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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in August 2005
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SmartAdvice: The New Face Of Project Management
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
From collaborative software to alert management, business collaboration has taken on new looks, The Advisory Council says. Also, your company's size and market dictate whether a modular or integrated retail order-management system is best.
IT Sales Could Slow In Aftermath Of Katrina
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Cascading impact of rising oil prices caused by Gulf Coast devastation could curb corporate revenue, causing a slowdown in IT spending.
Getting Anything Out Of Gmail?
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
I wrote about the competition between Google and Microsoft in my email newsletter this week. (You can read the piece here, but how lame is that? You should be subcribing to it.) I mentioned that because Google didn't sell software it didn't have to lock in its customers with proprietary formats and non-standard protocols the way Microsoft does. One of my readers, Malcolm M
Network Security Appliance Market To Hit $6.4 Billion By 2008
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
The market grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a new Infonetics report. Hot sellers included VPN and firewall appliances, with intrusion detection and prevention also popular.
Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Some 18 companies are using SunGard's Availability Services and more than 120 customers have put the company on notice that they might have to use SunGard facilities to relocate employees, call centers, and computers.
Archos Posts Info On New Gmini 500
Commentary  |  8/30/2005  | 
I4U News points out that Archos has posted a product page for a new Archos Gmini 500.

We reviewed the Archos Gmini 402 earlier this year, and liked it a lot. The new one, however, looks like it's light years ahead of the old.
Slogging: Blogging With A Vengeance
Commentary  |  8/29/2005  | 
San Francisco Chronicle columnist David Lazarus noted last week that ZabaSearch.com, a search engine for personal information both sensitive and mundane, plans this Thursday to roll out a blogging service. ZabaBlog, Lazarus wrote, "allows people -- former classmates, ex-lovers, disgruntled co-workers -- to discuss you online." Call it "sloggin
Katrina Makes Life Difficult In The Big Easy
Commentary  |  8/29/2005  | 
Perhaps there isn't a meaningful business technology parallel to the hellacious scenario that unfolded Monday in New Orleans, although I did once attend a Common AS/400 user conference at the newly convertible Superdome. As Hurricane Katrina unleashed her fury along the city's cobblestone streets and left several residents stranded on their rooftops, people were more co
The Observer: Forget Fancy, Go With Functional -- We'll Be Watching
Commentary  |  8/29/2005  | 
It's time to vote with our access fees and our patronage if businesses that promise connectivity don't deliver, says Lou Bertin.
Merger Will Create Satellite Powerhouse, Companies Say
News  |  8/29/2005  | 
Intelsat says PanAmSat Holding Corp. will allow it to expand satellite services to businesses and consumers in the U.S.
Federal Data Miners Urged To Better Address Citizen Privacy
News  |  8/29/2005  | 
GAO says agencies aren't complying with all related laws and guidance to protect personal information in five data-mining programs.
Cisco Upgrades Switch Operating System
News  |  8/29/2005  | 
Breaking the operating system into modules will improve its reliability, security, and efficiency, the company says.
IT At The Eye Of The Storm
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
Hurricane season is again in full swing. Katrina, presently pounding Florida, is being blamed for at least five deaths and cutting power to more than 2 million people in the southeastern part of the state. As devastating as this year has been -- four named storms in the Atlantic so far -- it doesn't yet measure up to the 2004 storm season, during which nine named storms tormented citizens in the Southeastern states. While it's hard to find a silver lining in these storm clouds, at least last yea
SmartAdvice: Using Web Portals To Solve Business Problems
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
Web portals can be far more than a sales channel, The Advisory Council says. Also, decide what you want to accomplish before jumping into a CRM system.
E-Health Records Off-Limits To Parents Of Teens
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
Parents don't have automatic access to their teenagers' electronic medical records, and perhaps they shouldn't.
Why Wireless Laundry Is Important
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
Sure, civilization would move forward without Internet-enabled washing machines and dryers, but these devices do make sense and they point to a far more important trend. Perhaps I'm repeating myself, but this is important: Ubiquitous access to all information is changing the world dramatically. The emphasis here is on the words "all information." Sure, it might seem unnecessary to get an e-mail or text message when your clothes are dr
IP PBX Sales Outstrip Traditional PBXs For First Time
News  |  8/26/2005  | 
An In-Stat report says that by 2009, IP PBXs will account for 91% of the total.
