Articles By Greg Meckbach

Open source PBX software is cheaper but analyst warns it lacks features

Private branch exchanges (PBXs) with open source telephony software may cost less than voice products from major manufacturers, but one industry observer warns companies who buy cheaper products will usually get fewer features.Equipment

Published on: May 9th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Tardy conference call participants drive demand for presence awareness

Beamish, who discussed the concept of presence awareness (please see Executive Spotlight, page 23), was ten minutes late for the interview. Rather than having Beamish call me at the agreed-upon-time, Mitel's public relations

Published on: May 8th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Want to score with editors?

In an editorial published March 27, ITBusiness online editor Shane Schick warned e-mail inboxes are not customer relationship management tools.In "Your e-mail is important to us," Schick noted customers often send queries to

Published on: April 11th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Instant messaging spurs demand for presence awareness telephony apps

Before companies gave all workers e-mail access and voicemail, people had to meet in person to get answers and resolve business issues.Instant messaging and presence awareness products have the same effect as meeting

Published on: April 11th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

If Harper’s vision is

If only it were true. Those who voted Conservative because they believed Martin was telling the truth may be in for a disappointment. Now that he's Prime Minister, it's not clear that Harper

Published on: April 11th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

VON Canada panel describes dual-mode phone dilemma

TORONTO – Employees often use their cellular phones on the job – racking uplarge bills for air time – but many are reluctant to use Wi-Fi phones because of their short battery life

Published on: April 4th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

IEEE high throughput task group votes to work on 600 Mbps wireless protocol

The Wi-Fi standards group has decided to increase the speed of the next wireless local-area network (LAN) standard to 600 Megabits per second, which one industry observer says will allow companies to connect

Published on: March 6th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Branch offices, IP, mobile handsets drive demand for IPAM appliances

As companies add IP phones, wireless access points and other non-computing devices to their networks, a Canadian equipment manufacturer is trying to displace Lucent Technologies as the IP address management (IPAM) vendor of

Published on: March 6th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Nortel’s DSL joint venture with Huawei should target small to mid-sized firms

Whether that confidence is well-founded remains to be seen, and Nortel could very well have one division competing with another if it's successful in marketing WiMAX products to carriers. The first WiMAX products

Published on: March 6th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Keyboard-video-mouse switch makers ship gear with remote administration, capability to reboot at the BIOS level

Keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switches were originally intended to reduce the number of monitors cluttering the network managers' work spaces, but equipment manufacturers have recently added new capabilities, including remote control and environmental monitoring.Avocent Corp.,

Published on: March 6th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Where products and corporate policy intersect

Three of the network security industry's biggest vendors used last month's RSA Security Conference to launch products designed to enforce corporate network security policies.The companies are trying to address the issue of watching

Published on: March 2nd, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Standards body boosts wireless network speeds to 600 Mbps

The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced this month its High Throughput Task Group voted to change its 802.11n (Wireless LAN Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications: Enhancements for Higher

Published on: March 2nd, 2006 Greg Meckbach

The products behind the policies

Three of the network security industry's biggest vendors used this week's RSA Security Conference to launch products designed to enforce corporate network security policies. The companies are trying address the issue of watching

Published on: February 17th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Standards body boosts wireless network speeds to 600 Mbps

The Wi-Fi standards group has decided to increase the speed of the next wireless local-area network (LAN) standard to 600 Megabits per second, which one industry observer says will allow companies to connect

Published on: February 9th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Physician has no fear of transmitting electronic patient records off-site

Dr. Sol Werb scoffs at the notion that storing medical records off-site is somehow less secure than storing paper files in an office.His office has been broken into three times by burglars who

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Greg Meckbach