between VoIP and the Internet, many service providers will allow you to access and control all of your VoIP phone features through the Internet. With VoIP, users have greater access to control all of their phone features as well as save on charges.

How practical is the potential of PaaS for changing the landscape of the VoIP PBX?

If you were to draw a systems-stack view of cloud services, ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) is the layer between ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ (IaaS) and ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS). Of all the cloud offerings, it is arguably the least well understood.

Sure, most people can get the gist of PaaS – a hosted service that allows you to develop and run applications specifically designed for the cloud – but do they get the point of it?

IaaS allows you switch workloads back and forth between the cloud and your on-premise environment, and SaaS allows you to fast-track access to packaged app functionality. But when, exactly, does it make sense to to build your own app purely for the cloud?

Businesses are being driven toward the Cloud because they are at a point where a new approach to IT is being mandated, one that cleaves to business requirements, is highly flexible, very cost effective and supports rather than blocks tactical and strategic changes to business. Cloud is also being held up as the answer to many traditional IT woes: slow and unresponsive systems; technology as an impediment to mergers and acquisitions (or demergers and spin-out plans); and IT as an expensive and variable source of costs.

With this inexorable revolution taking place right now, the network becomes the single most fundamental element of any organisations ICT infrastructure.

In the words of our Sales Director, Dave Kinloch who spoke recently in response to our new partnership with Telcentris Inc, “With our partnership with Telcentris, we have strengthened our portfolio of PaaS products which, at their very heart, enable businesses to enjoy the lower cost overheads that the cloud can bring whilst at the same time leveraging the cloud to take care of the systems allowing business owners to get on and focus upon their own core business.

Our new offerings from Telcentris offer businesses the chance to free themselves from the upfront capital investment and growth limitations of a traditional phone system. At the same time they offer powerful new functionality at a much lower cost.”

Contact us today to discuss the many ways we can help your business take advantage of these new and exciting services that not only save you money but also help to make you money.