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Lan1 hosts tech-talk roadshow

Networking and data storage distributor Lan1 has been doing the rounds hosting a technical roadshow to educate resellers on storage developments.

The event is backed by storage manufacturers Adaptec and Fujitsu, however, Glenn Jones, marketing manager of Lan1, claims the roadshow is geared around training rather than a "hard sell".

In conjunction with the roadshow, Lan1 will also be offering training for Quantum's network attached device Snap Server, to it's Snap Access reseller partners in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The roadshow kicked off last week in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, and is coming to Sydney and Brisbane this week.www.lan1.com.au/eventsIP PBXs off to fast start with small companiesSmall companies have proven to be hungrier than big firms for IP telephony gear, although that is expected to change in the next few years, according to a new report.

The most popular IP PBX product by far last year was 3Com's NBX 100, which accounted for slightly more than half of all IP PBX lines shipped in 1999, according to Phillips Group, a telecommunications research firm in New Jersey.

Phillips predicts that the number of IP PBX ports will more than triple during the next three years.

According to the report many small businesses aren't buying IP PBXs for the sake of convergence, but for the applications and simple management they offer.

Upgrades to follow Bluetooth adoption

Although industry observers are predicting high rates of adoption for Bluetooth wireless solutions, those closest to the technology admit there is still much work to be done before Bluetooth performs at its optimum level.

A key issue has been the coexistence of Bluetooth with other wireless LAN and personal area network (PAN) technologies, specifically the 802 family of standards, which operates on the same 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical) band as Bluetooth.

While some sources indicate the market will see a flood of Bluetooth devices hitting the market as early as next year, others believe Bluetooth has two to five years of development left.

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