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  • Grid 2.0: The global grid gets hip

    Posted April 28, 2006 - 4:10 pm

    Whereas Grid 1.0 was about sharing computing power, Grid 2.0 will be "about sharing data, and the compute power, networking and storage needed to access and use that data," says Tom Gibbs, director of worldwide strategy and planning in the sales and marketing group at Intel Corp.
  • NCSA launches small business security campaign

    Posted April 28, 2006 - 1:11 pm

    The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is rolling out an initiative to help educate small businesses on better IT security practices.
  • Thieves use VOIP for new phishing attack

    Posted April 27, 2006 - 9:38 am

    Taking advantage of the low cost of VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology, thieves have now begun luring victims to fake automated call centers via a new kind of phishing attack.
  • Vonage and The Cloud in Wi-Fi calling deal

    Posted April 26, 2006 - 2:08 pm

    The deal means Vonage customers will be able to make VOIP calls from any of The Cloud's 7,000 Wi-Fi access points at no charge -- it's included within Vonage's

  • IBM targets grid computing with latest SMB software

    Posted April 25, 2006 - 3:56 pm

    IBM Corp.'s latest round of software aimed at SMBs (small and midsize businesses) includes a bundle of hardware, software and services designed to encourage users to adopt grid computing.
  • Banking on grids

    Posted April 25, 2006 - 2:03 pm

    A new report from The 451 Group finds that "there has been a significant acceleration in the deployment of shared and linked grids in investment banking." The report also points to grid computing, blade servers, and Linux as leading the trend toward "sustainable, long-term and linear cost savings and performance improvements for the financial services sector."
  • Softricity upgrades app virtualization system

    Posted April 24, 2006 - 2:29 pm

    Softricity launched SoftGrid 4.0 on Monday, an upgrade to its software virtualization system that allows companies to deploy virtual applications flexibly. It allows enterprises can virtualize any Windows application and make it available to computers worldwide within minutes, while supporting end-users with new remote help features that further reduce application management costs.
  • Linksys jumps on faster Wi-Fi bandwagon

    Posted April 24, 2006 - 10:57 am

    The biggest seller of home wireless LAN equipment is set to launch its gear for the next technology generation on Monday, introducing three products based on a draft of the IEEE 802.11n standard.
  • Mining giant manages traffic between global sites

    Posted April 24, 2006 - 10:29 am

    Australian mining giant Orica Ltd. has consolidated its entire global SAP AG application delivery into two data centers in Melbourne and is now branching out to shape application traffic between global sites.
  • XOsoft adds support for Linux, 64-bit, BlackBerry

    Posted April 21, 2006 - 3:21 pm

    XOsoft Inc. Monday will release the next version of its WANSync data synchronization and replication software with added support for Linux, 64-bit environments and the BlackBerry mobile device.
  • Microsoft to unveil new patch management software

    Posted April 19, 2006 - 9:55 am

    At the Microsoft Management Summit conference in San Diego next week, Microsoft plans to give customers a peek at the next version of its Windows Server Update Services software, which is expected to be released in the first half of 2007. The update will include a more dynamic user interface based on the Microsoft Management Console framework and will have several features designed to make the software easier to use.
  • Licensing Lamentations

    Posted April 17, 2006 - 7:31 pm

    I'm hearing from more and more companies grumbling about their licensing issues. Microsoft's policies get the most complaints, but other software vendors have bizarre licensing terms and "cheat the customer" EULAs (End User License Agreements). This situation makes some companies eye Open Source alternatives with increasing interest.
  • 'Time geek' hopeful of deal with D-Link

    Posted April 17, 2006 - 8:11 am

    The operator of a server that keeps track of time for servers in Denmark hopes soon to settle a dispute with D-Link Systems Inc. over traffic allegedly caused by the company's routers.
  • Nuking PCs

    Posted April 12, 2006 - 8:09 am

    In the most recent episode of "Open Corporate Mouth, Insert Corporate Foot," we quote Mike Danseglio, program manager in the Microsoft Security Solutions group. At the recent InfoSec World conference, Danseglio said, when talking about various malware, that "In some cases, there really is no way to recover without nuking the systems from orbit." Thank you, LapLink PC Defense press release, for the name and quote.
  • Europe's domain registry being hijacked, GoDaddy says

    Posted April 11, 2006 - 10:34 am

    The registry for the new .eu domain has booked 1.4 million Web addresses since Friday morning -- but one registrar has accused the group that runs it of inept organization, allowing companies to cheat the system by setting up bogus registrars to work on their behalf.
  • Skype buys VOIP technology companies

    Posted April 11, 2006 - 9:48 am

    Skype Technologies SA has acquired Internet voice technology company Sonorit Holding AS and its U.S. subsidiary, Camino Networks Inc., for about $27 million in eBay Inc. stock., Skype announced Tuesday.
  • Comverse buys VOIP company Netcentrex for $164 million

    Posted April 10, 2006 - 10:47 am

    Comverse Technology Inc. has signed an agreement for its Comverse Inc. subsidy to acquire privately held VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) software vendor Netcentrex SA for about $164 million, Comverse announced Monday.
  • Global Crossing expands services in Europe

    Posted April 10, 2006 - 10:21 am

    Global Crossing Ltd. on Monday said it is expanding its network and introducing new VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) services to enterprises in Europe.
  • CTIA: Nortel may drop, spin off more products

    Posted April 7, 2006 - 1:36 pm

    Nortel Networks Corp. will closely examine all of its product categories and consider dropping out or seeking a partnership or joint venture anywhere it doesn't hold or forecast a 20 percent market share or better, said President and CEO Mike Zafirovski.
  • 390,000 applications for .eu names in first 100 minutes

    Posted April 7, 2006 - 10:59 am

    The registry for the .eu top level domain (TLD) received 390,000 applications in the first 100 minutes after registration was opened to all residents of the European Union, E.U. Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said Friday.
  • CTIA: Enterprises to get more mobile management options

    Posted April 5, 2006 - 1:39 pm

    Security, dual-mode cellular and Wi-Fi phones, and the spread of fast 3G (third-generation) networks are all mobile issues that enterprises will be grappling with over the next few years. At CTIA, two vendors are already hitting the road with products for another pressing business issue, management of wireless devices.
  • Lead on-demand VP at IBM weighs in on grid progress

    Posted April 4, 2006 - 12:54 pm

    In this interview, Ian Foster talks to IBM's Irving Wladawsky-Berger about working with the Linux community, integrating the Globus Toolkit into the LAMP stack, and where grid stands on its evolutionary path.
  • EMC gets serious about grid computing

    Posted April 4, 2006 - 12:47 pm

    EMC has announced it is acquiring Acxiom's information grid software for $30 million. As part of the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop a hosted information grid as well as a non-hosted offering, which will become an EMC product.
  • Grid at last?

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 3:27 pm

    Earlier this month, HP, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft announced the development of a roadmap for creating an industry-wide set of Web services standards, a move that grid guru Ian Foster believes could make grid computing mainstream.
  • Spy software company argues product isn't a Trojan

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 10:23 am

    The company selling a mobile-phone spy application that has been labeled malware by F-Secure Corp. says the software isn't malicious or illegal.
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