This week on Network World Fusion, 04/05/03

Welcome to This Week on NW Fusion, featuring breaking news, info, and tips from Network World Fusion, the most comprehensive enterprise networking resource on the Internet. See below for the week's biggest stories and check out our other e-mail newsletters at http://www.nwfusion.com/focus

1) Showtime for Linux

1) Security tools target inside jobs

2) McNealy: Don't dismiss us in data centers

3) XP fix previews impact of a more secure Windows

4) Wireless switching debate wrap-up

5) Nutter's Help Desk: Which Linux certification to choose?

6) A Wider Net: What's in a product code name?

7) Extreme server makeovers

8) Wireless Wizards: Can cities regulate Wi-Fi?

9) Review: Inkra Networks' 1518TX Virtual Service Switch

10) Technology Update: IPMI V2.0 eases blade management

11) Management Strategies: Securing mobile assets

12) Schools rethink network security

13) Blades raise heat, power issues

14) Lucent unveils wireless multimedia system

15) Feeling vulnerable? Try assessment tools

16) Healthcare IT execs share their wish lists

17) Siemens to launch high-end IP PBX

18) Wireless: Backstage with Craig Mathias

19) Science center switches to open source

20) Who's responsible for cybersecurity?

21) Wireless grabs spotlight at Spring VON

At the NetWorld+Interop show next month, Network World Editorial Director John Gallant will co-host a customer roundtable on metro Ethernet services with the Metro Ethernet Forum. Going to N+I and want to attend? Drop John a note at jgallant@nww.com (or write him even if you just want to make sure a particular question gets put to the vendors.

-- Adam Gaffin, executive editor, agaffin@nww.com

1) Security tools target inside jobs

For a decade, corporations have erected perimeter defenses to keep Internet attackers at bay. Now IT managers are under pressure to deal with an even bigger challenge: keeping insiders from using the Internet to leak valuable business data.

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2) McNealy: Don't dismiss us in data centers

Sun CEO Scott McNealy talks about everything from Java to Linux in a Network World Q&A.

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3) XP fix previews impact of a more secure Windows

Companies testing XP SP2 say users will have to change the way they develop applications and build networks to compensate for the security changes Microsoft is making to its desktop and server operating systems.

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4) Wireless switching debate wrap-up

If you missed the debate last week, it's all still online for your perusal - see what wireless-switch vendors had to say about their wares, the industry and each other.

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5) Nutter's Help Desk: Which Linux certification to choose?

Ron Nutter helps a user figure out where to put his training dollars.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/columnists/2004/0405nutter.html

6) A Wider Net: What's in a product code name?

Shark sticks, Butt-Head Astronomer doesn't. While most technology companies do not have official policies on how they create product code names, they are almost always dreamed up by engineers with the understanding that the code names will be for internal use only.

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7) Extreme server makeovers

Server consolidation has become one of those inescapable trends in the computer industry - everyone, it seems, is either doing it, planning to do it or thinking they should be doing it.

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8) Wireless Wizards: Can cities regulate Wi-Fi?

The Wizard discuss possible municipal regulation.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/columnists/2004/0405wizards.html

9) Review: Inkra Networks' 1518TX Virtual Service Switch

The devil's in the details of this virtual security switch.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/reviews/2004/0405rev.html

10) Technology Update: IPMI V2.0 eases blade management

Server vendors developed the IPMI standard for cross-platform system management. The new release features stronger security and standardized console access.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/news/tech/2004/0405techupdate.html

11) Management Strategies: Securing mobile assets

Policies are key in procuring and tracking wireless devices throughout your company.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/careers/2004/0405man.html

12) Schools rethink network security

Computer worms and viruses continue to besiege colleges and universities, which are responding with a range of network security improvements.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/0405appscampus.html

13) Blades raise heat, power issues

At the recent Server Blade Summit in San Jose, attendees saw firsthand how the increase in power demands from the densely packed systems could affect enterprise data centers: An interoperability demonstration of working blade systems caused the power in the Wyndham Hotel that hosted the conference to flicker on and off sporadically throughout the event.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/0405blades.html

14) Lucent unveils wireless multimedia system

Lucent recently unveiled a system designed to enable wireless operators to offer VoIP and IP-based multimedia services.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/0405lucent.html

15) Feeling vulnerable? Try assessment tools

Come June, high-volume merchants and payment processors that do business on the Web and want to work with MasterCard International had better be conducting quarterly vulnerability assessments of their Web sites. MasterCard warned last fall that it won't do business with them otherwise.

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16) Healthcare IT execs share their wish lists

Vendors' pricing models are lacking. Better tools are needed to sift through piles of data. Trying before buying is key. Those were sentiments expressed by a range of technology buyers from healthcare and pharmaceutical companies on a panel hosted by Ernst & Young at last week's Bio-IT World conference.

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17) Siemens to launch high-end IP PBX

Borrowing technology from its carrier softswitches, Siemens has developed an enterprise network-level IP PBX it says companies can use to consolidate telephony setups based on distributed regional and branch office systems.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/0405siemens.html

18) Wireless: Backstage with Craig Mathias

IT managers are being pulled in all directions regarding wireless technology. What is the best way for them to decide if WLAN technology fits into their network? Craig Mathias highlights changes in the WLAN industry.

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19) Science center switches to open source

It's using Gluecode's Advanced Server portal software, which is part of a new suite announced last week. Gluecode Enterprise Server 3.5 combines the vendor's enterprise portal framework and security management tools with business process management capabilities.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/0405gluecode.html

20) Who's responsible for cybersecurity?

The debate over whether corporate network executives or their software suppliers should shoulder the burden for improving the nation's cybersecurity is shifting direction as pressure mounts for vendors to ship safer products.

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21) Wireless grabs spotlight at Spring VON

The combination of VoIP over Wi-Fi and traditional cellular phone services made a splash at last week's Spring VON 2004 conference, although observers say key obstacles need to be cleared before companies realize promised costs savings from using these technologies in tandem.

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http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/0405von.html

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