This week on Network World Fusion, 10/25/04

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1) Has IE dug itself a hole? 2) Wireless directory draws cheers, jeers 3) A Wider Net: When silence sounds too, well, silent 4) How GM saved a billion dollars 5) Un-wiring the wireless LAN 6) Review: Pedestal aids in security enforcement 7) Review: LANsurveyor 8.5 for Windows 8) Review: SCO's UnixWare measures up with open source additions 9) Technology Update: FTTP boosts bandwidth in the last mile 10) Management Strategies: In the firing line 11) Wary buyers dampen software sales 12) The other side: Hardware revenue should be up 13) Dell continues network battle 14) Tools help manage domain names 15) ISPs look inward to stop spam 16) Start-ups automate global trade functions 17) Microsoft aims to save $1 billion this fiscal year 18) Siemens exec talks up VoIP

1) Microsoft users catch price break

2) VoIP security a moving target

3) The New Data Center: Automation

4) Wireless Wizards: Site surveys for new implementations

5) Nutter's Help Desk: Windows vs. Linux

6) Bush vs. Kerry

7) Dawn of the digital dead

8) Review: Web acceleration devices

9) DCML describes the data center

10) Getting ahead in your career

11) SOHOs benefit from 'digital home' hype

12) Case study: IM helps connect healthcare company

13) Users look to ease SAN adoption

14) Microsoft mixes mainframe apps with .Net

15) Gartner show runs the IT gamut

16) Storage vendors try to ease back-up and protection tasks

17) NetPro expands real-time aspects of directory tool

18) Security vendors take softer approach

19) Microsoft debuts communication client

20) IBM enhances compliance suite

21) E-mail, middleware vendors take aim at wireless data world

22) Enterasys upgrades its security suite

23) Check Point bolsters LAN security

24) Security management products on tap from CA, SenSage

25) Traq takes charge of wireless plans

1) Microsoft users catch price break

In what's being called a shrewd licensing move, Microsoft last week put its competitors on the defensive and avoided price increases for customers by announcing it would not charge extra fees for server software running on dual-core, processor-based computers.

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2) VoIP security a moving target

Those who want to operate secure VoIP networks must be mindful of myriad threats because the technology is susceptible to vulnerabilities that might be foreign to traditional telecom managers and their staffs.

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3) The New Data Center: Automation

Automation leaves no IT discipline untouched, from application management to security and server configurations. In this, sixth in a six-part series on new data center trends and technologies, we provide a status report.

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4) Wireless Wizards: Site surveys for new implementations

The Wizards conjure up an answer for a user who wonders if they're useful - or just a waste of time

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5) Nutter's Help Desk: Windows vs. Linux

Ron Nutter helps a user decide between the two operating systems for new servers on his network.

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6) Bush vs. Kerry

If you listen to the daily reporting in the media, you'd think the presidential race came down to issues like Iraq, terrorism and healthcare. But what about technology? Read the article, then vote in our presidential poll.

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7) Dawn of the digital dead

This Halloween ask yourself what's more frightening, being chased by an undead corpse that wants to eat your brain or having your PC slow to near-dead because it's been turned into an unwitting spam server?

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8) Review: Web acceleration devices

New Web front-end devices from Array Networks, NetScaler and Redline Networks each offer valuable techniques for dealing with growing traffic and security concerns. But while they can help improve site performance, we found plenty of rough edges.

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9) DCML describes the data center

By creating a standard description of the applications and systems being managed, DCML helps address the challenge of managing increasingly heterogeneous environments and paves the way for service-based computing models.

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10) Getting ahead in your career

An IT recruiter outlines the actions you should take to advance your career.

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11) SOHOs benefit from 'digital home' hype

Amid the entertainment gadgets on display at the Digital Life Show in New York were a handful of intriguing tools for home and remote offices. Here's a rundown.

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12) Case study: IM helps connect healthcare company

Because of its geographically dispersed staff and high percentage of telecommuting employees, Intellicare, which operates health-related call centers, has benefitted from implementing an instant-messaging platform.

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13) Users look to ease SAN adoption

The installation and configuration of storage-area network technology has gotten simpler as companies such as Dell and QLogic have begun selling low-cost, easy-to-install SAN equipment and software, users say. The trend is expected to become even simpler, when HP, QLogic and Microsoft introduce low-cost SAN packages at Storage Networking World next week in Orlando.

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14) Microsoft mixes mainframe apps with .Net

When it comes to the mainframe, Microsoft has two distinct personalities. While the software giant would like to believe the Windows platform can replace anything that runs on the mainframe, the reality is that smaller users might want to migrate. However, many users are looking to integrate tried-and-true mainframe applications and processes with next-generation application and network architectures in the form of Web services and service-oriented architectures. Microsoft thinks they have both camps covered.

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15) Gartner show runs the IT gamut

Traditional tech trade shows are dropping like PC prices, but Gartner continued to defy the trend with a sold-out IT Expo last week that attracted 7,500 attendees, high-profile industry executives, major vendors, and an interesting crop of newcomers.

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16) Storage vendors try to ease back-up and protection tasks

A plethora of storage vendors are expected to announce this week at Storage Networking World in Orlando software and hardware that lets IT managers better protect and back up data on Fibre Channel and IP storage-area networks.

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17) NetPro expands real-time aspects of directory tool

NetPro this week will release the next version of its DirectoryTroubleshooter with an emphasis on proactive tools to keep Microsoft's Active Directory running smoothly.

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18) Security vendors take softer approach

Worm prevention and Internet monitoring are the primary focus of new security products expected this week from Symantec, Sana Security, Zix and Websense.

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19) Microsoft debuts communication client

Microsoft last week unveiled the first corporate client for its real-time communications server with an emphasis on adding telephony support to collaboration capabilities such as instant messaging and conferencing.

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20) IBM enhances compliance suite

IBM's approach to compliance is platform-based: Instead of providing point products to address specific legislative requirements, Big Blue offers a suite of tools that work together to handle the auditing, reporting and security requirements of multiple mandates

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21) E-mail, middleware vendors take aim at wireless data world

Software vendors specializing in pushing wireless e-mail to mobile devices, such as Good Technology and Research in Motion, are scrambling to broaden their appeal by creating a middleware layer for accessing all kinds of corporate data.

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22) Enterasys upgrades its security suite

Enterasys this week is expected to announce an upgrade to its Dragon intrusion-detection-system product that the company says will make it easier for customers to protect their networks.

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23) Check Point bolsters LAN security

Check Point is upgrading its application-layer security appliance with a management interface that makes it possible for customers to send updates to the machines as a group rather than one at a time.

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24) Security management products on tap from CA, SenSage

New versions of enterprise security-information management products from Computer Associates and SenSage look to combine event data and logs from several sources to provide users a bird's-eye view of security.

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25) Traq takes charge of wireless plans

Traq Wireless is set to introduce management features to its software package that the company says will let customers more easily procure and manage wireless services for all their employees.

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