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  • The wireless SMB - It takes a plan

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 12:44 pm

    The director of SMB marketing at Sprint, Richard Crawford, outlines the evaluation process SMBs should follow in deciding on a wireless network implementation, starting with thinking about why you want want one.
  • MyDoom spawns four small offshoots

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 12:38 pm

    Several new versions of the MyDoom version have surfaced recently, suggesting that a more lethal version may be on the immediate horizon, security experts warned last week.
  • Startup aims for easy transfers of Web snippets to cell phones

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 12:23 pm

    Start-up Vazu Inc. has released new applications designed to capture information from the Web -- including street addresses, train schedules, driving directions and more -- and deliver it to your mobile phone.
  • Interview: Sara Lee wrestles with RFID, looks for benefits

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 12:02 pm

    Sara Lee is working to integrate RFID tags into its operations so that it can meet a mandate from Wal-Mart. Ray Hagedorn, vice president of business solutions for the IT department in the Sara Lee Foods division, talks about the bumps on the road - and Sara Lee's attempts to see how else they can benefit from the technology.
  • Dense deployments

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 10:36 am

    In traditional WLAN deployments, site surveys help determine the maximum range of each access point, allowing users to establish the broadest coverage with as few APs as possible. But as AP prices have dropped, that model no longer makes technical or economic sense - and the time has come for dense deployments.
  • NEC begins grid computing trial with Mazda Motors

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 10:17 am

    NEC Corp. is supplying between 20 and 30 of its Express model servers and associated middleware to Mazda Motor Corp. for a grid computing test program that will run from April 2005 through March 2006. The experimental system, which is NEC's first venture into the commercial grid computing business, is part of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Business Grid Computing Project.
  • Grid-lock?

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 3:29 pm

    By now we're all well aware of grid computing's use in academic research, but it is also working its way into the enterprise. Several companies, Avaki, Data Synapse, Platform Computing and United Devices among them, are successfully selling grid software to enterprise customers. So what's the next step for enterprise grids? The development of protocols and standards.
  • Agents of change

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 3:05 pm

    Autonomous agents, software programs that are capable of acting without human intervention, hold revolutionary promise for reducing complexity and improving efficiency. And, say researchers, the technology will change the face of distributed computing, albeit in incremental steps.
  • Cisco to acquire network monitoring provider NetSolve

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 9:30 am

    Cisco Systems Inc. channel partners will be able to offer real-time monitoring of enterprises' networks after the company agreed to acquire NetSolve Inc., the networking giant said Thursday.
  • Readers like their wireless access points

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 10:00 am

    The omnipresence of fast network connections allows road warriors to log on from anywhere; and, if one reader poll is any indication, those travellers like to have a wireless access point with them, so that they can log on from anywhere in the room.

  • WiFlyer combines Wi-Fi with dial-up

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 4:30 pm

    Though Wi-Fi has grown more and more prevalent among broadband users, many dial-up users have been left out of the wireless revolution. Always On Wireless aims to end that with its new WiFlyer, which combines a wireless router with a V.92 modem in a pocket-sized form factor.
  • A Linux-based Wi-Fi hotspot on CD

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:45 pm

    Public IP has introduced ZoneCD, a Linux distribution that turns any commodity PC with a wireless card into a Wi-Fi hotspot. The distro runs from the CD itself, requiring no installation process or hardware drivers.
  • Oracle's new app suite tackles RFID

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:26 pm

    The newest version of Oracle's E-Business Suite is scheduled for the next couple of months. Most prominent among its new features is support for RFID management in its Warehouse Management application.
  • 3Com adds oomph to wireless bridges

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:16 pm

    3Com has increased the range of its 802.11g bridges, which can now connect buildings up to 8 miles apart.
  • What's the best way to authenticate wireless users?

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:05 pm

    You need to set up a wireless network that allowed users can easily authenticate to join, that keeps out unwanted users, and maybe even automatically disconnects computers infected with known viruses. What's the best way to proceed? Read on to find out what the experts recommend.
  • ORACLEWORLD: Oracle aims for users from start to grid

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 11:37 am

    Enterprise software giant Oracle Corp. may be known for big plans and bold moves but when it comes to capturing the European market the Redwood Shores, California, company has realized it also has to think small.
  • MessageLabs, Symantec team on antispam service

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 11:19 am

    As part of its strategy to leverage third-party best-of-breed solutions, e-mail security services provider MessageLabs has announced that it will integrate Symantec's Brightmail filtering technology into its antispam service.
  • IP opens door to digital home

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 10:32 am

    The dream of the digital home -- highly hyped during the Net boom era -- is now becoming reality, thanks in large part to the growing popularity of the Internet and of relatively easy to install and affordable home communication and entertainment network systems, according to IT experts attending last week's e/home conference and exhibition in Berlin.
  • European Commission funds grid computing projects

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 10:07 am

    The European Commission is putting
  • An all-in-one network appliance SMBs can afford

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 9:43 am

    If your SMB is spread out across multiple locations, implementing a protected, manageable network that ensures all employees secure access to their data and applications can be an expensive challenge. A plug-and-play network appliance that handles all aspects of network management offers a viable solution. This review looks at how ClearPath Network's SNAP VPN can serve the SMB market.
  • Spyware could bungle XP SP2 update

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 9:32 am

    Microsoft has warned XP users that they need to eliminate all spyware programs that may be running on their PCs before installing the SP2 upgrade.
  • The Grid becomes a reality

    Posted September 3, 2004 - 10:31 am

    With 6,000 computers at 78 international sites, the Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid is the world's largest working computing Grid and the first permanent worldwide Grid for doing real science. The grid is being built to handle the vast volume (15 Petabytes per year) of data produced by particle physics experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.
  • IBM puts grids to work at U.S. Open

    Posted September 2, 2004 - 2:54 pm

    Behind the scenes at the U.S. Open, IBM's grid-based products will be put through their paces. When it is not being used to capacity by, the system will run two workloads not related to the tournament - one for medical research and one for financial applications. The test is designed to "demonstrate how an integrated set of capabilities can be leveraged, not only by a corporate IT group but also by a business whose job it is to do service providing," says Jeff Smith, IBM vice president in charge of On Demand Automation.
  • E-mail and IM Security Market Trends, 2004-2007

    Posted September 2, 2004 - 10:40 am

    It typically costs an organization about $10 per user per year in out-of-pocket expenditures on e-mail security capabilities, according to a new study by Osterman Research. Smaller organizations spend about twice as much out-of-pocket for e-mail security as larger organizations. In both segments, spending on labor for e-mail security is significantly higher than out-of-pocket expenditures. The market research firm also found that, at the same time, anti-spam capabilities are improving in about two out of five organizations, but worsening for a significant percentage of companies.
  • Sun to enter content switch market

    Posted September 2, 2004 - 9:59 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. plans later this month to unveil its first ever content switch: a load-balancing and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) acceleration switch based on the Nauticus N2000 products that the Santa Clara, California, company acquired in January of this year.
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