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  • Centralized vs. Distributed Syslog System Architectures

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 11:46 am

    One of the things that I get asked about a lot is whether it's best to use centralized vs. distributed syslog servers within your overall network management strategy. It's a great question as there are advantages to each, so let's take a look.
  • Indian telecom department officials face charges

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 10:40 am

    India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said Thursday that it is pursuing criminal charges against some officials of the country's Department of Telecommunications (DOT), private sector companies and some individuals, in connection with alleged irregularities related to the award of telecommunications licenses by the DOT.
  • Core network security: A seldom used bag of tricks

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Whichever core network vendor you've chosen (Cisco, Brocade, Juniper), you have an arsenal of great core network security features at your disposal. These include: Dynamic ARP Inspection, DHCP Snooping, Identity Based Network Services, Infrastructure Protection Access-Lists (iACLs), Router Neighbor Authentication, etc. The list is very long, most have been around for years, and many times NONE of them are in place at organizations big or small.
  • TeliaSonera scores LTE modems in bid to be first

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 8:10 am

    Telecom operator TeliaSonera has signed a deal for LTE (Long-Term Evolution) modems from Samsung that should help it launch the 4G service commercially in Sweden and Norway in the first half of 2010, it said on Thursday.
  • Study disputes claim net neutrality hurts investment

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    A new study, by net neutrality supporter Free Press, disputes the often-repeated criticism that new rules will hurt broadband investment by pointing to investments made by AT&T when the telecom giant was subject to similar regulations.
  • Can't We All Just Get Along and Collaborate?

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Mindjet's new Catalyst application turns your browser into an all-hands meeting place, and once the brainstorming stops, LiquidPlanner's project management tool helps turn ideas into reality.
  • Extreme turns to Motorola for WLAN future

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Extreme Networks on Wednesday announced a new set of enterprise wireless LAN products based on Motorola technology as part of a broader partnership that will also produce a unified control system for both wired and wireless infrastructure.
  • Early adopters finding Windows 7 saves time and energy

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 4:55 pm

    Early corporate adopters of Windows 7 say they expect its speedier boot-up and upgraded management capabilities to cut costs and save time for its users.
  • How Apple Keeps Defying the Odds

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Quarter after quarter, earnings report after earnings report, Apple continues to defy the odds with blowout numbers.
  • Microsoft HMC + BroadSoft = UC in the cloud

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    When people think of Microsoft's collaboration applications, SharePoint, some of the Office and Exchange functionality, and experimental tools like Academy Mobile spring to mind. But another product should be added to the list: Microsoft's Hosted Messaging and Collaboration platform.
  • Verizon chief trashes net neutrality

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    With the FCC due to vote on new net neutrality rules tomorrow, Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg warned the commission against passing rules barring carriers from favoring certain types of content.
  • How to Manage Users in Windows 7

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 11:59 am

    Fortunately, Windows 7 was designed from the ground up to be a multiuser operating system. The new OS is flexible and can support many different scenarios, with each user having appropriate permissions and a customized environment. Here are some tips on creating and managing users.
  • LG, RIM, Samsung and Sharp to support operator widget spec

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 8:10 am

    LG Electronics, Research in Motion, Samsung Electronics and Sharp will all make mobile phones with support for a specification for software widgets set by a group of mobile operators, the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) said on Wednesday.
  • Gartner's top 10 technologies include the cloud, mobile apps

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    The top strategic technology in Gartner Inc.'s annual top 10 list was cloud computing, but the one that may have been of the most interest to Bill Piatt, the CIO of the International Finance Corp., was last on the list, and that's mobile applications.
  • Outdoor 11n WiFi gear grabs spotlight

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    A big focus for WiFi makers these days is on building equipment that supports high-speed outdoor network applications. For example, there are enterprises that want to extend their wireless LANs outdoors. There are municipalities with wireless public safety and city service applications. And there are service providers wanting to build hot spots that offload data traffic from 3G networks that are quickly growing saturated.
  • Analysts warn Google not to lose focus amid success

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Analysts are warning Google not to lose its focus and enter too many new markets with profits generated in a very successful third quarter.
  • AT&T accused of 'astroturfing' on net neutrality

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    An AT&T executive has asked employees to post opposition to net neutrality rules being considered by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on an FCC Web site using their personal e-mail addresses, prompting accusations of unfair advocacy by an opposing group.
  • Gartner: Don't sweat move to IPv6

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    ORLANDO -- The future of communications calls for a focus on unified communications and collaboration, workforce mobility, IP telephony and network virtualization. But moving from IPv4 to IPv6? Don't worry about it yet, Gartner analysts say.
  • Net Neutrality Battle Spills into Wireless World

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 10:44 am

    A battle is brewing between wireless carriers and the feds--and caught in the crossfire are the smartphones, netbooks, and bandwidth-hungry mobile applications that users are increasingly enjoying.
  • Med Center CIO Lays Guilt Trip on Vendor Reps

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    Here's a tactic CIOs don't learn in business school: How to inflict guilt on vendor reps to make sure their technology works reliably.
  • Interfaces Gestures Shake Up the Mobile Experience

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Gestures and other hand movements will control smartphones in the future, a mobile user interface expert says.
  • The scourge of complexity

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    While the definition of cloud computing is at best a bit fuzzy, the goal of cloud computing is extremely clear. That goal is to make a significant improvement in the cost effective, elastic provisioning of IT services.
  • Do you know where your employees are working?

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 9:54 pm

    Enabling employees to work from anywhere can save companies time and money while boosting productivity. Here’s how to do it right.
  • Five signs your telework program is a bust

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Telework programs won’t deliver the potential cost-savings and stress-reduction benefits they promise if companies can't get their policies straight.
  • BT's Web 2.0 security strategy

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 9:49 pm

    In 2006, just as the first tweet was being Twittered, BT Global Services launched an effort to keep its customers and 112,000 employees safe in a new world of Web-based communities and other interactive sites.
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