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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in May 2005
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AMD's Grand Ambition: Half Of The Processor Market By 2015
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
AMD executives and publications lay out the company's long-range goal of providing half of the world's processors.
New Variant Of Bagle Virus Spreading Fast
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Trojan program arrives as an attachment and can disable virus-protection software.
U.S. Health Department Signs Major Linux Deal With Novell
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The deal gives Health and Human Services employees unlimited access to a range of Novell products, but there's no plan to unseat Microsoft software
Business Technology: Pertinent Questions -- Are Your Answers OK?
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
Bob Evans has some questions for you to consider on such subjects as business-process optimization, supply-chain strategy, patch management, Barry Bonds, customer-data privacy, and publicly funded outsourcing, plus a thought for the people we remember on Memorial Day.
SmartAdvice: A Checklist To Consider When Deciding On Remote-Access Applications
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
In addition to Citrix and Microsoft, there's a range of applications by price and service level, The Advisory Council says. Also, ask questions to get an idea of RFID's return for your company.
Kids Want Their MTV (The 'M' Is For 'Mobile')
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Music, TV, video, and 3D gaming top the list of mobile feautures desired by male consumers between 13 and 24 years of age, a survey released Thursday reports.
Global Revenues Soar For VoIP Gear
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Report says revenues from global sales of VoIP equipment totaled $493 million in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 40% over first-quarter levels in 2004.
Broadband Over Power Lines Makes Debut
News  |  5/26/2005  | 
Motorola releases wireless broadband-over-powerline solution, while cable broadband revenues skyrocket.
Are Kids Today New And Improved Communicators, Or Just A New Breed Of Stenographers?
Commentary  |  5/26/2005  | 
After spending a couple of days this week surrounded by dozens of teens and tweens at a WiredKids summit in D.C., it became pretty clear to me that many of our young devote an awful lot of time to writing.
Homeland Security's Cybersecurity Woes Continue
News  |  5/26/2005  | 
While the cabinet-level department has initiated a wide range of programs to tackle its 13 cybersecurity-protection responsibilities, it has yet to fully address any of them to the satisfaction of the GAO.
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Commentary  |  5/25/2005  | 
Besides the obvious technical intrigue ignited by the potential for creating a whole new generation of 'Intel Inside' Macintosh hardware, recent reports of chip talks between Intel and Apple are a sign that maybe Apple hasn't taken its eye off the ball after all. I was beginning to wonder. The paranoid bunker mentality that sometimes envelopes Apple's leadership seemed to have intensified since January, evidenced in part by a string of p
Microsoft Word And Excel Employed As Systems Interfaces
News  |  5/25/2005  | 
Built on a service-oriented architecture, Meridian Systems' impending Proliance life-cycle-management software upgrade lets users tap in via Word and Excel 2003. Those without Office 2003 can access system programs through a Web interface.
Report Finds Women Behind Surge In Online Retail Sales
News  |  5/24/2005  | 
Shop.org predicts that categories with products purchased largely by women will experience the biggest sales growth in 2005.
Teen Blogs: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Commentary  |  5/24/2005  | 
In the seventh grade, my friends and I produced a weekly "mini-magazine" featuring articles on cosmetics and hairstyles, our lists of likes and dislikes, horoscopes, all of the typical teen stuff. It was nothing fancy -- handwritten text, ditto paper, our crude illustrations of Dorothy Hamill and Farrah Fawcett hairstyles.
Online Sales Soar
News  |  5/23/2005  | 
American consumers spent nearly $20 billion buying stuff on the Internet in the first quarter; that's nearly 25% more than they did a year earlier. Yet, online transactions represent only 2.2% of all retail sales.
Accellion: No File Is Too Big For New File-Transfer Appliance
News  |  5/23/2005  | 
Using its new Courier Enterprise File Transfer Appliance, businesses can send files of any size to recipients at any location in the organization, the company says.
Battle Against Terrorists Found In U.S., European IT Collaboration, Chertoff Says
Commentary  |  5/23/2005  | 
IT will be at the top of his agenda as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff travels this week to Europe.
Business Technology: Coming Soon: Transformation Upheavals
Commentary  |  5/20/2005  | 
Hollywood represents the world of fables and make-believe, but the shift from analog to digital is causing some very real pain and upheaval. And, Bob Evans says, you can be sure that a similar Radical Overhaul is coming to a supply chain near you. Soon.
Washington State Enacts Anti-Spyware and Anti-Phishing Legislation
News  |  5/18/2005  | 
Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a bill instructing the attorney general to seek up to $100,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater, from those who place spyware software on computers.
CTOs From Microsoft, Sony, And Yahoo Say There's Lots To Fret About
News  |  5/18/2005  | 
At a Silicon Valley dinner Tuesday night, chief technologists from Microsoft, Sony, and Yahoo lamented about the dangers of posting content online and the lack of technology standardization.
Report: Existing Optical Networks Poised For Improvements
News  |  5/18/2005  | 
The huge surplus of optical networks will get a major revamping by network operators determined to build more flexible, automated metro-optical networks, according to a study from Heavy Reading market research.
Phishing, To Most American Workers, Is Just A Misspelled Word
News  |  5/18/2005  | 
Only one-third of American workers surveyed say they've heard of phishing, with a mere 4% confessing they've clicked through to a phishing Web site. But 45% of their bosses contend workers do click through after receiving phishing E-mail.
Too Much Complexity? IT Manager, Heal Thyself
News  |  5/17/2005  | 
Technology vendors can only do so much to reduce hardware and software complexity. It's up to users to simplify their IT infrastructures, say top executives from IBM and Cisco Systems.
