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Content posted in November 2003
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Microsoft 'Airlift' Promises Tips On Portal, E-Business Servers
News  |  11/29/2003  | 
Information technologists wanting more detail on Microsoft's portal and e-business server offerings are heading to Seattle next week for the company's Portals and Integration "Airlift."
Integration Delay For Sun
News  |  11/29/2003  | 
Integration delay for Sun means integration server won't be part of Java suite
Long-Awaited Linux Kernel Update Slated For December Release
News  |  11/29/2003  | 
Linus Torvalds and Open Source Development Labs plan a big coming-out party late next month for the Linux 2.6 kernel.
Controller Handles Multiple Hard Drives
News  |  11/29/2003  | 
NetCell Corp., claims its TurboDisk chip can control up to five hard drives while providing better performance and data protection than RAID Level 5 controllers, at a lower cost.
Utility Computing: Have You Got Religion?
News  |  11/29/2003  | 
At its most hyped, utility computing is a simple idea. But is it really "the way"?
Is Grid Computing Next Wave?
News  |  11/29/2003  | 
Although most multiline, multistate insurers are focusing their resources on lengthy policy management and claims systems rebuilds, the next generation of insurance infrastructures will be grid-based, according to experts.
Backup Still a Pain in the Neck
News  |  11/28/2003  | 
Many IT shops plan to turn to disk to deal with bigger backup jobs, according to B&S poll
Dell, EMC Talk Turkey
News  |  11/27/2003  | 
Storage partners give thanks for each other and say new iSCSI products are in the oven
Linux Gains Ground
News  |  11/27/2003  | 
While still cautious on open source, insurers are seriously studying-and increasingly implementing-Linux-related solutions.
Software Could Simplify Development Of Embedded 'Super Systems'
News  |  11/27/2003  | 
A new simulation software package could change conventional development processes for embedded "super systems" used in aerospace, industrial, medical and telecommunications applications.
EMC to Invest $100M in India
News  |  11/27/2003  | 
Bolsters development center in the 'Silicon Valley of India' to handle Asia/Pac growth
Microsoft To Beta Test CD-Based Security Updates
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Microsoft is considering a release of security updates on CD for users of its older operating systems who lack broadband connections to the Internet, according to an e-mail sent to
Stage Set For Heated FCC Debate On Regulating VoIP
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
When the FCC examines VoIP in landmark hearings Monday, the battle lines in the debate will be sharply drawn.
A Moment of Veritas
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
A Moment of Veritas Veritas tops the ratings in Heavy Reading's latest market perception report... truly
Phoenix Technologies Opens Up BIOS to the Network
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
For years, BIOS, or basic input/output system technology has been the standard for delivering instructions that tell PCs, servers, and other devices how to boot their operating systems and manage different hardware components. BIOS maker Phoenix Technologies Ltd. opened...
McData Sales Boss McExits
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Alain Andreoli, EVP of sales and service, resigns to join... well, he's not saying just yet
Insurance IT Spending To Increase...Slightly
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
TowerGroup forecasts point to emphasis on closing the gap between IT spending and strategic business operations.
Server Market Grows For Second Consecutive Quarter
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
The worldwide server market grew by 2 percent in the third quarter, a higher-than-expected jump that was driven primarily by demand for low- and medium-priced systems, a market research firm
Spam spam spam spam...
Commentary  |  11/26/2003  | 
We all hate spam, but have you ever stopped to consider just how little we know about it? We focus so much on the hows and whys of bayesian filters and spamtraps that we sometimes fail to ask the really...
Candera Cans SAN Hands
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Startup lays off one-third of staff, but CEO says it remains on track for third funding round
Adios
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Adios After 2 years in the storage saddle, I'm dismounting
Storage Alchemy: Don't Count Tape Out Just Yet
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
While we weren't looking, someone went and declared tape backup systems dead. Sure, the attractive price of disk is exerting some pressure on tape sales, especially at the low end,
IBM, BEA Join In Pursuing New Java Specs
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
IBM and BEA Systems Inc. introduced specifications that would add consistency among Java-based infrastructure software, and make it easier to use the Java platform within a service-oriented architecture.
Quantum Reorg Carves Off 110
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Tape vendor swings layoff axe as it merges DLTtape and storage systems groups
Twingo, Aventail Team On SSL VPNs
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Desktop security provider Twingo Systems inked a deal Monday with Aventail to integrate its end-point security agents with Aventail's SSL VPNs.
