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MTS Allstream focusing on finding US investor

Canadian newspaper The Globe & Mail writes that regional telco Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) is focusing on finding a US-based investor for its national MTS Allstream division, after failing to line up a likely Canadian investor. MTS is working with Morgan Stanley and investment bankers from CIBC to redouble its search for a foreign suitor, particularly in the US, people familiar with the situation were quoted as saying. The Canadian government recently decided to scrap foreign investment ...
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Managing Your Application Performance

Are you are planning to implement new IT projects such as data center consolidation, server virtualization, cloud computing, or perhaps adding new applications on the network?  Do you understand exactly how these upgrades will affect the existing applications and the user experience?  What strategy are you going to use to ensure application performance is not compromised?  It is imperative that you understand how each of the components can affect overall application performance. A...
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Net Optics Phantom Tap Extends Across Multiple Hypervisors

Net Optics’ Phantom Virtualization Tap™ Now Extends Support across Multiple Hypervisors—Xen, Oracle VM, vSphere 5, KVM and more—for Unprecedented Visibility Net Optics Phantom Virtualization Tap increases network visibility across both the physical and virtual world. The virtual Tap helps organizations maintain auditing compliance, cost-efficiency and security. And now the Phantom Tap’s ability to address both physical and virtual environments across diverse hypervisor families is critical to hi...
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Ice Wireless partners Iristel to expand in far north

Private Canadian telecom operators Ice Wireless and Iristel have formed a partnership to expand mobile, internet and fixed voice services in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, The Canadian Press reports. The expansion deal is aimed at bringing competition to Northwestel, a subsidiary of the country’s largest telco Bell Canada. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has opened up the telecoms markets in the three territories to full competition starting ...
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Microsoft Lync 101: Ensure UC Everything

Although the Microsoft Lync platform is somewhat of a newcomer to the unified communications world, it has turned a lot of network heads. Teams with significant Microsoft investments are obviously considering the platform, but the seamless integration of communication tools into an easy-to-use software GUI is also generating attention. This article will walk you through the basics of Microsoft Lync, how the platform is implemented, and its unique monitoring challenges. What is Lync? The Microsof...
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Three Shortcuts for UC Success

Managing UC means delivering streaming video fluidly, transmitting voice with clarity, moving IM's briskly, and sending emails promptly. Easier said than done. To succeed from setup to show time, take these three tips to achieve the high performance end-users expect. See the Entite Network and UC Environment UC is a diverse mix of services running in a shared network environment where apps and communications interact together. It requires a monitoring solution set that provides total visibility ...
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A Better Way to Test the Functionality of Your IVR Application

If you have deployed or are about to deploy a hosted or premise-based IVR application, you understand how much time and money go into the design of a really effective application. It must offer easy to use self-service functionality to customers or users with a wide range of expectations, requirements and experiences with your company and its communications processes. The design must balance the need to make opting out to an agent simple while still making it easy and desirable for customers to ...
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Videotron delivers on 200Mbps promise

As promised in March, Videotron has launched its highest speed cable broadband package to date, offering 200Mbps/30Mbps download/upload connections under the ‘Ultimate Speed Internet 200’ banner in Quebec City. The DOCSIS 3.0-based package gives consumers monthly data transfer limits up to 200GB for downloads and up to 50GB for uploads, and costs CAD199.95 (USD197.20). A version of the package is also available for business users. Supplied by TeleGeography
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Webinar - Is the Network Tap Mightier Than the Sword

US Department of Defense Case Study using Net Optics Taps  Case Study by the US Department of National Defense of how they built a solution to support  40,000 Department of Defense personnel from a central command center.  When you are working with  one of the most demanding and security conscious customers in the world, you’d better know what’s happening on your network.    This webinar profiles a recent use case where ensuring the validity of the data traveling on...
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Why so much Hype about Application Performance Management

End to End transaction is the new gold standard out there, replacing legacy “infrastructure/resource” monitoring.   The application monitoring market is currently growing at about 15% vs. the overall IT market at 3.7%.  So what is driving all this growth!!! Virtualization – how do you gain visibility into how virtualized applications are performing Application Acceleration – maximizing your ROI by identifying the best site for application acceleration and maintain visibility after depl...
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Setting Up VoIP for Success