Feds Faulted For Weak Wireless Security
News  |  5/17/2005  | 
Federal agencies have yet to fully apply key controls such as policies, practices, and tools to let them operate wireless networks securely, congressional auditors report.
Supreme Court Ruling Makes The Net More Viable For Small Vineyards
News  |  5/16/2005  | 
While online wine sales remain a small part of the business, a ruling making it easier for vineyards to ship directly to customers could help niche products.
H-1B Admission Rose 2.3% In 2004
News  |  5/16/2005  | 
The number of existing and new H-1B visa holders entering the United States rose by 26,325 to 386,821, with an estimated one-third employed in IT-related jobs.
What's A Blog? Many Web Users Don't Know
Commentary  |  5/12/2005  | 
If you're reading this blog, you're part of a minority among Internet users. Despite the hype, most people don't read blogs. In fact, some surveys suggest a majority of Internet users haven't even heard of blogs. Hard to imagine, right?
New Tool Tests Network Readiness For VoIP
News  |  5/12/2005  | 
Prognosis IP Telephony Manager pinpoints potential network problems with VoIP before deployment.
SmartAdvice: Update Reporting Tools For Better Decision Making
Commentary  |  5/11/2005  | 
Move beyond static reports for critical business decisions with interactive business-intelligence systems, The Advisory Council says. Also, consider this punch list when looking at project-management packages.
Cisco Confirms Arrest In Theft Of Its Code
News  |  5/11/2005  | 
The incident has been a matter of concern because malicious hackers might find flaws in the code that could be exploited to impair the functioning of Cisco's routers, which handle a significant portion of traffic on the Internet.
Survey: Web Proves More Addictive Than Coffee
News  |  5/11/2005  | 
American workers would rather sacrifice their morning cup of Joe than lose their ability to cruise the Web for personal reasons on the job, survey says.
Alliance Asks Congress To Consider VoIP Vulnerabilities In Updated Telecom Act
News  |  5/11/2005  | 
Cyber Security Industry Alliance tells Congress to include recommendations related to securing VoIP technologies as it reviews the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
Cisco Posts Gains In Sales And Profits
News  |  5/10/2005  | 
Net sales for the quarter were $6.2 billion, up from $5.6 billion a year earlier, while net income was $1.4 billion, up from $1.2 billion.
Veteran Banking Technologist George DiNardo Dead At 67
News  |  5/10/2005  | 
InformationWeek named the longtime Mellon Bank executive VP its Chief of the Year in 1988. DiNardo was lauded for his pioneering efforts in developing many of the electronic banking services commonly used today.
Telemedicine Improving Stroke Patients' Survival And Recovery Rates
News  |  5/10/2005  | 
New use of videoconferencing technology links emergency-room doctors with off-site stroke experts.
Traxi Rolls Out VoIP Middleware And Services
News  |  5/10/2005  | 
The goal is to help ease VoIP implementation with new products and integration services, and provide help-desk management and disaster recovery.
Ethernet Services Market To Hit $22.2 Billion By 2009: Report
News  |  5/10/2005  | 
Infonetics Research says that worldwide revenues will jump 276% by 2009, led by Asia.
IT: The Productivity Equalizer
News  |  5/9/2005  | 
European business technologists see higher spending on IT as helping narrow the productivity gap between the United States and Europe, survey finds.
Cisco Packs Security Options in Appliances
News  |  5/6/2005  | 
Dedicated devices built into core networking products help keep intruders out
Business Technology: Protecting Customer Data Is Good Business
Commentary  |  5/6/2005  | 
Our insatiable appetite for customer data has overwhelmed our ability or our willingness to match those efforts with increasingly powerful privacy initiatives, Bob Evans says.
Three-Star General Will Be Next Air Force CIO
News  |  5/6/2005  | 
Lt. Gen. William Hobbins will have added responsibilities, including IT and communications used in warfare.
Looking For Work? Try IT Services Firms
News  |  5/6/2005  | 
Payrolls at IT services firms grew by 4.4% in the past year, faster than the overall economy. But other IT industries didn't fare as well, the government reports.
Langa Letter: Google's New Tools: Proceed With Caution
Commentary  |  5/5/2005  | 
Before you embrace all of Google's new technologies, consider the privacy implications. Google's stuff is great, Fred Langa says, but don't get carried away with the novelty of it all.
MCI: What Acquisition Drama?
News  |  5/5/2005  | 
MCI—having rejected a $9.9 billion bid from Qwest in lieu of an $8.5 billion offer from Verizon—hasn't let the drama of the acquisition battle stop it from product introductions.
Audible Buzz Around VoWi-Fi
News  |  5/5/2005  | 
With VoWi-Fi, employees "can take their extension wherever they go," says Joel Vincent, director of product marketing at Meru Networks.
Avaya Rolls Out New VoIP Telephones
News  |  5/5/2005  | 
New phones are designed to support custom and off-the-shelf productivity applications.
VoIP Is Killing Traditional Telephony: Report
News  |  5/5/2005  | 
Half of small to medium-sized companies will use voice over IP by 2008, Info-Tech Research says.
Juniper CEO: Point Products Don't Provide What Businesses Need
News  |  5/4/2005  | 
Businesses need to pick strategic partners that provide multifunctional products and platforms in order to solve complex problems, Scott Kriens says.
Government Set To Issue 20,000 New H-1B Visas
News  |  5/4/2005  | 
There is a catch: To qualify for the additional H-1B visas, immigrant workers must hold a graduate degree from a U.S. institution.
Cisco CEO Chambers' Message: Improve Interactions, Not Just Transactions
News  |  5/3/2005  | 
Chambers' speech emphasized how IT needs to move into more-complicated interactions--and how networks must change to make it happen.
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