Who is your mentor? This question was posed the other day to a cable luminary and got me thinking of my many influences; Don, Aloha, Sue, Terri, Bruce, Mr. Bremmer, Tom, John, Daryl, Jerry, Gilles, Norman, Dutch, Roger, Mark; way too many to mention. But the one who is top of mind and the inspiration for this publication is none other than my friend and Viodi co-founder Paul McKellips. Go to the Korner to read more about this amazing guy.
I was able to pose the question of who is your mentor to cable luminary, Paul Maxwell of MediaBiz, at the America Cable Association’s 20th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C. last week. In our video interview, Maxwell also suggests that, 20+ years after the cable act, a two-tier regulatory environment would be more appropriate to deal with the challenges of big and small operators. Click here to read more and view our video interview.
“Do our rules help or hurt innovation,” said FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai at the 2013 ACA Summit. Pai was talking about the dynamic nature of the telecommunications and video industry and how it is important that regulations stay current. He has a number of ideas the FCC can implement without Congressional action, including setting and sticking to deadlines, establishing sunset clauses to prevent the lingering of outdated rules and setting up an online dashboard to show FCC progress to its goals. Click here to read more and view the video interview.
In this second article on the IDC Directions 2013 Conference (March 5th in Santa Clara, CA), we cover the two sessions that addressed the changing dynamics of the new Data Center (DC). We examine the many challenges and requirements new DCs must address, especially for geographically distributed sites. Next we look at current trends, projected growth rates and emerging technologies, such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), and the role they might play in the DC of the future. Finally, we look at why converged DC infrastructure will be a huge growth opportunity till at least 2016. Click here to read more.
We are online all the time and, yet, when we are away from home we don’t know what is going on with our largest investment is how David Bercovich of AlertMe characterizes the problem that his company is trying to solve. AlertMe is managing the metadata generated within the home from various services, such as home security and energy management services. Click here to view.
Using the cloud to connect clients with attorneys is what Rocket Lawyer enables. Rocket Lawyer was referenced last week in a Wall Street article about the rise of mobile apps that help clients find attorneys. ViodiTV caught up with Rocket Lawyer at the Eureka Innovation area of International CES, where they demonstrated the future of lawyer-client interaction. Their app, which is part of their subscription model, allows two-way video interaction with an attorney for those times when face-to-face is needed. Click here to view the video and see how this app illustrates the ever-changing face of content.
Paul McKellips is living his destiny to help defend his country. Like the asymmetric enemies we face, Paul’s weapons are unconventional and leverage his strength in telling a story. Knowing Paul, his motivation for what he is doing is love; love of his fellow-man, love of his family and love of his country.
The video cameras, lighting and novels strewn about his office illustrate his latest work as Executive Vice President/Media Producer for the Foundation for Biomedical Research. In that role, he is responsible for getting the message out about the work of his organization and its members. As would be expected of Paul, he uses multiple media to tell his story.
Click here to read the mini-review of his novel, Uncaged. Uncaged is a must-read for anyone involved in designing and maintaining critical infrastructure, such as telecom or data centers, as the picture it paints is much more gripping and memorable than what might be found in a white paper or a conference about such topics.