• Xip Blog

    CII Connect 2016 Expo @ Chennai, India

    The CII Connect 2016 expo & conference just happened in my hometown Chennai (India) on Sep. 27 & 28. Since the event focuses on ICT (Information & Communications Technology) in India, I thought why not visit and write about some interesting products and companies I find there. Disclaimer: Not all products/services mentioned below are related to IT/Networking; some of these companies cater to the local market here and hence may not be applicable for the global audience.  So here you go.. #1. Naanal Naanal Stack paves the path to move to Software Defined Data Center architecture through their next-gen desktop/server virtualization systems, management software, etc. Naanal in Tamil means a plant…

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  • Applications

    Cross-Platform File Transfer/Sharing App XENDER Launches New Version

    What is XENDER? Xender is a comprehensive app for all file transfer & sharing needs on mobile and desktop computing devices. It allows users to share any type of file, at any time, without any mobile data usage. Xender supports Android, IOS, Windows, PC/Mac cross-platform transferring with over 200 times Bluetooth transfer speed. Free Interactive Application XENDER Launches New Version New Delhi, September 22, 2016: XENDER, a file transfer and sharing application, has announced the launch of its new version – with comprehensive functions and better user experience. XENDER has maintained a leading position as the world’s fastest, most convenient mobile sharing tool at zero cost. XENDER offers seamless transmission…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking/IT Industry Updates (Aug. ’16)

    Hello and welcome to another edition of Monthly Computer Networking/IT Industry updates. In this edition, you’ll find some interesting news and product releases by the vendors in our industry over the last one month (August 2016). #1. Extreme Networks introduces Industrial Switches that are available in the 8/12 port form factors supporting 1G bandwidth in durable IP 30 metal enclosures. More… #2. Hp introduces HPE StoreVirtual 3200 Storage, a flexible shared storage system built on HPE’s software defined storage platform… Hp’s entry SAN array now comes with 800 GB of built-in SSD capacity – HPE MSA 2042. More… #3. HPE to acquire SGI, a company specializing in compute, data analytics…

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  • Applications

    FACT to launch GST Ready ERP Software for Indian SMEs

    FACT hails passing of GST Bill by Indian Parliament – ready to launch GST ready ERP Software for Indian Companies. FACT Solutions India hailed the passing of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) Bill by Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) as the most progressive and far-reaching tax reform measure ever undertaken by the Govt of India. “The impact will be unprecedented and will transform India into a single unified marketplace”, says Mr. Arvind Agarwalla, Founder & CEO of the FACT Group of Companies worldwide. He added “GST will subsume the plethora of taxes at the central and state levels. This alone will add 2% to the GDP, propelling the country…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking & IT Industry Updates (Jun. 23 – Jul. 22, ’16)

    Hello, Welcome to another edition of monthly Computer Networking/IT industry updates. In this edition, you’ll find some interesting product releases and news published over the last two weeks by the vendors in our industry. #1. Cisco announces Intent to Acquire CloudLock: CloudLock is a privately held Cloud Security company that specializes in CASB – Cloud Access Security Broker technology which provides visibility and analytics around user behavior and sensitive data on the Cloud. Read more… #2. Juniper Networks introduces Cloud-enabled Branch to create and automate branch office networking services on-demand, including SD-WAN. More… #3. Digium reveals schedule for 13th Annual AstriCon, the annual conference for users of open source voice…

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  • Network Security

    Internal Network Segmentation Firewalls: What are these?

    What are Internal Network Segmentation Firewalls? Most firewalls are placed on the edge of the network, and with a good reason. But what happens once a threat/malicious code passes through into the network? Is it not a good idea to contain these threats within a small segment, instead of exposing all systems in the network? That’s why a new category of firewalls called Internal Network Segmentation Firewalls were created. Network Security Threats Today Threats can penetrate a network in multiple ways today. Employees and partners/guests have access to the internal network and they can wreak havoc, if they want. A lot of activity happens on the cloud server outside the…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking/IT Industry Updates (May 23 – Jun. 22, ’16)

    Hello, Welcome to another edition of monthly Computer Networking & IT Industry updates. In this post, you’ll find some interesting product releases and news from the vendors in our industry, over the last one month. #1. Juniper Networks releases EX2300 & EX3400 series Access Switches for campus and branch networks. While 2300-series switches have 10 GbE uplinks, 3400-series switches have 40-GbE uplinks also. Read more… #2. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise announces plans for tax-free Spin-off and Merger of Enterprise Services business with CSE. This consolidation is expected to create a pure-play IT Services company that will be worth $26 billion USD. More… #3. Helwett Packard Enterprise announces High-Performance Computing Platform that includes…

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  • Network Security

    What is DNSSEC and Why is it Required?

