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  • 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.
  • IBM tests grid with games

    Posted August 22, 2003 - 10:12 am

    With only 80 simultaneous players, the first test may have failed to stress the system. But don't expect that to deter the University of Wisconsin students who developed GameGrid.
  • Wi-Fi still stumping telecoms

    Posted August 21, 2003 - 1:52 pm

    The paradox was on display at a recent industry conference: consumers are clamoring for Wi-Fi services, but major telecom providers can't figure out a business model for making money off of them. According to some analysts, though, the unregulated nature of the 802.11 spectrum may help the industry find its way.
  • Microsoft preps 200,000 CDs to fight Blaster in Japan

    Posted August 21, 2003 - 10:32 am

    Microsoft Co. Ltd., the Japanese unit of Microsoft Corp., will begin distributing 200,000 compact discs this weekend as part of its efforts to stop the Blaster worm.
  • Definition: Utility computing

    Posted August 20, 2003 - 4:55 pm

    This definition of utility computing interestingly puts utility computing at the same level as on-demand computing, grid computing, and metered services, rather than considering those as part of the overall utility computing vision. A good jumping off point, nonetheless.
  • Oracle puts app server on the grid

    Posted August 20, 2003 - 4:03 pm

    Oracle Corp. is adding grid computing capabilities to a new version of its application server software, part of a broader effort to revamp its entire product line around the utility computing model. Analysts say the goal is worthy but don't see customers rushing to build grids just yet.
  • EDS intros Microsoft desktop management service

    Posted August 20, 2003 - 8:47 am

    Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) is today unveiling a service to manage the deployment of Microsoft Corp. desktop applications and system software in companies and government agencies.
  • The data grid: Revolution or desperation?

    Posted August 19, 2003 - 1:53 pm

    The commercial application of computing grids, seen through the lens of Moore's Law, is eerily reminiscent of the disruptive technologies so vividly descibed by Clay Christensen in The Innovator's Dilemma. Read the full post for a truly interesting and insightful view on utility computing's place in the march toward commoditization.
  • Grids grow up

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 4:06 pm

    This article offers an interesting analysis of the current grid landscape, including the positioning of the major players and startups, acquisitions activity, and battles over standards.
  • WLAN security on a budget

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 2:53 pm

    As managers become increasingly concerned about WLAN security, a brisk business has grown up for wireless appliances and software that purport to lock down your network. While these tools can be useful, you should also know that your current wireless network and equipment has security features that you're probably not making full use of. These tips will help you make the most of current software and hardware, emphasizing good design and best practices over expensive security solutions. You'll also learn about some situations when the most intense security measures simply aren't called for - another area in which you can conserve precious resources.
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