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Content posted in March 2005
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Zoom Modems Give VoIP Users Flexibility
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
Zoom Technologies, Inc. is providing a group of consumer-friendly telecommunications devices that enable users to toggle back-and-forth between VoIP and primary phone connections.
Chips Ahoy
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
Funny, but in the desktop world, you just don't hear about the dueling chips battles as much as you used to, don't you think? Earlier this week
Sun And J.P. Morgan Chase Forge Technology Alliance
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
The companies will work to develop advances in grid computing, data archiving, and vitualization in the data center that will run on Sun's Solaris 10 operating system.
Wi-Fi Security Service For SMBs Launched
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
Service available for $29 a month enables individuals and small businesses to secure their networks using enterprise-grade 802.11i security.
EMC Debuts SAN Management Tool
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
Application is designed to help enterprises reduce storage downtime during maintenance and upgrades.
Microsoft Ships Windows Server 2003 SP1 Security Update
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
Microsoft officially posted Windows Server 2003 SP1, with security enhancements, to its Web site.
Microsoft Releases Major Windows Server 2003 Update
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
The first service pack for the server software includes numerous security fixes, as well as application updates to Internet Explorer and Outlook Express -- all meant to "reduce customer pain
EMC Tackles Change Management
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
For now, EMC's new ControlCenter module is mostly for existing enterprise customers
Building Virtual Empires
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Large shifts are underway in data center networking, and they are all driven by virtualization
SourceLabs Ships Open-Source Software Stack
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
SourceLabs, a start-up within the open-source software market, releases an infrastructure software stack for application deployment in companies running large server farms.
High Hopes in Palo Alto
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
HP hopes new CEO Hurd can get it back on track with his results-driven management style
Mobile Computing Shines in Trinidad
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
A trip to "the Island of Spice" leaves Jim feeling positively zesty about wireless connectivity outside the U.S. While more Wi-Fi service would be nice, GSM and GPRS seem
Brainshare 2005 Show Report
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
James checks in on this year's show, which once again focused mainly on Linux and identity management. Netware's keeping mum on the fate of the NetWare kernel. Is
Vendors Offers IP-Telephony Security Services
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Enterasys Networks and Lucent Technologies introduced a package of services designed to improve the security of IP telephony networks.
IBM Inks Storage Software Virtualization Deal With Cisco
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
IBM Tuesday said networking giant Cisco Systems has become the 1,000th customer to buy IBM's storage virtualization software. The deal, which was announced at a conference on Tuesday in Boston,
Security From Two Directions
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
Once more into the podcast, dear friends, as we consider a couple of products that have been the subject of recent conversations. The first is from Tizor. The TZX 1000 is an appliance that builds logs of database and application...
3G at CTIA: Market Momentum -- But an Uncertain Future
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
This year's show is reflective of fundamental changes in the wireless data service market. The hype is gone and the products are here -- but be ready to shell
Are VoIP 911 Problems Life-Threatening?
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Voice over IP and cell service can't be relied on for 911 calls. That means that ripping out your conventional phone service could be a dangerous -- even deadly --
Don't Abandon PSTN: Centrepoint CEO
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
VoIP hardware maker warns that enterprises need to maintain connections to the public switched telephone network despite the promise of VoIP.
Nortel Gets Contract To Upgrade Pentagon Network
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Nortel will help convert an existing Defense Department network into a private network fully controlled by the Pentagon.
New HP CEO Won't Rule Out Spin-Offs
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Some analysts and shareholders have advocated spinning off HP's printing or PC businesses to raise shareholder value. While CEO Mark Hurd didn't dismiss that possibility, he made it clear it's
Trade Show Wireless Attacks Becoming More Sophisticated: Vendor
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
A security vendor monitored the airwaves at the recent CeBIT show in Germany says that wireless attacks are becoming far more sophisticated.
Keeping Intruders Out Of Your WLAN
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Encryption and authentication are essential for locking down WLANs but they don't provide total security. For that, you'll need an intrusion detection system.
Wireless Access Set To Grow Fivefold: Study
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
While the various wireless technologies will compete for prominence, the overall wireless access market is set to expand rapidly, a new study predicts.
AMD Unveils Virtualization Platform
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
The company publicly disclosed for the first time key elements of its Pacifica virtualization technology for x86-based servers, desktops and mobile computers at the AMD Reviewer's Day in Austin, Texas.
