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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in November 2004
Unprotected PCs Fall To Hacker Bots In Just Four Minutes
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
The lifespan of a poorly protected PC connected to the Internet is a mere four minutes, research released Tuesday claimed. After that, it's owned by a hacker.
Homeland Security Network Advances Even As Congress Intelligence Bill Stalls
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
The Homeland Security Department is making progress on its 'network of networks' for information sharing, moving into the testing and accreditation phase.
Online Shopping Has Its Brightest 'Black Friday'
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
More people than ever chose to let their fingers do their holiday shopping. Consumers spent $250 million online on Friday, a 41% increase over the $174 million they spent online on the same day a year ago.
Computer Firms Score Poorly In Privacy, Customer Response
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
Computer firms are slow to respond to online customer inquiries, a study released Monday showed.
Notre Dame Tries To Stay Ahead Of Telecom Trends With Hosted VoIP Deal
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
In one of the largest hosted VoIP deals yet, Notre Dame tries to keep ahead of trends from cell phones to the potential of Wi-Fi over IP.
Honeywell And IBM Join For Defense Design
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
10-year joint design deal is part of IBM's effort to sell wider range of services
Disaster-Response Network Planned For American Indian Lands
News  |  11/23/2004  | 
The introduction of information technology will speed aid in the event of disasters such as forest fires, mudslides, and chemical spills.
You Want Reviews? We've Got 'Em!
Commentary  |  11/23/2004  | 
Been coveting a snazzy, sleek smartphone? How about an inexpensive way to share and sync files? A workhorse file and print server? Or a digital pen that remembers everything you write and creates e-mails
SmartAdvice: Five Main IT Categories To Evaluate In Companies You Might Buy
Commentary  |  11/23/2004  | 
There are some basic IT functions, from tech plans to an inventory of products, to consider when your company is deciding whether to buy another, The Advisory Council says. Also, weigh the cost of backing information up against the cost of lost business in deciding on a data backup plan; and look at your company's software-development processes when deciding whether to move immediately to the new CMMI.
Politics Prevails Over Intelligence
Commentary  |  11/23/2004  | 
Just when it seemed that the 9/11 Commission had fired up government reform, politics is again taking center stage. Congress, with a little help from members of the Bush administration apparently, has failed to advance a key 9/11 Commission recommendation that would establish an independent National Intelligence Authority headed by a national intelligence director. While this would appear to deal a major blow to the ideal of a unified intelligence community better equipped than the current one t
WiFi Hardware Sales Jump 9% Over Last Year
News  |  11/23/2004  | 
Sales of WiFi switches boom 80%; Cisco remains overall WiFi market leader.
Users Should Be Wary Of Fly-By-Night VoIP Service Providers
News  |  11/22/2004  | 
While hundreds of service providers battle for VoIP customers, users should be careful of low-cost come-ons.
Honeywell Outsources Chip Design to IBM
News  |  11/22/2004  | 
The 10-year deal is a major win for IBM's young Engineering & Technical Services unit.
Congress Blocks Taxation Of Internet Connections
News  |  11/22/2004  | 
Congress on Friday blocked state and local governments from taxing connections that link consumers to the Internet for the next three years.
Yankee Group Says Wireless E-Mail Becoming Enterprise Must-Have
News  |  11/22/2004  | 
Wireless e-mail has transitioned from a nice-to-have to a must-have application in many enterprises, which is driving adoption of wireless data solutions, a Yankee Group study says.
Attacks That Blend Threats Against People, IT Systems Predicted
News  |  11/19/2004  | 
William Hancock, chief security officer at Savvis Communications, says the migration of power-grid systems to the Internet has increased their vulnerability.
Storage Grids Move Closer To Reality
News  |  11/19/2004  | 
Vendors introduce technologies, forge partnerships, and embrace open standards
Taking Stock: Stratex Appears To Be Long-Term Investment
Commentary  |  11/19/2004  | 
Stratex overestimated the demand for its new Eclipse product.
Novell Ends Year Of Many Changes
News  |  11/19/2004  | 
The networking company turned last year's $162 million loss into a $31 million profit.
VoIP Can Save You Up To $28,000 Per Site--Survey
News  |  11/18/2004  | 
The report also says that ShoreTel and Nortel offer the lowest start-up costs, while Avaya and Cisco prices are highest.
Microsoft Rolls Out NetWare Migration Package
News  |  11/17/2004  | 
Microsoft is wooing Netware users with a migration package that contains several incentives.
New Tools Aim To Lock Up Wireless Networks
News  |  11/16/2004  | 
AirTight gets funding to launch wireless-LAN firewall, and Air Defense will role out security software.
