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  • Wireless networking performance tips

    Posted January 31, 2004 - 4:55 pm

    Even small wireless networks sometimes see baffling performance problems. This article offers some tips on improving the performance of your WLAN.
  • Dueling with cordless phones

    Posted January 31, 2004 - 4:51 pm

    Is your WLAN setup interfering with your wireless phones? This tutorial explains how you can make all your wireless gadgets play nicely together.
  • Sputnik helps smaller operators manage hotspots

    Posted January 31, 2004 - 4:47 pm

    Sputnik recently released new networking software that will help manage Wi-Fi hotspots. The Wi-Fi Networking News weblog takes a look at the offering and measures it against its competitors.
  • Three questions: WLAN deployments are getting complicated

    Posted January 31, 2004 - 4:43 pm

    With multiple standards and protocols to keep track, any WLAN rollout is a complicated proposition. Find out what one network pro has learned from experience.
  • IBM offers 'on demand' data-center remote management

    Posted January 28, 2004 - 10:03 am

    A new service is now available from IBM Corp. that will allow companies to test the on-demand waters. Designed for large and mid-size companies, the Strategic Outsourcing Flexible Support Option lets companies outsource management of their data center and take advantage of service-based billing without transferring data center IT assets and employees to the outsourcing provider.
  • Grids moving beyond science

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:39 pm

    Grid computing is making inroads into business. Take the example of Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Hewitt Associates: The human resources consulting firm was able to reap big cost savings by moving its pension benefit calculator off the mainframe and onto the grid.
  • Key network issues for 2004

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 12:42 pm

    Utility computing, outsourcing, and autonomic computing may not immediately spring to mind as critical network issues, but this article promises to make you think otherwise.
  • New IronMail uses 'genetic' antispam algorithm

    Posted January 26, 2004 - 3:51 pm

    A new version of the IronMail secure e-mail gateway contains a so-called "genetic" algorithm for spotting unsolicited commercial e-mail, or spam, that will adapt to changes in spam e-mail content, according to a statement released by CipherTrust Inc., which makes the application.
  • HP ports OpenView to Linux

    Posted January 23, 2004 - 11:35 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co. is porting OpenView Operations to Linux, and renewing OpenView for Unix in the process. Due next year, the first Linux-based OpenView modules will target applications where Linux is most popular, such as security management and the finance industry.
  • Globus Toolkit roadmap detailed

    Posted January 22, 2004 - 4:38 pm

    Speaking at the GlobusWorld 2004 conference in San Francisco, the Globus Alliance co-leader Ian Foster announced plans to release in March an updated version of its Globus Toolkit for grid computing, adding performance, reliability and usability improvements and bug fixes.
  • AT&T beats analyst expectations

    Posted January 22, 2004 - 11:47 am

    AT&T Corp. reported income from continuing operations of $340 million for its fourth quarter Thursday, turning around from a loss of $611 million in the fourth quarter of 2002, and translating into an earnings per share slightly better than analyst expectations.
  • Standard interconnect approved for network gear

    Posted January 21, 2004 - 10:51 am

    Future networking devices such as switches and routers could meet new user demands more quickly and cost less after the completion Monday of the ASI (Advanced Switching Interconnect) specification.
  • Getting down to grid computing

    Posted January 20, 2004 - 5:44 pm

    We all know that grid computing hasn't exactly burst into the enterprise mainstream. This article examines some of the hurdles to grid adoption and how early adopters overcame those hurdles to better utilize resources and save money.
  • The uncertain promise of utility computing

    Posted January 20, 2004 - 4:42 pm

    The Slashdot community, not known for its reticence, jumped all over the recent Economist article titled "The next big thing?", which wades through the thick layer of hype to see what technological progress is being made toward the promise of utility computing. Some Slashdot commentators launched attacks against everything from HP's management to outsourcing, while others faced off on the technical issues.
  • Taking a serious look at grids

    Posted January 20, 2004 - 3:12 pm

    Comparing the reluctance of businesses to embrace grid computing to the slow adoption of Unix and even Windows NT, this article argues that simply moving toward a grid state of mind has its own benefits.
  • New e-mail worm spreading worldwide

    Posted January 20, 2004 - 10:51 am

    Beagle 2, the European Space Agency's Mars explorer, did not have much success with its mission of exploring the surface of the Red Planet. But a new e-mail worm with the same name is apparently having better luck exploring the Internet, according to warnings issued Monday by leading antivirus software companies.
  • Dell's network unit steps up to routing

    Posted January 20, 2004 - 10:14 am

    Dell Inc.'s networking division sets its sights on the cores of data centers and small and medium-sized enterprise LANs with a pair of Ethernet switches that also act as routers.
  • Report: Telecom industry about to rebound

    Posted January 14, 2004 - 6:11 pm

    Spending in the U.S. telecommunications industry is poised to take off after a three-year slump, with total spending in products and services expected to grow at a compound annual rate of almost 10 percent between 2004 and 2007, according to a report released by a telecom industry group Wednesday.
  • Microsoft issues warning about VOIP vulnerability

    Posted January 14, 2004 - 10:41 am

    Microsoft Corp. issued its first security patches of the new year Tuesday, warning users about a critical vulnerability in a component of the Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server used to control IP (Internet protocol) telephony traffic.
  • How to get to utility computing

    Posted January 13, 2004 - 6:17 pm

    This article offers a practical roadmap for deploying utility computing. But don't be fooled, "practical" doesn't equal "quick fix" for something as complex as utility computing, which extends across the IT spectrum, from networks and servers to software and services.
  • Grids may ease burden on mainframes

    Posted January 13, 2004 - 5:09 pm

    There's a lot to be said about using the right tool for the job. This article looks at one company that is betting grid computing is the right tool for its compute-intensive applications.
  • Word password tool not for security

    Posted January 9, 2004 - 12:47 pm

    Word's password-protect feature is not safe from hackers, but according to Microsoft, it was never meant to be. A researcher posted instructions on how to bypass the security of a Word document last week.
  • Nortel's fortunes look bright on the Verizon

    Posted January 9, 2004 - 11:09 am

    Nortel Networks Corp.'s big sale of IP networking equipment to U.S. carrier Verizon Communications Inc. is significant in two ways, say industry analysts: it suggests that phone companies are serious about IP, and that Canada's former high-tech darling Nortel is on the mend.
  • Novell enhances remote access package

    Posted January 9, 2004 - 11:00 am

    Novell Inc. on Wednesday took the wraps off the latest version of its Nterprise Branch Office software, which lets customers deploy the offering in Linux and Windows environments, as well as in NetWare shops.
  • VeriSign planning more changes to .com, .net

    Posted January 9, 2004 - 10:09 am

    VeriSign Inc. is planning changes to a DNS (Domain Name System) component responsible for coordinating updates to the .com and .net domains throughout the DNS system, according to a company spokesman.
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