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Content posted in December 2003
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2003 Top Ten: Heavy Findings
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
Heavy Reading lists its most notable research findings
Tom Sweeney, President, CEO, and Chairman, ManagedStorage International
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
"I'm an old phone guy who had to learn some tricks."
IBM Does On-Demand Deal With Target
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
IBM announced it had struck a 10-year deal with Target to manage its mainframe infrastructure using an on-demand approach where the giant retailer will pay only for the computing horsepower
Speculation Continues On BEA Systems Takeover
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
BEA Systems is, once again, the target of acquisition speculation.
IBM's SATA-Day Arrives
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
Big Blue ships SATA expansion unit for midrange SAN server and announces two customers
Houston Energy
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
Geoscientists store prospecting data on NAS, where one breakdown could cost millions of dollars
Microsoft Resellers Upbeat About 2004 Prospects
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
In another sign that IT confidence is climbing, a St. Paul-based research firm on Tuesday said that its survey of more than 1,000 Microsoft Certified Business Partners showed an overwhelming
Vitesse Acquires Cicada For $66 Million
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
Vitesse Semiconductor said it will acquire Cicada Semiconductor, thereby formalizing a partnership which has seen Vitesse market its LAN products along with Cicada's gigabit copper transceivers. Vitesse said it will
How Does This Flash Thing Work, Exactly?
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
I'm a reasonably accomplished software user. I can get most of the software I work with to do what I need it to do. Most of the time.
Here Spot, Here Boy!
Commentary  |  12/30/2003  | 
Well, it looks like Microsoft's Smart Personal Objects Technology (that's SPOT for short) equipped wrist watches will finally hit the streets in January, a full six months behind schedule. Still, I don't think the geeknorati among us will complain much...
Vitesse Buys GigE Ammo
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
Chipmaker pays $66M for 'independent arms dealer' of Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
Storage Goes to the Movies
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
SANs were key to the post-production of some recent high-profile films
Slow But Steady Growth For 2004
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
The time of budget-slashing and staff-cutting and re-engineering is finally, finally over, and an economic rebound is in the air.
IT Security: Bad in 2003? Worse in 2004?
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
As difficult as 2003 was for businesses battling waves of security problems, next year promises to be just as bad, perhaps worse, as additional threats develop from peer-to-peer file sharing
First Look At Windows XP Service Pack 2
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
We've tested the new software on a couple of test machines, and here's what we found.
Business Spending Drives Tech Optimism For New Year
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
BOSTON (AP) -- The corporate spending that drives the technology sector is as strong as it has been since the end of the 1990s boom, giving the industry optimism as
Survey: Size Doesn't Matter
News  |  12/26/2003  | 
Heavy Reading says big-name vendors crossing into storage struggle for recognition
Byte and Switch Index Rising
News  |  12/26/2003  | 
SAN stocks are up, and the momentum seems steady
IBM's p690 Server Market Share Grows
News  |  12/26/2003  | 
IBM Unix server market share picks up, and Big Blue also announces partnership with ShopNBC.com.
Bye Bye, Bob!
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
Bye Bye, Bob! We served up the redolent rodent for Christmas dinner **UPDATED 12/29 10:30 AM**
2003 Top Ten Memorable Quotes
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
Knee-slapping, head-scratching, finger-lickin'-good quotables from the year gone by
The Best Products of 2003
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
Here are the 10 most innovative products of 2003: Despite ongoing economic pressure, this was a year of considerable innovation in nearly every area of the IT industry.
IT Pros Optimistic About 2004 Salary Increases
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
IT professionals are optimistic that the economic turn-around will put more money in their pockets during 2004, a recently-released survey from skills assessment firm Brainbench found.
'Twas The Net Before Christmas
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
"Tis the night before Christmas," I thought with a frown. I was stuck at the office. The network was down.
Micron Sales Surge 62 Percent
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
Micron Technology Inc. reported a 62 percent surge in revenue, to $1.1 billion, a harbinger of the semiconductor industry's improving conditions.
MSI Courts the Enterprise
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
ManagedStorage is expanding its storage service model to hit more enterprise customers
2003 Top Ten: Mergers & Acquisitions
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
It was an acquisitive year: One company alone spent more than $3.5 billion to buy startups
Researchers Outline Microsoft's Top 10 Challenges For 2004
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
Even giants have problems -- and gigantic software maker Microsoft has at least 10 of them.
