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  • Nortel's bankruptcy: A long time coming

    Posted January 16, 2009 - 11:24 am

    Nortel's demise -- punctuated by this week's bankruptcy protection filings -- started long before the accounting scandal of 2004 and the multimillion dollar quarterly losses that the company has piled up since.
  • Ubuntu Faster on My Internet Than Windows XP

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    This isn't a rigorous benchmarked lab test yet, but I found something bizarre this morning. After fixing a little router problem, I tested the download speeds on my DSL line from AT&T and my cable Internet line from Time Warner Cable. I have both for product testing needs.
  • Microsoft/Nortel relationship again under microscope

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Nortel's bankruptcy filing could force it into restructuring that could influence many of its noted partnerships, including a unified communications deal with Microsoft.
  • FAQ: What's in store for Nortel

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    Nortel Networks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday to allow the financially struggling company to reorganize. What does this news mean for Nortel's future? Read on to find out.
  • Virtualization a challenge for IP contact centers

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    IP contact centers can benefit from virtualization as much as any other technology, but because of the real-time nature and need for reliability, deploying virtual machines in this environment requires care in selection of hardware, segmentation of applications and the use of replicating virtual machines on the fly.
  • Infoblox loads DNS services onto Cisco routers

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 4:20 pm

  • Nortel exec: Bankruptcy filing was in part to preserve $2.4B

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    One major reason Nortel Networks filed for protection against its creditors in the U.S. and other countries Wednesday was to preserve $2.4 billion in cash, which the company plans to use to provide support and service its customers, Nortel's head of enterprise sales said Wednesday.
  • Nortel customers don't need to panic, analysts say

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 3:09 pm

    Nortel Networks customers: Don't panic and rip out your Nortel gear. While the Chapter 11 filing may sound dire, it is not as serious as it might have been with a Chapter 7 filing.
  • Nortel files for bankruptcy

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Financially struggling Nortel Networks filed for Chapter 11 in U.S. bankruptcy court Wednesday.
  • Cisco ships new 802.11n AP to resolve power issue

    Posted January 13, 2009 - 5:41 pm

    The growth of 802.11n wireless LAN access points has been somewhat limited by a well-known problem with insufficient power to APs when using Power-over-Ethernet connections. Today, Cisco is addressing the problem head-on by announcing a new Aironet 1140 Series Access Point that works with standard PoE.
  • Riding the downturn: Network vendors eye new markets in ’09

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 5:44 pm

    Today's rough economy hasn't put the breaks on vendor ambition. Here's a look at what you can expect this year from Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Avaya, and other key IT vendors, including their most pressing 2009 priorities and potential stumbling blocks.
  • AT&T builds $23M IPv6 network for U.S. military

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 11:16 am

    AT&T is building a production-quality IPv6 data network for the U.S. Army in Germany that will cost approximately $23 million when it is completed next year.
  • Comcast confirms new network management practices

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Comcast, the second largest broadband provider in the U.S., has stopped network-management practices that focus on slowing the BitTorrent peer-to-peer application, the company said.
  • Comcast Has Begun Throttling the Bandwidth Hogs

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Use too much bandwidth and pay the price. That's the word from Comcast, which has launched a broadband throttling system to prevent power users from hogging its network.
  • Force 10, Turin Networks merging

    Posted January 5, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Data center switching vendor Force 10 Networks this week says it is merging with Turin Networks, a provider of wireless backhaul, Carrier Ethernet and converged access systems for service providers.
  • Securing DNS should trump budget-cutting, experts say

    Posted December 31, 2008 - 11:29 am

    The discovery of a major DNS flaw in mid-2008 landed the technology in many headlines, but with econ

  • BroadSoft acquires Sylantro as VoIP market consolidates

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 5:00 pm

    BroadSoft, a provider of VoIP applications to telecom service providers, this week said it acquired competitor Sylantro Systems for an undisclosed sum.
  • AT&T restores service after outages

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 10:22 am

    AT&T on Monday said it had restored service after service outages hit the wireless carrier.
  • Control a remote PC with ease for free

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:32 pm

    I'm constantly accessing different computers, but I don't need to get up from my chair to swap PCs. Instead of walking between them, a VNC (virtual network computer) setup lets me log into remote machines that are across the room or around the world. Now I can manage software installations, see if a download is complete, or just troubleshoot from anywhere.
  • Panasonic to show powerline network prototypes at CES

    Posted December 26, 2008 - 10:01 am

    Panasonic a prototype HD-PLC device for remotely monitoring an electric car while it is charging at the upcoming CES show in Las Vegas.
  • Inspire Awe

    Posted December 21, 2008 - 7:39 pm

    What you and I can do in 2009 to help others is to inspire awe. Yup, as a CCIE you can do this, you can inspire awe. Think about how hard it was to prepare and then pass the lab. That act can inspire another to do the same thing, to be focused and to forge ahead. So inspire awe. You can do it, after all it is only three letters and you can spell it and create it. Be a mentor and you will see what I mean.
  • NSA patents a way to spot network snoops

    Posted December 21, 2008 - 5:32 pm

    The NSA has been granted a patent for detecting whether network communications have been tampered with.
  • Vista OOBE Part 4: Summary

    Posted December 19, 2008 - 1:00 pm

    Now that I've gotten the networking issue under control, if not exactly fixed (I still have to disable and enable the network connection a couple of times after every reboot), let me wrap up my initial experiences with Vista. Bottom line for me: little or no improvement over XP for my use.
  • Best practice: Choosing a satellite Internet service provider

    Posted December 18, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    A reliable Internet connection is a must-have for business continuity for small businesses. This offers dos and don'ts from one company on how to select the right plan. One thing not to be overlooked - getting your own IP address.
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