News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in January 2005
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SBC To Buy AT&T For $16 Billion
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
The deal, which combines a large regional phone company with the nation's largest supplier of business-communications networks, could kick off more mergers.
Blade-Server Market Heats Up With Services
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Hewlett-Packard offers new switching capabilities; Dell has assessment services
Business Technology: Defining The Business You Want To Be In
Commentary  |  1/28/2005  | 
Concluding our three-part series on a new way of thinking about business technology, Bob Evans warns, "Companies that profess that IT doesn't matter or is simply wasteful overhead that needs to be gutted will grow increasingly isolated, sluggish, backward, and irrelevant."
IT Plays Big Part In GDP Growth
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
The IT component of gross domestic product grew at an annual pace of 16.5% in the fourth quarter, its best performance of the year.
SmartAdvice: Look For Flexibility When Selecting Telecom And Data Carriers
Commentary  |  1/27/2005  | 
Understand your immediate and near-term needs when choosing a carrier, The Advisory Council says. Also, Six Sigma uses proven techniques to improve quality and isn't just for manufacturing.
Earth Observers Map Out Weather Early Warning System
News  |  1/27/2005  | 
GEOSS is expected to spur improvements in sensor, networking, and geographic imaging technology.
Orders For Long-Lasting IT Wares Up For December And Year
News  |  1/27/2005  | 
The value of new orders for computers and related products rose a seasonally adjusted 8.8% to $34.5 billion in December.
Technology's Foot Soldiers Are The Key To Homeland Security
Commentary  |  1/26/2005  | 
It's not hard to find someone, even in government, who agrees that 9/11 could have been prevented. It's also not hard to find someone, even in government, who agrees that data-sharing projects underway to correct the intelligence lapses that enabled 9/11 are moving slowly. A year here, 18 months there, and throw in some overpriced, overdue technology. All of this would make me very nervous if it wasn't for some very dedicated people I've met lately.
ABN Amro Unveils Trade-Finance Portal
News  |  1/26/2005  | 
New version of MaxTrad features supply-chain financing and purchase-order-management services.
Feds Raise Caution Flag On VoIP Phone Systems
Commentary  |  1/26/2005  | 
Thinking of deploying a VoIP phone system to save money? A federal agency charged with promoting technology says you should proceed cautiously because of security risks when deploying VoIP phone systems.
Homeland Security To Test RFID Tags At U.S. Borders
News  |  1/25/2005  | 
The department says RFID will improve its ability to match entries to exits without significantly increasing processing time.
The Observer: Transformation Is The New Watchword
Commentary  |  1/24/2005  | 
This year should be all about transforming the enterprise, says Lou Bertin, and refining big thinking to benefit the enterprise.
McAfee Rolls Out Enterprise Intrusion-Prevention Systems
News  |  1/24/2005  | 
Products are designed to protect multigigabit networks against known zero-day, encrypted, and denial-of-service attacks.
Business Technology: IT Transformation: Two Companies That Get It
Commentary  |  1/21/2005  | 
In Part 2 of our three-part series, as you try to determine which technology vendors are tactical suppliers versus those that are strategic business partners, consider this: Do they talk only about scalability and manageability and reliability, or do they talk about nimbleness and agility and opportunity? Do they emphasize their ability to help you maintain competitive advantage, or do they help you conceive and build new and more-valuable competitive capabilities for the future?
Good Technology Mobilizes Enterprise Apps
News  |  1/20/2005  | 
Wireless E-mail vendor offers system that lets mobile professionals use PDAs and smart phones to access a variety of business applications.
Surprise Challenger To VeriSign .net Emerges
News  |  1/20/2005  | 
ICANN's announcement of five bidders for the operation of .net has been upstaged by the unexpected appearance of a global consortium, called CORE++.
Fed Report Shows Some Improvement In IT Economy
News  |  1/20/2005  | 
Anecdotal evidence suggests a mild upswing in IT employment and investments.
Homeland Security Enlists Academia To Fight Terrorism
News  |  1/19/2005  | 
The University of Maryland is the latest Homeland Security center of excellence, receiving a three-year, $12-million grant.
SmartAdvice: Business-Intelligence Tools For Linux On The Horizon
Commentary  |  1/19/2005  | 
As Linux gets more robust, database analytical tools and report-generation capabilities will be added, The Advisory Council says. Also, cost isn't the only factor to consider in evaluating application service provider options.
Telecom Industry Is Fastest-Growing Online Advertiser
News  |  1/19/2005  | 
Nielsen says the industry increased ads by six percent over 2003.
Some Companies Switching From Microsoft's IE Browser
News  |  1/18/2005  | 
Penn State University recently advised students against the use of IE. A number of small companies interviewed by InformationWeek.com are following suit, citing similar security concerns.
Immigration Bureau Proposes IT Services Contract Valued Up To $500 Million
News  |  1/18/2005  | 
Other Homeland Security departments might piggyback on the outsourcing contract.
Verizon Teams Up With Yahoo In Internet Content Deal
News  |  1/18/2005  | 
Subscribers to Verizon Communications Inc.'s high-speed Internet services will be able to access customized and premium content from Web giant Yahoo Inc. under a multiyear agreement that combines the companies' offerings into a single brand.
Ex-GAO Director Joins Gartner As Gov't Research Director
News  |  1/14/2005  | 
McClure served as director for IT management issues at what is now known as the Government Accountability Office, the investigative and audit arm of Congress.
