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  • HP's Small Business Products Good for Corporate

    Posted April 9, 2007 - 3:44 pm

    On March 28th, HP released a batch of new products aimed specifically at small businesses with 1 to 99 employees. But the label on the ads doesn't keep smart enterprises from buying the products. Most interesting and appropriate are the new laptops and the new small server.
  • Vendors push Fibre Channel on Ethernet

    Posted April 6, 2007 - 9:29 am

    A group of data-center vendors has proposed a standard for putting Fibre Channel traffic on Ethernet networks, saying it could simplify management and cut costs.
  • Cisco eyes future Linksys strategy

    Posted April 4, 2007 - 8:56 am

    Cisco Systems Inc. is modifying the channel strategy for its Linksys consumer and small-business brand as the enterprise networking giant moves deeper into its subsidiary's traditional territory.
  • Licensing deal with Marvell a first for Sun's new unit

    Posted April 4, 2007 - 8:46 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. is licensing its multithreaded 10G-byte Ethernet networking technology to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. in Sun's first deal since creation of a separate Microelectronics group within the company one week ago.
  • Cisco targets SMBs with unified communications products

    Posted April 3, 2007 - 3:24 pm

    Cisco Systems Inc. is aiming ever lower with its network gear for small businesses, rolling out a set of products on Tuesday to meet growing demand in that segment for unified communications.
  • AT&T wants $3.5 billion Telecom Italia stake

    Posted April 2, 2007 - 9:37 am

    AT&T Inc. announced Sunday its intention to take an indirect stake in Telecom Italia S.p.A. The company plans to buy one-third of holding company Olimpia S.p.A, which holds 18 percent of Telecom Italia's shares, pending regulatory approval, AT&T said.
  • ICANN votes against '.xxx' top-level domain again

    Posted March 30, 2007 - 8:29 am

    The overseer of the Internet's addressing system rejected for the second time the creation of a ".xxx" top-level domain, supported by some as a way to isolate adult content on the Internet.
  • New virus comes disguised as IE 7 download

    Posted March 30, 2007 - 8:21 am

    If you receive an e-mail offering a download of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2, delete it. A new virus is making the rounds that comes disguised as a test version of Microsoft Corp.'s current Web browser.
  • Mobile vendors face backhaul issue

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 1:14 pm

    Copper cables, optical fiber and leased lines aren't as sexy as the music phones and mobile video services that are in the limelight at the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando this week, but they're on a lot of people's minds.
  • U.K. lays down first rules for VOIP providers

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 10:11 am

    VOIP providers in the U.K. will have to provide clearer information about the services they offer under new rules announced Thursday by the U.K. telecommunications regulator.
  • Cisco to acquire network processor company

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 9:59 am

    Cisco Systems Inc. has agreed to buy SpansLogic Inc., a privately held designer of network processing chips based in Mountain View, California, for an undisclosed sum.
  • Nortel, Microsoft lay ground for hosted services

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 9:53 am

    Microsoft Corp. and Nortel Networks Corp. are extending their unified communications partnership to carrier networks, laying the groundwork for hosted services.
  • Microsoft, EMC team on network management

    Posted March 27, 2007 - 2:53 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is licensing technology from EMC Corp. and the companies are developing new technologies aimed at making it easier for businesses to monitor and manage their IT systems.
  • Cisco adds 3G to branch router

    Posted March 27, 2007 - 10:55 am

    3G (third-generation) wireless will grow up at the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando this week, finding its place in Cisco Systems Inc. business routers.
  • Verizon Wireless to spend $6 billion on network upgrade

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 2:57 pm

    Verizon Wireless Inc. plans to boost its wireless data network through a new three-year contract with Alcatel-Lucent SA that is expected to be worth $6 billion.
  • Symantec aims for PC-type security on mobiles

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 1:00 pm

    Symantec Corp. is set to dramatically expand its mobile security offerings this week, adding VPN, data encryption, antispam and other features.
  • RSA's New FraudAction Anti-Trojan Service

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 11:20 am

    If your company belongs to the financial world in any way, whether as a bank, brokerage, or e-commerce leader, fraud gives you constant headaches. If phishing and pharming weren't bad enough, your company may be targeted by a Trojan campaign grabbing legitimate user information to use against you. RSA's expanding focus beyond authentication into pro-active fraud security may be able to help.
  • Oracle to buy in-memory data grid company

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 8:38 am

    Oracle Corp. plans to purchase Tangosol Inc., a U.S. provider of in-memory data grid software, as a way to further extend its Fusion middleware and make it more appealing to users where rapid access to data is critical to their businesses.
  • IT vendors submit management spec to W3C

    Posted March 22, 2007 - 1:38 pm

    A group of IT vendors including Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. are backing a specification aimed at helping make it easier to manage services on a network by creating a common way to define applications, servers and other IT assets.
  • Microsoft to release VOIP server beta on Monday

    Posted March 21, 2007 - 2:30 pm

    Microsoft Corp. will open up beta versions of its unified communications server and client software to the public for download on Monday, a senior company executive said Wednesday.
  • RIM chief: Wireless security must be top priority

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 12:50 pm

    Wireless security must be the top priority for providers doing business with the U.S. government, Research In Motion Ltd.'s (RIM's) president and co-CEO said Tuesday.
  • Microsoft unveils small-business phone system

    Posted March 19, 2007 - 2:43 pm

    Microsoft Corp. unwrapped a speech recognition-enabled phone system Monday designed to give small businesses a flexible alternative to a public branch exchange (PBX), the company said.
  • Skype connects with the enterprise

    Posted March 19, 2007 - 9:09 am

    Skype Ltd. says business users grab 30 percent of its downloads, but is the enterprise ready for wider use?
  • Management Mashups

    Posted March 16, 2007 - 1:38 pm

    Web 2.0 applications may be making the most noise about application mashups, but "old-fashioned" products can play that game as well. For some reason, people have been asking me about alternatives to Microsoft's Project Manager software recently. Now the company behind FastTrack Schedule 9.1, AEC Software (, has juiced their own product with an interesting mashup: brainstorming software MindManager (from

  • Bosses are monitoring NCAA pools, Web surfing

    Posted March 16, 2007 - 11:31 am

    A management expert says the hype over employees' use of the Internet for personal diversions in the workplace is overblown, especially considering how devices like smartphones blur the distinction between work and personal time when they are out of the office. He discusses the productivity vs. privacy issue in this Q&A.

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