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  • Optimal Routing Design

    Posted June 20, 2005 - 2:43 pm

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  • CA preps all-in-one bundles for SMB security and backup

    Posted June 20, 2005 - 2:21 pm

    Computer Associates International Inc. plans in July to target small businesses with the release five software packages that bundle together security, backup and data migration applications.
  • 3Com's China link

    Posted June 20, 2005 - 10:42 am

    3Com Corp. stopped selling high-end routers and switches for corporations about six years ago to concentrate on service provider and small business gear. But in 2003, the company reentered the market by forming a joint venture with China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
  • Bullish on China

    Posted June 20, 2005 - 10:37 am

    In recent years, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., China's largest telecom equipment provider, has been seen as a rising threat to established telecom equipment makers. However, most of the company's successes have been in developing countries, where cost was often considered the principal factor when choosing an equipment supplier. That all changed in April, when the U.K.'s BT Group PLC chose Huawei as one of eight suppliers for its ambitious 21st Century Network. The deal underscores the growing global importance of China's network industry.
  • Ethernet startup wants to be on every server

    Posted June 20, 2005 - 10:11 am

    Startup Level 5 Networks Inc. believes it can solve the growing problem of inefficient Ethernet connectivity with its EtherFabric network card and software. Emerging from stealth mode Monday, executives at the 50-person company also talked up their ultimate ambition for EtherFabric to ship with every server sold worldwide, directly positioning their offering against current iWarp and InfiniBand interconnect technologies.
  • Univa leads Globus enterprise effort

    Posted June 17, 2005 - 1:27 pm

    The Globus Consortium has charged Univa Corp. with adding enterprise-level functionality to the Globus Toolkit 4.0. "We turned to Univa to drive these critical new projects to fast-track the development because of the company's long-standing expertise and involvement with the Globus Toolkit," stated Greg Nawrocki, president of the Globus Consortium.
  • Microsoft readies BitTorrent alternative

    Posted June 16, 2005 - 3:41 pm

    Researchers at Microsoft Corp.'s labs in Cambridge, England, are developing a file-sharing technology that they say could make it easier to distribute big files such as films, television programs and software applications to end users over the Internet.
  • Wireless VoIP can fill mobile coverage gaps

    Posted June 16, 2005 - 11:24 am

    A U.S. company, Nuera Communications Inc., has developed a system that allows wireless VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) calls to be made from a cell phone.
  • Call Skype for free from your mobile phone

    Posted June 16, 2005 - 11:20 am

    A Norwegian company has found a use for that old cell phone that's been kicking around in your desk drawer. IPdrum AS, of Oslo, has developed a cable and software that can turn an old cellular phone into a wireless gateway for Skype Technologies SA's Skype VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) application.
  • Study: Telecom mergers will raise costs to businesses

    Posted June 15, 2005 - 9:48 am

    Proposed telecommunications mergers between SBC and AT&T and between Verizon and MCI will lead to a 15 percent price increase for large-business customers, an economist hired by competitors of SBC and Verizon said Tuesday.
  • Start your censorship engines

    Posted June 15, 2005 - 9:17 am

    Assigned Names and Numbers). Of all the domains to authorize, why Triple X? Homage to the action movies?

  • Yahoo buys VoIP service company Dialpad

    Posted June 15, 2005 - 8:56 am

    Yahoo Inc. has bought VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) service provider Dialpad Communications Inc. to use its technology in Yahoo's VoIP services, Dailpad said Tuesday.
  • VoWiFi/IP/cellular convergence trials begin at BellSouth

    Posted June 14, 2005 - 4:11 pm

    Advertising firm Grey Worldwide is serving as a guinea pig for BellSouth's latest offering: a single device - with a single phone number - that allows IP-based voice calls over a local Wi-Fi network or cellular networks.
  • Mobile computing risks are rising

    Posted June 14, 2005 - 4:01 pm

    Business users have fallen in love with the possibilities that mobile computing offers. But IT managers see the dark side of this romance: the extra work (and expense) needed to keep communications, data, and devices secure.
  • E.U. switches on G

    Posted June 14, 2005 - 2:45 pm

    Research scientists worldwide will be able to use almost unlimited bandwidth to exchange data after the European Union unveiled an upgraded version of its G
  • Getting started with Gigabit networking

    Posted June 14, 2005 - 7:52 am

    Once out of reach for cost-conscious SMBs, Gigabit networking -- which provides data transfer rates of 1,024 Mbps -- is now a viable option for smaller companies, thanks to a number of affordable new products on the market.
  • Triple Play: The Next Big Telecom Boom

    Posted June 13, 2005 - 4:57 pm

    The telecom industry has a long and interesting history, particularly since deregulation. Somewhat of a roller coaster, telco is an industry for big dollar investments - but at the same time presents opportunities for smaller, entrepreneurial startups as well. Curiously, it's the only industry I know of where the major incumbent players are required by law to allow their smaller competitors to use their infrastructure to sell the same product for less money. Whether that's a good thing or not remains to be seen -- although on a positive note, these strange mandates have given smaller players a foot in the door.
  • Microsoft targets BlackBerry users with updates to mobile line

    Posted June 13, 2005 - 10:42 am

    As Microsoft releases details of the updates to its Windows Mobile products in the pipeline for later this year, some shops that currently use RIM's BlackBerry products are starting to consider a switch.
  • Airgo leads Wi-Fi rush for pre-standard MIMO tech

    Posted June 13, 2005 - 10:33 am

    The MIMO-based 802.11n standard isn't here yet, but as more companies start demanding the faster speed that such technology offers, Airgo and other companies are offering "pre-N" equipment.
  • Aperto's WiMax kit performs at Supercomm

    Posted June 10, 2005 - 2:18 pm

    At Chicago's Supercomm conference, Aperto Networks unveiled its PacketMAX product line. PacketMAX promises compatibility with both Aperto's PacketWave line and the coming WiMax standard.
  • Analyst: Growing momentum for VoIP in small businesses

    Posted June 8, 2005 - 9:03 am

    Three quarters of SMBs surveyed by market research firm Nemertes said they plan to adopt VoIP telephony, with 100 percent of those citing cost savings as their primary motivation.
  • BlueTie and Kodak collaborate on HIPPA-compliant solution for small medical providers

    Posted June 8, 2005 - 9:01 am

    Eastman Kodak Co. and BlueTie, an email solutions developer, have combined Kodak's Secure E-mail Service with email messaging and collaboration software from BlueTie to create a HIPPA-compliant secure email service for SMBs in the healthcare arena.
  • The incredible VoIP solution

    Posted June 8, 2005 - 8:59 am

    A large display that shows a corporate and personal phone directory, and enables users to run third-party applications, is one of the features of the perfect VoIP phone. Four experts weigh in on the ultimate VoIP solution.
  • Perceptual gap hinders utility computing success

    Posted June 7, 2005 - 3:18 pm

    There is a significant divergence in the way enterprise information technology (IT) professionals and IT solutions providers define and plan to deploy utility computing solutions. This 'perceptual gap' threatens to be a significant obstacle for many enterprises that would like to leverage new utility computing solutions to meet their escalating business needs.
  • Vendors talk up triple-play at Supercomm

    Posted June 7, 2005 - 1:52 pm

    Many of the network equipment vendors at the Supercomm show in Chicago are talking about delivering voice, video and data over a single telephone line -- the so-called "triple play." But while the goal is to bring these disparate services together on a single delivery platform, each of the vendors has their own way of doing it.

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