I Owe Adobe Half an Apology
Commentary  |  8/25/2005  | 
We just turned comments on for the Pipelines blogs, and it didn't take you long to find them. I was delighted to see so many responses to my post on Adobe sneaking applications onto my PC when I updated the Adobe Reader. (See Bad Behavior, Adobe.) But I was puzzled by comments that said they hadn't had the same problem I did. So I went back to the Adobe site to see what I'd missed.
VoIP Promises Are Overhyped: Forrester
News  |  8/25/2005  | 
New survey says that 70% of consumers have no interest in switching to a VoIP service and that, so far, providers have focused on price instead of on compelling applications.
Cable Operators Hold Slim Lead On Telcos In Broadband Growth
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
U.S. cable operators had 55 percent of the market in the second quarter, which was their lowest share ever, according to a study.
Skype Opens VoIP, IM Platforms
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
With 51 million users, Skype is the dominant VoIP service, and now is opening its APIs. Can a full-fledged war with Google and others be far behind?
Intel's Mobile Centrino To Go Dual-Core In First Quarter
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
New chips for notebook computers will consume less power, offer stronger security, and communicate better over wireless connections.
Google Unveils Instant Messaging, Phone App
News  |  8/23/2005  | 
Google Talk, for instant message and PC-to-PC phone calls, will use the open Jabber protocol, and it'll be ad-free.
User-Created Content: The Next Big Thing That's Already Here
Commentary  |  8/23/2005  | 
You want to know where the big money is coming from on the Internet nowadays? Look in the mirror. Online businesses are increasingly finding revenue in capturing content from users like you. Companies are making money by providing tools and services that let you write stuff, take pictures, organize your information, and publish it to the Web.
Review: Hosted CRM Software
News  |  8/23/2005  | 
CRM hosts promise top-notch customer service plus better access for mobile salespeople. Of the six we examined, our Editor's Choice impressed us with its well-designed interface.
Bad Behavior, Adobe
Commentary  |  8/23/2005  | 
I try to practice what I preach and do a good deed, and what do I get for it? Abuse. I just sent out my weekly e-mail newsletter. In the Editor's Note I urge readers to follow Adobe's request and patch their Adobe Reader because of a potential security problem. Things are getting pretty bad when the bad guys pervert familiar, trusted applications like the Reader to be delivery systems for malware. Poor Adobe, I thought, at least it's m
Taste Of Online Sales Gets Sweeter
News  |  8/22/2005  | 
Consumer purchases online grow at three times the overall rate, but remain a minute percentage of overall retail sales.
Details On Sirius Radio 'TiVo' Leaked
Commentary  |  8/22/2005  | 
A marketing product sheet on an upcoming product called the Sirius Starmate Replay reveals that the gadget offers the TiVo-like ability to "timeshift," recording up to 44 minutes of Sirius satellite radio content. The $129 product will also let you plug in your favorite sports teams, and it will alert you when one of their games is on the radio. Very cool! Check out the leaked marketing materials here. (vi
Motorola Unveils Enhancements To Public Safety Networks
News  |  8/22/2005  | 
Enhancements include a wireless data system capable of delivering 96Kbps of data over current private radio frequency bands, and a remote speaker microphone with GPS tracking capability.
A Warning About Google's New Desktop Search
Commentary  |  8/22/2005  | 
If you're interested in downloading the new Google Desktop Search beta, please read this before downloading it. Unlike most Windows applications, which ask permission to close running applications or tell you to go close them, Google's Desktop Search application simply shuts everything down on your desktop without permission or warning. Open browser windows, Outlook -- whatever -- just gone without a trace. So make sure you save a
Business Technology: If You Get Hacked, Are You A Victim Or A Culprit?
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Why do many companies not report cyberattacks, Bob Evans asks? Why does FBI Director Mueller say it's time to cut back on highly intimidating raids of companies that have been hacked? Why is some legislation having the exact opposite effect of what was intended?
SmartAdvice: Planning Ahead Means A Disaster Needn't Wipe Out Your Business
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Planning ensures a business will have in place a road map and people to give direction, The Advisory Council says. Also, managers have to work on 'soft skills' to get ahead.
Cisco Still Tops, But Juniper Advances In Router Market
News  |  8/19/2005  | 
Cisco Systems maintains its strong grip on the enterprise router market, but Juniper Networks has come virtually out of nowhere to capture the second place position, according to a poll of users released Friday by Infonetics Research.
