Jeff Pulver, VoIP's uber cheerleader and founder of VoIP event VON, countered the argument. "The promise of VoIP is alive and well," Pulver wrote on his own blog last week. He said VoIP forever altered the worldwide telecom market and that it is central to the communications ecosystem, which includes -- among other apps -- social media, unified communications and Internet TV.
Vyatta takes on Cisco with open source router
Open source networking startup Vyatta has launched a router and security appliance that it hopes will take on Cisco with lower pricing, SearchNetworking.com reported last week. The Vyatta 2502 router and security networking appliance -- which will be sold through the company's channel -- has a 2.4 GB, dual-core processor and 2 GB of memory. The appliance also provides virus and intrusion protection. "The down economy is playing into our hands, with customers asking us to help them expand or replace outdated Cisco equipment at a price they [can] afford," Vyatta marketing director Tom McCafferty said. Still, partners selling the appliance will have to battle Cisco's mighty channel and the company's strong brand.
Leading VoIP applications players fuse
VoIP application veteran BroadSoft has acquired competitor Sylantro Systems -- a deal that has long been rumored in the industry. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed last week. GigaOM.com's Om Malik reported that it was likely that no money had changed hands but that BroadSoft ate Sylantro's debt. BroadSoft says the acquisition will extend its customer base and ensure larger market share. "Sylantro has been a strong competitor of BroadSoft for 10 years," BroadSoft president and CEO Michael Tessler said in a statement. "This acquisition further advances our market and innovative leadership position."