Dialogic Blog

Building Scalable Video Applications

by Jim Machi

Oct 10, 2017 9:51:00 AM

“In Many Cases, Media Servers Make or Break the Real-Time Video Application.”  

So it says in the beginning of the white paper “Building Real-Time Video Apps that Scale” written by BlogGeek.Me. I couldn’t agree more considering media servers are at the heart of real-time communication applications.

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Topics: WebRTC, Unified Communications and Collaboration, Voice and Video

Getting Started With Video – It’s Easier Than You Think.

by Alan Percy

Sep 19, 2017 3:09:08 PM

Video is one of the all-time “killer apps” – allowing users to use their acute sense of vision to see hidden emotion on people’s faces, detect danger, and provide comfort when needed.   Video is quickly becoming the norm for the millennial generation, a feature in many of the social and communications applications.

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Topics: WebRTC, Events, Unified Communications and Collaboration, Voice and Video

MVNO’s Need Their Own Infrastructure To Differentiate

by Jim Machi

Aug 8, 2017 10:11:50 AM

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are increasingly investing in their own infrastructure. Why?  Because running on someone else’s mobile network and trying to differentiate via marketing / branding isn’t good enough anymore.  So MVNO’s are putting in some of their own infrastructure to use with the host network to create functional differentiation in addition to the marketing differentiation. 019 Telzar in Israel has recently done this, and it resulted in a 50% increase in its customer base in 5 months. Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs) have also emerged to supply the infrastructure differentiation to the MVNO’s, so the MVNO itself doesn’t have to invest in the infrastructure.

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Topics: WebRTC, Fax, Modem, TDM, VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, IPX, Signaling

Future of the Multifunction Peripherals (MFP)

by Jim Machi

Aug 1, 2017 9:01:00 AM

MFP’s (Multifunction Peripherals) take up valuable real estate in an enterprise office environment.  As the world goes more digital and more green, it stands to reason that there will be less printing, less scanning, and less faxing. But they will remain essential to the office for when you do need to print, scan, or fax. So, what can you do with them to maximize the real estate?

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Topics: WebRTC, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Communications Application Development

WebRTC for Business People - Update

by Jim Machi

Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Three or four years ago, when WebRTC was still a strange concept, Tsahi Levent-Levi wrote a paper called “WebRTC for Business People.” That paper helped a fledging community of application developers, vendors, service providers, and enterprises understand WebRTC.  He has updated that paper now in 2017 and you can obtain it here

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Topics: WebRTC

Unified Communications in the Cloud

by Jim Machi

Jul 18, 2017 9:21:50 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I explored the migration to Unified Communications and gave my point of view about how the migration is somewhat determined by economics and the fact that enterprises have already set in place communications systems that have been paid for and work.  But let’s say that you as an enterprise have determined the time is right to move to UC.  Should it be premise-based or cloud-based?   Some enterprises are worried about losing control and want on-premise equipment.  But for many enterprises, UCaaS is the way to go as long as they are satisfied with the Quality of Service (QoS) and security.  And by now, so many enterprises have moved to cloud-based UC that there are more than enough use cases and proof points that QoS and security issues have largely been overcome.

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Topics: WebRTC, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Communications Application Development

IoT and Video go Hand-In-Hand

by Alan Percy

Jul 17, 2017 4:02:19 PM

Like many others, I’ve been watching the adoption of video as it goes from a novel curiosity to a mainstream means of communications.  As humans, we are naturally drawn to images, especially moving images.  As a techie, I’m also drawn to automation systems and the Internet of Things.  What happens when you bring IoT and video together?

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Topics: WebRTC, Internet of Things, Communications Application Development, Analytics

What Should the Next Generation SBC Be Able to Handle?

by Jim Machi

Jul 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s strange to be writing about a next generation SBC, given that it seems only yesterday that SBCs came to the fore.  But alas, SBCs have been around for over 15 years now. The original SBC functions that were there to support peering for IP – IP networks, such as connectivity in the form of IPv4-IPv6 interworking, NAT traversal, and SIP protocol translations and security in the form of DoS support, toll fraud, signaling encryption, and packet protection are still very much important, but the SBC has been asked to do more these days.  So if you have an SBC from the “old days” it’s likely not pulling its weight.

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Topics: WebRTC, Signaling

Unified Communications Murkiness

by Jim Machi

Jun 27, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Everyone is talking about UC these days.  But what is it?  And why hasn’t everyone deployed it yet?

First of all, UC is a murky topic.  Unified Communications at it’s most basic level is voice, email and presence/IM capability in an application.   And some companies are very particular about saying they have UC apps because they have the basic ones.  But UC can also mean voice conferencing, video conferencing, text messaging, collaboration / document sharing, and fax.   And this contributes to different price points and target market fit. 

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Topics: WebRTC, Fax, Modem, TDM, Communications Application Development

Can Communications Service Providers Turn Dumb-Pipes to Differentiated Services? (Part 3) – Conversational User Experience

by Peter Kuciak

Jun 15, 2017 2:51:52 AM

 

This is part 3 of the blog series. You can read parts 1 and 2 by clicking the links below.

Part 1  

Part 2

One of the recent “hot” products entering the market are smart speakers.  No, I’m not talking about a speaker that will refuse to play Nickelback or clean up the modern music to adjust language for family consumption (that is actually not a bad idea). I’m talking about products like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple, and soon, many other smart speaker devices that will no doubt flood the market in consumer, enterprise, and industrial applications.

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Topics: WebRTC, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Internet of Things, Communications Application Development