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Content tagged with Networking posted in September 2005
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Spyware Plagues Online Ad Networks
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
The black sheep of the Web-advertising business is the product of a flawed system that distributes ads through companies far removed from the original advertisers.
A 10-Minute Guide to Deploying VoIP
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Thinking of rolling out VoIP? It's tougher and more time-consuming than you think. But this 10-Minute guide will give you the rundown on everything you need to know before you
Cisco Spending $12.5M To Buy Nemo
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Cisco Systems on Friday said it plans to acquire Nemo Systems in a deal that will add network memory technology to its portfolio and enhance its core switching platforms and
Help Wanted
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
Down-on-its luck FEMA is under fire yet again, this time for its technology limitations. Fingers are now being pointed at the beleagured Federal Emergency Management Agency's overtaxed computer system, which is being blamed in part for the department's less-than-stellar response to Hurricane Katrina and the hurricanes that slammed into Florida last year. So a job posting for an information technology specialist may not soun
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
Today we have just one Friday Freebie, but it's a good one. CLAM AV is a GPL'd anti-virus package available on a plethora of operating systems - Linux (SuSE, Fedora Core, Slackware, etc..), Debian, FreeBSD, MacOS, Windows, and even BeOS....
New Tool Helps Service Providers Manage Distributed VoIP
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
N-able Technologies has announced a new module for its N-central 4.5 IT management platform that will allow managed service providers to remotely manage and monitor distributed voice over IP (VoIP)
Big Hurdles Remain For VoIP Deployments: Industry Panel
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
VoIP may be the next big thing, but it faces security, regulatory, and business challenges, a panel of industry evangelists warn at NGN2005.
Verizon Deploys More Fiber, Embraces IP
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Verizon is moving toward an all-IP fiber network so it can deploy more high-bandwidth offerings like the TV service it introduced last week.
Bell Labs Discloses 100-G Ethernet Over Optical
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Lucent Bell Labs presented two papers at the European Conference on Optical Communication detailing work on optical transmission using the emerging 100-Gbit Ethernet standard.
Vonage Said To Pick Underwriters For An IPO
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Vonage Holdings is inching closer to an initial public offering, reportedly choosing four underwriters for a planned $600 million IPO.
VoIP On The Go: New Wireless Solutions
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Want the cost savings of Voice over IP but don't want to be chained to your desk? These six VoIP Wi-Fi phones can help your VoIP connectivity roam right along
Skype Updates Windows VoIP Offering
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Skype Technologies released its Skype Windows version 1.4 on Thursday, as the VoIP provider moved to add features in the wake of its acquisition by eBay.
NTS Communications Chooses Coaxsys TVnet For Big IPTV Deployment
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Coaxsys has announced that NTS Communications has chosen its TVnet solution as a key component in delivering Internet television (IPTV) to 60,000 customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada,
Cisco Upgrades U.S.'s Primary Law Enforcement Network
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Cisco Systems Inc. has signed a deal to supply technology to upgrade the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, the United States' primary interstate law enforcement information network.
DSL Forum Reports Focus on VoIP, IPTV in Homes
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
The DSL Forum has issued new technical reports designed to support the rollout of enhanced services for the home including Internet TV and VoIP.
Broadband Users Number 120-plus Million
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
More than 4 in every 10 Americans now reach the Web via a fast link.
In Wake Of Hurricanes, Inmarsat Pitches New Satellite Service
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
Noting that increased availability of satellite bandwidth will aid public safety and Homeland Security providers, Inmarsat has petitioned the FCC to permit the satellite firm to provide Mobile Satellite Services
Cisco Leads LAN Switch Market, But Users Are Grumbling: Survey
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
Cisco remains the leader in the LAN switch market, but users are unhappy with the gear manufacturer's prices, and give the vendor lower ratings this year than last year, according
Money Matters
Commentary  |  9/28/2005  | 
Recently, I was talking to a network manager who had survived a terrible VoIP implementation, if just barely. The deployed system failed to scale, and as a result, the mortgage company he worked for suffered through numerous outages, poor voice quality, and a lack of functionality on even the best day. The implementation was such a disaster, the network manager abandoned the incumbent VoIP solution and installed another, far more scalable and proven IP telephony system which had been his initi
Cisco Promotes Network-Centric Utility Computing
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
Cisco introduces an InfiniBand-based server fabric switch portfolio that, when combined with its VFrame 3.0 data-center-virtualization software, will bring a new approach to utility computing.
The Zen of Password Management
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Stage 1: Denial They don't really mean that I have to change my password. It's just a suggestion, really, more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule. Really, that warning will go away if I ignore it. Stage...
Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
News  |  9/27/2005  | 
A survey of attendees at the CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association) Wireless IT and Entertainment conference in San Francisco suggests that even savvy mobile telecommunications users have been slow to
Mobilizing Business - And IT
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Right before our very eyes, the world is changing, and the way we do business is evolving right along with it. As we individuals, we are cutting our ties to conventional wired networks, and increasingly relying on their wireless counterparts. And business is following suit, with the adoption of more
Cisco Bolsters Network Security
News  |  9/27/2005  | 
The newest offerings are part of Cisco's Self-Defending Network security strategy, launched a few years ago to deliver real-time response to threats based on internal and external network intelligence.