Analyzing RFID's Reliability And Stability Limitations
Commentary  |  11/16/2004  | 
RFID and bar codes are both auto-identification technologies, but bar codes have a much longer track record and therefore boast greater reliability. In addition to stability issues, there are other potential shortcomings in the readiness of RFID that enterprises must understand and weigh.
RFID To Fight Counterfeiting of Viagra, Painkilling Drugs
News  |  11/15/2004  | 
RFID tags will be added to the impotency drug Viagra and the painkiller OxyContin, allowing the medicines to be tracked electronically from production plant to pharmacy. The move is aimed at combating counterfeiting of drugs.
Cisco Profits Are Up 29%
News  |  11/12/2004  | 
Taking Stock: F5 Networks Thrives On Internet Traffic
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
F5's integrated products focus on architecture that manages net traffic.
Microsoft Seizes PDA Market Lead From PalmSource
News  |  11/12/2004  | 
Microsoft led the market in the third quarter for operating systems used in personal digital assistants, surpassing for the first time the Palm OS that dominated the handheld-computer segment for years.
SmartAdvice: Demonstrate IT's Business Value At Budget Time
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
Justify the budget by showing IT as an asset and highlighting the business value it creates, The Advisory Council says. Also, look for fit with company polices and ease in integration when evaluating message-management systems; and the key for CIO survival is IT asset management.
Business Technology: A Thanksgiving Kiss To Our Reader-Partners
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
In this season of Thanksgiving, Bob Evans says thanks to the million or so readers who are the heart and soul of InformationWeek.
Internet's .Net Goes Out For Bid
News  |  11/11/2004  | 
VeriSign's management contract for the domain expires next summer and several companies are ready to compete for it
Earlier Editions Of Firefox Flawed
News  |  11/11/2004  | 
Just days after the Mozilla Foundation released the final version of its standalone Firefox browser, a security firm Thursday said that earlier editions should be replaced.
Microsoft Unveils Search Beta
News  |  11/11/2004  | 
Microsoft unveils the beta version of its own search engine, dubbed MSN Search. It does not include some anticipated tools, such as desktop search.
Cisco Warns Routers, Switches Are Vulnerable To Denial Of Service Attacks
News  |  11/11/2004  | 
Cisco releases an advisory warning that certain devices running IOS Version 12.2S software can be disabled by hackers.
Cisco Profits Up 29%
News  |  11/9/2004  | 
CEO John Chambers says CIOs will continue to invest in IT over the long term, despite short-term ups and downs.
3Com Rolls Out 10-Gbit Switch
News  |  11/9/2004  | 
Networking vendor plays catch-up with rivals at the high end of the market.
WebMethods And GXS Bring Together B-To-B Integration Software And Services
News  |  11/8/2004  | 
Integration software vendor WebMethods will combine its Fabric software with GXS's Trading Grid service platform that ties together more than 30,000 customers.
BT To Buy Major Competitor
News  |  11/8/2004  | 
London telecom company to acquire Infonet, a leading provider of international managed voice and data services.
What's Missing From RFID Tests
Commentary  |  11/8/2004  | 
Many RFID pilots under way don't adequately account for the impact on data-warehouse and business-intelligence apps. It's time to step back and factor in these critical metrics, or risk reducing the long-term success of RFID in your company.
Dell Puts Open-Source Clustering Tools On New Server
News  |  11/8/2004  | 
Dell is putting cluster-management software from Platform Computing on its new PowerEdge server.
Voice Over Wi-Fi Is Ready To Emerge
News  |  11/5/2004  | 
ABI Research says the technology will move from the enterprise to the consumer market.
VeriSign, Nokia Ally To Bring RFID Apps To Consumers
News  |  11/5/2004  | 
Security-software and mobile-phone company are working to deliver product and other information to consumers' phones.
Langa Letter: A New Way To Slim Down Windows XP, Including SP2
Commentary  |  11/4/2004  | 
A classic tweaking tool that began life as the freeware 98 Lite gets updated to work with XP SP2. In tests, it helped slim down a Windows XP installation by more than 50%.
TippingPoint Releases Open Source Network Protection Tool
News  |  11/2/2004  | 
Software provides application protection, performance protection, and infrastructure protection at gigabit speeds.
E-Voting? From Electronic Pads to Felt-tip Pens
Commentary  |  11/2/2004  | 
The security and integrity of electronic voting machines has been put into question during the past two years, and within the next day or so we'll learn if the new touch-screen voting contraptions prove troublesome or helpful. What's been your high-tech (or low-tech) voting-technology experience? Here's a sampling from InformationWeek editors around the country today.
India's Tata Group Buying Tyco Network At Bargain Price
News  |  11/1/2004  | 
Tata says it's buying the world's most advanced and extensive submarine cable system.


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