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Content posted in March 2006
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AT&T: You Don't Need More Bandwidth
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
If you've ever complained about a slow Internet connection, and wished for a faster one, you should stop complaining because more bandwidth won't get you more speed, according to AT&T. This twisted logic comes from AT&T COO Randall Stephenson at...
Let's Kill Web 2.0 -- Now!
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
It's time to finally ban the term, because it's become the favorite of hypsters, pseudo techno-hipsters, and scamsters.
Core Issues
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
The answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42 (as Douglas Adams notes in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series). Apparently, the answer to the Great Question of Server Processor Performance is even greater...
Air Time: Your TWE Pocket Field Guide
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
Technical White Elephants, or TWEs, are the product of an ill-informed imagination that postulates a simple solution to a complex problem. Here's a field guide to help keep you out
Air Time: Enterprise Wi-Fi: Obstacles And Opportunities
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
We recently surveyed our readers to get an update on their attitudes concerning enterprise WLAN adoption. We received responses from 276 individuals, getting a pretty good mix from midsized-to-large organizations. Our surveys don't typically make their way into the hands...
Skype Fails and Other Tails of VoIP Woes
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
The Registrar is reporting that el Skypo has fixed a problem with its SkypeIn service over in the motherland, the UK. Apparently users complained that the SkypeIn service was down for a week. The outage was particularly frustrating because Skype...
A Modest Proposal: Kill the Web
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
It???s time to stop letting users have access to the Web at work. Companies that take this bold (though unpopular) step will reap substantial rewards. Here???s why....
The Real Competitor for Your VoIP Budget
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
Cisco and Avaya may be relishing their newest SIP announcements, but the real 1,000-pound gorilla on the enterprise VoIP landscape isn't on your premises. It's in your network, as in the mobile operator....
Virtualization: Try It, You May Like It
Commentary  |  3/28/2006  | 
Server virtualization in the data center is gaining interest from more and more companies. Find out how it's made a difference at Germany's arvato mobile, and how it can make a difference at your business, too.
Product Update: Sonic Software ESB 7.0
Commentary  |  3/28/2006  | 
During our recent review of ESB products, we picked on Sonic Software quite a bit for its design-time environment. Yesterday, Sonic announced version 7.0 of its ESB offering (with availability May 1) and it appears that it's moving in the...
Top Rep: AT&T Can Limit Net Bandwidth
Commentary  |  3/28/2006  | 
AT&T, Verizon and the rest of the Big Telcos can rejoice: Their favorite Congressman, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, just squashed a provision in a law that would have outlawed telcos from limiting bandwidth to Web sites unless those sites...
The War of Words
Commentary  |  3/28/2006  | 
Ethernet's rattling its saber in the data center. Again.
Researchers: Skype May Whack Your Network
Commentary  |  3/27/2006  | 
Running Skype on a business network can cause big-time security woes, say a pair of French researchers. At this month's BlackHat Europe security conference, they released a 98-page paper that warned, among other things, that with Skype it is "impossible...
More Madness In March
Commentary  |  3/27/2006  | 
Say it one time out loud, and it still doesn't seem real. "George Mason is going to the final four." Say it a few times, and, it still sounds surreal but it is true. March madness continues with one of the more surprising NCAA Basketball Tournaments in memory. Naturally, the country is riveted, and, though I have no figures to back this up, I am guessing productivity is plummeting. Most companies were antipating some issues with workers spending too much work time viewing games over the We
BellSouth To New Orleans Wi-Fi: Drop Dead
Commentary  |  3/24/2006  | 
For those who doubt the evilness of some telcos, here's the latest news: BellSouth is fighting to shut down the wireless network helping New Orleans recover from Katrina. The company rammed a law through the state legislature banning cities from...
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  3/24/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Today's freebie is all about streaming live video....