A common stumbling block in monitoring VoIP occurs when the network team misconfigures or fails to define the VoIP setup process for their monitoring system. The results can be serious when you investigate a call and it doesn’t appear, it has been misidentified, or mistakenly combined with another call. Here are five steps to ensure your VoIP monitoring solution is set up for success. Identify call components Depending upon the VoIP vendor and system, different components may be involved in the ...
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Identifying Network Bandwidth Bandits

Unmask Bandwidth Bandits The term bandwidth hog makes most network managers consider the usual suspects - from ill-timed backups to illicit P2P use. But bandwidth-stealing applications can be difficult to unmask and simply increasing network capacity won’t solve the problem. So let's discuss three commonly overlooked strategies and scenarios to identify bandits and avoid performance interruptions.   Prioritized Video Push  Network teams assume video conferencing will consume significan...
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7 Network Baselining Best Practices

It’s one thing to conceptually understand baselining, but how do you go about setting performance benchmarks? Here are seven best practices to help you successfully baseline and manage performance for critical services on your network. Collect enough data for relevant baselines A common mistake is to set baselines after too little data has been collected. You’ll want at least a couple weeks of metrics to establish meaningful thresholds.  Compare similar time periods With the fluct...
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What is IT Thinking About Today

Cloud and Bandwidth Demands Challenge IT Teams Network Instruments 2012 Annual State of the Network Global Study Offers IT Management Insights Network Instruments , just released its Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study today. The results suggest a potential management storm as IT teams face significant monitoring challenges from multiple forms of cloud computing, as well as substantially increased bandwidth demands.  Study Highlights Moving apps to the cloud: 60% anticipate half ...
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Telgo Communications a New VoIP operator announces services

Telgo Communications, a division of the AKR Global Group, has announced the launch of a digital home telephony service based on voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) to subscribers across Canada, offering unlimited calls to Canadian, US and Puerto Rican phone numbers. Telgo also offers resold high speed internet connections in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, providing data speeds of up to 6Mbps. The VoIP service is accessible via any broadband connection, with calls transmitted over Telgo’s o...
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Prevent Network Fires with Baselines

As a member of the network team, your day is often consumed by rushing from one network fire to the next. What if you could anticipate fires before they fanned out of control? In this article we’ll illustrate how to baseline service activity and component health to identify hotspots on your network before they go ablaze.   Understanding Baselining There's no need to arbitrarily set alarms anymore. With baselines, you can set intelligent alerts customized for your environment. Most performan...
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Net Optics Director 6.0.1 Gears Up to Meet Your Growing Challenges

Upgrade Now To Streamline Your Key Tasks Now Director™ 6.0.1 upgrade streamlines next-generation monitoring to help you get ahead and stay there. Check out our expanded menu of access control and filtering capabilities, modified GUI interface, and improved system performance—for all Director and Director Pro models: Smart Security Management More High-Performance Features Improved SNMP Support Modified GUI — and much mo re! Tighten up security with role-based access control for filters managemen...
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Eastlink delivers 200Mbps in Nova Scotia

Canadian triple-play cableco Eastlink has launched new ‘super-fast’ cable broadband internet service packages under the names ‘Internet 200’ (200Mbps download) and ‘Internet 80’ (80Mbps download) in the Atlantic Canada region, the company announced Friday. Its premium 200Mbps service is an upgrade from its previous 100Mbps top-speed introduced in 2010, and is initially only available in and around Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company, which is claiming the service is the fastest in Atlantic Canada,...
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Candela LANforge Fire/Ice release 5.2.3.1

March 15, 2012 - Candela Release 5.2.3 includes support for dual WiFi radios, dynamic reporting improvements, DHCPv6 and some other improvements to File-IO and WiFi. tables in the GUI now support saving their configuration through restarts of the GUI, as well as removing columns from view. Bug-fixes include better out-of-order packet calculation, some kernel-mode WanLink fixes.  Below are the new feature included in this release.   If you would like to upgrade please contact us. C...
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Bell agrees CAD3.4bn takeover of Astral

Telecoms and pay-TV group Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has agreed to acquire broadcasting content provider Astral Media in a deal valued at CAD3.38 billion (USD3.41 billion) including CAD380 million debt. If the transaction wins regulatory and anti-monopoly approval Astral – Canada’s largest pay-TV channel provider – will be integrated into the Bell Media division, which was formed in April 2011 following BCE’s purchase of the country’s largest media company, CTV. The gaining of additional broa...
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