News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in April 2005
The Networking World Gathers In Las Vegas For N+I
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Scores of vendors have disclosed plans to introduce new products at the show, which also features seminars on wireless, security, and VoIP.
Beware The VoIP Boom?
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
VoIP is growing worldwide, so what could be the problem? Quality of service and other issues loom.
What's The Best Tech Device For The World's Poor?
News  |  4/27/2005  | 
A panel discussion at Software 2005 debated whether cheap laptop computers or some other type of device is best suited to help Third World children.
Three Ways To Prepare For The IT Impact Of New Privacy Laws
Commentary  |  4/27/2005  | 
In the wake of numerous high-profile customer-data breaches, companies that haven't previously been subject to information security and privacy regulation should expect new regulations to mirror elements from existing laws. For businesses that want to start planning now, there's no need to wait for implementation instructions on how to secure consumer data.
Amazon Leaks Apple Secrets
Commentary  |  4/26/2005  | 
As Apple pursues legal remedies against online publishers that have published supposed trade secrets, it may have to contemplate suing its own sales partners to seal loose lips.
Venture-Capital Spending In IT Shows Slight Decline
News  |  4/26/2005  | 
VC investment in IT was $2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2005, down from the $2.7 billion invested in the fourth quarter of 2004, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Cisco's Strategy: Helping Businesses Go Wireless
News  |  4/25/2005  | 
Networking vendor is moving aggressively to integrate wireless LAN technology from Airespace into its product portfolio.
SmartAdvice: Follower Or Pioneer, X64's Time Is Near
Commentary  |  4/22/2005  | 
Look at what programs you'll be running and how long you expect to keep the hardware when deciding when to start buying 64-bit PCs and servers, The Advisory Council says. Also, vendors are developing self-healing wide-area file services for delivering data on a wide-area network.
Wireless Cloud Drifting Toward Sunny Monterey
News  |  4/22/2005  | 
California city plans to deploy a wireless network over the next two years to let 420 city workers transmit and receive data and even TV signals.
California Overnight Upgrades Wireless Data System
News  |  4/22/2005  | 
Package-delivery company is retooling its wireless infrastructure to improve business processes and customer service.
Networking This Week: Broadband Pixie Dust And Service Provider Product Blitz
News  |  4/22/2005  | 
Service providers took center stage this week, with alleged Enron broadband fraud, and a Cisco product blitz.
White House, Congressional Auditors At Odds Over Identifying IT Problems
News  |  4/21/2005  | 
GAO says Office of Management and Budget should keep a list of troubled projects, but OMB says it's not needed.
Outgoing CIO Raises Possibility Of Spin-Offs At Homeland Security
News  |  4/21/2005  | 
Steve Cooper envisions some IT-tied R&D activities being divested to other agencies and says the Homeland Security CIO post should be elevated within the department.
Service-Provider VoIP-Gateway Market To Hit Nearly $1 Billion By 2009
News  |  4/21/2005  | 
Report says worldwide revenue will grow from $165 million in 2003 to $986 million in 2009.
GAO Says Inefficient Homeland Security IT Puts Country At Risk
News  |  4/20/2005  | 
A congressional auditor tells lawmakers Homeland Security must strengthen strategic planning, develop an enterprise architecture, and improve IT management.
MCI To Extend Service-Level Agreements
News  |  4/20/2005  | 
In May, MCI will offer improved SLAs that also would be available to the customers of third-party providers.
Outsourcing Woes Trouble Leading Companies
News  |  4/19/2005  | 
A Deloitte survey reveals that 70% of large companies had dismal experiences with outsourcing projects.
U.S. Education Department CTO Tapped As Utah's CIO
News  |  4/19/2005  | 
Stephen Fletcher returns home to oversee the centralization of state IT services and workers.
Government, Not Vendors, Must Lead In Securing Federal IT
Commentary  |  4/18/2005  | 
No doubt the IT security industry has a lot of knowledge to share with the federal government to help secure government IT systems and Web sites. With near-failure grades on IT security scorecards, the feds need the assistance.
Cisco Expands Service-Provider Offerings
News  |  4/18/2005  | 
Networking vendor introduces new products, software upgrades, and claims telcom and cable-TV customer wins.
New Network Boosts Access Speed
News  |  4/15/2005  | 
Cascade Lumber and Manufacturing uses FineGround's Velocity-FS system to increase access speeds for users at its branches and remote sites throughout the Midwest.
Business Technology: The Biggest Threat To Your Career
Commentary  |  4/15/2005  | 
You're still spending 75% of your IT budget on maintenance, your CEO still treats you as a bit of an outsider, and the closest you get to strategic involvement is implementing it rather than helping develop it. If you don't see the interlinked connections among those three conditions, Bob Evans says, then it's time to wake up.
Verizon To Offer Starz Movies Over IP
News  |  4/15/2005  | 
Will provide movies over Verizon's Fios, Verizon's fiber-optic broadband Internet service.
