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Content posted in December 2003
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Proliferation...it's a job
Commentary  |  12/20/2003  | 
Here's a harmless little question from Nortel Network's VPN download page: Are you involved in any nuclear, missile, chemical or biological warfare proliferation activities? Do they honestly think anyone would answer in the affirmative? They are obviously overlooking those involved...
McData Hires One, Seeks Another
News  |  12/20/2003  | 
A new Asia/Pacific VP and general manager has started, but the CEO's still heading sales
Microsoft Issues First Outlook Anti-Spam Update
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Microsoft has quietly provided its first anti-spam filter update for Outlook 2003, the company's newest e-mail client.
BEA, Oki Electric To Build Communications Software
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
BEA Systems Inc. and Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. on Friday said they have formed an alliance to build a business applications platform that combines information technology and communications.
Others Could Join RealNetworks In Microsoft Suit
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
While RealNetworks is the only plaintiff in its antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, experts say it could be helped later by other companies with similar concerns within their own markets.
Red Hat Snaps Up Sistina
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Linux vendor will put out $31M to buy tiny Sistina in ongoing enterprise market thrust
Looking For ROI In VoIP
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
To VoIP, or not to VoIP, that was the question. And the answer, according to the Networking Pipeline Voting Booth, is that many enterprises are already adding VoIP to their
Database Reporting Services To Launch Next Month
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Reporting Services for SQL Server 2000 will make its official debut on a January 27 Webcast, according to a Microsoft spokesperson. The company had been trying to get the database
Microsoft Spells Out Windows 2000 Server Retirement
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Microsoft has given Windows 2000 Server its walking papers. Late Wednesday, the Redmond, Wash.-based developer outlined a multi-stage retirement plan for the older server software, which was supplanted this year by the newer Windows Server 2003. Effective April 1, 2006,...
Athlon 64 Needs A Killer App
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
The low-end version of Advanced Micro Devices Athlon 64 -- the AMD Athlon 64 3000+ -- is here, but where is the software that runs on the 64-bit machine?
A Filter in Time Saves Nine
Commentary  |  12/19/2003  | 
Tuesday is the biggest day for outgoing E-mail, making Wednesday the biggest day for "NOT" reading E-mail, according to EmailLabs' "Delivery Trends Report," a quarterly newsletter observation post. In a second major finding, email recipients are tending not to "unsubscribe"...
The Survivor's Guide to 2004: Converged Voice, Video and Data
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Implementing voice and video over your data network is a speculative venture. But you can increase the odds that your bet will pay off by keeping the business case for
The Survivor's Guide to 2004: Business Applications
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
To-do list: Check for HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance; enable real-time enterprise and Web services initiatives. A tall order, but someone has to do it. Here's what you need to know.
The Survivor's Guide to 2004: Business Strategy
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
A spending rebound doesn't mean a return to free-spending ways. Now it's about discipline.
Tibco BusinessWorks 5.0: Business Works at Your Service
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Tibco product lets you integrate apps in a standards-protected, controlled environment.
The Survivor's Guide to 2004: Storage and Servers
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
It's a buyer's market for servers, users are making their voices heard, and AMD is coming on strong with a new 64-bit processor. Swing into action as consolidation and commoditization
The Return of Risk and Leverage
Commentary  |  12/19/2003  | 
2004 will be the year the IT also-rans are exposed while the scrappy visionaries are rewarded.
The Survivor's Guide to 2004: Network and Systems Management
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
NSM products are improving, slowly but steadily, and we're seeing standards gains to boot.
The Survivor's Guide to 2004: Infrastructure
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
The success of all business initiatives still depends on a reliable network infrastructure with predictable performance.
Survivor's Guide to 2004: That was Now, This is Then
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Publisher Fritz Nelson takes a trip down memory lane with his look at the technologies, people and companies taht laid the groundwork for IT today.
Unlikely IT Predictions for 2004; Seven Little Words; Hot and Not in '04
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Top 11 Highly Unlikely IT Predictions for 2004; Seven Little Words for 2004 (or, How to Survive the PC* Revolution); Hot and Not in '04.
Offshore Backlash
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Although there are plenty of projects appropriate for offshore outsourcing, there are just as many that are not.
The Survivor's Guide to 2004
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
IT budgets may be inching back up, but you'll still have to think long and hard about every technology decision you make. We're here to help.
The Survivor's Guide to 2004: Mobile and Wireless
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
The wireless revolution may not be here just yet, but rapid evolution is a good bet.
