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Content posted in July 2005
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Storage OEMs Set to Shuffle Deck
News  |  7/30/2005  | 
Flurry of news over past few days could have big implications for system vendors and partners
M&A Worries Stall Symantec Shares
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
With the Veritas merger just completed, security vendor misses analyst revenue estimates
Ramblin' On: Daylight Savings; Surfing on a Cellphone
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
Hi all, Welcome to the first edition of my semi-regular (read: Whenever I actually have time) Techno-Oddities column, "Ramblin' On." As you can surmise by the title, I'm going to be doing just that -- yapping about anything that catches...
Brocade Scraps Reyes
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
10:00 AM -- Maybe there's more to this corporate governance business than compliance hassles. Though Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) let ex-CEO Greg Reyes reign supreme for six years, they're pulling the ripcord on his golden parachute. Last week,...
VoIP Industry Should Innovate Past Regulation
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
As the first reviews of the initial salvo in the telecom-legislation reform movement drift in, it's clear that the lobbying power of the Bells and the Cablecos is in control of legacy telecom. That's why the VoIP industry and other...
Startup Makes Mainframe Play
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Californian startup PSI has got a mainframe up its (presumably massive) sleeve
WiMax Market To Hit $124.5 Million This Year: Report
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Infonetics says the WiMax market will jump from $16.4 million last year, to $124.5 million in 2005.
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
This Friday's Freebie is for application developers and is from Watchfire. Watchfire® PowerToolsTM is a set of free web application security developer tools comprising the following utilities: HTTP Proxy - An HTTP intercepting proxy which allows users to stop, edit...
Poor Demand for Mobile Video Could Slow Wireless Advancements
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Until the demand begins to shift, enterprises may find some wireless technologies painfully slow to develop.
Intelligent Storage Fabrics
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Moving SAN services from hosts and arrays to switches is a concept whose time has come. We examine what makes a Fibre Channel fabric intelligent, what benefits you can expect
Last Mile: Weekend at Bernie's Big House
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Check out the Top 11 reasons Bernie Ebbers' prison time will be harder than Martha Stewart's, "Feed the IT Guy" and the Big Tiki Drive.
Is Microsoft's Foray Into MSP Market Folly?
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Microsoft recently acquired a managed security provider. But after the exposure of so many flaws in its software, will enterprises take Microsoft seriously?
SOA Demystified
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
We built a service-oriented architecture in our NWC Inc. business apps lab for our fictional widget manufacturer. Find out what we learned.
Air Time: The Internet as a Legacy System
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
The private sector alone is not capable of addressing the Internet's architectural flaws. Government and quasi-governmental organizations must play a bigger role.
WAN Services
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
We sent out an RFI for our fictional company, which is considering a move from frame relay to MPLS. Our Editor's Choice is a mature offering with a wealth of
Users May Benefit From HP Cuts
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Recent slashes in staff were alarming, but a closer look suggests that HP is retooling its business processes in a way that could benefit both customers and shareholders.
Managing Staff Time
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
We show you how adopting new tools and strategies to manage staff time can give productivity a shot in the arm.
Assign Blame
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Tom Smith charges, "Failing to develop, implement and oversee sound security practices is like building a bank with no vault locks."
Systinet Business Service Registry 6.0
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
BSR eases the anguish of managing a UDDI directory of services.
Bumblebee Wi-Fi Spectrum Analyzer
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Berkeley analyzer precisely discovers wireless and RF interference but lacks full-spectrum support.
Vulnerability Assessment Scanner
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
A comprehensive security program should include a vulnerability assessment scanner, which can help decrease IDS false positives as well as with asset tracking. Here's what to look for.
The Power of Persuasion
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Hunter discovers that it's not always easy convincing management that a technology is necessary, especially if it's a 'proactive purchase.'
Vulnerability Detection
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
This edition looks at a network vulnerability solution from Cambia Security, data recovery software from Ontrack and more.
Red Hat Directory Server 7.1
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
The latest version includes LDAP compliance, making it a solid entry into the enterprise directory market.
The Value of IT Leadership
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
No single executive has more visibility across more business processes than the CIO. It's time for companies to recognize the importance of this position.
FUDBusters: Telecom Boom? Not So Fast
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
A new report predicts a fast rise in telecom expansion, but history paints a different picture.
