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Content posted in October 2005
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Intel Inside?
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
Unisys and NEC had a fairly low-key announcement last week of a technology alliance that will see the two companies blending efforts to advance their lines of servers, software, and integrated packages. It's certainly not a merger, but it is...
Unisys Exits Hardware Assembly
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
A technology alliance with NEC will see the two companies pooling R&D on a new generation of high-end Intel-based servers, as well as software and support; NEC will handle the
HP Finalizes AppIQ Acquisition, Details Server and Storage Roadmap
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The company plans new automation enablement technology for HP BladeSystem infrastructures and will deliver products for cluster virtualization and grid management.
Protect Yourself Against Rogue Wireless Access Points
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
As wireless networks proliferate, so do rogue access points, set up by employees or by hackers intent on stealing data and customers. Here's how you can protect yourself against them.
Red Hat To Include Xen, Stateless Linux In Next Release
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Red Hat plans to offer Xen virtualization, stateless linux and enhanced support for open source development in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, due at the end of 2006.
Review: Vista October CTP Pre-Beta 2
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Another Community Technology Preview release of Vista adds features for networking and the Control Panel, including a great new Mobility Control.
New Internet Explorer 7 Features Revealed
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
In the latest preview of Windows Vista, IE 7 offers some significant new additions. However, it's still a work in development.
'Wi-Fi' Wins Webster's Attention
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Wi-Fi is no longer just a wireless technology: it's now an official word, too, because it's included in the new edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
Radware Offers Software To Detect Network Performance Problems
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
APSolute Insite is meant to deliver comprehensive network management and security auditing, making it easier control user access to data.
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
It isn't just goblins and trick-or-treaters you need to be afraid of this Halloween. Network and server intrustions are continuing at a too-high rate. A recent VanDyke Software survey found that 25 percent of the respondents had been hit with an intrusion within the last two years. Yet in spite of the high incidence of intrusions, only slightly more than half of the system administrators polled said they had eliminated inse
One Quarter Of Enterprises Admit To Intrusion Attempts: Survey
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
One in four enterprises have been victimized by intrusions into their networks and servers in the last two years, according to a VanDyke Software-commissioned survey.
Startups Aim At WiMAX Heavyweights
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Two startups will introduce WiMAX-related products this week in the hope their voice can be heard above the big guns such as Intel and Fujitsu.
SBC Chief Declares War On Google, Vonage
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
It appears that SBC CEO Edward Whitacre has declared war on Google, Yahoo, Vonage, MSN --- in fact, virtually any site or service on the Web. Whitacre said to Business Week about Google, "Now what they would like to do...
Virtual Iron Software Adds Support For AMD, IBM Blades
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The vendor expanded its datacenter virtualization platform to include support for systems using Opteron processors and for IBM's blade servers.
Work In Progress
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Service-oriented architectures are a blueprint for software development, but they're hard to perfect
AMD's High-Stakes Wager
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The chipmaker capitalizes on advances in the server and desktop markets, betting $2.5 billion on a plant that could help it reach its goal of doubling market share in the
You Know These Security Threats--You Hired Them
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
New products are designed to stop threats that come from the inside.
We are so cool...
Commentary  |  10/29/2005  | 
...in terms of temperature in the lab, that is. Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting NWC Inc. lately has noticed that it's really warm near the servers. Too warm, in fact. Last week the temp starting rising, and...
SNW: Some Wheat, Some Chaff
News  |  10/29/2005  | 
The show's a wrap, but some things we learned there will take a while to come to fruition
Users Leverage Vendors
News  |  10/29/2005  | 
Relationship building goes a long way toward better products and support, users say
Sun Gets Secretive on Storage
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Prepares to tighten the screws on storage security with encryption, ID management products
Mobile Phone Users Say 'Smile For The Camera'
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Consumers are expected to buy a half billion camera-phones this year, which amounts to 2 out of every 3 mobile phones purchased.
Shoot The Messenger, Not The Medium
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
Black lists and white lists . . . what does it all mean? To many of us it all looks like spam. I once asked an associate of mine on the sales side of the house what makes for legitimate advertising. His response, while understandable, was a bit disturbing. His philosophy was any ads that are paid for are legitimate. It took me a while, and I didn't like myself better as a result, but I started to see his point. As a culture, we've accepted without necessarily appreciating the notion of advertis
Qualcomm Slammed With European Patent Complaints
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Nokia, Ericsson and four other mobile technology providers have filed complaints with the European Commission alleging that Qualcomm is engaging in anticompetitive conduct in licensing its 3G patents.
