Will Cisco Kill Veodia?

There are always two ways to look at a competitor getting into your market: It either validates what you are doing, or it could spell the end of your business, depending on the size of the competitor. With Cisco now entering the enterprise video market, you have to wonder what startups such as Veodia are thinking.

Today, Cisco announced Enterprise TV, which is a YouTube-like service for business. Companies can capture video of corporate meetings or training sessions and broadcast them live or keep them on-demand. Veodia is a small startup that offers — you guessed it — live streaming and video-on-demand services for the enterprise for things like corporate training. Both also support MPEG-4/H.264 and Flash 9.

Though Veodia has roster of clients including BEA, IBM and APC, I can’t help but feel as though Cisco is the Wal-Mart to Veodia’s small mom-and-pop shop. But I talked and emailed with Veodia CEO Guillaume Cohen this morning, and he didn’t seem too worried.

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First Clearwire WiMAX PC card modem gains FCC approval, availablity in 2H07

Clearwire_logoClearwire’s WiMAX modem card got the official A-OK from the FCC yesterday, the first of many WiMAX products to be sure. Availability isn’t until the second half of the year and of course, will only be useful in Clearwire markets. This initial product fits in a Type II PC Card slot and will be compatible with Windows XP and Vista.

Given the wait for the hardware and service, I’m surprised that Clearwire hasn’t gone with an ExpressCard implementation even though adoption of it on the Windows-based hardware side is slow.

(via Laptoping)

Cbeyond, the first VoIP IPO

Forget Vonage, the first VoIP IPO is actually going to be CBeyond, an enterprise VoIP service provider targeting the small and medium sized businesses. Good time to sell out, for this one is not long for the world given the looming competition from incumbents and do-it-yourself types. via