Interop News: Netgear brings new products for SMB

April 28, 2008
The show floor doesn't open until tomorrow, but the press releases are already starting to come in. Netgear had a flurry of them this morning, with the upshot being that the company is pushing into SMB in an ever more serious way. Part of the press material talked about changes to their channel program and the general emphasis on small businesses, but some of the products they announced look quite interesting. F
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Looking at Interop

April 27, 2008
When I look at the press releases and phone calls that have come my way ahead of the Interop show, two phrases leap out: Unified Communications, and Network Access Control (NAC). It's not that there won't be anything else here at the show, but both of these areas seem to be gaining a lot of momentum heading into the rest of 2008. Unified communications have been "the next big thing" for several years n
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Getting technical practice

April 26, 2008
Have you ever wondered how your intrepid Test Center editors spend their weekends? No? OK, good for you -- you have a life. We, on the other hand, have networks to build. I'm in Las Vegas for the next few days, along with Test Center Senior Contributing Editor Brian Chee, at Interop. We're doing different things -- I'm writing, photographing, and podcasting around the conference, while he's helping build the net
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A little green

April 25, 2008
Here at the end of Earth Day week, we can ask, "What's the small business to do?"  News stories are always about the mega-corporations saving multi-megawatt/hours with their green project, and we're glad they do -- but the question is really whether the small changes of small businesses can make a real difference. The answer, for both the small business and the world as a whole, is "Yes"
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One Fewer Excuse for Deploying Policy (aka NAC)

April 25, 2008
While most network staff give a nod to the general idea of policy-based networking, there have been a number of hurdles to its adoption, not the least of which is a need to understand the current state of the endpoints on the network. Without knowing what is happening with the endpoints, it's virtually impossible to know the implications of implementing policies. Answers to questions like, "How many non-complian
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Red Hat backs AMD virtualization

April 22, 2008
Red Hat is announcing Tuesday its support for virtualization capabilities offered by AMD processors in new HP servers. The company's Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 platform supports AMD's Rapid Virtualization Indexing technology, for more efficient use of memory management on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. HP now is offering systems equipped with these processors in its HP ProLiant DL585 G5 servers, Red Hat sai
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Fujitsu double encryption on mobile drives

April 21, 2008
Fujitsu, (I mean Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc) is announcing today the MHZ2 CJ series, a new line of  2.5 drives with FDE (full disk encryption) capabilities, joining rivals Hitachi GST (Global Storage Technologies) and Seagate who have been shipping similar hardware based encryption on some of their models. The additional twist that Fujitsu puts on  their MHZ2 CJ drives  is 256 bit A
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Trixbox 2.0 spins up some new trix

April 17, 2008
I've been working with Fonality's Trixbox for a little while now. I've run Asterisk via the old Asterisk@Home code (later, Trixbox CE) for years, so taking a close look at the Pro version has certainly been interesting. Fonality just released Trixbox Pro 2.0 this week, and my test system has been upgraded to this rev, which gives me the chance to take some of their new features for a spin. Trixbox Pro is a cent
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Why a change to an AutoCAD file format is throwing some WAN accelerators for a loop

April 16, 2008
An innocent change to an AutoCAD file format has cut sharply into the ability of some WAN acceleration solutions to speed the transfer of these files, and caused grumblings in some widely distributed AutoCAD shops over slowed WAN performance. The problem affects users of AutoCAD 2007 and 2008 (specifically those who open and save the design program’s files over a WAN) and stems from a change to the DWG file for
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Connecting Vista to MySQL

April 16, 2008
Geometry quiz: Can we draw a straight  that joins together Vista, virtual disks,   a new version of  Ajax development tools and MySQL?  Well, geometry has nothing to do with that but I would bet dollars against pennies that a similar line can be easily  drawn in your data center. Virtual to the core Depending on who you are talking to,  and sometimes you may get different answe
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