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Content posted in March 2005
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Startup Xirrus Aims To Simplify WLAN Rollouts
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
New wireless technology vendor Xirrus is launching this week, pledging to deliver enterprise WLAN products that provide up to 16 times greater capacity and four times the coverage of competitors'
Permeo Releases "Zero Touch" SSL VPN Appliance
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
Company claims device reduces operational costs by more than 55% by reducing administrative and integration complexity.
IBM's Blue Gene/L Sets New Speed Record
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
Supercomputer performs 135.3 trillion floating point operations per second, running benchmark software.
Financial Firms Like Wireless-Security Spec
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
It promises better customer data protection, though adoption is limited.
CEO Minute: Packeteer's Dave Cote
Commentary  |  3/28/2005  | 
If you're podcasting-enabled, you're welcome to download my recent interview with Dave Cote, President and CEO of everyone's favorite network traffic management company. In this Q and A, Dave touches eloquently on making network monitoring more efficient and on scaling...
WANs Shape Up for Storage
News  |  3/26/2005  | 
Storage needs are driving new features for WAN acceleration gear
ICQ Lives!
Commentary  |  3/26/2005  | 
"Dulles, Virginia and Tel Aviv, Israel - Monday March 21 2005 ICQ ("I Seek You"), a world-leading instant messaging service provider owned by America Online, Inc., today officially announced ICQ 5, the new, upgraded instant messaging service that offers users...
VoIP Emergencies
Commentary  |  3/26/2005  | 
Techweb, among others, is reporting about Vonage getting sued by Texas over 911 access. I'm going to avoid talking about the merits of this case in particular and whether or not Vonage mislead the public. Instead, let's look at the...
More 10-Gig Ethernet SANs Planned
News  |  3/26/2005  | 
Users want 10-Gbit/s Ethernet SANs. Suppliers say first quarter of 2006 will be a turning point
Readers Want Jail for Ebbers
News  |  3/26/2005  | 
Lock him up! That's the message from our readers after former WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers was convicted of fraud last week
Novell Unfolds Roadmap For Next OES, Linux
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
The next version of Novell's Open Enterprise Server (OES) will further the convergence of NetWare and Linux significantly, the company says.
Welcome to the Convergence Channel
Commentary  |  3/25/2005  | 
Welcome to the convergence channel. I'm Mike DeMaria, technology editor for Network Computing. This channel covers all things relating to voice, video, streaming media, sometimes VoIP and just about anything that is moving towards IP-based networking. Basically if you see...
Toshiba Taps Vendors To Support VoIP System
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Toshiba America Information Systems is putting more meat behind its IP telephony strategy through vendor partnerships that add networking, wireless, security and services options to back up its VoIP portfolio.
Alcatel, Nortel Ink Wireless OEM, Development Deals
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
As Cisco Systems closed its acquisition of wireless switch vendor Airespace last week, networking heavyweights Alcatel and Nortel Networks were lining up new vendor partners.
Q&A: Avaya CEO Discusses The Battle For IP-Telephony Market Share
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Donald Peterson, CEO and chairman of Avaya Inc., sees telecommunications making a complete transition to IP telephony within 10 years.
Japan's NTT Chooses Cisco For IP VPN Service
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
NTT Communications will use Cisco's VPN technology to deliver video services.
Clearwire May Block VoIP Competitors
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Someday, customers of wireless broadband provider Clearwire Corp. may be able to use Voice over IP services. But right now, Craig McCaw's newest company is giving its customers the silent
Networking This Week: China Eyes U.S.; More Telecom Scandals
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Chinese networking giant Huawei targets North America; Adelphi and Time Warner face the music
Instant Messaging Security
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
This edition looks at IMLogic's IM Manager 7.0, Trendware International's TEW-T1 2.4-GHz Wi-Fi Detector, Red Gate Software's SQL Backup 3.0 and Dorian Software Creations' Fortress Desktop 4.0.
Congress Considers Legislation to Alert Users of Personal Data Breaches
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
The government is once again pondering a law that would force businesses to disclose potential breaches of secure personal information. We say--it's about time!
How to Block WLAN Interference
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Unlicensed radio devices can wreak havoc on your wireless LAN. Here's how to find the culprits and prevent them from interfering with your airwaves.
StrikeIron's OnDemand Web Services
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Using a plug-in for MS Excel, ODWS' drag-and-drop technique makes it simple for any user to create service-oriented business applications.
NextPage's NextPage 1.5
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
This subscription service provides version control for collaborative Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The price and system requirements, however, might leave your head spinning.
