IP just isn’t sexy enough anymore
I remember walking the floor at more than a few trade shows in 2005 and witnessing the excitement around two little letters, IP. IP cameras, IP controllers, IP this, IP that, worming their way into marketing presentations and press releases, dribbling off the lips of newly enlightened security professionals in every aisle. It was fun to watch an entire industry break into an awareness of the power and utility of Internet protocol.
This week at ISC, though, it seems IP is trumped by a new alphanumeric jumble. H.264. Suddenly compression standards are all the rage, I guess. Cisco, Axis, and more than a dozen other companies made announcements or breakthroughs related to creative implementation of the H.264 compression standard. More video squeezing through the wire, more efficient storage, faster searching for video clips, easier sharing of video to your iPhone. Faster, easier, cheaper – all the promises of IP in 2005.