The Need for Speed
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
For the enterprise, it's not just that increasingly mountainous amounts of data have to be stored -- it has to be moved, too. And the more you've got, the faster
Feature: The Survivor's Guide to 2004: Security
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Suffering from security marketing overload? Remember: Securing your network from the core to the perimeter involves finding just the right combination of products.
SBS Makes Infiniband (Em)Bed
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
Offers 24-port InfiniBand switch and low-profile HCA with eye on embedded computing
Crossroads Trades Cash for Tech
News  |  12/19/2003  | 
SAN router vendor's taking new aim at the market, using cash to forge partnerships
Security Server Market Grows By 22 Percent
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
The worldwide market for security server appliances grew by 22 percent in the third quarter, and is expected to continue increasing next year.
Sun's Schwartz Rails Against Microsoft Decision To Pull JVM Products
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
Sun's software chief blasted Microsoft and its decision to pull the plug on all products that use the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine on December 23.
Report: Wireless Metro Area Networks Set to Boom
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
Spurred by the growing popularity of wireless hotspots, wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs) are set to grow rapidly, according to a report released Wednesday by Datacomm Research Company.
IT Leaders Optimistic Heading Into 2004
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
All we want for Christmas is a business recovery. And according to the IT industry's top executives, we may just get it.
Top 11 Highly Unlikely IT Predictions for 2004
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
With the end of the year upon us, we've asked our readers to look ahead at 2004 and offer some "unlikely" predictions.
EMC, Microsoft's newest enemy
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
With the acquisition of VMware, EMC has a chance to really deliver on this software vision, and, in the process, it could give Microsoft some serious competition.
McNealy's Dilemma At Sun Microsystems
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
Sun Microsystems Chairman, CEO and President Scott McNealy has gotten a lot of unsolicited advice over the past year. Some of that advice has not gone over too well with
E-Mail 101
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
The basics of e-mail. Oddly, even in this day and age, some are still not communicating electronically.
Microsoft Spells Out Windows 2000 Server Retirement
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
Microsoft has given Windows 2000 Server its walking papers. Late Wednesday, the Redmond, Wash.-based developer outlined a multi-stage retirement plan for the older server software, which was supplanted this year
SAN Vendors Scope Linux
News  |  12/18/2003  | 
Linux has lots going for it. But a little creativity's needed to sell SAN applications
ATA Is Where It's AT
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
A pair of disk backup companies bag $17M apiece in new funding, look to expand in 2004
Storage Software Sales Up, Trend To Continue
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
Storage software sales in the third quarter increased by an "impressive" 4.2 percent over the same quarter last year, said research firm IDC Wednesday, pointing to a solid 2003 which
Sun Invites IBM, Cray To Work On New Computer Language
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
Sun Microsystems is inviting IBM Corp. and Cray Inc. to collaborate on defining a new computer language that could bolster performance and productivity for scientific and technical computing.
Novell Announces Nterprise Linux Services To Ship Tomorrow
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
Novell took another step this week in its goal to become a major Linux player by announcing the availability of Nterprise Linux Services 1.0.
Microsoft Spells Out BizTalk Prices, Packages
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
Microsoft on Wednesday announced pricing and versions for its upcoming BizTalk Server 2004, software designed to help enterprises integrate multiple business applications and connect to partners.
Shavlik Buys Gibraltar In Patch Management Play
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
Security ISV Shavlik Technologies this week acquired Gibraltar Software to expand its burgeoning patch management business to non-Windows platforms.
IP Rising
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
IP Rising iSCSI's just the start of a slow but sure migration to IP as the basis of storage networks
IBM Buys Green Pasture Software
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
IBM Software has bought Green Pasture Software, a content management player based in Corvallis, Ore.
Cisco Executive Exits For Startup
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
Andreas Bechtolsheim, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Gigabit Systems Business Unit, is leaving the company to join Kealia Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif., startup he recently invested in,
IT Infrastructure Companies Lead The Recovery
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
Funny thing about this IT economy: It's the infrastructure companies that are enjoying a big boom right now and seeing some of the quickest recoveries since things turned sour.
IBM Wins $600 Million Contract From ING Financial
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
ING U.S. Financial Services has awarded IBM a seven-year, $600 million services contract to simplify and consolidate ING's IT infrastructure.
Storage Makes Strange Bedfellows
News  |  12/17/2003  | 
The 3 software companies EMC bought this year all partner with EMC competitors
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