Top Stories of the Week – March 10, 2012

Cisco reveals third generation of UCS

Cisco Systems is joining other server manufacturers in introducing new Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors in its hardware. But unlike HP, Dell and other makes, Cisco is introducing a whole different system of compute, networking, virtualization and management technology in the third generation of its Unified Computing System (UCS) offering.

Siemens say pure IP, cloud offer enterprises fewer costs than PBX

A recent Siemens report found that pure IP infrastructures offer businesses and IT departments more savings, compared with traditional PBX. Moreso, the survey found that businesses are taking a hybrid approach to the cloud.

Pure IP infrastructures can allow enterprises a 43 percent annual savings, compared with traditional PBX systems, according to a March 5 study published by Siemens Enterprise Communications. The savings was one of three key ideas to come from the study, which surveyed more than 1,000 IT decision makers around the world about their communications decisions and resulted in an overview of a market in transition.

Google wants to dump Motorola's STB business

Google is looking to sell the set-top-box business it is inheriting as it acquires Motorola Mobility, according to news reports. Reports said Google is using Qatalyst Partners and Barclays Capital to help sell Motorola's STB division, even before its own US$12.5 billion deal to acquire the company is wrapped up.

Motorola in 2009 tried to liquidate its STB business with an asking price of US$4.5 billion. It was too rich a bid then, and, with the development of other devices like Roku, Boxee, Apple TV–which is likely being re-released with more processing power nowadays–and the rapid adoption of connected TVs by consumers, the asking price now may be even lower.

NSA makes secure VOIP system

The National Security Agency (NSA) of the US has developed an encrypted VoIP communications system using commercial off-the-shelf components and an Android platform, according to media reports. One hundred US government employees joined a pilot of Motorola hardware running encrypted VOIP, named 'Project Fishbowl'.

The phones were made as part of the NSA's Mobility Program, which was designed to respond to the increasing need among US government agencies for secure methods of communication.

Grandstream continues to make HT-Series of Analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs)

Grandstream Networks, the leading maker of IP voice/video telephony and video surveillance solutions, is continuing its tradition in providing low-cost, high performance IP telephony products with the release of two new analog telephone adapters (ATAs). The HT702 (2-Port) and HT704 (4-Port) are the newest models added to Grandstream’s HandyTone ATA/IAD series of VoIP access devices.

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