Peer-to-Peer Blog: Holding Fast

David ByrdGoing into the weekend I already knew the recipe of the week, which was a good thing, all things considered. After returning to Dallas late Thursday night I came down with the flu. Generally speaking, not much slows me down but on Saturday the flu threw me for a loop. My wife was not feeling her best either and requested soup for lunch. I made her a beef and vegetable soup and I decided to catch some much needed rest. Sunday, I fixed some of my home smoked salmon and eggs over pumpernickel and rye toast. Yet, I wasnt hungry. Not sure if I was still feeling the effects of the flu, we went for a two mile walk with the dogs. That done, I felt better than I did on Saturday but wondered why I wasnt hungry. Today I am traveling to Enterprise Connect and starting what has become a genuine fast. I dont have a goal or purpose, just a sense I should do this. When I was younger I would fast every year for a few days to a week. However, it has been many years since I did such a thing. Ill let you know when I decide to break it. As for the recipe of the week, I was gently chided by multiple people for not sharing my Fish and Chips recipe last week. I took it to heart that there are a few closet deep frying cooks out there. If there is any secret to deep frying, I offer the following; buy a good deep fryer with an expose heating element, use peanut oil, do not crowd or overfill the fryer, always dust with a bit of salt when the food comes out of the fryer. These Fish and Chips will rival any restaurant in America. As I said last week, using flounder instead of cod or haddock makes a big difference. Enjoy!

Holding Fast to UCaaS

As Enterprise Connect begins, two announcements catch my eye. One, XO is announcing its first cloud service. Although the announcement seemed a little reticent on jumping straight to the true definition of a cloud service: XO Enterprise Cloud Communications integrates a range of IP telephony features, local and long-distance calling, HD voice and video, network services and IP phone sets in hosted, subscription-based service.” To my friends at XO, the hosted subscription-based service is the cloud application.

Not surprising, Verizon also announced its new cloud service. Typically, UCaaS is Unified Communications as a Service. Verizon announced UCaaS as Unified Communications and Collaboration as a Service. To our friends at Verizon, that seems more like UCCaaS or even UC2aaS. Think about it.

As for Cypress Communications and Broadvox, our cloud services begin with the hosted or virtual PBX and we then extend the innovative IP services from there. We also maintain an offering of the feature set on a per-seat basis with the actual telecom usage aggregated across the total number of users. Separating usage from the per-seat licenses reduces the overall costs of the service in addition to minimizing CAPEX.

I cant wait to see tomorrows announcements.

David Byrd is vice president of marketing and sales for


, and is responsible for marketing and channel sales programs to SMBs, enterprises and carriers as well as defining the product offering. Prior to joining Broadvox, David was the vice president of Channels and Alliances for Eftia and Telcordia. As director of eBusiness Development with i2 Technologies, he developed major partnerships with many of the leaders in Internet eCommerce and supply chain management. As CEO of Planet Hollywood Online he was a pioneer in using early Internet technologies to build a branded entertainment and eCommerce website company partnered with Planet Hollywood. Having over 20 years of telecom sales and marketing experience, he has held executive positions with Hewlett-Packard, Sprint and Ericsson.

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