TIA elects Mark Walker to board of directors; HP to lead FCoE growth, says Dell'Oro

> The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has elected Mark Walker, a Walker and Associates executive, to its board of directors. He's joining a roundtable of heavyweights at the ICT standards organization that includes representatives from ADTRAN, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Tyco Electronics, and several others. News release.

> A new report from Dell'Oro Group "predicts Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) will be the primary alternative to Fibre Channel as a storage area network (SAN) fabric." And HP (NYSE: HPQ)--not Cisco, which began integrating LAN and SAN (storage area networks) using FCoE in 2009--will lead the charge forward. News release.

> MegaPath has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a Participating Organization. The IP security company will work with the Council to evolve its PCI Data Security Standard and other standards that protect credit card data. News release.

> Ooma is pushing the international long-distance pricing bar higher, introducing three new international calling plans that allow its customers to call 70 countries at less than a penny per minute. Other countries can be reached at bulk discount rates. News release.

> Andy Ory and Peter Minihane of Acme Packet (Nasdaq: APKT) will present at the Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colo., next Monday. News release.

> Content delivery specialist Highwinds continues its hiring spree, bringing on Van Macatee as COO of Content Delivery and Network Services. "With the recent acquisition of BandCon and our high growth rate, he will be instrumental in ensuring that our customer experience remains a top priority," says president Steve Lidell--himself a recent hire.  News release.

> Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW) has acquired cloud-based video publisher Delve Networks for a stock-cash mixture estimated to be worth $10 million. News release.

> RRSat (Nasdaq: RRST) has launched a fourth platform on its Galaxy 19 satellite to distribute TV and radio channels throughout the Americas. The platform will broadcast more than 50 religious programs to customers ranging from Canada to South America.  News release.

> Apparently it's a big week for new hires: CALIENT Technologies has appointed Mike Chandler and Edgar Masri to its board of directors. Chandler is the former president of General Dynamics Information Technology and Masri is president and CEO of Qualtre, Inc. News release.

And finally... Hide your exclamation points: Zhone Technologies (Nasdaq: ZHNE) is trying out a new brand strategy. The network access solutions provider has a corporate solutions mark, called "The IP Zhone" and is surrounding it with positive slogans like "Bandwidth Changes Everything!" and "Building the network of the future...TODAY!" It's too early in the morning for all this excitement. I'm going for more coffee. News release.