Net Neutrality Nonsense
Commentary  |  3/24/2006  | 
For the past few weeks, my partner in crime, Preston Gralla, has bombarded you poor folk with his diatribe on Net Neutrality. He's referred to AT&T and other carriers as running a " Soprano-like business model". He's warned you how...
Sourcefire Acquisition Squelched by Politics, Ignorance
Commentary  |  3/24/2006  | 
Check Point Software put its proposed $225 million acquisition of IDS/IPS vendor Sourcefire on indefinite hold this Thursday due to political concerns. The acquisition, announced in October 2005, came under the scrutiny of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the...
Use Wi-Fi -- Go Straight To Jail
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
Next time you think about hopping onto your neighbor's unsecured wireless network, think twice -- you could face jail time. That's the conundrum being faced by a Rockford, Ill. man who had to pay a $250 fine and has a...
Sun Steps Up Grid
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
It's now Internet-enabled, folks, but where are all the users?
Linux Diffusion
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
So most of the front-line news this week came from Novell and its Brainshare conference, where the company rolled out SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and talked about its timetable for version 11. Company head honcho Jack Messman also spoke...
Goodmail Saga Continues, Dyson Tells It Like It Is
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
Applause goes out to Esther Dyson for her recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, You've Got Goodmail. She points out that Goodmail's service is like "FedEx for e-mail," except that Goodmail provisions its service atop the ISPs' services. So it's more like FedEx without its own planes. But I sort of like that analogy because the opposing forces seem to be conveniently overlooking some obvious facts h
Daily Spin: Fear, Dread and Vista Delays
Commentary  |  3/22/2006  | 
Big shock -- Microsoft has announced that the release of Windows Vista has been postponed. It's hard to repress a nagging sense of fear and dread -- now inflamed
Mobile Middleware in the Broadband Era
Commentary  |  3/22/2006  | 
The benefits of mobile middleware are quite clear, but which specific solution to use can be much less obvious.
FCC Chief: AT&T Can Limit Net Bandwidth
Commentary  |  3/22/2006  | 
FCC Chief Kevin Martin yesterday gave his support to AT&T and other telcos who want to be able to limit bandwidth to sites like Google, unless those sites pay extortion fees. Martin made it clear in a speech yesterday that...
A Biz Case for Presence
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
One of the most exciting technologies that companies can leverage is presence, understanding the status of other online users, but making the business case for presence has been anything but easy. Stumping for a technology on potential productivity gains within...
Sudden Impact
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
In this podcast, I chat with the leading experts from Avaya, Microsoft, the Burton Group, and the Yankee Group on the impact real-time and non-real time collaboration technologies will have on the enterprise....
Deja Vu
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
A long, long time ago... I can still remember How that browser used to make me smile. And I knew if it had a chance That it could make a website dance And users would be happy for a while....
Disney Boss: Feds Should Leave Telcos Alone
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger made it clear yesterday that he sides with AT&T, Verizon, and other big telcos when it comes to allowing them to charge web sites fees for adequate bandwidth. He told the TelecomNext show in Las...
In the Public Domain
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
CommVault's newly filed IPO may stiffen the resolve of other storage startups
The best laid plans...
Commentary  |  3/20/2006  | 
Reviewers are cerainly insane.
Yahoo: We'll Squash Skype
Commentary  |  3/20/2006  | 
Yahoo this week will release a new version of Yahoo Messenger designed to compete head to head with Skype, Om Malik reports in his blog. The revamped Yahoo service is expected to allow people to call PSTN phones as well...
March Madness Takes Hold
Commentary  |  3/20/2006  | 
The NCAA Basketball Tournament didn't disappoint this weekend, unless of course, you happen to be a North Carolina or Ohio State fan. But as we cruise into the second week of what is inarguably America's favorite March past time, I am wondering how businesses are managing through this productivity drain. And then, of course, there is this question of how businesses are dealing with the drain on bandwidth coming as employees sign up for free streaming Webcasts of the games from
SAN's Baby Steps
Commentary  |  3/18/2006  | 
If things go haywire, can you find the cause fast?
