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  • Net neutrality, Alcatel-Lucent style

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    Network World interviews Wim Sweldens, VP of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, about finding common ground between carriers and the newfangled application and content providers who are bringing P2P and other services onto the market.
  • Cisco patches DoS vulnerability in UC Manager

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 7:22 am

    Cisco on Wednesday released an update to patch a vulnerability found in the SIP service of its Unified Communications Manager.
  • Challenges with innovation, the Facebook generation

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    Imagine you're the CEO of an old-line technology corporation with 120 years of telecommunications experience, and 80,000 employees scattered across the world. Furthering innovation is a given, but you also have to identify technologies that will resonate with consumers -- not to mention building sustainable business models around them. This is the world that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen inhabits.
  • Chambers' pay package climbs 16% while Cisco net income falls 23%

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    Cisco CEO John Chambers received a $2 million bonus as part of his 2009 compensation package.
  • What to do about bandwidth hogs?

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 8:37 pm

    InTown Suites, a low-cost extended-stay living chain, had a problem with users of file sharing applications who were consuming all of its network bandwidth. Here’s how they solved the problem.
  • Lawmaker's bill would help poor with broadband costs

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

    New legislation in the U.S. Congress would expand a program that helps low-income people who get telephone service also get broadband service.
  • Congress hears conflicting ideas for public safety network

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Eight years and one failed spectrum auction after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., police and fire departments still don't have a national wireless broadband network to communicate with each other, and Congress heard conflicting ideas on how to create one.
  • Wipro may be trimming its IP licensing business

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Indian outsourcer Wipro is considering exiting its business of creation and licensing of intellectual property (IP) in the area of connectivity, a company executive said on Thursday.
  • Cisco unified communications saves money for Henny Penny

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:17 am

    Henny Penny swapped out its aging Avaya PBXs for Cisco unified communication gear and wound up with a more expensive system that saves money on travel and improves communication with distributors.
  • NetSuite adds ERP support for iPhone

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:10 am

    NetSuite on Wednesday plans to unveil a new native application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users of its on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite tap a number of key capabilities while on the go.
  • What network administrators need to know about virtualization

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:03 am

    Virtualization introduces many unique and new concepts into your environment, and as a result many groups within IT often put up resistance to it. This tip addresses the unique concerns of network administrators and what they need to know -- before you start your virtualization journey.
  • Cisco patches a dozen router bugs

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    Cisco Systems has released its twice-yearly set of security patches for its router firmware, fixing 12 security flaws in the products.
  • Lotus user wary of social networking tool rollout

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    IBM Lotus has been quickly developing its suite of social networking tools over the past few years, but one user says his company is progressing slowly with its rollout as it negotiates the learning curve
  • Aruba slashes price of 11n WiFi access point

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    Aruba's new 802.11n WiFi access point slashes prices for high performance wireless networks to the level of what some vendors are charging for 802.11abg equipment.
  • Intel connects PCs to devices using light

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Intel is working on a new optical interconnect that could possibly link mobile devices to displays and storage up to 100 meters away, a company official said on Wednesday.
  • M2M explained: The FarmQuest example

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    F2F, B2B, P2P, and now M2M. No, M2M is not one of the personal categories in Craigslist. It's machine-to-machine technology, an emerging field closely associated with smart grids.
  • Indian mobile users to have number portability

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Indian mobile phone users will be able to retain their mobile numbers even if they switch service providers from Dec. 31, according to the country's Ministry of Communications & IT.
  • South Korea clears path for iPhone sale

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:10 am

    South Korean authorities cleared the iPhone for sale in the country on Wednesday by lifting a legal bar on operation of location-based services by Apple, a spokesman for a government regulator said.
  • FCC still looking for broadband ideas

    Posted September 22, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is still looking for ideas on how to bring broadband to all corners of the U.S. and to increase subscriber numbers, said the director of the agency's broadband project.
  • Engineering Judgment II: Expect Results in Network Management

    Posted September 22, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    Paralysis is unacceptable, whether "justified" because a chore is trivial, or still unanalyzed. Expect has almost two decades' history of solving problems and getting things moving.
  • IPv6: Not a Security Panacea

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    With only 10% of reserved IPv4 blocks remaining, the time to migrate to IPv6 will soon be upon us, yet the majority of stakeholders have yet to grasp the true security implications of this next generation protocol.
  • AT&T trials MicroCell for indoor coverage

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    AT&T is offering femtocells to customers in Charlotte, North Carolina, in its first full consumer trial of the technology, which uses a small cellular base station in a home or office to improve coverage.
  • FCC net neutrality proposal is 'dramatic shift' in policy

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's decision to seek to formalize net neutrality rules would either bring "unconstitutional" new regulations to the Internet or a welcome "paradigm shift" in U.S. communications policy, depending on whom you talk to.
  • Wi-Fi eyes global domination

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    If your reaction to last week's ratification of the 802.11n standard was a loud yawn or a "what took them so long," you'd certainly have some justification. But let's not gloss over what a stunning accomplishment this really is. Or what it will mean down the road in terms of wireless technology becoming the dominant network technology in enterprise shops.
  • Deploying next-generation PoE powered networks

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 11:29 am

    With the ratification of the IEEE802.3at standard this month, Power over Ethernet (PoE) will be ready to deliver 30W of power per port to a broad range of gear -- everything from 802.11n equipment to IP video and thin clients. As such, you need to establish an enterprise-grade PoE plan that optimizes flexibility, scalability, energy efficiency, reliability, safety, maintenance and management.

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