Cisco Upgrades Storage Switch Software
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Cisco Systems on Nov. 18 unveiled a new version of its SAN switch operating system to increase the connectivity and flexibility of its switches.
Happy Thanksgiving
Commentary  |  11/25/2003  | 
Thanksgiving is almost here -- which means bloated bellies, screaming football fans, mass family gatherings, and midnight turkey sandwiches. Of course, it's also that time of the year where we try to take a moment to think about what we...
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  11/25/2003  | 
Howdy Folks, Since it's a short week for some of us (with the looming Holiday), we'd like to invite you to check out the entire November 25th issue. Some of the articles you'll find include: ?? Our Look at Utility...
Implementing Distance Learning
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Despite rumors of its demise, Webcasting is still alive and well.
OPINION: Novell's An Open-Source Software Champion
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Novell buys SuSE Linux and Ximian, IBM invests $50 million in Novell, and SCO sues everyone who ever looked at Linux. What's it all about?
What Comes Next For Microsoft? Seamless Connectivity
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Microsoft's chief software architect used the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, as he has for the past 20 years, to talk about what comes next: Seamless Computing.
Five Ways To Modernize Your Mainframes
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Here's how your company can add new value to its big iron, while lowering operating costs.
Sun Snares Ex-EMC'er
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Fidelma Russo, previously at EMC, joins Sun as VP of quality engineering for network storage
Novell: Open-Source Software Champion
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
Novell buys SuSE Linux and Ximian, IBM invests $50 million in Novell, and SCO sues everyone who ever looked at Linux. What's it all about? First, despite the denial of Novell
Next-Generation WLANs: Version 1.0
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
It's been 10 years since thousands of IT organizations, frustrated by the limitations of desktop computers and mainframes, concluded that the path to progress lay in client/server computing systems. There
Half Of Companies Surveyed Suffered Security Breach
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
Nearly half of the nation's fastest-growing companies suffered a recent breach in information security, according to a survey released Monday by consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Veritas Finally Delivers on Cisco
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
Pair ship their first virtualization switch, but expect virtually nobody to buy it - for now
Home for Their Holidays
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
Sure, it's almost Thanksgiving, but what does that really mean for IT professionals? It means making sure that remote access to the network is rock-solid, so that senior execs can
Elevator Company Takes Fibre Channel To The Top
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
When you're shipping a custom glass elevator to a client, the proper packaging and handling is everything. And that helps to explain why customer service representatives at Minnesota Elevator Inc.
Dell Pulls Some Corporate Tech Support From India
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
Dell has routed its U.S. technical support for two corporate computer lines to U.S. facilities from Bangalore, India, following complaints from commercial customers.
Storage Alchemy: Don't Count Tape Out Just Yet
Commentary  |  11/24/2003  | 
Disk sales may take a bite out of the tape market, but tape is still alive and kicking.
EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Southern Co.'s Roger Park
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
Roger Park, 56-year-old Park , manages the servers and desktop systems group that supports server hardware and operating systems for the utility's 750 Windows and 250 Unix platforms.
Choosing The Right Server
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
How to choose the right server for your needs: We'll take you through some of the key factors to consider before you buy.
Select A Server
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
Sizing Up Servers: Here are some factors to consider when purchasing new servers.
EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
In business, 49-year-old McNealy has long been known for his offense, usually in the form of vociferous attacks on arch-rival Microsoft. Yet this year, as Sun struggles under great pressure,
SunGard Consolidates Disaster-Recovery Centers
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
SunGard is consolidating five disaster-recovery centers into one at its New York metro area megacenter
IBM Gets Behind Linux Desktop
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
IBM Global Services and Novell SUSE intend to promote new products and programs to push Linux on the PC desktop from obscurity to reality.
EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Open Source Development Labs' Linus Torvalds
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
Odd as it may seem, Linus Torvalds now holds a full-time job, within the Linux community.
Cooperation Helps Server VARs
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
Cooperation, not competition, is gaining a foothold in many businesses.
At Orbitz, Linux Delivers Double the Performance At One-Tenth the Cost
News  |  11/23/2003  | 
While controversy surrounding Linux has left some companies skittish, online travel agency Orbitz Inc. is more committed than ever to the open-source operating system that powers the company's search engine
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