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Profile of Paul Korzeniowski


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Paul Korzeniowski is a freelance contributor to InformationWeek who has been examining IT issues for more than two decades. During his career, he has had more than 10,000 articles and 1 million words published. His work has appeared in the Boston Herald, Business 2.0, eSchoolNews, Entrepreneur, Investor's Business Daily, and Newsweek, among other publications. He has expertise in analytics, mobility, cloud computing, security, and videoconferencing. Paul is based in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at paulkorzen@aol.com



Articles by Paul Korzeniowski

WLAN Innovation Continues
03/14/2011

Small and medium businesses have been deploying wireless LANs for more than a decade. However, vendors are still trying to differentiate their products because the market continues to experience very healthy growth, according to market research firm In-Stat.

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Skype Ready For Business?
08/06/2010

The voice-over-IP service's promise of free or low-cost calling and videoconferencing is music to SMB ears, but a lack of key business communication features should give business owners pause.

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SMBs Loosening Purse Strings
04/14/2010

Downtrodden would be an apt way to describe small and medium businesses during the recent economic downturn. However, hope is emerging: a Spiceworks survey found that these companies plan to increase their IT spending by nine percent this year, compared to a measly one percent jump in 2009.

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Cisco Refreshes Switch and Router Lines
03/17/2010

Cisco has been busy lately, wedging itself into new markets, such as energy management and integrated network, server, and data storage devices. Yet, the company has not pushed its bread and butter, switches and routers, completely to the backburner. In fact, the vendor made a broad suite of enhancements to those devices under its Borderless Network initiative.

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Broadband Sales Pick Up
03/01/2010

A year they would like to forget, this is how network equipment providers would describe 2009. While sales of broadband access systems declined 12 percent for the year, they showed signs of life as the year closed: DellOro Group determined that revenue increased by double digits in the fourth quarter of the year.

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Do SMBs Need More Fiber Connections?
02/24/2010

Good news/bad news. The good news is a growing number of companies now are able to connect to telecommunications service provider via fiber optic lines. However, the bad news is the carriers have focused on meeting the needs of large enterprises at the expense of small and medium businesses.

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Rich Get Richer in Ethernet Switch Marketplace
02/22/2010

Consolidation has been the watchword in the Ethernet switch market. With growth rates slowing and competition increasing, vendors have been trying to gain size in order to weather the changes. Such an outlook is being made for good reason. Market research firm Delloro Group found that revenue for giants Cisco, HP, and Juniper increased $600 million in the last quarter, leaving few leftovers for the remaining suppliers.

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Internet Access Options Grow
02/08/2010

Broadband has evolved so it means more than just a cable modem or Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connection. Now, companies are able to use optical Ethernet links to provide their employees with network access. Market research firm, DellOro Group, expects interest in broadband connections to increase, with new optical Ethernet connections being very popular.

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Juniper and Polycom Team Up To Take on Cisco
01/25/2010

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That ancient proverb is proving true in the network equipment market where Cisco combatants Juniper Network and Polycom have joined forces to integrate their network and video conferencing products.

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Avaya Maps Out Migration Plan for Nortel Customers
01/19/2010

Whats next? IT managers often ask that question once an acquisition takes place. Nortel customers, who have been twisting in the wind for more than a year, now have a few answers to what Avaya plans to do with customers networking gear, some of which they will like and other they may not.

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Ecessa Aims To Improve VoIP Reliability
01/12/2010

Mission critical data is no longer limited to data applications. Increasingly, companies rely on voice and video connections to get their work done. Increasingly, this information flows over IP links, which are often subject to issues, such as jitter and latency. Ecessa wants to help small and medium businesses solve that problem.

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Should Your Company Be Girding up for Telepresence Services?
01/06/2010

The popularity of HD video services could have a ripple on your small or medium business. Carriers, such as Verizon and France Telecom, and Cisco, the industrys leading networking company, are preparing new telepresence services that eventually could make it possible for companies to conduct lifelike virtual meetings.

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Data Center Consolidation Drives Need for High Speed Connections
12/07/2009

Centralization has once again become the watchword in the data center. To simplify management, businesses are collapsing autonomous devices into central products. As this occurs, companies find themselves with more information stored in select locations and need fast network links to move that data. While many IT market segments have been struggling lately, high-speed data center connections have shown dramatic growth, according to market...

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HP's 3Com Buy Adds To Its SMB Networking Arsenal
11/11/2009

Consolidation is the watchword in the data center marketplace. Companies are collapsing their network, storage, and server equipment into single-function devices. The consolidation theme also applies to vendors, as one noteworthy networking supplier leaped into HPs arms today.

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Dell and Juniper Team Up
10/28/2009

The rapidly evolving networking market took another unexpected turn when server powerhouse Dell teamed up with network equipment supplier Juniper. Dell will now resell Junipers MX Series Ethernet services routers, EX Series Ethernet switches and SRX Series services gateways, which all run Juniper's JUNOS operating system software.

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Cisco Retools Its Router Line
10/20/2009

Since its inception 25 years ago, Cisco has been synonymous with routing. The company rolled out its most significant router upgrade, Integrated Services Router Generation (ISRG 2) since 2004 and focused on enhanced video transmission capabilities, more virtualized services, and reduced energy consumption as the means to maintain its market position.

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Enterasys Revamps Switching Line
10/19/2009

Enterasys, which has been languishing in the Ethernet switching market, is trying to breathe new life into its products. To entice small and medium businesses, the companys S-Series features high performance switching, resilient power, and enhanced management functions.

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HP Revamps Entry Level Ethernet Switch
09/29/2009

HP has made inroads in the small and medium business sector by delivering low cost, easy to maintain Ethernet switches. The company revamped one of its entry level lines, so it is more secure, simpler to deploy, and more energy efficient. The products may appeal to companies who need high speed connections but are not yet ready to embrace 10G Ethernet networking.

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HP Strengthens Integrated Server and Switch Line
09/16/2009

The design of IT equipment is about to dramatically change. No longer will data center servers, network switches, and storage area networks be sold autonomously. Instead, the different devices will be consolidated into integrated devices, and HP has made it clear that it wants to be a player in this market.

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IBM and Juniper Tighten Bond
07/22/2009

IBM and Juniper extended their recent partnership so IBM will now be reselling Juniper EX 4200 and 8200 series of Ethernet switches and MX series of Ethernet routers. In addition to providing another distribution outlet for the Juniper gear, the agreement underscores changes in data center product design and the scrambling that vendor have been doing to position themselves to take advantage of that change.

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Avaya Antes Up $475 Million For Nortels Networking Line
07/20/2009

Light is finally being seen in the dark tunnel that Nortel customers recently experienced. Avaya plans to acquire its rivals network equipment business unit and establish itself more firmly as a top provider of unified communications products to small and medium businesses. However, the fate of Nortels switch and router product lines is less clear.

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Cymphonix adds iPhone Support to Management Tool
07/07/2009

As small and medium businesses adopt cloud computing, the need for different network management and security products becomes clear. Cymphonix has been building a business delivering such products and recently upgraded its Cymphonix Network Composer with better reporting features and support for a wider range of end user devices.

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NetGear Adds PoE Stackable Switches to Line
06/29/2009

Increasingly, small and medium businesses are using IP to collapse their voice and data networks. Rather than manage two autonomous networks, corporations can combine the two, which eases management functions, lowers costs, and increases efficiency. However, these new converged networks require additional capabilities, such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), so NetGear added that feature to its switches.

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