Langa Letter: Software Suites Versus Standalone Tools
Commentary  |  8/18/2005  | 
The new version of ZoneAlarm illustrates both sides of the debate, Fred Langa says.
Domain Registrations Reach All-Time High Of 83.9 Million
News  |  8/18/2005  | 
The Internet continues to expand, with domain registrations reaching an all time high of 83.9 million, according to VeriSign's Domain Name Industry Brief for the second quarter of 2005.
Blue, Red State Broadband Penetration Mirrors Election Results
News  |  8/17/2005  | 
U.S. households continue to install broadband at a furious rate, according to a report released Wednesday. Curiously, the penetration of cable modem and DSL has been tracking state-by-state splits in the 2004 presidential election, with "Blue" states having the highest concentration.
Per-Core Software Pricing For The Desktop?
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Right now it's just a Big IT story, all about more powerful servers and complicated software licensing agreements, but sooner or later -- probably sooner -- it will come down to the desktop and affect the way you pay for software: Multi-core processors will mean you'll pay a per-core price for the applications you run.
Combo Cellular/Wi-Fi Phones To Boost VoIP
News  |  8/16/2005  | 
Internet phoning subscribers with combo cellular/Wi-Fi handsets will give VoIP markets a big boost by 2009, according to a new study from In-Stat.
The Microsoft iPod? Give Me a Break
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
Microsoft's claim that it invented the iPod would be really funny if it weren't so sad. In fact, it is exactly what is wrong with issuing patents for high-tech ideas: Microsoft, a company that did absolutely zero to put an iPod in your pocket, is getting set to try to grab the profits from the company that actually made the effort, Apple.
Video Downloads Make Up 61% Of All File-Sharing Traffic: Survey
News  |  8/15/2005  | 
Study also finds that only 11% of file-sharing traffic is music, and eDonkey is most popular network.
AT&T Lands IP-Based Networking Deal With Accounting Firm
News  |  8/12/2005  | 
Clifton Gunderson is installing an IP-based VPN that will provide voice over IP and videoconferencing capabilities.
10 Top Pitfalls Of Implementing Converged IP Networks
News  |  8/12/2005  | 
Hossein Eslambolchi, CIO and chief technology officer at AT&T, outlines steps businesses can take to avoid problems as they move to converged networks of voice, video, and data.
Telecom Mergers Good For Competition: Study
News  |  8/12/2005  | 
Telecommunication industry consolidation will be good for competition, according to study by a George Mason University economist.
What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
A few weeks ago, we asked for your input on whether we should change the delivery timing of this newsletter. Over 1,000 of you were good enough to respond (1,043), and as promised - here are the results: Same time as now: 4 a.m. Eastern time-- 66% . Noon Eastern time is OK-- 18%. Don't care-- 16%.
Windows Mobile Treo 670 Ships Q1 2006 - Report
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
The Chinese-language Commercial Times reported yesterday that Palm will likely outsource production of its Treo 670 smart phone, which will apparently run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, to Taiwan's High Tech Computer (HTC), and that volume shipments would begin in the first quarter of next year.
Cool Download: iPod Photo Subway Maps
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
Nerve.com design director William Bright has created a site where he has posted free subway maps designed to be displayed in iPod Photo players. Nice!
Flarion Buy Solidifies Qualcomm's Wireless Broadband Position
News  |  8/11/2005  | 
By acquiring Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm will instantly strengthen its position in the booming wireless broadband market as well improve its international offerings and position itself for the coming battle for dominance in mobile digital broadcast markets.
Employees Reportedly Spend One Hour Per Day Surfing The Net
News  |  8/11/2005  | 
Senior execs surveyed complained employees spend too much time on nonbusiness-related Internet use, such as checking sports scores and instant messaging friends.
Blogging About Work? Play Nice
Commentary  |  8/10/2005  | 
There's a tsunami building, fed by a combustible mix of incredibly stupid (and apparently mean-spirited) workers, public blogs, and nervous companies. I'm referring to the growing numbers of folks fired or reprimanded in the workplace for either exposing company plans or posting negative comments about co-workers in public blogs. The latest example comes from the Southern California branch of AAA, which last week fired 27 workers over their postings on the MySpace social-networking Web site, a
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