Carly--You're a Star!
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
This edition: Top 11 working titles for a movie about ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina; an ode to Carly; and the zany MS Knowledge Base.
BuzzCut: Mozilla Puts Stop to Mozilla
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
The Mozilla Group has ceased work on the Mozilla browser and app suite to focus its attention on Firefox and Thunderbird. Is this a wise decision?
Job Schedulers
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Stop relying on homemade solutions to keep your systems running on time. The six job scheduling programs we tested automate almost every administrative, maintenance and business process an enterprise requires.
Desktop Management
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Instead of getting out of Dodge when it's time to wrangle PCs into submission, take our advice: All a modern-day computer cowpoke needs is a thoroughbred management strategy. Saddle up,
'Botnets' Taking Control Away From Users, Enterprises
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
These software robots are letting the bad guys use networks of thousands of Internet-connected computers to do their bidding. So how do we stop 'em?
Visual Networks' Uptime Select
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Performance-management systems give network engineers a deeper understanding of how valuable WAN bandwidth is used.
The Better WLAN
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
March Thornsbuery is amazed that "so many people still buy the dog-and-pony show companies trot out when they merge."
Appliance Pays Big Dividends for Online Banking App
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
When the SSFCU's online banking application became increasingly slow and at times unavailable, the credit union decided to boost performance and scalability with a load-balancing solution--the NetScaler 9000 appliance.
Controversy Over AOL Policy Illustrates TOS Shortcomings
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Users went crazy recently when AOL posted new policies claiming ownership of user content. In truth, AOL's policies are not much different from any other Web site's, and IT people
Desktop Management Product Analysis Roundup
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
We performed extensive tests on seven desktop management suites. Although Altiris' Client Management Suite trotted into first place, one competitor was just a gallop away, thanks to superior patch management,
FUDBuster: Microsoft Ends Free Support for VB 6
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Despite outcries from VB developers, Microsoft is sticking to its plan to phase out VB 6 and force developers over to Visual Basic.Net and VB 2005. Developers are not amused,
Security Startups Flood the Market
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
With VCs spending and M&A continuing, the outlook appears rosy for security startups
Storage Suppliers Mix Messages
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Adaptec blames drive shortages for shortfall, while a key competitor raises estimates
The Addiction of Wireless E-Mail
Commentary  |  3/24/2005  | 
I???m writing an article about wireless e-mail for Network Computing and we are taking a close look at the leading products in this space. I???m also trying to get as much hands-on experience with these products as I can, and...
HP Hits Storage Comeback Trail
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
After a widely publicized slipup in storage sales last year, Hewlett-Packard has been on the path to recovery. Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager for the HP StorageWorks
Send that SPAM Right Back, Man!
Commentary  |  3/24/2005  | 
I can hear Elvis now, "Return to SPAM sender!" Alright, maybe I'm taking a little creative license here, but if IBM's claims are to be believed, we may be able to do just that very soon. This week the company...
China Telecom Giant Targets North American Market: Report
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
Huawei is looking to move into market by alliances with North American companies, says Beijing-based China Daily.
Form Factor Follows Function
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
This week, you can't turn around anywhere in the server market without hearing about blade servers. There's at least one good reason for that: The industry is gathered at the
Cisco Completes Airspace Acquisition
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
Says it will build Airespace's wireless switch technology into its enterprise WLAN product portfolio.
Study: WiMAX Opens Mobility Door For Traditional Telcos
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
A new study says that mobile WiMAX will give traditional telecom operators a chance to compete against cellular operators.
China-Based Huawei Leads Worldwide VoIP Media Gateway Market
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
Report says nearly 37 million units were shipped in 2004; Huawei had almost 25% of the global market.
Is Wireless VoIP A Cellular Killer?
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
Which would you choose: cellular voice service or wireless VoIP? The answer has the cellular industry very worried.
The 10 Worst Security Practices
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
Sometimes one whopper of a mistake can be more instructive than a binder's worth of best practices. We interviewed more than a dozen security consultants to arrive at our list.
Tandberg Takes Over InoStor
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
Tape drive vendor absorbs remaining share of its subsidiary to help its storage strategy
Dell Girds for the Grid
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
Hardware vendor has teamed up with Intel and Oracle in an attempt to crack the grid computing market
IBM Flashes McData Switchblade
News  |  3/23/2005  | 
Here's another marriage of SANs and blade servers. Cisco could be next
Oracle Closes Its Wallet
News  |  3/23/2005  | 
Larry Ellison has been hell-bent on world domination for the last few months, but now it's time for a break
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