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Content tagged with Networking posted in January 2006
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Watch Out For The Worm
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
A vicious worm - the My Wife/Kama Sutra/Blackworm - is getting set to rear its ugly head this Friday the 3rd when it will arrive on unprotected PCs and destroy Microsoft Office files. Though experts have been sounding alarms for a couple of weeks about the malware which infects PCs once unsuspecting users open an email attachment and Microsoft issued a
Five Things You Need To Know About VoIP
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Thinking of moving to VoIP, or you've already made the switch? Here's five things you have to know about VoIP when getting started, or getting up to speed, straight from
IP, VoIP Over Cable To Be Trialed At UMass
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
IP-based telephony services via a carrier class switch for cable telecommunications will be trailed at the University of Massachusetts by Cedar Point Communications.
Cisco Warns Of Vulnerability In VPN Device
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Cisco Systems said its VPN 3000 Series concentrators are vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks.
3Com To Launch SMB-Focused Security Onslaught
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
3Com plans a security offensive over the next 12 months that will include new SMB-focused TippingPoint wares and the authorization of more than 1,000 3Com partners to sell them.
Anticipation - In The Apple Camp, At Least
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Even if Apple has worked some magic with its new Intel-based Macs, will the enterprise take notice? In early January, the computer company said it was ready to ship the first of the new Apple computers running on the x86 platform. So what has the early buzz been from corporate IT? Judging from last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll , while it
Linux Community Raises Objections About Security Vulnerability Stats
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
The Linux camp objects to the method used by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team to count Linux vulnerabilities.
Linux Vulnerabilities Spur Enterprise Warning
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Although most corporate customers do not officially use "raw" Linux products and so aren't in imminent danger, security experts say the situation makes it worth double-checking your software version levels
Mobile Shopping Just A Price Check For Now
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Buying goods from a mobile phone is likely years away, but that doesn't mean retailers aren't investing in the world's most popular handheld device. For now, though, local search is
Linux Author Doesn't Back GPL 3
News  |  1/28/2006  | 
Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, is not supporting the new version of the General Public License. He's objected to a new proposal that would require people to make previously
3Com Names Claflin's Successor
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
3Com named R. Scott Murray as its new president and CEO, taking over for Bruce Claflin, who is retiring.
Learning From The Best Of Business - And The Worst Of The Web
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Seriously, is there really anything more irritating on the Web than those distracting graphical ads that rise over the Web page you are on, obscuring the text you are reading from view? Well, odd as it seems, the graphical overlay ads that drive most people crazy on the public Web turn out to be quite effective when incorporated into corporate Intranet sites, at least according Jakob Nielsen, principal of the Nielsen Norman Group. The N
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Time to celebrate the end of the week with a free toy! Centennial Software is heralding a new freebie from Sharp Ideas. Abe Usher's Slurp Audit is a free tool that provides information on what files might be...
Fiber Lets City Go Multimedia
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Santa Monica's private CWDM fiber network has paved the way for new traffic-management and videoconferencing apps as well as free public Wi-Fi. Find out how this city is leveraging its
Geek Chic: Mplat's Flashphone F2K
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Who says you can't take it with you? The $40 Flashphone F2K from Mplat Technology lets you plug into random PCs and make and receive free Skype VoIP calls.
Market Analysis: Continuous Data Protection
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Restoring from days- and even hours-old backup won't get your company back in the game. Continuous data protection is the IT equivalent of no harm, no foul. We explain what
IDS Deconstructed
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Find out how much protection to expect from an intrusion detection system by building your own--for free!
'FON' Has Fun With U.S. Launch
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
Startup launches a volunteer-based global network of Wi-Fi hotspots.
Avaya, Juniper Team To Offer Enterprise Network Solutions
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
Juniper Networks and Avaya have announced plans to jointly develop and release standards-based enterprise communications solutions under their global alliance agreements.
VPN Services Revenue To Hit $278 Million By 2007: Report
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
VPN and security services revenu will grow significantly, representing a major revenue opportunity for service providers over the next two years, according to Infonetics Research.
Report: Low Cost Will Spur WiMAX Assault On 3G
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
It's becoming clear that WiMAX will have a major advantage over 3G based on the very low cost of its spectrum, according to a new study by market research firm
CA Debuts Central Repository For IT Asset Management
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
CA has announced new technology for managing and unifying financial oversight of technology assets throughout the enterprise, both hardware and software.
IBM Snaps Up Resource Accounting Vendor CIMS Lab
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
Big Blue buys provider of capacity planning software to bolster its management portfolio for virtualized environments.
AT&T, Avaya Partner On Enterprise VoIP Solution
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
AT&T and Avaya have joined forces to offer a comprehensive managed VoIP solution intended to simplify enterprise migrations to VoIP and IP telephony.
Testing Update: Registry Hacking
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
I'm really finished testing ESBs, but during the course of writing the article I often need to go back and double check something. I usually don't write at the lab (can't chain smoke around the servers) so I need to...
IT Gets Strategic
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
IT as a profit center? Well, maybe not today, but it does appear corporate execs want technology to play a greater strategic role in the business than in the past, at least judging from the results of a recent Gartner survey of 1,400 CIOs in which the respondents said they are increasingly being expected to do much more than help reduce corporate costs and guarantee information security. The Gartner found that business execs have
EC Grants Microsoft Extension; DoJ Says Tardy
News  |  1/24/2006  | 
The European Commission gave Microsoft an extension Monday to respond to charges relating to a 2004 antitrust ruling, while the U.S. Department of Justice took the company to task for
SonicWALL Releases SSL VPN For SMBs
News  |  1/24/2006  | 
SonicWALL, Inc. has announced a new addition to its Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) product line designed to meet the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs).
