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Voice Video and Data Application Performance, NetForecast Inc.
John Bartlett is a leading authority on real-time traffic, application performance and Quality of Service (QoS) techniques. He specializes in helping enterprises manage voice, video and data application performance. Recent work has focused on designing global networks to best support video conferencing and telepresence systems. John has 32 years of experience in the semiconductor, computer and communications fields in marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing and consulting roles. He has contributed to microprocessor, computer and network equipment design for over 40 products. He has been consulting since 1996. Prior to working as a consultant, John was a founder and VP of Engineering and Manufacturing at Agile Networks, now part of Lucent Technologies. Under his leadership, the company designed and built a high performance Ethernet switch implementing VLANs, and one of the first commercial ATM switches. Both products were successfully introduced to the market and the firm became profitable before it was acquired. Mr. Bartlett also served on the IEEE 802.1 committee during this period, and contributed to the development of the IEEE 802.1P and IEEE 802.1Q standards (priority and VLANs.) John is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering.
Choosing a video conferencing system is daunting. You face a sea of choices. Solutions range from multi-million dollar telepresence suites to desktop software available for pocket change. Your supporting infrastructure can be ad hoc, centralized within your enterprise, integrated with voice or unified communications solutions, or outsourced to a managed services provider. Which technologies will best suit your needs? This session presents a decision tree approach for sifting through vendor offerings and hype so you can determine the right size, bandwidth, features and infrastructure to meet your visual communications needs.
Real-time traffic (voice and video) demand that the network provide low latency, low packet loss and low jitter. Today’s dynamic networks are constantly changing, and the distributed nature of network configuration often lead to errors in design or implementation that can cause quality problems for voice and video conferencing applications. A new breed of testing methodologies and tools is required to test or monitor networks and to isolate problems. This session will explore the need for these tools, will categorize the tools and will list vendors that provide the different kinds of solutions needed to manage today’s complex converged networks. You’ll also learn how to use these tools to troubleshoot when problems do arise.
Video conferencing is arguably the toughest application your enterprise network must support. It gobbles bandwidth while demanding priority treatment (QoS). Designing the right network solution to support enterprise video conferencing is key to its acceptance as a business tool. This session will explore technical aspects of designing, testing, and managing an enterprise network to support high quality video conferencing and telepresence -- and dive deeply into security, LAN QoS, and WAN QoS issues.
Just last year Polycom and Tandberg were the top two players providing primarily room-based video conferencing equipment running H.323 to enterprises, with a number of additional players in the market working hard to take away some of their market share. Suddenly we have Cisco as the largest video vendor and HP announcing a strong new line of products with their partner Vidyo. Desktop video conferencing is on the rise. Unified Communications (UC) architectures are becoming the core of the video infrastructure involving Microsoft, IBM and Avaya in the fray, and using SIP as the standard for video signaling. How will all this settle out? If I am making a video conferencing decision now that I want to sustain my company for the foreseeable future, which way should I go?
In this panel, the video conferencing vendors will discuss these key transitions and how they see the market shaping up as we move forward. Join us to see if they agree or disagree, and learn which vendor’s vision best suits the requirements of your company.