    DNSSEC (Domain Name Systems Security Extensions) is a set of protocols added to the DNS protocol to enhance security. It serves the following main functions – Authenticates and certifies that the DNS data has originated from where it claims to have come from (authoritative source). Checks to ensure DNS data/responses are not modified on the way. When there is no data for a query, authoritative info can be provided to prove the same. As you may know, DNS system is similar to address/phone numbers, and it helps locate a particular system/website in a vast network. DNS servers can be public (ISP, Google DNS, etc.) or private (owned by a company). Roughly,…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking & IT Industry Updates (Apr. 23 – May 22, ’16)

    Hello, Welcome to monthly Computer Networking/IT industry updates. In this edition, you’ll find some interesting news and product releases by the vendors in our industry, over the last month (April 23 to May 22, 2016). #1. Juniper Networks introduces two Firewalls – Juniper Networks cSRX, a compact and containerized virtual firewall; Juniper Networks vSRX, a multi-core version of the virtual firewall. Read more… #2. Hp Enterprise unveils a new Compute Platform and Servers for Small Business: The HpE ProLiant Easy Connect Managed hybrid solution is an on-premise server that delivers security, performance, and control with the flexibility of the cloud. HpE has also released Hp ProLiant ML10 Gen9 Server for small…

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  • Voice over IP

    Visual IVR: What you Need to Know

    What is a Visual IVR? A Visual IVR (Visual – Interactive Voice Response) system is an alternative to voice dtmf-based IVR in place in most contact centers/support departments, today. Since most people dial-in using a smart phone, callers can be provided with a visual interface with options that they can touch and select instead of making them listen to many options on the phone. The same IVR menu which used to say, ‘Dial 1 for pre-paid, 2 for post-paid, 3 for 3G’, etc. will now appear on the smartphone screen. The user will go through the available options and select one. Based on their selection, they could be provided with…

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  • Xip Blog

    Why Women drop out of IT jobs?

    Recently I went to the 10th Anniversary Celebration event of ewit – Empowerment of Women in IT, in my city – Chennai, India. The theme this year was, “Gender Equal – The workplace of the future”. Here is my blog post on my lifestyle blog summarizing the events of the day. In this post, I will list out some points gathered there on why women drop out of IT jobs. Note: Some points mentioned below may not be applicable to all countries/everyone.  1. Women get Married/Have Kids: While the panelists noted that the ratio of men:women is almost equal at entry-level positions, many women drop out of jobs when they get married,…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking/IT Industry Updates (Mar. 23 – Apr. 22, ’16)

    Hello, Welcome to another edition of Monthly Computer Networking/IT Industry updates. In this edition, you’ll find some news and product releases by the vendors in our industry, over the last one month (March 23 to April 22, 2016). #1. Brocade to acquire Ruckus Wireless in a cash and stock transaction where Ruckus shareholders will receive $6.45 in cash and 0.75 shares of Brocade common stock for each share of Ruckus common stock. Read more… #2. Mitel announces definitive agreement to Acquire Polycom creating a new $2.5 billion revenue company. This deal is valued at $1.96 billion in a cash and stock transaction. More… #3. Axis Communications collaborates with Avaya, EMC and Genetec…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking/IT Industry Updates (23rd Feb – 22nd Mar, ’16)

    Hello, Welcome to monthly Computer Networking/IT industry updates. In this edition, you’ll find some interesting news and product releases by the vendors in our industry over the last one month (23rd February to 22nd March, 2016). #1. Cisco Introduces HyperFlex Systems & new Nexus Series Switches: Cisco has introduced HyperFlex Systems, that simplify policy based automation across network, compute and storage for the widest set of applications. Read more… #2. Cisco completes the Aquisition of Jasper, a privately held company based in Santa Clara whose cloud-based IoT (Internet of Things) service platform enables companies to launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale. More… #3. Cisco introduces DNA: Digital…

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  • News

    Bi-Monthly Computer Networking & IT Updates (Feb. 08 – 22, ’16)

    Hello, Welcome to bi-monthly Computer Networking & IT updates. In this edition, you’ll find some interesting news and product releases by the vendors in our industry over the last two weeks (February 08 to February 22, 2016). #1. Cisco is releasing Cisco Firepower 4100 Series Security Appliances for mid to large-sized organizations. Cisco says these new NGFWs are the first with 40 GbE network connectivity in a compact 1RU space. More… #2. Avaya Introduces Hybrid Midmarket Cloud Solutions: Powered by Avaya IP Office and OnAvaya Google Cloud Platform, the solution enables seamless integration and migration between premises-based and cloud systems. Read more… #3. Check Point introduces SandBlast Agent, a perimeter and zero-day…

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