Why is Microsoft unique?
Commentary  |  1/23/2006  | 
I was just reading a ZapThink report on Microsoft's new XAML-extensions for WWF (Windows WorkFlow) and got stuck again on one of Ronald Schmelzer's comments. Ron is quoted in several publications as saying: "Microsofts use of XAML as a way...
WebEx Launches SMB-Focused System Management Services
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
WebEx Communications announced the WebEx System Management Service, an on-demand solution for managing remote PC assets.
Broadcom Pays $80 Million For Sandburst
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
Broadcom Corporation is buying, for $80 million, mainly in cash, privately owned fabless chip company Sandburst, which specializes in chipsets for Ethernet and IP switches.
3Com Gets Branch Offices Dialed In To VCX IP Telephony
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
3Com this week is set to launch a new branch office version of its high-end VCX IP telephony platform that provides full-featured survivability to the remote offices of large enterprises.
Cambridge Companies Combine For IPTV Systems
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
IPTV software and set-top box specialist Amino Technologies plc has bought, for ??1.3 million ($2.3 million) SJ Consulting Limited, which has developed and is licensing IP for video codecs to
Cisco Security Alerts Serve As VoIP Wake-Up Call
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
Cisco Systems' revelation last week of two security alerts and fixes for CallManager, the processing component of its voice-over-IP technology, reminds us that while VoIP offers all sorts of benefits, there's no getting around its vulnerability as a software application....
Policy Issues
Commentary  |  1/23/2006  | 
Last week's Systems Management Pipeline Poll asked if your organization has the security tools and policies in place to sufficiently protect your customer, employee, and other confidential enterprise data, and unfortunately, the answer was largely no. Given the number of high-profile incidents and the expectation that pending legislation will hold more busines
Consumers Say Feds Should Protect Their Right To Internet Services: Survey
News  |  1/20/2006  | 
Two-thirds of Internet users worry that Internet providers may block their access to information and services, and a majority support congressional action to prevent the practice, says a new survey.
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  1/20/2006  | 
Well, after spending three hectic weeks in the lab testing ESB products, you can imagine that I've had to find a few interesting tools. Today's freebie is one of them. It's called XMOJO and it's an OSS JMX implementation, supporting...
Cisco Shuffles Execs, Creates New SMB Role
News  |  1/19/2006  | 
In its latest move to push deeper into the small- and midsize-business market, Cisco Systems late Wednesday created a new senior-level executive position to head its commercial business.
Only 20% Of VoIP Providers Monitor Call Quality: Survey
News  |  1/19/2006  | 
The vast majority of voice over IP (VoIP) service providers have no mechanisms in place to monitor service quality apart from customer complaints, according to a new survey from Empirix
Stop with the e-mailS already!
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
It has come to my attention - usually painfully - that many people erroneously believe that the plural of e-mail is e-mails. It is not. Does the post office deliver mail, or mails? Yeah, exactly. "Hey, look at the mails...
Blackmailers Behind Attack On Million-Dollar Site
News  |  1/18/2006  | 
The British college student who launched an ad gimmick on the Web that took in $1 million in a few months has received threatening letters from blackmailers apparently behind a
Security Concerns Mount For Wireless Networks
News  |  1/18/2006  | 
Security is top-of-mind for businesses managing wireless networks, especially as they start adding new applications, such as voice over IP. Meru Networks' new offering scrambles malicious code at the radio-frequency
Network Access Security Device Sales To Soar Over 1000%: Report
News  |  1/18/2006  | 
Worldwide revenues from sales of network access control enforcement products will soar 1,101% over the next three years, according to a new report from Infonetics research.
Going On The Offensive
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
Information security tends to rely on defensive measures, for pretty obvious reasons. A virus outbreak occurs, a patch is released. However, as many organizations are discovering the best defense is really a good offense. Enterprises need to get proactive to defend themselves effectively against threats such as bots that take over systems without the user's permission.
IBM Posts Sales Decline--But Increased Profits--In 2005
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Overall, revenue in 2005 was off 5.4% at $91.1 billion, with sales of software up 4.4% and sales of services up just 2.5%.
10 Tips For Protecting Sensitive Enterprise Data
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Pending legislation holds companies responsible for data system compromises. How prepared is your organization? (courtesy: Systems Management Pipeline)
Sky TV Launches Two New Broadband Video Services
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
U.K.-based Sky TV has launched two new services, Sky by broadband and Sky by mobile, that lets subscribers watch TV on their computers and on their mobile phones.
Prepare Your Company For WiMax
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
WiMax is no longer pie-in-the-sky -- it's becoming available in an increasing number of cities. Here's what you need to know and do to prepare your network for the next
Protecting Your Most Important Asset
Commentary  |  1/17/2006  | 
Customer data is the most prized asset of business. Unfortunately, too many enterprises have not gone far enough when it comes to ensuring the protection of that information. Most companies are generally conscientious about data systems security but too many are guilty of not looking at the big picture and evaluating their full risk profile. That includes looking at physical security, and how data is handled by third-party partners including couriers. After all, a number of
IBM Delivers Blade Servers For Retail Stores
News  |  1/16/2006  | 
IBM is offering blades, middleware, point-of-sale applications from third-party vendors, and an integrated wireless switch from Symbol Technologies.
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