SmartAdvice: Focus On Functionality And Requirements In Enterprise Software Contracts
Commentary  |  4/14/2005  | 
Price isn't the only key factor in negotiating a software contract -- look at how long before your company gets its best business advantage, The Advisory Council says. Also, your company can expect everything from cost savings to greater efficiency in a well-handled data-center consolidation.
Feds Abandon Vendor-Backed Cybersecurity Forum
News  |  4/14/2005  | 
Following the lead of an influential congressman, the White House announced the CIO Council's withdrawal from security-vendor-funded CISO Exchange.
Atmospheric Center's Supercomputer Not Ready For Prime Time
News  |  4/13/2005  | 
National Center For Atmospheric Research employs its new IBM eServer Blue Gene supercomputer to evaluate applications, not to forecast weather. Immature technology requires extensive experimentation before system can be deployed for production, official says.
Point, Click, Kill: Not In These United States
News  |  4/13/2005  | 
Virginia congressman introduces bill to outlaw computer-aided hunting.
One-Third Of Large Enterprises Favor Managed VoIP: Study
News  |  4/13/2005  | 
Forrester finds that interest in the technology is greatest among companies with over 20,000 employees.
Verisign Releases VoIP Service For Financial Services Industry
News  |  4/12/2005  | 
VeriSign, Inc.has launched a trial version of its PBX IP Connect managed voice over IP (VoIP) service tailored specifically to users in the financial services industry.
VoIP Security Chief Warns Of "Life And Death" Security Threats
News  |  4/11/2005  | 
VoIP Security Alliance Chairman says threats are increasing; emergency services, fire, and police may be targeted.
Cisco Gear Vulnerable To Denial-Of-Service, Intrusion Attacks
News  |  4/8/2005  | 
Company reveals two new Internetwork Operating System security holes and posts fixes.
Balancing Security And Privacy Is The Goal
News  |  4/8/2005  | 
New Homeland Security advisory committee on privacy looks at feds' use of personal data
Network Management Deals Pick Up; Micromuse To Buy Quallaby
News  |  4/8/2005  | 
Micromuse reveals plans to buy performance-management software vendor Quallaby for $33 million just two days after Computer Associates said it will buy Concord Communications.
Networking This Week: VoIP Hits The Big Time
News  |  4/8/2005  | 
VoIP isn't just for the early adopters anymore, as AOL's new service shows. There's more VoIP news this week as well.
SmartAdvice: Look Beyond Filtering Techniques When Evaluating Anti-Spam Products
Commentary  |  4/8/2005  | 
From blacklists to Bayesian learning, look at the kind of spam problems your company has and evaluate products based on business need, The Advisory Council says. Also, plan for the company's continuation when drafting disaster-recovery plans.
Can Electronic Passenger Data Help Contain An Epidemic?
News  |  4/7/2005  | 
Delta Air Lines is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to see if quickly providing electronic passenger data will help the centers track down sources of an illness to prevent an epidemic from spreading.
CA To Buy Network-Management Company
News  |  4/7/2005  | 
CA says it will acquire Concord Communications for about $350 million to bolster its presence in the market for network service management.
More American Women Than Men Go Online
News  |  4/7/2005  | 
Study by eMarketer predicts women will represent 52.6% of U.S. Internet users by 2008.
Apple Chip Deal Hints At New Device
Commentary  |  4/6/2005  | 
SiliconValleyWatcher yesterday reported that Apple Computer has contracted to use multimedia chips from UK-based Alphamosaic in a future mobile device. Alphamosaic was acquired by chipmaker Broadcom Corp. in September. The release announcing the transaction describes Alphamosaic's VC02 chip, which sounds like
Homeland Security's First CIO Resigns
News  |  4/6/2005  | 
Steve Cooper came to Washington in March 2002 as homeland-security IT adviser to President Bush, before he was named the department's first CIO.
Langa Letter: How To Test And Tune Your Online Connection
Commentary  |  4/5/2005  | 
From simple tune-ups to total overhauls, here's information from Fred Langa to help you get the most from your network, cable, DSL, or dial-up connection.
IT Employment On Upswing
News  |  4/4/2005  | 
The unemployment rate among business technologists plummets nearly 2 points in one year, an InformationWeek analysis of government data shows.
Combining 29 Networks Into One Lets Airport Give Passengers New Perks
News  |  4/4/2005  | 
Vancouver passengers can check in from hotels and even cruise ships, and every kiosk works for any airline, thanks to an IP network shared by all airlines.
Rhode Island Gets New CIO
News  |  4/1/2005  | 
Tracy Emerton Williams previously spent four years managing information technology for Rhode Island's court system.
Smithsonian Institution Plans MP3 Music Store
News  |  4/1/2005  | 
The online music stores of Apple Computer, Microsoft, and Sony will soon get some competition from an unexpected online music provider: The Smithsonian Institution's Folkways collection.
IT-Services Employment Stagnates
News  |  4/1/2005  | 
Though the sector added only 900 new jobs last month, employment among IT-services firms is at its highest levels since December 2001.

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