Lies, lies and more lies
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
For the second time in two months the rumormill brings me word of some rather naughty vendors spreading lies. I won't name names, you know who you are, so knock it off. Look, if you decided not to participate in...
3Com Rolls Out WLAN Wares For Branch Offices
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
3Com this week is expanding its wireless portfolio with a new wireless LAN switch and access point aimed at branch offices.
Firms Struggle To Meet FCC VoIP Mandate
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
With the FCC???s order mandating Enhanced 911 (E-911) compliance for VoIP providers looming, many firms may not be able to comply completely with the order by the Nov. 28 deadline.
Global Wi-Fi Hotspot Coverage Approaching 100,000
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
There will be over 100,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots globally by the end of this year, with Europe and North America beginning to challenge the Asia-Pacific region???s early dominance, according to
Ten-Minute Guide To Deploying VoIP
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
Thinking of deploying VoIP? It's tougher and more time-consuming than you think. But our ten-minute guide will give you the rundown on everything you need to know before you get
Breathing Easier
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
Rita largely spared Houston and many of the more populated areas of the Gulf Coast region, though try telling someone in the smaller communities in Southwestern Lousiana how lucky they are. Still, a number of Houston customers were still without power this morning. BellSouth says that more than one half of million are without landline service Sunday. Cell service was also hindered in much of southeastern L
Wireless Security: What's Good Enough?
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
Despite strong advances in WLAN security, a survey found that many organizations don???t take even basic precautions. Here are some wireless security best practices to allay your concerns.
Cisco Inks Deal To Upgrade World's Largest Educational Network
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
Cisco has signed a deal to supply the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) with CRS-1 Carrier Routing System hardware for its upgrade of the world's largest educational network.
The Strangeness that is San Francisco
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
Maybe I just have a twisted, warped sense of humor, but a number of things struck me as funny while in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld earlier this week. The strangest thing I heard Tuesday, 10am. Stockton Street. "And that's...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
To make up for last week's single freebie, we have three freebies for you this week. Enjoy! Opera Yes, this one has always technically been free, but in the past that "other" browser has been free at the cost of...
Ready For Rita?
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
Here we go again. Less than a month after the Gulf Coast was slammed by Hurricane Katrina, her nasty cousin Rita is approaching Texas and Louisiana with similar fury. If there is any good news in this, early indications are that Texas at least, save for the Houston evacuation plan, is better prepared with businesses and hospitals executing
Letters: The Big Picture
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
Dante Papini gripes, "My department constantly battles with managers who want the world but won't accept any risk."
Service Desk's Battle for Market Share
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
Recently, FrontRange found a way to spin Gartner's numbers to make it the leading vendor in the service desk market.
Airgo Breaks 100 Mbps Wireless Barrier
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
Airgo's new technology sets a new standard for WLAN performance, but don't pull out your wired Ethernet LAN yet.
Cisco Takes Aim at Smaller Businesses
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
Cisco is showing some understanding of the needs of small businesses and the channel partners that support them.
FUDBusters: Offshore IT Outsourcing Doesn't Match the Hype
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
A new survey indicates a rapid growth in the use of IT offshore outsourcing services by U.S. companies. But our reader surveys don't support the prediction.
Verizon Tunes In With IPTV
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
The move marks the start of the telecommunication company's head-to-head competition with cable and satellite TV operators.
U.S. Hosting Firm Readies For Rita
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
A major Web hosting firm in Houston is taking no chances. It has hunkered down in preparation for Hurricane Rita, boarded up its data centers, and sent a small technical
VoIP Over Wi-Fi Poised To Spread Quickly, VON Conferees Told
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
VoIP over WiFi networks, like the one now being implemented in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, could soon spread like wildfire to other municipalities, attendees at the VON Fall 2005 conference
Net2phone Tests Verisign VoIP Service Combining Mobile and Wi-Fi Nets
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Enterprise and carrier VoIP provider Net2Phone has begun trials of VeriSign's Wireless IP Connect service, integrating mobile and Wi-Fi networks.
VoIP Service Provider Gear Sales To Hit $2 Billion This Year: Survey
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Sales are being largely driven by a red-hot softswitch market, which will grow 46% annually over the next four years.
Google Seeks Partners For Business Software Effort
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Google's nascent channel program targets VARs and integrators with expertise in legacy mainframe, Microsoft applications and security.
Writers Guild Confident In Suing Google
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Despite contrary opinions from some legal experts, the Authors Guild says it can win its copyright-infringement lawsuit against search engine giant Google.
Booming Broadband Adds Another 24 Million Subscribers
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
At least 200 million people around the world will be subscribing to broadband by the end of this year, according to just published figures and estimates from the DSL Forum,
MCI Powers Up New VoIP Suite
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
MCI has announced two additions to its suite of enterprise voice over IP (VoIP) solutions intended to give organizations a cheaper and more flexibly path to deploying IP voice.
Google Is Building Massive Core Network: Report
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Search engine giant Google is said to be in the process of building what is reported to be one of the world's largest core transport networks to distribute huge quantities
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