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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in December 2004
Mixed Year For Radio-Frequency Tag Maker
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Versus, which makes equipment and personnel tags, saw prospects rise for fiscal '04, but soften in the last quarter.
CES 2005 Kicks Off A New Year Filled With High Tech
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
The annual convention, held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9, will showcase new gaming and telematics products, mobile and wireless technologies, home networking, innovative electronics, and more.
Calif. PUC Files Appeal To FCC's Vonage Decision -- Maybe
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Setting itself up for a potential regulatory flip-flop, the California Public Utilities Commission has filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging the FCC's recent decision to exempt Voice over IP provider Vonage Holdings from state-by-state regulations -- a petition that the CPUC itself may seek to overturn when new commissioners come on board Jan. 11.
Sprint's Wholesale Cell Phone Business Gets Popular
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
The missing piece in the bundles that telecommunications companies offer consumers is typically cell phone service, which may explain why Sprint Corp. is becoming popular as a reseller of its cell phone service.
Appeals Court Rules VoIP Can't Be Regulated
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
An appeals court agreed with a lower court decision that ruled VoIP is a data service and, as such, can't be regulated by states.
The Toughest CIO Job In The World
Commentary  |  12/29/2004  | 
Imagine being the CIO of a newly created company with 180,000 employees and an annual budget topping $40 billion, including $226 million earmarked for enterprise technology investments. Task One: combine 22 diverse companies of size into a single enterprise with a unified architecture. Task Two: Help create imaginative use of technology to thwart terrorism.
Intel Strikes Up The 'Out-Of-Band'
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
Intel is developing technology to provide more ways to leverage out-of-band system controls.
Poll: Youth Values Technology, But Isn't Aggressive About IP
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
Younger people are more likely than adults to believe that technology will be vital to their future, but they are less likely to support the protection of intellectual property.
SmartAdvice: ThinkPad Quality Should Continue Under Lenovo
Commentary  |  12/21/2004  | 
Lenovo bought the IBM brand, so it should maintain features, The Advisory Council says. Also, RFID and Internet-based collaboration will help soft-goods companies develop nimble supply chains.
TEAC Launches New Family Of External Hard Drives
News  |  12/21/2004  | 
TEAC's Data Storage Products Division has launched a new family of 3.5- and 2.5-inch external hard drives.
Iomega Reworks Triple-Interface External Drives
News  |  12/21/2004  | 
Iomega ships three triple-interface designs of its newly reworked external hard disk for the home and small business backup market.
Cisco Continues Security Buying Binge With $65M Acquisition
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Networking leader buys Protego Networks, which makes a line of security-monitoring and threat-management appliances.
Cisco's Partners Plan Security-Product Blitz In 2005
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
A wave of products expected in the first quarter would boost Cisco's Network Admission Control, a program that enforces security standards for devices seeking access to a network.
RFID Helps Enterprises Increase Return On Assets Through Tracking
Commentary  |  12/17/2004  | 
Beginning next year, more and more enterprises will look to RFID to get the most mileage and value out of assets that can't easily be tracked with bar codes. Over time, their efforts will yield operating-cost reductions and process improvements.
Cisco To Open R&D Center In Japan
News  |  12/17/2004  | 
The networking vendor will focus on developing new Internet technologies for one of the world's leading broadband markets.
FCC Action Will Encourage Wireless Broadband: WISP
News  |  12/17/2004  | 
FCC action this week will allow both incumbent and competitive telecoms to raise rates, which will encourage migration to WiMAX and similar technologies, a wireless ISP claims.
SmartAdvice: Consider Purchasing Real-Time Collaboration Applications Through An ASP
Commentary  |  12/15/2004  | 
Do enough initial planning to confirm that the model works with your business strategy and IT environment, The Advisory Council says. Also, eliminate unproductive behaviors to increase IT cost savings.
Sprint, Nextel Agree To Merge
News  |  12/15/2004  | 
The deal, valued at $35 billion, will create a large wireless service provider to compete with wireless rivals Cingular and Verizon.
E-mail's Presidential Payoff
Commentary  |  12/13/2004  | 
If you thought technology played a crucial role in last month's presidential election, that was only the beginning. Politicians have built a permanent onramp between the campaign trail and the information superhighway and will plan future campaigns mindful of what worked (or didn't work) in 2004. The future of campaigning isn't about how much technology a candidate has access to but how he uses that technology to outsmart his opponents.
Rumored Nextel, Sprint Merger Raises Unique Issues
News  |  12/10/2004  | 
The two firms reportedly attempt to sort out the challenges of merging infrastructure and spectrum allocations.
Don't Take The Name 'Laptop' Literally
News  |  12/10/2004  | 
Years after laptops became a required tool of business, we learn the heat they generate can make men infertile if they put them on their laps.
SmartAdvice: Do Up-Front Analysis To Make Sure The Linux Desktop Suits Your Work Environment
Commentary  |  12/9/2004  | 
Before migrating desktops to Linux, consider integration headaches and whether initial licensing savings will be offset by reduced vendor support, The Advisory Council says. Also, plan for change management so the words 'scope creep' don't strike fear into your heart during new projects.