Vonage Extends VoIP Reach
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
VoIP provider Vonage Holdings has unveiled two marketing pincer movements aimed at bringing its Web telephoning service to broadband subscribers. The firm has established partnerships with a consortium of telecommunications
SMC Ships 802.11a/b/g Access Point
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
SMC on Tuesday shipped its new EliteConnect Universal Wireless Access Point, an all-in-one enterprise-level WLAN access point that supports the 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g Wi-Fi standards.
Hire Now, Save Later
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
See if you can follow this pretzel logic: Since technology vendors now have money to tweak each other via highway billboards, it's time to think about hiring network professionals sooner,
Harvard And IBM Build Grid
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
Harvard University and IBM are working to assemble a universitywide computing grid.
Linux's Recent One-Two Punch
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
The Linux market got a major shot in the arm last week, as the Open Source Development Labs announced the completion of the Linux 2.6 production kernel and Novell released
Thor Updates Xellerate Server Provisioning Software
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
Server provisioning vendor Thor Technologies Monday is shipping an enhanced edition of its flagship Xellerate enterprise provisioning system.
The Jingle of Corporate Donations
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
It's the holiday season and with that comes the age old tradition of gift-giving. It seems appropriate, then, to recognize some of the giving high-tech companies have been engaging in
Houston Energy Gushes About NAS
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
With a NAS that works, geologists ask, why pay for Fibre Channel when you don't need it?
Wisdom of Smart Switch Questioned
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
MaXXan puts upgraded FalconStor software on smart switches - too much of a good thing?
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  12/22/2003  | 
Christmas is just a few days aways now, so while we envision sugarplums dancing in our heads, we invite you to peruse the last issue of this year -- our The Surivor's Guide to 2004. Divided into seven core markets,...
SCO Sends Copyright Violation Warning To Linux Customers
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
As it lays the groundwork for a potential copyright infringement case against Linux, SCO has sent cease-and-desist letters to select Fortune 1000 companies charging them with illegally using more than
New PCs Must Be Protected, Patched
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
Consumers buying PCs as holidays gifts and businesses purchasing new systems to squeeze capital expenditures under the tax wire may be putting themselves at risk as soon as they unwrap
CompTIA Comes To The Rescue In The SLA Process
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
To paraphrase Forrest Gump, a service-level agreement is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you're going to get. That's why the Computing Technology Industry Association last week
Microsoft Queries Linux Users
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
Microsoft is putting questions to Linux consumers and business users with a pair of online polls aimed at finding out what they like about the open-source operating system, and what
Sober.C Starts Spreading, Germany Most At Risk
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
A new Sober mass-mailed worm debuted over the weekend and is picking up steam, causing several anti-virus vendors to boost their threat ranking.
Sun Lands Office Depot Job
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
Sun Microsystems has beat out competitors to land a multiyear agreement to supply storage systems and software to office products reseller Office Depot.
I Am Not An E-Mail Addict, Honest
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
Wayne comes to the realization that he is, in fact, an e-mail addict. Can this man be saved?
Spammers Face Suits
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
The New York attorney general's office and Microsoft last week filed a half-dozen lawsuits against a ring of companies they say is responsible for distributing millions of deceptive E-mails daily.
Microsoft Issues First Outlook Anti-Spam Update
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
Microsoft has quietly provided its first anti-spam filter update for Outlook 2003, the company's newest e-mail client.
Fujitsu, Red Hat Partner In Linux Development
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
Fujitsu Limited and Red Hat said Friday they have started building enterprise features for Linux. The joint development work, which has begun at Red Hat's Boston office, is part of the alliance the companies announced in May. The development...
'Tis the Season To Charge
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
Debit- and credit-card payments are more popular payment methods than cash or checks for in-store purchases, a recent survey says. That means transaction platforms need to perform optimally. Here's how
All-in-One Network Security Appliances
News  |  12/22/2003  | 
Join NWC contributing editor Hugh Smith as he begins examining all-in-one network security appliances (IPSec-VPN, firewall, intrusion detection, content filtering, anti-virus products) for our March 18, 2004, issue.
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