Expert Analysis
Content posted in March 2004
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Enterprise Groupware Products
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
We evaluated products from the top players in the groupware arena. See which one toppled its rivals with its extensive application-development functionality, smooth install and management capabilities.
E-Mail Compliance Offers IT Opportunity
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
E-mail can drive network managers nuts in so many different ways. In addition to standardizing platforms, keeping the gateways up and bandwidth clear, and dealing with spam -- network managers
MySQL-PHP Restriction Fears Unwarrented
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
Does it even matter that MySQL has eased restrictions on bundling of their libraries with the PHP scripting language?
Patch Managers Need Perfecting
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
We put several dedicated patch-management products through our grueling tests, testing for everything from rollback architecture to agent/agentless abilities. Find out why none of them blew our socks off.
Overworked Admins
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
How many servers should one admin reasonably be expected to support? Also; inappropirate conversations in the workplace.
Painless (Well, Almost) Patch Management Procedures
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
Are you proficient in patch management? With malicious threats at an all time high, you'd be crazy not to have patching procedures in place. Learn how to implement
Microsoft's Management Solution Still Years Away
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
The Redmond Giant plans to build managibility into Windows. Just don't expect it anytime soon.
The Offshore Outsourcing War
Commentary  |  3/26/2004  | 
Why is it when IT automates jobs, that's progress, but when change threatens your job, that's treason or worse -- terrorism?
High Court Orders Computer ShutDowns
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
Once again, a U.S. District Court Judge has ordered the Department of Interior to disconnect computers from the Internet thanks to Security issues. Could service providers be next?
FUDBusters: SolarFlare's 10 Gigabit Transmissions
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
Are SolarFlare's claims of transmitting over 100 meters of Category 5e cable a load of hot air?
Increasing WLAN Speed
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
Vendors are pitching solutions for speeding up Wi-Fi. Should you be getting into the fast lane just yet?
University of Tennessee Implements 802.1x
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
The University's first attempt to secure their WLAN left users without access and their helpdesk beseiged. All that is about to change -- thanks to the emerging 802.1x standard.
Software with Security in Mind
Commentary  |  3/26/2004  | 
Why is so much software broken, and is there anything we can do to fix it at the source?
LSI CFO Eyes IPO
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
LSI Storage raided 3PAR for CFO in quest to go public by June
IBM Buffaloes in on Dell, EMC
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
Big Blue has nudged Dell and EMC in research center: Here's why UPDATED 3/26 5PM
Blades for Buffalo
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
As the battle of the blade vendors heats up, SUNY Buffalo implements blade-based IBM supercomputer
Strong Reaction From Politicos On EU-Microsoft Decision
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
In the wake of the European Union's sweeping decision against Microsoft, the ruling produced sharp reactions from U.S. political leaders, some hailing the decision, others attacking it.
Startup Claims InfiniBand Alternative
News  |  3/26/2004  | 
Judy Estrin's Precision I/O uses Ethernet to speed up server-to-network links
Court Blocks Municipalities From Offering Phone Service
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
In a victory for the regional telephone monopolies, the Supreme Court has ruled that state governments can block municipalities from entering the telephone business.
GMAC Customers' Data Put At Risk By Laptop Theft
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
A division of GMAC Financial Services has been quietly informing about 200,000 of its customers that their personal data may have been compromised due to the theft of two laptop
Ekahau Unveils Off-site WLAN Planning Tool
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
Wirelesss LAN site survey vendor Ekahau Thursday announced a new WLAN planning tool to speed the deployment of corporate wireless networks.
Innovation Is Still Startups' Domain
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
If the announcement today by Judy Estrin's Precision I/O firm teaches us anything, it's that true innovation on the technology front still comes mainly from startup companies, where
Sun Programs Aim To Boost Server Sales
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
Sun Microsystems Wednesday unveiled two new programs aimed at boosting sales of some of its UltraSPARC III-based servers and UltraSPARC IV-based upgrade kits.
MS Patch Management: Isn't That An Oxymoron?
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
It's just ironic that MS has to build a software engine so its business customers can manage the patches to Microsoft's other software.
Novell Turns To Open Source
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
The company debuted a number of open-source initiatives at its BrainShare conference as it tries to reverse past missteps.
