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October 11, 2010  12:28 PM

Tech companies dream up new and horrible ways to lay off workers



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
career, Networking

Why are some tech companies so bad at firing people? Mark Fraunfelder at...

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October 8, 2010  4:22 PM

Motorola smartens access points, pulls back WLAN controllers



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Enterasys, Meraki, Motorola, Networking, Wi-Fi, wireless LAN, Wireless networking

The role of the wireless LAN controller appliance is shifting dramatically. The days of the dumb access point are severely numbered. Motorola became just the latest WLAN vendor to deemphasize the role of its controller appliance in its architecture with its new


October 8, 2010  2:52 PM

Another look at Cisco’s network security strategy



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, firewalls, Juniper, mobility, Network security, VPN

We put Cisco's security strategy under the microscope about six weeks ago after hearing from many, many networking pros who felt Cisco had lost its way, at least a little.  I think...


September 27, 2010  2:05 PM

A “Big Three” in networking? Cisco, HP and… IBM?



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Blade Network Technologies, Cisco, HP Networking, IBM, Juniper, Networking, Routing and switching

Can you imagine a world where Cisco Systems wasn't THE networking vendor... a world where Cisco shares top dog status with two other companies with the products, resources and support capabilities to compete on equal ground with the longtime industry leader? Cisco has been top dog in the...


September 21, 2010  2:29 PM

Computer networking babe goes ballistic … or gets kind of annoyed



Posted by: rivkalittle
Cisco Subnet, Interop, LISA Usenix, Network World

Disclaimer: This author attended a snooty liberal arts college and may have registered for one too many womyn's studies classes.


September 17, 2010  3:18 PM

Forrester’s Zero Trust security model



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, Forrester Research, Network access control, Network analysis, Network security, Palo Alto Networks

Forrester Research Inc. is proposing a new mantra for IT security. In his report "No More Chewy Centers: Introducing the Zero Trust...

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September 8, 2010  4:19 PM

Some more advice on using commodity switches at the LAN access layer



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
access layer, budget, Gartner, Local Area Network, Networking

Last week I wrote a story about how some enterprises save money by using commodity network switch vendors at the access edge of their local area networks. These low-cost vendors use...


September 2, 2010  10:53 AM

Cisco making smart grid moves



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, Itron, Networking, Silver Spring Networks, smart grid, standards

Cisco is aggressively building out its smart grid capabilities this week, announcing a major partnership with a smart reader company yesterday and buying a making of IP-based wireless network systems and software for energy management today. Yesterday Cisco unveiled a


August 30, 2010  3:01 PM

Cisco security strategy: some nuggets from my notebook



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, Network security

Last week I published a feature that took a long, hard look at Cisco's network security strategy. This story tackled a big subject so naturally I left out a few odds and ends and a little analysis. I...


August 30, 2010  12:33 PM

WiFi and RFID system tracks preschoolers



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
RFID, RTLS, Wi-Fi, Wireless networking

A school district in California is using location-based wireless technology to track preschoolers. I admit that when I first saw the headline for this story, I worried that the school was embedding RFID tags in the kids......


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