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  • Grid computing steps out

    Posted September 12, 2003 - 10:33 am

    Grid computing is all the rage, as evidenced most recently by the spate of announcements coming from last week's OracleWorld conference. Grid's transition from its roots in research to its new role as a key component of an enterprise utility computing service, has brought grid into the mainstream. Go ahead, get griddy.
  • Let's set up a new grid consortium says Oracle - I concur

    Posted September 11, 2003 - 10:42 am

    With the Global Grid Forum already hard at work churning out standards, there appears to be little call for a new grid consortium. But, in fact, there is a very real need for an industry group whose primary focus is bringing grid computing to the enterprise, says Ahmar Abbas, managing director of Grid Technology Partners and site guide.
  • AT&T to invest $3 billion in global net

    Posted September 11, 2003 - 10:08 am

    AT&T Corp. estimates a $3 billion price tag to convert its global network to a single Internet Protocol (IP)-based network by 2005, the company said on Wednesday. AT&T's global network currently functions on a voice-based carrier infrastructure.
  • Oracle setting up commercial grid consortium

    Posted September 11, 2003 - 9:47 am

    Oracle Corp. is trying to establish a new consortium to hammer out technology standards for grid computing in commercial environments, an Oracle executive said Wednesday. What's the catch? The new consortium appears likely to run headlong into the grid standards effort already underway by the Global Grid Forum.
  • Hardware today: Navigating around the computing grid

    Posted September 10, 2003 - 2:15 pm

    Taking as its premise that the emergence of grid computing in the corporate world is driven by the rarest of occurences, a merging of business and technology goals and trends, this article goes far towards explaining why the time for grids is now.
  • How to differentiate grid computing and utility computing

    Posted September 10, 2003 - 1:26 pm

    True to its title, this research report opens by drawing a fundamental distinction between grid computing as an architecture focused on sharing computing resources and utility computing as a conceptual model focused on acquiring computing resources. Once you've swallowed that concept, take a step back to discover the different types of grids and their uses as well as varying approaches to utility computing.
  • Cisco, others form converged network group

    Posted September 10, 2003 - 10:14 am

    Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corp., IBM Corp. and other companies will push converged voice, video and data networks through a newly formed marketing organization, the new group announced. The Enterprise Communications Association (ECA) brings together product vendors, service providers and sales channel partners that want to promote converged networks in enterprises of all sizes.
  • WLANs serve small businesses well

    Posted September 5, 2003 - 4:38 pm

    Here's one small business that found it's better equipped to compete with larger businesses because it deployed a wireless local area network.
  • EmergeCore adds e-commerce capabilities to 'IT in a Box'

    Posted September 5, 2003 - 4:07 pm

    EmergeCore Networks is one of a handful of manufacturers making it easier for small businesses to implement server-based computing systems. Its 'IT in a Box" product allows small businesses to set up a virtual private networking (VPN) system in a small office, host a website or serve up e-mail in addition to e-commerce and a host of features that make it easy to build a wired or wireless network.
  • Symantec, McAfee offer new versions of virus protection

    Posted September 5, 2003 - 3:32 pm

    There's no time like the present to upgrade to the latest antivirus software. Here's the low-down on the brand-new announcements of Norton AntiVirus 2004 and McAfee AntiVirus.
  • Verizon, Nortel in US$1B network expansion deal

    Posted September 4, 2003 - 9:17 am

    Verizon Wireless Inc. will expand and upgrade its 3G (third generation) cellular network over the next three and a half years with about US$1 billion worth of equipment from Nortel Networks Corp., the companies said Tuesday.
  • MCI appoints five new board members

    Posted September 2, 2003 - 10:38 am

    As part of its efforts to emerge from bankruptcy and clean up its corporate image, telecommunication company MCI has named five new members to its board of directors.
  • Dell to simplify switch management

    Posted August 31, 2003 - 9:50 pm

    Starting Monday, Dell Inc. aims to make life easier for administrators managing large networks of its LAN gear.
  • Platform Internet: The promise of grid computing

    Posted August 29, 2003 - 1:32 pm

    If you take away one nugget of information from this article, let it be this: Grid computing will make the Internet a computing platform. No small idea.
  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center hooks up to the TeraGrid

    Posted August 28, 2003 - 10:04 am

    The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center this week became the fifth and easternmost node on the TeraGrid, bringing the TeraGrid project one step closer to being the world's fastest and most comprehensive computational grid for scientific research.
  • Can blades cut it?

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 9:20 pm

    Blade servers so far haven't caught like the wildfire they were made out to be, but look out a couple of years to 2006 when IDC predicts blade servers will hold a one-third share of the server market. How do we bridge the gap between today's reticence and tomorrow's booming market? Management, licensing, and standardization will lead the way.
  • Diverse traffic means network gridlock

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 5:32 pm

    Load balancers are critical utility infrastructure elements, and vendors like Foundry Networks, F5 Networks, Radware, and Coyote Point Systems are hard at work making their products more intelligent, secure, and nimble. But hardware isn't the only solution. For some implementations, software load balancers may do the trick.
  • The future of tech: Utility computing

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 4:59 pm

    With Forrester calling it "the third major computing revolution - after mainframes and the Internet," utility computing is hot, hot, hot. But not everyone is convinced, especially those who remember all-too-well the aftermath of the dotcom heyday. While this article does lean toward the cautious, it is a solid piece on the utility computing concept, current offerings, and future vision.
  • Safe computing guide - 7 steps

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 12:05 pm

    The practices outlined in this tip sheet from Trend Micro highlight some easily implemented "safe computing" practices. The general idea here is to make it difficult or impossible for viruses to run.
  • In search of meaning

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 10:04 am

    Utility computing, on-demand computing, elastic enterprise, adaptive enterprise, adaptive resource management - call it what you will, it's a concept that has given rise to a glut of competing visions and offerings and in the process has left potential customers confused about what exactly this "next big thing" is. The articles that form this collection tease out the causes of confusion and offer clear, concise descriptions of the utility computing concept.
  • How spam handicaps small businesses

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 10:01 am

    Spam accounts for 45% of all e-mails, or 15 billion messages every day, to a pricey tune of $20 billion a year in lost productivity and technology expenses, according to Radicati Group, a market-research firm in Palo Alto, Calif. Daily spam is predicted to rise to more than 50 billion by 2007, and costs will reach almost $200 billion a year.
  • Network Associates debuts Netasyst for SMBs

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 9:54 am

    Netasyst Network Analyzer from Sniffer Technologies, a division of Network Associates, helps small businesses optimize and secure wired and wireless local area networks.
  • How small businesses can tackle big viruses

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 9:47 am

    A rash of recent viruses - most recently one known as Sobig-F - has infected e-mail systems worldwide, resulting in millions of unwanted messages. While small businesses might not have the IT resources to set up world-class security systems, they can educate users about threats. Learn what small businesses can do to avoid future outbreaks.
  • NetMotion adds device mobility policies

    Posted August 25, 2003 - 10:37 am

    Network administrators at enterprises with mobile employees who move between multiple kinds of networks will be able to set policies to control that usage with the next version of NetMotion Wireless Inc.'s NetMotion Mobility software, which was announced Monday.
  • Putting grids to work: Case studies and success stories

    Posted August 22, 2003 - 1:11 pm

    What do such diverse organizations as the American Diabetes Association, Ford Motor Company, digital effects company Axyz, and pharmaceutical leader Novartis have in common? Two things: they all run compute-intensive applications, and they are all using grids to meet their computing requirements. The case studies in this collection provide real-world examples of how grids are being used to answer real business needs.
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