HP, Novell Join Forces
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
Hewlett-Packard and Novell announced a partnership on Wednesday that will bring SuSE's open-source Linux operating system to select HP desktop and laptop systems in the second half of 2004.
Precision I/O Gets $10 M Funding, Announces Product Direction
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
Precision I/O Inc., a spin-out of Judy Estrin's Packet Design think tank, has secured $10 million in venture funding and is announcing its new network server I/O architecture technology, which
10Gig-E Copper Heats Up
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
Data center woes are prodding companies to use a newly christened standard, but a better one may be en route
Dell Covers Its NAS
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
Upgrades its low-end Windows-based NAS, says it won't co-brand NAS with EMC
Greenpeace Gets Big SAN
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
UK branch of Greenpeace implements a 2-terabyte storage area network in its London data center
Our Man In Charge Of IPv6
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
It's good to see that things are progressing steadily on the IPv6 front. With the expected continued proliferation of IP-enabled devices, the additional address space and quality of service
HP, Novell Join Forces To Put Linux On The Desktop
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Hewlett-Packard and Novell announced a partnership on Wednesday that will bring SuSE's open-source Linux operating system to select HP desktop and laptop systems in the second half of 2004.
IPv6 Test Demonstrates Peer-To-Peer Network
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
The second test phase of the Moonv6 network, the world's largest multivendor IPv6 network, demonstrated the ability of the IPv6 spec to operate with most network elements as well as
WildPackets Upgrades Fault Analysis Platform
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Network services fault analysis firm WildPackets today announced the release of Omni3 1.5, the latest iteration of its distributed network fault analysis platform.
Microsoft Hopes Its Appeal Will Blunt EU Decision
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Microsoft is expected to move quickly to appeal the $613 million fine and tough sanctions leveled against it Wednesday by the European Union. The chief question now is whether Microsoft can obtain an injunction to put off the Competition Directorate...
VA Hospitals Sign HP To $784 Million IT-Support Deal
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs hired Hewlett-Packard to a 10-year IT support services contract.
Gates Unveils Upgrades Of Mobile OS, Speech Server
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of the company's operating system for mobile devices, and an upgrade of its speech software.
Show Report: Novell BrainShare 04
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Tune in to hear Ron Anderson's on-site report from Salt Lake City, Utah, as he takes in and tries to make sense of the Linux mania running throughout this year's
Dell Aims NAS Device at Workgroups, Small Businesses
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Dell has unveiled the PowerVault 745N, a network attached storage (NAS) server with 4 terabytes of external SCSI-attached storage for small businesses, corporate workgroups and branch offices.
Microsoft Business Framework Delayed
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
MBF, which is to be the foundation of new business applications from both Microsoft and its partners, is postponed due to Yukon, Whidbey slippage.
Greenpeace Gets Big UK SAN
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Its UK branch implements a 2-terabyte storage area network in its London data center
Maxtor's Bad Hair Day
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Dinged by an analyst for OEM and channel issues, drive maker loses CFO
Will Diligent Make Do?
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
EMC offshoot battles tape vendors and fellow startups
Healthcare Firm Combines Data Centers
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Care New England embarks on major data center consolidation project
AT&T Launches Managed Endpoint Security Offerings
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
After years of dabbling in managed VPN services, telecommunications giant AT&T made a bold foray into security this week, introducing two new services to help enterprise customers thwart attacks. The first service, dubbed AT&T Internet Protect, was designed to inform...
Eagle County, Colorado
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
County IT Director installs IP SAN from LeftHand Networks
KVS Puts New Combo on Vault
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
Beefs up file system support and makes archiving product more flexible to compete in crowded field
Software Licensing Set For Dramatic Shifts
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
According to a survey of both software vendors and major corporate customers by IDC, the long-time model of perpetual licensing--where software rights are purchased up front--will soon be replaced by
F-Secure Readies Security Software For Linux
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
F-Secure Corp. on Tuesday unveiled security software for open-source Samba file servers and Linux, addressing a need that's growing within the enterprise market.
It's the iLife for me
Commentary  |  3/23/2004  | 
Tired of your screaming 2.4 Gigahertz Windows XP monstrosity? Take a chill pill with "iLife '84," a 8Mhz, monochromatic adventure in "aaahhh" land. (requires Motorola 68000 processor or older.)...
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