Expert Analysis
Content posted in November 2005
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McData's Mixed Bag
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Manufacturing, supply chain issues dog Q3 results, but strong revenues
Renaming the Internet
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Back in our October 13th, 2005 edition of the Last Mile, we asked those twisted and disturbed individuals we affectionately call our readers (also known as "you") to offer up their most creative ideas for a new name for the...
Rotor Routers
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Podcast - Collaboration On The Go, Episode 04 - Rotor Routers. We all have moments of insight, where an idea or concept becomes clear and settles into the frontal lobes of our minds. Squeaky breaks and pitted rotors caused my...
FCC's Martin Calls For 'A La Carte' Cable Pricing
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Cable, entertainment industry reps opppose FCC view during informal "indecency" hearing in D.C.
Open-Source Gambit: Sun Offers JES, N1 And Java Tools At No Cost
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Sun makes good on its promise to offer all of its software free and as open source with the delivery of Solaris Enterprise System, which combines JES, N1 server and
Akron Builds Wi-Fi /WiMAX Mesh Network
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Akron, Ohio is rolling out a multi-spectrum Wi-Fi /WiMAX mesh network early next year.
Ex-Computer Consultant Convicted In 'Google Murder' Trial
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
In a murder trial featuring evidence of Google searches, jurors have found former computer consultant Robert Petrick guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of his wife. He will serve
Google Goes After Classifieds, Big-Time
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Newspapers and online classified ad sites should start trembling, because Google has made it clear it's painted a bull's eye on the classified market. A new Google job posting for a director of classified ads has made it clear that...
Cisco May Soon Top WLAN Switch Market: Report
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
It gained 22% market share in 3Q, just behind Symbol's 28%; purchase of Airespace may put it over the top.
'Google Murder' Trial Nearing Conclusion
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Prosecutors have found more computer evidence in the trial of a computer consultant accused of killing his wife and dumping her body into a lake; the case could go before
Consumer Beware: 'Unlimited' 3G Service Has Strict Limits
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Tempted by 'unlimited' 3G service? Look closely at the fine print and you'll find strict limits on some of the things we all expect to do on the Internet.
Out Of Alignment?
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Getting IT and business managers on the same page is a frequent topic of conversation these days. Most IT managers I speak to bring up that desire to work closely with their business counterparts, unprompted. But efforts to achieve that alignment don't always result in the business benefits both executives and IT professionals seek to achieve. Optimize magazine's most recent survey of CIOs of Fortune 3000 companies found
Cisco Shells Out for Intellishield
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
CyberTrust's security information service had a $14 million price tag
Objects in Store
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Object-oriented databases can save space, if you don't mind the tradeoffs
EMC Intros SME SAN Switch
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Unveils a scaled-down, 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel SAN switch
No Virtue Here
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
No, I will not hold
Walking the Walk
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's hard to talk the talk when Nasdaq threatens delisting
Order of Magnitude
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Storage exploits Ethernet's power of 10
HP Launches Formal Utility Computing Service
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Customers can buy access to basic IT infrastructure, including server, storage, network, operating system, and associated HP management tools, and pay per CPU hour.
Big Easy Gets Free Wi-Fi Network
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
New Orleans is unveiling a free Wi-Fi network, which is going live Tuesday in the French Quarter and in the central business quarter.
Broadband Over Powerline To Light Up Utilities
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Though still a niche market, broadband networking over power lines -- whether in the home or in the wider area -- could turn out to be a major
Necessity Is The Mother
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
If you've spent any length of time supporting users, you know that there is no end to the imaginative workarounds they can come up with when a system goes down and they have work that still needs to happen. Yes, necessity is the mother of invention, or some other kind of mother, but when it comes to e-mail workarounds, the inventiveness of users can cause problems. And it's hard to quibble with their intent. Businesses can no longer build slack into their schedules as a just-in-case measure wh
Wi-Fi Chip Sales To Hit 120 Million This Year: Report
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
In-Stat says 100 million chipsets have already shipped; shipments have been growing at an annual rate of 64%.
30% Of Homes To Be Cellular Or VoIP-Only: Gartner
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
New predictions claims that traditional telephony is now in a state of decline with cellular and voice-over-IP connections increasing rapidly.
Nintendo Beats Google To Free Nationwide Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
Strange as it may seem, Nintendo is deploying a free, nationwide Wi-Fi network, well before Google. For now, it's a game service. But there's no reason why in the future it couldn't be used for the Web, email, and data...
Too Much Time
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
Cell service has improved enough that enterprises are now comfortable relying on the technology to conduct business. But improved service quality has not come with corresponding advances in the cost-effectiveness of contracts. Consider your own personal cell phone contract: Are you satisfied with it or are you paying for minutes you will never use? If you have too much of a good thing, then you aren't alone.