Proposed Change to Daylight-savings Could Affect U.S. PCs
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Congress is considering a new bill that would lengthen daylight savings time by about a month. If approved, it could prove to be a headache for IT.
VoIP Is Tougher Than You Think
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
VoIP is easy, isn't it? Fiddle with a few configurations, buy a little extra hardware, and voila, you can start saving money fast --- and get new applications in the
Xyratex Gobbles nStor
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Subsystem player buys another controller and software firm. Does it need this?
Sales Of App Acceleration Products Increasing
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Revenue from the products, which help ensure the delivery of applications across local- and wide-area networks, are expected to reach .5 billion this year.
Oracle's on the Prowl
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
After making a slew of recent acquistions, Oracle has the scent of new blood
Cisco Faces Security Flap
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
ISS researcher quits job, saying he can point to major flaw in Cisco's IOS; Cisco says hole has been patched
Investors Warned About Accessing Accounts Via Wi-Fi
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
The National Association of Securities Dealers on Thursday warned investors against using public Wi-Fi connections for accessing online accounts, saying that they pose additional risks of confidential information being stolen
The Main Thing
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Wow! For a minute there, I thought I was back in 1988, long hair and everything, as I listened to an IBM presentation on its new mainframe Tuesday.
Archos PMA430
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
This tiny Linux PC focuses on audio, video and personal information management. Networking and Wi-Fi connectivity are available, but tricky.
EMC to Resell Decru, NeoScale
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
EMC has added two encryption appliances, one from archrival NetApp, to EMC Select
Skype 1.3 VoIP
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Increasingly popular service offers free Internet calling to individuals, plus interesting for-pay add-ons.
Microsoft Vista Beta 1
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
The OS formerly known as Longhorn enters widespread testing -- with some interesting new features.
VoIP Is Tougher Than You Think
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
VoIP is easy, isn't it? Fiddle with a few configurations, buy a little extra hardware, and voila, you can start saving money fast --- and get new applications in the bargain. Ah, if only life were so easy....
Despite Critics, Intel Says Itanium Chip Is Doing Just Fine
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Shipments of the Itanium 2 processor grew 170 percent from the first quarter of 2004 to the first quarter of 2005.
Intel Server Road Map Emphasizes Performance Per Watt
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
The chipmaker unveils a server microprocessor road map and a new naming nomenclature that divides its portfolio into three distinct performance strata.
Level 3 Inks Deal To Aid Comcast VoIP Service
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Level 3 Communications, Inc. has begun providing cable operator Comcast Corp. with backbone support for its new Digital Voice VoIP service.
Correcting & Replacing
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
5:45 PM -- No sooner does a press release hit the wires these days than it's snatched away by virtual hands. In a testament to the failure of collaborative effort in most organizations, we get a public statement "CORRECTING AND...
SBE 'PyX' Its TOEs
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
The acquisition of PyX Technologies could make SBE an iSCSI contender
AT&T to Host Shanghai
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
Telecom giant is using hosting as a ticket to mainland China and a launching pad for other projects worldwide
Broadband Bill Would Deregulate Video Services, Spur VoIP
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
Telecommunications overhaul legislation would roll back current restrictions on providing video services and assure consumer access to Internet-based phone service.
Why Focus On Viruses Here?
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
You might wonder, as do some of my colleagues here at Techweb, why I’ve given so much space to coverage of ClamAV, the open source anti-virus filter technology. This is, after all Messaging Pipeline, and our focus here is on e-mail, instant messaging, and technology that promotes collaboration through messaging systems. Well, the answer is simple: virus transmission is a messaging phenomenon! In simple terms, we would not have the plague we have today without e-mail and insta
Cisco 'Cover Up' Ignites Black Hat Controversy
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
A deal between Cisco and Internet Security Systems to pull a talk about Cisco vulnerabilities at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas Wednesday has attendees crying cover up and
A New Vista: Microsoft Releases Vista Beta 1
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
Beta 1 of Microsoft's new OS Windows Vista (formerly called Longhorn) has entered widespread testing with some interesting new features.
Vonage Partners With Motorola On VoIP Gateway
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
Vonage has announced that it will begin offering the Motorola VT2442 Voice over IP (VoIP) gateway to subscribers this fall.
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