Say "Uncle"
Commentary  |  12/9/2004  | 
The government is increasingly enlisting businesses to help fight terrorism, drug counterfeiting, and fraud. This means getting airlines, drug companies, financial service providers, defense department contractors, and telecommunication companies to invest in technology, the right technology. My December 13 feature entitled "Uncle Sam's Guiding Hand" addresses this issue in depth, but here's a preview of some key issues.
Penguin Announces Linux Cluster-In-A-Box
News  |  12/9/2004  | 
Penguin Computing has unveiled new Linux-based blade servers that can be configured as a "cluster in a box," offering a dense package when combined with Scyld Beowulf Linux clustering software.
10-Gbps Networking Will Be $3.3 B Industry By '09. Here's Why.
News  |  12/8/2004  | 
Research firm says businesses want muscular short-haul networks, which surprises makers of early 10-Gbps Ethernet products.
Hospital Secures Wireless Network
News  |  12/8/2004  | 
Columbus Regional Healthcare System protects staff's wireless devices to ensure secure access to electronic medical records.
Congress Chops $50 Million For E-Health-Care Funding
News  |  12/8/2004  | 
National health-care IT director says $50 million shortfall could put electronic health-records plan in jeopardy.
Cisco CEO Says Change Demands Investment
News  |  12/7/2004  | 
The greatest productivity increases come from changing business processes at the same time that new technology is deployed, John Chambers says.
Treasury Picks AT&T For IP Network
News  |  12/7/2004  | 
A new high-speed, IP-based network will connect more than 1,000 domestic locations and tens of thousands of users in the United States and overseas.
Gamers Eating Up ISP Bandwidth
News  |  12/7/2004  | 
Halo II quadruples Microsoft Xbox Live traffic. Can YOUR ISP handle it?
3Com Lowers Expectations For 2Q
News  |  12/6/2004  | 
The news comes as the company makes a late entry into the market for 10-Gbit switches.
IBM Inks $1 Billion Voice And Data Deal With Lloyds
News  |  12/6/2004  | 
High-capacity fiber network for voice, data, and video will cut Lloyds bandwidth costs and let it offer new high-bandwidth apps.
A Phone Number For Life
News  |  12/6/2004  | 
A New England telecom-services provider pushes on the telecom market with one-price lifetime voice-over-IP package
IDC: Slow Growth In 2005 Means Lower Prices
News  |  12/3/2004  | 
Research firm IDC laid out its prognostications Thursday, including single-digit growth in IT spending that hides what will shape up to be a bumpy year for vendors.
Lycos Europe Appears To Have Canned Its Spam War
News  |  12/3/2004  | 
Lycos Europe has apparently pulled the plug on its effort to orchestrate denial-of-service attacks against selected spammers.
Microsoft Extends Custom Support For NT Server Through 2006
News  |  12/3/2004  | 
With Windows NT 4.0 Server support due to end on December 31, Microsoft is prodding customers to migrate, but also extending its custom support plan for another year.
Firefox Users Don't Click
News  |  12/3/2004  | 
Report says Firefox users click through to Web site ads four to five times less often than do users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Apple Releases Major OS X Security Patch
News  |  12/3/2004  | 
Apple Computer has posted security updates for Mac OS X covering 17 issues, including fixes for a bundled version of the Apache Web server and its Safari browser.
Langa Letter: Norton Antivirus And The Single-Layer Defense Fallacy
Commentary  |  12/3/2004  | 
A simple hack can disable Norton's script blocker. Fred Langa's solution not only works around that problem, but many others as well.
SmartAdvice: Consider Business-Activity Monitoring, But Stick With Proven Technologies
Commentary  |  12/2/2004  | 
Now's the time for a midsize company to implement business-activity monitoring, but don't be too innovative since the technology is rapidly changing, The Advisory Council says. Also, consider organizational and security issues before selecting log-analysis software; and evaluate your needs before deciding whether Solaris or Linux will suit better than Windows.
Switches Drive Down Prices For 10-Gbps Ethernet
News  |  12/2/2004  | 
Lower prices and faster speeds may spur businesses to upgrade their networks.
Lycos Europe Confronts Strong Resistance In Spam War
News  |  12/2/2004  | 
In declaring war on spammers, Lycos Europe N.V. has stirred a formidable enemy.
Anti-Spyware Spending Set To Skyrocket
News  |  12/2/2004  | 
The spyware plague will trigger a 2,500 percent increase in enterprise spending by 2008, a market-research firm reports.
Opsware To Acquire Rendition In $33 Million Deal
News  |  12/2/2004  | 
The combination should result in an IT-automation system that automates the management of server, software, and network components, as well as the operations life cycle of some Web-based apps.
Mozilla's Free Thunderbird E-Mail Software Available
News  |  12/2/2004  | 
The Mozilla Foundation has rolled a release candidate edition of its first standalone e-mail client, the open-source, for-free Thunderbird.
Spam Outnumbers Legit Messages Nearly 9 to 1
News  |  12/2/2004  | 
The percentage of e-mail dubbed as spam climbed again last month, a message-security provider said: 88 percent of November's mail was malicious.
CIO Shuffle
Commentary  |  12/2/2004  | 
Are we about to see a turnover in CIOs at cabinet-level departments as the Bush administration begins its second term?
MCI Debuts Hosted Data Security Service
News  |  12/1/2004  | 
Enhanced Smart Backup is an alternative to traditional tape-based backup and uses disk-to-disk technology.

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