NetApp Makes Virtual Upgrade
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Many features have yet to materialize, and support from EMC is lacking
SAS Starts to ROC
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
RAID-on-a-chip controllers for SAS show chip makers' focus on serial interfaces
United Virtualities Directs Ads Toward VoIP Users
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
United Virtualities is offering at no charge software that consumers can use to manage their PC-originated telephone conversations in return for having advertising displayed in the product.
Intel 4-Way Xeon Unveiling Sparks Wave Of Server Releases, Updates
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Dell, Unisys, IBM and Hewlett-Packard are among companies taking advantage of the new processors, touted to bring as much as 70% performance improvements to systems, and the release also sparks
HP Confirms NCR's Hurd Will Replace Fiorina
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
HP's board selects NCR president and chief executive Mark Hurd to keep the company moving forward as a full-service enterprise vendor.
Microsoft To Launch 64-Bit Windows Server 2003 At WinHEC
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
A company official confirms the April unveiling of the long-expected 64-bit version of Microsoft's server software, with support for existing 32-bit applications and performance improvements.
Kagoor Buy Gives Juniper VoIP Smarts
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Router vendor Juniper Networks Inc. said Tuesday it would acquire Kagoor Networks for $67.5 million, a purchase that adds Voice over IP smarts to Juniper's portfolio of service-provider oriented products.
Schwartz Sees Sun At Forefront Of Utility Computing
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Sun Microsystems says its pay-per-use programs are growing; it plans to double its regional network of grid-computing centers in the coming year.
Sun Plans To Make Java Enterprise System Open Source
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
The move follows Sun's shift to open source with Solaris 10, which has reached its 1 millionth license -- two-thirds of those likely in use on non-Sun x86 hardware, the
VoIP Security Alliance Names Board, Details Security Rules
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Immediate plans are to develop a threat taxonomy and define VoIP security requirements.
Extreme Networks Debuts Combo Gigabit Switch for Wireless, VoIP
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
New line of Level 3 fixed Gigabit Ethernet switches provides high availability for wireless, voice over IP (VoIP) and converged networks.
Oracle Opens Its Wallet for Oblix
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Oracle's break from the M&A market was short-lived; Oblix is Ellison's latest conquest
Podcasting
Commentary  |  3/29/2005  | 
Podcasting is rather nice, even for those of us who don't actually podcast. I just like downloading the audio file for offline listening. I've always hated non-live audio streams that could only be listened to in pseudo-live form. It'd waste...
Fundamentals: Don't Look for a Security 'Holy Grail'
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
The time has come for us to accept that there probably never will be some dramatic transformation or solution to all our security concerns. The real solution lies within ourselves.
SiliconStor Socks Away $9M
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Looks to expand into a market nobody else considers worthwhile
Something Completely Different
Commentary  |  3/29/2005  | 
Hey, everyone, let's try something new. I've become fascinated by the world of podcasting, so I thought it might be interesting to podcast some of my daily observations, and even some of the interviews that are part of my week....
Force 10 Aims for the Data Center
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Force 10 unveils its first fixed-configuration switch and targets the 'server edge' of the data center
Zetta Does CDP Doubletake
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Startup rolls out CDP that supports iSCSI and FC in one system
SunGard Buyout Scuttles Spinoff
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Leveraged buyout worth $11.3 billion halts Availability Services spinoff
Will China Eat U.S. Networking Vendors' Lunch?
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
Think that all China manufactures are cheap toys, brand name knockoffs, and cheap clothes? Then you haven't been paying attention. But you will be, soon enough.
Cisco, EarthLink, MCI Join Forces Against Cyber Attacks
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
Telecom equipment providers and network operators, including Cisco Systems Inc., EarthLink Inc. and MCI Inc., unveil an alliance to combat cyber attacks.
Egenera And SWsoft Form Blade-Server Virtualization Effort
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
Alliance will spur use of server virtualization to lower operating costs, vendors say.
Evolution of the Wi-Fi Market
Commentary  |  3/28/2005  | 
I???m teaching a seminar on advances in wireless networking in a couple of weeks in Bellevue, Washington, so as I finalize my course content, I???m thinking about what are the most important developments in each wireless segment. In the Wi-Fi...
Mmmmm...MPez3 anyone?
Commentary  |  3/28/2005  | 
From the "Ummm, okay?" department: the folks who make the culturally iconic Pez candy (not to mention the gazillions of Pez head dispensers) are looking to stick something other than the fruity confections into their candy holders -- specifically, MP3s....
Chip Pushes Twisted-Pair Copper To 10 Gbits
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
Vativ Technologies is betting that availability of the chip in advance of a 10-Gbit Ethernet standard will give it an early beachhead in the data center.
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