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Content posted in May 2005
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Fibre Channel Doomed, Says Metcalfe
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Fibre Channel won't last another decade, Ethernet's inventor tells Light Reading TV
HP Adopts Itanium For NonStop Line
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Hewlett-Packard continues a strategy of migrating its high-performance servers to Itanium processors by introducing the first NonStop system based on the Intel processors.
Brocade Busts an IT Move
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Besides new 4-Gbit/s switches, mega-announcement touts services, software, and an IT focus
HP Upgrades Integrity NonStop, 9000 Servers
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Hewlett-Packard Tuesday upgraded two of its server lines, one of which--its RISC-based proprietary 9000 Unix family--is on its last incarnation.
Gateway Debuts Three New Servers
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The additions to Gateway's enterprise line target small and mid-sized businesses, as well as the government and educational markets.
Analyst: Growing Momentum For VoIP In Small Businesses
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The small business market for VoIP is heating up, according to a new report by Nemertes. The market research firm points to the recent announcement of the BCM 50 small-business
Dial 911 For Microsoft?
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Operator, can you please connect my call? And no, I do not want an upgrade to Windows...or Office...or my cell phone operating system...or my TV set. We've all become accustomed
Alcatel Introduces "Triple-Play" Solution For Operators
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Solution adds a last mile option, enabling service providers to deploy voice, data, and video services to users at rates up to 2.5Gbps.
Should You Outsource VoIP Or Manage It In-House?
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Going to VoIP is a given. But how can you decide whether to do it yourself or go with a provider? The pros tell you how to make the best
Motorola Gear Lets Operators Offer VoIP, Video On Demand Without Installing Fiber
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Motorola unveils hardware that allows cable operators to offer advanced broadband services such as Video-on-Demand and VoIP without having to invest in more fiber.
Cingular Offers Business-Focused 'Push' E-Mail
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Enterprise-focused service uses GoodLink technology to provide always-on e-mail service without the need to install behind-the-firewall server software.
How To Use VoIP On Your Wireless LAN
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
There's more to consider than you realize, so use this hands-on advice before giving it a try.
Brocade Weaves New Storage Tapestry
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Tapestry software enables automated provisioning and activation of servers and related application resources, as well as new Wide Area File Services (WAFS) capabilities.
Red Hat To Launch Directory, Certificate Servers and Xen Plans For Linux
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
At its first annual summit this week in New Orleans, the leading Linux distribution vendor will formally launch its the renamed Red Hat Directory Server and Red Hat Certificate Management
Top Tips For Best Security Practices
News  |  5/30/2005  | 
Being smart about security is as much about common sense practices as it is about deploying the right software tools.
IT Pros Say Security Is Key Priority
News  |  5/30/2005  | 
More than 80% of the 300 managers responding to InformationWeek Research's 1Q Priorities survey described updating security procedures, tools, and services as a key business priority.
IDC: Blades Blast Off
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Blade servers are hot, and nearly half of them have Fibre Channel connectivity, says IDC
Sun Pushes Into NAS
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Procom buy adds to swirl of activity in NAS space
IDC: Windows, Unix Server Revenue Even In First Quarter Of 2005
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
The 50/50 split indicates increased popularity for Windows in larger enterprise environments, said the market research firm. Blades, Linux servers, and low-end and midrange servers also fared well.
IBM Express Offerings Give Enterprise Functionality To SMBs
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
IBM is trying to make it easier for small and midsize businesses to take advantage of many of the same security, compliance and middleware functions their larger peers enjoy via
Microsoft Targets The VoIP Market: Analyst
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Info-Tech Research says Microsoft is in the process of tying all of its multimedia technologies together in a strategy to dominate the VoIP market.
Global Revenues Soar For VoIP Gear
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Report says revenues from global sales of VoIP equipment totaled $493 million in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 40% over first-quarter levels in 2004.
Skype To Release VoWLAN Phone
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Skype's CEO told a conference in Paris that it will release a Wi-Fi phone that it expects to be profitable by the end of the year.
Networking This Week: Broadband Over Power Lines Makes Debut
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Motorola releases wireless broadband-over-powerline solution, while cable broadband revenues skyrocket.
SAN: 'It's More Than Speeds & Feeds'
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Buyers' tips for getting better deals and vendor relationships
The Threat from Inside
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
Sorry it's been a week since the last podcast, but it's been a full week, with plans for upcoming tests, new products to look at, and plenty of news on the security front to think about. I've got a couple...
