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  • Congress questions US supercomputing efforts

    Posted July 16, 2003 - 4:44 pm

    The U.S. is falling behind Japan in the area of supercomputing, as federal research agencies have shifted their focus toward grid computing in the past decade, according to witnesses at a congressional hearing.
  • Global series of utility computing business conferences launched

    Posted July 16, 2003 - 1:48 pm announced the launch of a series of business conferences it has dubbed UtilCompWorld. The first conferences in the series will be held in March and September of 2004 in New York, London, and San Francisco.
  • Remove complexity, make customers happy

    Posted July 14, 2003 - 9:50 am

    During his opening keynote on Sunday at this year's CA World conference, chairman and CEO Sanjay Kumar highlighted CA's recent on-demand computing initiatives. He also emphasized the necessity of a multi-vendor environment for on-demand computing to work, saying that the concept is "not about outsourcing, or about buying into a single vendor's strategy or tying oneself to one vendor's hardware" but about "better management of technology resources and processes."
  • WS-I discusses interoperable Web services

    Posted July 14, 2003 - 8:44 am

    The speed and extent of Web services adoption depends on the success of making them interoperable, the president and chairman of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) said at a roundtable discussion on Web services in Toronto.
  • EDS, Orange extend mobile enterprise partnership

    Posted July 11, 2003 - 9:39 am

    French mobile operator Orange SA and IT service provider Electronic Data Services Corp. (EDS) have agreed to extend their nonexclusive partnership and, as a first step in the renewed partnership, to launch a new mobile enterprise service.
  • Who will join forces on the grid?

    Posted July 10, 2003 - 4:24 pm

    In this interview, Kieran Lees, the UK chief of Platform Computing, takes a stance on the present and future of grid computing.
  • Questions to ask to create a productive VPN

    Posted July 10, 2003 - 1:59 pm

    Proper implementation is the key to any successful VPN implementation. Here are four questions that should be tops on your list.
  • Free tutorial: Virtual private networks for small businesses

    Posted July 10, 2003 - 1:53 pm

    3Com's free online VPN course will take about 20 minutes to walk through. It lists the basic principles of VPN; states how a VPN can help lower costs and increase productivity; and describes what it takes to get a VPN up and running in your organization.
  • Virtual private network FAQs

    Posted July 10, 2003 - 1:49 pm

    This collection of commonly asked VPN questions will get you started. While you're here, also check out the VPN industry news and announcements.
  • When VPNs work for smaller businesses

    Posted July 10, 2003 - 1:38 pm

    Complexity and price are no longer barriers to implementing a VPN. In fact, they are becoming a staple business tool for many small businesses. See the choices this one smaller company made when deciding to deploy a VPN.
  • Grid economics: 10 lessons from finance

    Posted July 9, 2003 - 1:59 pm

    Grids are, almost by definition, cross-organization systems; as a result, they are also cross-budget systems. This paper, based on a tutorial given at GGF5, probes the financial issues surrounding grid computing.
  • What to consider when deploying a VPN

    Posted July 9, 2003 - 11:39 am

    More small and medium businesses are expected to deploy VPNs in the next few years, and given the choices out there, the selection can be daunting. We've outlined the most critical issues to weigh if you're looking at implementing a VPN as an alternate, inexpensive, secure IP connection to remote employees, key suppliers and clients.
  • Schumpeter strikes again

    Posted July 9, 2003 - 11:03 am

    Another interesting blog entry from Grid Technology Partners managing director Ahmar Abbas, who tells a tale of MCNC, a private, nonprofit organization that provides technology services dumping its supercomputers in favor of grid.
  • A new fix for wireless woes?

    Posted July 9, 2003 - 1:31 am

    Wireless access points are the main security worry for many WLAN administrators. According to this article, one way to avoid such worries is not necessarily to lock down the access points, but to introduce switches into the network in order to relieve them of security roles for which they are unsuited.
  • "Get a grant" program for grid life sciences researchers

    Posted July 8, 2003 - 10:33 am

    Engineered Intelligence Corporation (EI) has announced a new program that it's calling "Get a Grant with EI". As part of the program, EI will work on grant proposals with researchers and scientists in life sciences who want to use computing grids and clusters.
  • HP pads 'adaptive' strategy with acquisition

    Posted July 7, 2003 - 3:11 pm

    Hewlett-Packard announced the acquisition of select assets from Baltimore Technologies. HP plans to include the identity management technologies in Baltimore's SelectAccess in its own Adaptive Management software portfolio.
  • Lowering WLAN TCO

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:42 pm

    You want to realize the productivity gains from a WLAN, but you need to have your project approved in a time of tight budgets. This article outlines how you can lower the costs of a wireless network and improve your chances of getting enough funds to put it together.
  • Do WLANs really pay?

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:36 pm

    With WLAN security woes finally being addressed, the interest of many IT managers is turning to the bottom line: are the advantages of a wireless network worth the ongoing costs? As this article explains, with costs so difficult to pin down, it's not an easy question to answer.
  • Corporates remain wary on mobile computing costs

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:33 pm

    According to a recent study by consulting group Analysys, many corporate offices are still wary on installing WLANs - and rightfully so. The study asserts that while the investment in WLANs are worthwhile in some specific cases, each installation needs to be studied carefully to ensure that it is money well spent.
  • WLAN benefits calculator

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:28 pm

    Is a WLAN right for your organization? The Wi-Fi Alliance offers this calculator to help you determine how much a WLAN would cost in your environment - and if you'd realize enough savings to justify it. (After you agree to the Wi-Fi Alliance's terms, you'll download the calculator in Microsoft Excel format.)
  • Wireless LANs cut costs

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:24 pm

    WLANs don't just get rid of cluttering wires: they also can reduce total ownership costs over wired networks. Read on to find out where the potential cost savings lie.
  • Network connectivity: WLAN ROI

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:20 pm

    Intel has been pushing WLANs heavily as it moves into mobile computing. This analysis from the chipmaker illustrates some of the costs - and returns - from installing a wireless LAN.
  • Optimize your WLAN investment

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:17 pm

    Many shops are installing WLANs - but aren't aware of the costs beyond equipment and installation. Read on to find out how much a WLAN will really cost you, and how you can cut that cost down with smart planning.
  • Making wireless dreams a reality

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:07 pm

    In a perfect world, a WLAN can only help your productivity and your bottom line - but in the real world, wireless costs can outweigh benefits. This article explains some of the perhaps unexpected costs of wireless LANs, and will help you decide if a move to a wireless infrastructure is right for you.
  • Sidestepping wireless LAN money pits

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 3:02 pm

    A wireless LAN might promise immediate cash savings - but don't underestimate maintenance and support costs. In this interview, wireless guru Jim Geier explains where the hazards lie. (Free registration required.)

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