Active RFID Meets Wi-Fi To Ease Asset Tracking
News  |  1/14/2005  | 
TransAlta plans to leverage RFID, Bluetooth, and several plantwide wireless networks
Cisco Adds Wireless Network Alternative
News  |  1/14/2005  | 
Airespace's 'thin' access-point architecture complements Cisco's offering
SmartAdvice: Understand The Landscape And Players When Consolidating Servers
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
Approach the politics of server consolidation with solid research and executive backing, The Advisory Council says. Also, highlight intangible benefits and find the value others miss to get IT-project funding success.
Can Business And Government Speak The Same Language?
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
The Homeland Security Department's National Infrastructure Advisory Council Tuesday held its first meeting since President Bush's November reelection. After a first term largely spent getting its arms around just how much of the nation's critical infrastructure - energy utilities, manufacturing and transportation facilities, telecommunication and data networks, and financial services - is run by private-sector companies, NIAC is now looking for a way to motivate these companies to improve both p
Cisco Acquisition Broadens Wireless LAN Portfolio
News  |  1/13/2005  | 
Purchase of wireless LAN switch vendor Airespace will let Cisco offer less-costly option to business customers.
Langa Letter: Make The Most Of That New PC
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
Here's the info you need to ensure long, safe, trouble-free computing whether you're starting the year with a brand-new PC, or with an older, used PC that's new to you.
Apple Targets Harvard Student For Product 'Leaks'
News  |  1/13/2005  | 
Think Secret, a Web site popular with Apple enthusiasts, so successfully predicted the company's recent product introductions that it has filed a law suit against the 19-year-old Harvard student operating the site.
Internet2 Consortium Sets New Internet Speed Record
News  |  1/13/2005  | 
Team sent a multiple stream data transmission with a transfer rate of 7.21 gigabits per second over more than half the circumference of the earth.
The Data Miner
Commentary  |  1/12/2005  | 
Homeland Security Secretary-designate Michael Chertoff is a big advocate of data mining as a tool to identify terrorists.
New Software Eases Development Of VoIP Hardware
News  |  1/12/2005  | 
New trunk management software helps VoIP equipment makers develop products with standards-compliant, physical-layer interfaces.
Reports Of Child Pornography Continue To Climb
News  |  1/11/2005  | 
Reports to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's hot line grew for the seventh consecutive year.
Nokia Announces IP VPN Suite For Mobile Security
News  |  1/11/2005  | 
Suite includes four new IP VPN gateway systems, a mobile VPN client, and comprehensive management software.
Customers At Core Of Northwest Airlines IT Push
News  |  1/10/2005  | 
Among Northwest's IT projects are new customer check-in kiosks based on a services-oriented architecture.
EMC Deal Could Help Cisco Cure Remote-Office Headaches
News  |  1/10/2005  | 
Cisco needs network-attached storage appliances in its bid to offer LAN-like performance over wide area networks.
Report: New Compliance Regulations Cause Boom In E-mail Archiving
News  |  1/10/2005  | 
The growing regulatory environment has caused e-mail archiving applications to explode to $180 million in 2004, up from $33 million two years prior, according to a study released Monday by IDC.
Extreme Networks Debuts New Architecture For Converged Networks, VoIP
News  |  1/10/2005  | 
Company claims new architecture requires fewer network layers and switching elements, resulting in a lower TOC.
New Math: D.C. Style
Commentary  |  1/10/2005  | 
The federal government has it's own type of math, at least when it comes to IT salaries.
HP's Fiorina Champions Digital Media
News  |  1/7/2005  | 
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show, Carly Fiorina talks up HP's HDTV Media Hub, which combines the capabilities of HDTV, a digital cable set-top box, and a dual-tuner digital video recorder.
Verizon Wireless Launches Multimedia Service
News  |  1/7/2005  | 
Verizon Wireless launches a multimedia service for its high-speed network that will deliver news, sports, music videos and 3D games to subscribers' handsets.
SmartAdvice: No Magic In Grid Computing
Commentary  |  1/7/2005  | 
Grid computing probably won't let you buy fewer servers, The Advisory Council says, because most commercial apps don't meet the requirements. Also, involve non-IT peers in long-term IT strategic planning.
Report: Possible Sprint-Virgin IPO In The Air
News  |  1/7/2005  | 
Sprint Inc. remains at the center of a roiling cell-phone industry this week, as a reports leaked out of a possible IPO by Sprint and its Virgin Mobile USA partner.
Panda Releases New Family Of Enterprise Security Tools
News  |  1/7/2005  | 
New suites provide an additional level of defense against the current generation of rapidly spreading viruses.
State CIOs Plan System To Warn Public Of Danger
News  |  1/6/2005  | 
Proposals call for a system that would be used to send alerts--targeted down to an individual ZIP code. The warnings would show up on mobile phones, PCs, PDAs, as well as TV and radio.
Companies Collaborate On Power-Line-Based Home Networking
News  |  1/6/2005  | 
Matsushita, Mitsubishi and Sony say they have formed an alliance to promote home networking through electric power lines.
Home Network Usage Climbs
News  |  1/6/2005  | 
The number of home network users surged by 20 percent in 2004, according to numbers released by research firm NPD Group.
Pulver Communicates Liking For Skype VoIP
News  |  1/6/2005  | 
Skype picked up some major support for its free VoIP service Thursday, as U.S. Internet-telephoning pioneer Jeff Pulver announced that his pulver.Communicator will interoperate with Skype's service.
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