Consortium Demos Its Solution For 911 VoIP Failures
News  |  5/26/2005  | 
A consortium of universities, governments and companies has banded together to develop a prototype of an emergency 911 system that could solve the problem of locating distressed persons calling from
MaXXan Seeks CEO - and Sales
News  |  5/26/2005  | 
Wanted: Exec to grow smart-switch revenue to 'several hundred million'
Cisco-FineGround Won't Go Beyond the WAN
Commentary  |  5/26/2005  | 
Cisco Systems Inc. confirmed today that it is acquiring FineGround, a privately-held company that makes WAN acceleration technology, for the tidy sum of $70 million.The acquisition shows that Cisco understands the need to make more efficient use of WAN bandwidth...
Cisco Chomps FineGround
News  |  5/26/2005  | 
In a surprise move, Cisco bypasses other WAN optimization startups to pick up FineGround for $70M UPDATED 1 PM
Enterprise Router Revenue Takes A Nosedive
News  |  5/26/2005  | 
Lower prices drive revenue down 20% compared to the first quarter of 2004, despite an increase in shipments.
European Telecoms Face Decreasing Margins: Report
News  |  5/26/2005  | 
IDC survey said lower margins are forcing telecoms to to "move up the value chain" and offer consumers bundles of fixed and mobile, data and voice services.
Veritas Uncages Panther
News  |  5/26/2005  | 
Jumps into CDP quicker than expected, but without support for email or databases
Mimosa Covers Email
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
Startup applies CDP to Exchange for a range of functions
IBM, HP, Dell Show Healthy Growth in Server Market
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
Worldwide revenues in the computer server market showed strong growth in the first quarter, as leader IBM and the other top vendors held on to their positions.
Vendor Support Key To Big-Business Adoption Of Open Source
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
At LinuxWorld, Cendant, Citigroup, and E-Trade talk about what swayed them to open source server platforms, and what it'll take for them to expand its use.
Isilon Lays On $20M Icing
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
Boasting momentum in clustered storage for key verticals, NAS vendor hopes this round is final
BlueArc Branches Out
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
Software apps could save it from its niche status, but clock is ticking on well-funded NAS play
Composite Applications - Really.
Commentary  |  5/25/2005  | 
Composite Software, one of our 2005 Well Connected Award winners, has not been resting on its laurels. Composite recently introduced its Composite Application Views, which can communicate directly with Siebel and SAP APIs (PeopleSoft is expected to be supported later...
Study: Users Want Wireless Bundled With Access, VoIP, TV
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
Almost a third of current 'a la carte' customers would switch to bundles that include wireless, broadband, VoIP and TV, a new study says.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changepoint
Commentary  |  5/25/2005  | 
We weren't certain exactly where Compuware was going when it acquired our 2004 Portfolio Management Well Connected Award winner Changepoint, but after speaking to Compuware briefly last week we see the light. Compuware announced Changepoint 10 this week and they've...
Vonage Inks Deal For Local Number Portability, Commerce Services
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
Vonage will use Synchronoss' ActivationNow order gateway and a workflow management platform to identify and resolve incorrectly provisioned VoIP transactions.
Global Crossing Debuts Inbound VoIP Service For European Carriers, Service Providers
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
VoIP Local Services allow carriers to originate traffic on the public switched telephone network in different countries using local numbers.
AMD Releases Specification For Virtualization Support
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
Advanced Micro Devices has announced general availability of the specification for its approach to 64-bit virtualization, called Pacifica.
NetApp Promotes SATA
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
A new series adds capacity and performance to leverage SATA for primary storage
The 7.4 Percent Solution
News  |  5/24/2005  | 
On the face of things, I would say Advanced Micro Devices has had a pretty good year-and-a-half, and apparently so would a lot of other people
Skype Positions Itself as 'Enhancement' VoIP, Not Responsible For 911 Service
News  |  5/24/2005  | 
The Europe-based firm is positioning itself as an "enhancement" service to existing telephone service and not as a "replacement" service.
University of Cincinnati
News  |  5/24/2005  | 
College IT department switches software, improves backup
3COM Unveils IP PBX With VoIP Support
News  |  5/24/2005  | 
3Com Corporation has unveiled the fifth generation of its IP private branch exchange (PBX), featuring a number of significant enhancements, including support for 3COM's IP phone.
Worldwide Broadband Cable Subscribers Skyrocketed 22% In 2004
News  |  5/24/2005  | 
Total subscribers reached 41 million, but cable modem termination system sales slipped in first quarter of 2005.
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