More Alternative Funding
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
Tired of turkey? Thanksgiving Weekend produced a $300 million fund for data center firms
Alcatel Ups 10GigE Density
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Alcatel's OmniSwitch LAN boxes increase its core numbers but won't be chasing Force10
Revivio Turns SAS Onto CDP
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Software vendor turns to startup while backup stalwarts warm to technology
VoIP Growth Vastly Outpacing Traditional Voice
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
VoIP system sales over the last year dwarfed that of traditional voice system sales, according to a new research report issued Monday by investment firm Merrill Lynch, New York, N.Y.
Microsoft Hires Cray Supercomputer Scientist
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
Microsoft has hired Cray supercomputer developer Burton Smith to work in its growing high performance computing (HPC) effort.
The Five Security 'Musts' You Can't Ignore
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
While some elements of ensuring network and system security may be optional, there are at least five things you can't put off doing, says columnist Wayne Rash.
Cyber Monday: A Big Yawn
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
You probably haven't noticed it, but today has been designated by marketing mavens as "Cyber Monday," which is supposed to be the online shopping equivalent of the "Black Friday" shopping extravaganza the day after Thanksgiving. Do they actually pay marketing...
Cisco Offers Partners New Upgrade Incentives
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
Starting off this week, Cisco Systems has launched a new program that will help its partners take full advantage of current technology-upgrade cycles.
When Will IPTV Make Its Big Debut?
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
IPTV is the future of TV, say analysts, but adoption has been slow. When will the technology finally hit the big time?
Tempe Claims Largest Dual-Use Muni Wireless Network
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
The Arizona city is formally launching what it claims is the largest municipal wireless network to serve both citizens and city government.
Waiting For Proof
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
CA is making a big play to revamp its image -- and rescue its future -- with a new name, 26 new products, a new strategy but the jury is still out on what the vendor's prospects are. In last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll, most of the respondents say they are still at least somewhat skeptical about CA's software and the company's future. Seventy-two percent said that CA's past mistakes are causing them t
Going With The Flow
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
Flow-based network monitoring provides managers with more useful information, such as application performance, server balancing, and bandwidth usage.
Certifiable Security
Commentary  |  11/25/2005  | 
It's not like we don't have enough acronyms floating around our industry--acronyms for standards, technologies, product designations, and professional certifications. Add to that list the group of acronyms and names for product certifications administered by various groups and the alphabet...
CERT Says Phishers Get Craftier
News  |  11/24/2005  | 
As phishers get sneakier, can banks' storage systems meet the challenge?
UK Firm Drills Down With WAFS
News  |  11/24/2005  | 
Drilling barges spread around the world give remote office a new meaning
Google Testing Click-To-Call Service
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Google Inc. is testing a click-to-call service that lets users speak over the phone to an advertiser found on the search engine's results page.
3Q Server Sales Reach $12.5B
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
IDC and Gartner may be rivals in the analyst community, but on Wednesday they did agree on who the top five server vendors were in the third quarter of 2005.
Turkey Servers
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Whoops, my mistake--that should be "Servers and turkeys." The server market is doing fine, according to a new report out from IDC: Windows and Linux are still up against each other for seemingly every customer out there on the planet...
Report: Windows Is Pacing The Server Market
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
The worldwide server market grew at an 8.1 percent year-over-year rate in the third quarter paced by Microsoft Windows and Linux servers, which continue to battle each other for customers,
Outsourcing: IT Threat Or Opportunity?
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Just in time for the holidays come dire predictions likely to send a chill through the hearts of most U.S. IT professionals. An upcoming Congressional report is forecasting difficult times ahead for domestic IT workers, thanks in large part to the way that technology itself has helped erase geographic boundaries and make it possible for less expensive offshore workers to compete and win jobs from U.S. employees.
Next-Generation Network Gear Sales Up 70% In 3rd Q: Report
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Sales of next-generation network (NGN) equipment experienced a sharp rise in the third quarter, as carriers and service providers continue to deploy advanced network services
Help Me Fix My Wi-Fi Router
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Two days ago, my Linksys BEFW11S4 Wi-Fi router went on strike: It refuses to use DHCP to hand out IP addresses, and so I've had to assign static IP addresses to all my PCs. Incompetent Linksys technicians have been no...
Home Networking Chip Start-up Raises $14.5 Million
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Home and multimedia networking chip start-up CopperGate Communications has closed a third round of financing, raising $14.5 million.
Time For ID Lockdown
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Lies, damned lies and statistics
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