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  • Broadcom raises Emulex buyout offer to $925M

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    Network components manufacturer Emulex Corp. today said its board of directors will review a new takeover bid by Broadcom Corp., which raised its offer from $9.25 per share to $11. That would make the deal worth about $925 million.
  • Virtualization, cloud computing pose new challenges, opportunities

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Three years ago, Carnegie Mellon University opened the Data Center Observatory – an answer to the ever-rising operational costs in IT. Administrative expenses were spiraling out of control because individual research groups within the university were running their own IT infrastructure, characterized by short periods of heavy use followed by many hours sitting idle and wasting energy. The solution was to build an administered utility that provides computational and storage resources to the university community. Besides improving administrative efficiency, the DCO helped control power and cooling costs while letting researchers focus on what they do best rather than worry about maintaining their own mini data centers.
  • Comcast begins deploying wireless data network

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Cable television and broadband provider Comcast launched a high-speed wireless data service in Portland, Monday, with plans to bring the service to Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia by the end of 2009.
  • Chinese registrars need rap on knuckles, expert says

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 1:56 pm

    ICANN and the Chinese government could pressure Xin Net and eName to clean up their registrations
  • Cisco sends employees home to work

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 9:54 am

    Cisco today revealed it has garnered more than $277 million in productivity savings by letting employees work from home using the company’s own virtual office technology.
  • THE BEST OF THE BEST - Narbik on Steroids!

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 5:45 pm

    A: Eman I think we are both nuts driven by a passion that is based upon our love of helping others. What we do is not all for money we both spend so much time helping others and we are lucky we get paid for what we do and love. Vacation is for people who are stressed out every day and need a break. We are kindred spirits in that way and we don’t need a relief from stress, just more time with family that is less interrupted! I know you took my call because it was me. How many calls did you not take?
  • Domain-name wars: Rise of the cybersquatters

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    Trademark owners say cybersquatting on the Web has gone too far -- and they're pushing back.
  • Review

    Same mobile router, different approaches

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 10:11 am

    About the size of a credit-card (but slightly thicker too), the MiFi 2200 from Verizon Wireless includes a 3G wireless connection (Verizon's EV-DO Rev. A network) and a Wi-Fi router built into it. Mobile users can connect to the device via Wi-Fi or USB and access the Internet through the 3G wireless connection.
  • Avaya reportedly offering $500M for Nortel enterprise biz

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:50 pm

    Nortel is reportedly close to selling its enterprise division to Avaya for $500 million.

  • Comcast lengthens IPv6 lead

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Last week, Comcast was among the first carriers to demonstrate end-to-end IPv6 transmission for residential broadband customers.
  • Nortel had little choice but to liquidate, analysts say

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    In light of the overall economy and Nortel's particular situation, the former telecom giant had little choice but to liquidate its assets as it attempts to restructure under Chapter 11, analysts say.
  • Groups ask FCC for changes in 'special access' fees

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    A group of public interest groups and regional telecom carriers has launched a new campaign to reform the fees paid to large telecom carriers for so-called special access to large-pipe connections between buildings and central switching facilities.
  • Trans-Atlantic Internet cables may be filled by 2014

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    Voracious Web surfers, e-mailers and downloaders will use up the trans-Atlantic cables that were overbuilt early in this decade within the next five years, forcing carriers to invest in new ones in a market that's become used to adding bandwidth cheaply, according to research company Telegeography.
  • Smaller, Smarter, Synced

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 11:56 am

    I'm on several media lists as an expert source for technology quotes, especially for small business technology. One came through today that caught my eye as an interesting topic, but one that small and medium businesses should ignore. The question was about great new innovations in the pipeline.
  • Comcast open for IPv6 business

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    Comcast made big strides toward transitioning to IPv6 this week by announcing that it was making IPv6 transit available for any wholesale customers that connect to the company’s fiber network.
  • Review

    Network Know-How: An Essential Guide for the Accidental Admin

    Posted June 17, 2009 - 7:51 pm

    If you find yourself getting calls from all your neighbors just because you're a systems geek and can pull a network together in your sleep, here's a great source of fundamental network know how that you might recommend.
  • HP Halo launches webcasting service

    Posted June 17, 2009 - 8:40 am

    HP announced webcasting technology that expands on its Halo telepresence capabilities.
  • Innocuous or Unethical?

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Monica Cojocneanu (my best friend at Cisco) recently shared the information about some of her work in ferreting out rule breakers who apply for Channel Partner certifications using CCIE numbers of CCIEs who do not actually work for them. Monica and I first linked up to free two CCIEs whose numbers were held hostage by a channel partner in Dubai ( We have since remained in touch as we go through our daily grind in support of CCIEs and Channel Partners. The team whose names I have seems to be Monica, M, and me occasionally doing PI work and acting as CCIE Sleuths. Cool huh!

  • HP vs. Cisco: A Data Center Smackdown Looms?

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    Despite an overwhelming dominance of the networking business, Cisco has a target on its back, painted there by HP's ProCurve networking unit early in the decade, when they began gunning for Cisco.
  • 68-degree data centers becoming a thing of the past, APC says

    Posted June 14, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    Cooling a data center to 68 degrees may be going out of style, APC power and cooling expert Jim Simonelli says.
  • Is bid to save Nortel falling on deaf ears?

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    A group of former Nortel Networks Corp. executives is mounting a bid to save the bankrupt Canadian tech jewel from imminent breakup. However, calls to the Canadian government to delay the sale of any of the company's assets until the group can raise enough cash to buy Nortel appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
  • Former execs offer to buy Nortel: report

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 8:54 pm

    Former Nortel executives want to buy the beleaguered company, but need a $1 billion loan from the Canadian government, according to reports from Canada.
  • Enterprises cut costs with open source routers

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 5:21 pm

    Open source is everywhere -- operating systems, application software, development tools. So why not routers, too?
  • Networks will offer 48/7 service by 2013, says Cisco

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 3:25 pm

    Forget 24/7 availability: By 2013, telecommunications operators will deliver at least 48 hours of Internet connectivity to their customers, every day of the week, according to a study by Cisco Systems.
  • Meru revamps WLAN management software

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    Meru Networks has released a radically revised wireless LAN management application that for the first time runs on a dedicated appliance to collect only periodic summaries of access point statistics and look for problems.

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