Expert Analysis
Content posted in August 2006
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WAN Space Picks Up The The Pace
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Startups and vendors aim to give LAN-like performance over the WAN to branch offices
Juniper Upgrades OS
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Juniper Networks announced enhancements to its ScreenOS
IBM Expands Storage Offerings, Adds Quad-Core Servers
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
While the company is spending billions to buy software companies, it isn't neglecting its hardware products.
SOA Management Rivals Snap Up Data Repository Software
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
BEA Systems and webMethods hope recent acquisitions will help push SOA into wide-scale adoption.
Only Time Will Tell With DOE Security Breach
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Student loan recipients shouldn't rest easy, says former White House security adviser.
Google Tests Services Suite For Businesses
News  |  8/27/2006  | 
Google is making a collection of tools???e-mail, instant messaging, and web page creation tools--to businesses. Google Apps For Your Domain to take on Microsoft's proposed services bundle.
McData Post-Mortem
Commentary  |  8/26/2006  | 
Lack of 4-gig directors -- and salesforce turmoil -- struck the final blows
Startups Seek Double-Team Plays
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Reldata and Nexsan are the latest to combine wares for an IP SAN/NAS storage system
Secret Service: Inside Attacks Generally Launched By Problem Employees
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
The key indicator is a repeat "problem child" who continually argues with fellow employees, complains about salary or benefits, or is otherwise aggressive or hostile.
VoIP Systems Vulnerable To Attack
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
VoIP is well on its way to widespread adoption, but the fact that many companies haven't taken the necessary steps to toughen up security on their VoIP systems could make
Mozilla Accepts Microsoft's Offer Of Help
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Mozilla accepts Microsoft's recent offer for help in getting the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client to run properly under Windows Vista.
Review: Internet Explorer 7 RC1
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Microsoft has released IE7 Release Candidate 1 to public scrutiny. It offers several interesting tweaks but no major changes.
New Open-Source Database Touts Oracle Compatibility
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Unlike other open-source offerings, EnterpriseDB Advanced Server can run Oracle database applications unchanged.
What's In A Name?
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
I've covered the IT business long enough to be continually amused when companies decide to junk a technology that, a mere few years before, promised to save the world....
Nokia Siemens Networks Names North America Head
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) fleshed out its business unit and named regional executives Friday. Mark Louison, currently senior vice president of North America for Nokia Networks, was named to lead
Acquisition of the Week: BEA and Flashline
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
Yesterday BEA announced it would acquire SOA Governance vendor Flashline for an undisclosed sum....
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Today's freebie is a product that's just been released as a service and provides IT analytic capabilities for free....
IBM's Big Gamble
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
IBM is betting $1.3 billion that large enterprises are ready to turn their security keys over to a trusted third party
Strategy Session: Our Magazine's New Look
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
We've redesigned Network Computing magazine to better help you use technology to meet the needs of your business.
RollOut: Flashline Registry 5.2
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Registry 5.2's new engine, tight integration and excellent asset-usage tracking put it ahead of the competition.
Arthur W. Coviello Jr., CEO, RSA Security
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Arthur W. Coviello Jr. is Chief Executive Officer at RSA Security, which specializes in protecting online identities and digital assets. In this interview, Coviello discusses Internet crime, privacy protection, terrorism
XBRL
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Around the globe, businesses and regulatory agencies are embracing the Extensible Business Reporting Language, or XBRL, as the standard for business reporting. Discover how adopting this single language will help
Wide-Area Ethernet Services Advancing with Reliability Guarantees
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Certifications showing carrier compliance with MEF Ethernet services requirements demonstrate service providers' commitment and adherence to Carrier Ethernet. In addition, this development should help drive down provisioning costs.
Air Time: A Wireless Education
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
Laptops and multipurpose cell phones are rapidly becoming the norm among students on campus. To support all these wireless devices and technology, however, schools must start offering serious network infrastructures
Buzz Briefs: Now You See Me...; Jet Engines Cool Servers
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
A theoretical physicist has announced that invisibility may actually be possible; HP engineers build servers cooled by modified versions of jet engines used to propel radio-controlled airplanes.
Airline Management Soars with Application Acceleration
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
An application front-end appliance helps SkyVantage, a Web-based airline reservation and management system, deliver '5 nines' uptime for its airline customers while holding down data center costs.