Google Still Tramples Authors Despite Copyright Win
Commentary  |  3/17/2006  | 
A federal judge just threw out a copyright suit against Google by the author of "Why Hotties Choose Losers," among other masterpieces. But that ruling has no effect on the publishers and authors suing Google over its book-scanning project, Google...
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  3/17/2006  | 
Today's freebie is brought to you by the letter "N", for NetJaxer. NetJaxer integrates Web 2.0 applications like Gmail, iOutliner, TadaList, Digg, Writely (recently acquired by Google), and Meebo with Windows, making them easily accessible via several traditional Windows launch...
Blame Canada
Commentary  |  3/17/2006  | 
Welcome diversions from New York's looming energy crisis
Cisco: We Can Help Block Net Pipes
Commentary  |  3/16/2006  | 
Here's a frightening thought: Cisco and Alcatel are designing features into their routers to allow AT&T and other telcos to deny bandwidth to sites, or give those sites extra bandwidth or capabilities. The technology may be a good idea --...
Wireless Propagator: Seeing the Unseen
Commentary  |  3/16/2006  | 
Nothing frustrates the logical minds of network engineers and their kindred than dealing with the vagaries of wireless. A dark art it is, as they tussle with the intangibles of multipath, interference and fluctuating performance....
Making the Switch
Commentary  |  3/16/2006  | 
Brocade remains true to its core switching business, but finds other avenues are opening up as customers contemplate their next generation data centers....
Storage Reparations
Commentary  |  3/16/2006  | 
Disaster recovery includes more than just the latest data protection technology.
Qwest: We'll Charge Extra For Our Pipes
Commentary  |  3/16/2006  | 
Add Qwest to the list of telcos threatening to charge Google and others what seems like extortion fees if those sites want adequate bandwidth. Qwest honcho Richard Notebaert told the VON conference, "If you have enough money, we can make...
Handicapping the On-Demand CRM Field
Commentary  |  3/15/2006  | 
SAP has made its initial plunge into CRM-as-a-service, with a solid, if unspectacular offering. Can the software giant compete with upstarts like Salesforce.com or SalesNet -- or does it even have to? We take a look at this heated market...
Follow the Amazon
Commentary  |  3/15/2006  | 
From Harry Potter to high-end enterprise storage, in one fell swoop
Open Impressions
Commentary  |  3/15/2006  | 
At times, it seems as if the entire universe will be running on open-source software soon. If Qlusters has its way, that'll certainly be the case for systems management software....
Fat Fingers
Commentary  |  3/15/2006  | 
We've all done it, fat fingered a config and not caught it until packets started disappearing or traversing a route they shouldn't have. But generally you find them within the first few days, if not hours, of that last "wr...
Borland: The Saga Continues
Commentary  |  3/15/2006  | 
I had a great chat with Borland last week, and discovered that the death of its IDE business "was greatly exaggerated", in a way....
Getting Ahead Of Ourselves: The AOL E-Mail Battle Continues
Commentary  |  3/15/2006  | 
The can of worms that has become America Online's certified e-mail delivery strategy just won't go away. It's not that other e-mail providers haven't offered the very same or similar services; it's just that this can of worms is being used to catch the biggest fish in the lake. AOL will soon begin offering a fee-based, guaranteed e-mail deliver service based on GoodMail's Certified Email technology and the DearAOL.com coalition is ratcheting up the pressure against the move. One assumes that t
Fear for Sale
Commentary  |  3/15/2006  | 
What every vendor knows. Somebody tell me we're getting past it.
AT&T: We Own Your Telecom Dollars
Commentary  |  3/14/2006  | 
If AT&T is allowed to buy BellSouth, the company will have an absolute lock on the telecom market, according to a new study by TNS Telecoms. The firm found that the combined company will control 22% of all consumer telecom...
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