Shades Of Grey
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
Thanks in large part to the Internet, enterprise threats are constant and they are everywhere-- viruses, Worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, phishing attacks, and on and on and on. And throw in the growing ubiquity of so-called greynet apps that end users can install without the help -- or approval -- of IT, and the threat worsens. So what is an under-resource
VoIPShield Launches VoIP Risk Assessment Tool
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
VoIPshield Systems Inc. has just launched a new voice over IP (VoIP) vulnerability assessment solution that will allow organizations to respond to threats before they affect IP telephony systems and
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
We've got two really different freebies for you this Friday. The first is from IBM and it's the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. Based on Apache Geronimo, version 1.0 is a lightweight, Java 1.4 certified, Java??? 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition...
Six Phone Firms Ask EU To Punish Qualcomm
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Six leading mobile phone makers have filed separate complaints with the European Commission alleging that Qualcomm Inc. is unfairly withholding intellectual property.
SBC-AT&T Merger: Last Gasp Of The Dinosaurs?
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
The finally approved merger of SBC and AT&T sounds as if it will create a blockbuster company, but there are signs that it's only creating a dinosaur whose time isn't long for this world. The latest sign: SBC CFO Rick...
What's in Your iPod?
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
I don't know about you, but I'm hooked on my iPod. I carry it with me when I mow the lawn, it's my soundtrack when the drive is more than about 10 minutes, and it keeps the outside world at...
Hospital Saves With Server Shakeup
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
IT director expects an ROI of $2.4M thanks to major server consolidation effort
Novell Plans To Cut 20% Of Workforce
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
The layoffs, part of a massive cost-cutting measure to placate Wall Street, could seriously impact Novell's SuSE Linux operations.
As Intel Stumbles, AMD's Momentum Increases
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
AMD's share of the total x86 processor market grew to 17.6% in the third quarter, up from 16.2% in the second quarter, according to Mercury Research.
Hanging Together
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Is it me, or are we seeing a decided trend lately toward industry consortiums to deal with problems/opportunities/standards/whatever?...
FCC Chair Pushes For Reform In Video, USF
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Kevin Martin calls for national TV franchises and champions a number-based system for universal service contributions.
I nearly forgot to tell you CMP's big news in time for SNW.
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
I nearly forgot to let you know about all the changes we're working on here at CMP Media! This was some of the most exciting (to me) news of SNW... First, I want to welcome Byte and Switch to the...
The Future Is (Starting) Now
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
If the writing wasn't on the wall before it, it certainly is now. IDC numbers published Thursday show that sales of wireless devices without voice communications capabilities slid for the seventh quarter in a row. Given that much of corporate mobile use rose up almost organically, with individuals increasingly using their personal wireless devices for work-related communications, this trend toward consolidation almost certain
Locking Down The Internet
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
It's 10 a.m. -- do you know where your employees are? The time to set Internet use policies and implement Web-control measures is now.
Brocade CTO Looking at Data Center
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Plots new strategies to make the data center 'more usable'
Norton Internet Security 2006
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
This year's Norton security suite is a mixed bag, offering effective protection from many threats but stumbling with spyware.
Users to SNIA: Help Us Manage
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Management improvements could free up senior IT staff
CLECs Will Be Forced To Increase MSAP Use: Report
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
American competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) will invest more heavily into multiservice access platforms (MSAPs) in the near future to comply with new government regulations, according to a new Heavy
SBC To Adopt 'AT&T' As Post-Merger Moniker
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
The storied AT&T brand will live on, according to SBC Communications, which said on Thursday that it will adopt AT&T Inc. as its name and unveil a new logo once
Alcatel Posts Profit On Strong Mobile Sales
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
France-based communications company Alcatel Corp. posted third-quarter net earnings of $323.2 million on sales of $4.0 billion, up from $236.9 million on sales of $3.7 billion in the year-ago
Google's San Francisco Pitch: Make WiFi, Not War!
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
A look under the covers of Google's proposal to provide free WiFi for San Francisco show the odd mix of above-the-fray, rhetorical idealism, and hard-nosed commercialism that we've come to expect from the search giant. But if Google wins the...
SNW Cool Stuff
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Well, I'm about 80% done with SNW, and it's time to check in and let you know about the cool stuff I've seen and heard. Focused and roaring - Adaptec. They've got a lot coming down the pike, and you'll...
Grab Your Partner
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Storage partnerships proliferate - and perplex
4-Gig Fans Fawn
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
But not everyone's convinced they need more than 2-gig for Fibre Channel
NEC Offers Leasing Program With 90-Day Deferment
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
NEC Solutions America is trying to make it easier for small and midsize businesses to purchase a package with Fault Tolerant and Itanium 2 servers, storage, and software.
Biz Continuity Not Always a Disaster
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Enterprise executives battle issues that can make or break a good business continuity strategy
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