Application Virtualization: Streamlining Distribution
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Application virtualization can help you avoid DLL conflicts and ease application distribution to Windows clients. We look at three products--each with varying approaches--that provide a way to virtualize applications.
IBM, HP Bulking Up EMS
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Was IBM's recent purchase of asset management vendor MRO an attempt to leapfrog HP's acquisition of Mercury Interactive?
RollOut: Ekahau's Site Survey 2.2
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Wireless shouldn't be a guessing game, and Site Survey 2.2 provides a multitude of answers for wireless site surveys and support.
RollOut: Microsoft Exchange 2007 Beta 2
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
With a revamped architecture and a new management interface, Exchange Server 2007 will offer reliable, high-performance e-mail and collaboration. Improvements in the Web version of Outlook and the addition of
Review: SMB IP PBXs
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Although Voice over IP provides undeniable benefits, it comes with security and performance problems. Would it be worth the investment for our fictional 'widget' maker, NWC Inc., to spend big
Altiris Tries Free-to-Own Software Virtualization
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Altiris recently released the API for its Software Virtualization Solution client, which virtualizes applications on the desktop to simplify provisioning and deprovisioning.
Are We Headed for an IT Shortage?
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Despite indications that the tech industry is rebounding and jobs will be plentiful, fewer students are majoring in computer science and engineering.
Strategic Security: Identity Theft Protection
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Identity theft is a nightmare for companies and consumers alike. But, ultimately, the responsibility to protect against it falls solely on IT. Here's how to protect your data, your
Strategic Security: Can Encryption Exemption Save Your Job?
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
A provision common to nearly all breach laws, the encryption exemption lets organizations forgo notifying victims of data loss if the information was encrypted at the time of the breach.
Taking Advantage of Wide-Area Wireless
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Your users are demanding mobile broadband to help them perform their jobs more efficiently, but the complexity of deployment leaves most IT managers confused. Here's how to take advantage of
XSS Vulnerabilities Abound
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Recent attacks against high-profile Web sites show that developers still don't have a handle on cross-site scripting vulnerabilities--but the bad guys do.
Config Combo Conundrum
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Users are on the lookout for software to configure storage and network devices
DR on the Sly
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Unannounced tests, waiting for admin's vacation improve healthcare provider's DR times
NASA Goes to the Dark Side
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
Leaving no stone unturned in its search for the missing moonwalk tapes
RFID May Be Key To Finding Latest Mad Cow Case
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
Canada has spotted more cases of mad cow disease, and some U.S. experts say an aggressive RFID tagging program has helped find sick animals faster.
Sun's Fortunes Rise In U.S. Server Share While Dell Dives Deep
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
Opteron processors from AMD might be helping to make or break the fortunes of some server manufacturers. According to Gartner analyst Jeffrey Hewitt, Opteron-based servers helped Sun continue its U.S.
Tech Data, XenSource Talk Up Virtualization
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
Tech Data is counting on XenSource to open up the world of virtualization to its solution providers. XenSource is hoping Tech Data can reciprocate.
Cablevision May Clean Verizon's Clock
Commentary  |  8/24/2006  | 
Verizon is aggressively targeting Long Island with it fiber-to-the-home FiOS service -- but it looks as if cable company Cablevision may clean its clock. This doesn't bode well for telcos in the upcoming cable versus telco all-out war....
Throw Your Firewall Under The Train?
Commentary  |  8/24/2006  | 
A report from the Mail & Guardian Online claims that a home firewall is virtually useless, and "is not much more than a leaky dike." But there's less to this report than meets the eye, and its conclusions may be...
iVivity Chalks Up $10M More
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
Maker of 10-Gbit/s HBA silicon will use the cash to strengthen its OEM relationships
Microsoft Tests New Wi-Fi Security, Locator Tools
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
Microsoft is testing a to-be-released service that helps users manage wireless connections when using public hotspots.
Apple Recalls Almost 2 Million Batteries
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
Apple is recalling 1.8 million lithium-ion batteries that can overheat and pose a fire hazard, the second major recall involving the Sony batteries in a week.
Microsoft Takes IE 7 To RC1, Firefox 2.0 Slips
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
Microsoft unveils Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1), the last version the company expects to hand out before the new browser goes final later this year.
IBM Unveils WebSphere Portal For SMBs
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
IBM's recently shipped WebSphere Portal Server bundles content and document management and includes collaborative perks.
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