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March 12, 2008  3:12 AM

Microsoft and Nortel Strengthen UC Partnership

Posted by: Tony Bradley
Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, Nortel, Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator 2007, SIP, UCC, Unified Communications, VoIP

Officially, Microsoft and Nortel have been buddies on the Unified Communications front for over a year and a half. Prior to now, however, the partnership was more rhetoric and lip...

March 1, 2008  4:48 AM

Rogue Wireless Devices Create Security Risk

Posted by: Tony Bradley
802.11, 802.11n, BlackBerry, iPhone, Mobile, Mobile device, wi-fi, WiMAX, Wireless

Wireless networks can be cost effective and help employees to be more productive, freeing them to move about while still maintaining access to necessary data and network resources. Since the inception of wireless networking though, corporations have struggled with the security implications. With...

March 1, 2008  4:41 AM

Microsoft and Cisco Fight For UC Dominance

Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, Microsoft, Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator 2007, UCC, Unified Communications, VoIP

When unified communications was still but a gleam in the eye of its creators, Microsoft and Cisco became mortal enemies jockeying for supremacy. At one point, they shook hands and promised to play nice, but now that seems more like some sort of calculated attempt at gaining inside knowledge on each...

February 27, 2008  3:53 AM

Wi-Fi and Cellular Converge To Improve Productivity

Posted by: Tony Bradley
802.11, 802.11n, BlackBerry, Mobile, Mobile device, Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator 2007, SIP, UCC, Unified Communications, VoIP, wi-fi

One of the promises, or benefits, of unified communications is being able to communicate with people where they are when you need them. The concept of 'presence' in Microsoft's UCC (Unified Communications and Collaboration) is designed so that you can tell if a person is available or not, the...

February 26, 2008  3:56 AM

Top 10 Free Network Management Downloads

Posted by: Tony Bradley
Ethernet, Free software, IP, IP addressing, LAN, Network management, top 10

To manage and maintain a network, you need to have a well-rounded collection of tools in your arsenal. Many commercial tools can be expensive, and may not perform any better (or sometimes not even as well) than their freeware counterparts.

February 24, 2008  1:53 PM

Wi-Fi Networks Enter 4th Generation

Posted by: Tony Bradley
802.11, 802.11n, Mobile, Mobile device, wi-fi, Wireless

New 4th-generation wireless networking equipment is entering the market. We started with consumer-based wireless equipment with virtually no security, then enterprise quality products with improved security were released. The current standard, the 3rd-generation wireless networks, have centralized...

February 24, 2008  4:59 AM

Purchase of 3Com Stalled, But Not Yet Scuttled

Posted by: Tony Bradley
3Com, Huawei Technologies, Networking

You might remember a couple years ago when President Bush supported a plan to sell management control of our sea ports to Dubai Ports, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) based company. There was significant backlash about the national security concerns...

February 24, 2008  4:45 AM

Is Endpoint Security Replacing Network Security?

Posted by: Tony Bradley
Encryption, Firewalls, NAC, Portable storage, Windows Security

There have been rumors for some time that the network perimeter is dead. More users are relying on laptop computers connected over wireless networks, or via VPN from a hotel or coffee shop. Users have mobile phones that connect to network resources, and various methods of portable data storage- USB...

February 19, 2008  6:55 PM

Cisco Smart Business Communications System (SBCS)

Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, SIP, UCC, Unified Communications, VoIP

Cisco has had equipment available for small and medium businesses (SMB's) to manage data and voice and enable unified communications for a while now. The initial equipment however was only available in 8-port or 16-port versions. The relatively small number of ports capped out at 'small', and did...

January 31, 2008  9:05 PM

Multi-Vendor Firewalls: Managing Them For Fun and Profit

Posted by: Tony Bradley
firewall rules, Firewalls

OK, there probably isn't any profit, and the idea of "fun" may be a bit of a stretch as well. Organizations that have multiple firewalls, from multiple vendors need an efficient way to monitor, manage, and optimize them. Network administrators just keep adding rules on the fly, rarely documenting...

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