• March 29, 2005 29 Mar'05

    Gearing up for next generation of SSL VPNs

    This week Permeo debuts a Layer 5 SSL VPN, and one industry observer says it signifies a new generation of more mature, manageable, secure virtual private networking products.

  • March 28, 2005 28 Mar'05

    New switch targets data center aggregation

    Leveraging its success with Google and other high-profile customers, Force10 is launching a new 10 GigE data center aggregation switch that offers line rate switching at speeds up to 192 Gbps.

  • March 24, 2005 24 Mar'05

    Interoperability, thin APs to grow WLAN market

    A new IDC research report shows that the enterprise WLAN market was down marginally last quarter, but tight competition could mean more interoperability for customers.

  • March 22, 2005 22 Mar'05

    Is ultra-fast Wi-Fi worth the gamble?

    An emerging flavor of Wi-Fi offers faster throughput and more range than 802.11g products, but analysts raise the question: Are pre-standard enterprise products worth the risks?

  • March 21, 2005 21 Mar'05

    A better view of LAN awareness

    Visual Networks moves into the LAN market with its new suite of Ethernet appliances. With Visual's experience in sophisticated IT management issues and technologies, analysts say it has more than a chance to compete.

  • March 15, 2005 15 Mar'05

    3Com jabs at competitors with new terabit switches

    With a new line of terabit switches, 3Com is not only packing more performance punch in its fight for the high-end switching market, but it's also using scalability to jab at Cisco, Extreme and Force10.

  • March 14, 2005 14 Mar'05

    Authentication tops list of teleworking concerns

    Authentication and reliability are the top concerns for network admins setting up teleworker VPNs, according to Sage Research. It also says one vendor in particular is dominating the market.

  • March 09, 2005 09 Mar'05

    Network automation software offers a familiar rendition

    Opsware puts its acquisition of Rendition Networks to good use with a new network automation offering, looking to edge out competitors in the growing standardized configuration market.

  • March 07, 2005 07 Mar'05

    TAP-dancing into GigE monitoring

    As more companies turn to Gigabit Ethernet on the desktop, Network Instruments taps into the network TAPs market by guaranteeing high-volume data capture and link performance.

  • March 02, 2005 02 Mar'05

    SurfControl rides Internet filtering wave

    3Com and SurfControl are helping enterprises enact appropriate Web usage policies and block dangerous or inappropriate content, part of a growing trend to use the network to thwart malicious content.

  • March 01, 2005 01 Mar'05

    Gartner forecasts challenges for Cisco

    Cisco Systems Inc.'s second-quarter profit almost doubled, but shares fell as sales missed analysts' estimates. Is it a minor bump in the road for the networking giant, or a sign of struggles to come?

    Rachna Ahlawat, principal analyst with the ...

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Pushing policy enforcement beyond the perimeter

    With transient employees taking notebook PCs everywhere they go, network admins have long desired the ability to extend internal network security policies beyond the perimeter. One vendor is doing just that.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Price-slashing could shake up WAN appliance market

    One analyst says the low price of one new large-circuit WAN application traffic management device will soon cause a ripple effect of slashed prices in the market.

  • February 23, 2005 23 Feb'05

    HP's GigE gear gains momentum

    New research shows that not only are more companies turning to Gigabit Ethernet over Fast Ethernet on the desktop, but also that HP is making notable market share gains.

  • February 22, 2005 22 Feb'05

    Blind network pros now have certifications in sight

    Thanks to one university's groundbreaking program, visually impaired networking pros have the chance to earn their Cisco Certified Network Associate certifications.

  • February 21, 2005 21 Feb'05

    Switch software reduces WAN costs

    Foundry's new software provides creative measures for reducing WAN costs. One analyst says it's an ideal alternative to inefficient traditional techniques.

  • February 16, 2005 16 Feb'05

    New Cisco security strategy targets elusive threats

    Cisco has unveiled a new line of security products to fight against elusive network threats such as phishing, viruses and denial-of-service attacks. Experts laud the moves, but explain why hackers aren't exactly running for cover.

  • February 15, 2005 15 Feb'05

    Sniffer update has a nose for data capture

    The company behind Sniffer offers an updated network performance tool, showing that the venerable packet analysis product could be poised for new life.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    For networking pros, career success lies beyond skills

    Matthew Moran has made a career out of helping IT professionals. He has served as a chief information officer, project manager and technology consultant with a background in programming, network integration and automation, as well as project ...

  • February 08, 2005 08 Feb'05

    VoIP to boost sluggish router market

    In-Stat/MDR says the market for high-end enterprise routers is mature, but one expert says a migration to VoIP will spur significant growth.

  • February 03, 2005 03 Feb'05

    3Com mounts new switch in the wall

    3Com has released what it claims is the industry's first "in-the-wall" Ethernet switch, and one expert says the innovative design will help 3Com recover from previous missteps.

  • February 02, 2005 02 Feb'05

    VoIP security and more

    We are proud to introduce our newest sister site, Here you'll find everything you need to know about VoIP security, plus information on selecting technology, deployment, migration, management, and more.

  • February 01, 2005 01 Feb'05

    New Cisco cert calls out to voice pros

    Cisco Systems has launched what it calls its most comprehensive IP telephony certification to date, aiming to cover all the skills IT pros need to implement, monitor and troubleshoot IP telephony systems.

  • January 31, 2005 31 Jan'05

    Mounting IOS flaws may boost third-party vendors

    A spate of recently discovered security vulnerabilities in the software that runs Cisco's routers and switches has caught the industry's eye, but one expert explains why, for some, IOS flaws could be an opportunity.

  • January 28, 2005 28 Jan'05

    Chapter of the Week - February 2005

    This month we present you with chapter excerpts focusing on network security

  • January 26, 2005 26 Jan'05

    VoWLAN system takes after sci-fi

    Communications badges that made calls were once a fantasy, but now an Arizona hospital system is using them in a unique voice over Wi-Fi system to keep caregivers in constant contact.

  • January 24, 2005 24 Jan'05

    Sunbelt shines light on vulnerability assessment

    A well-known distributor is transitioning into the security products market, proving that enterprise interest in vulnerability assessment products is only increasing.

  • January 21, 2005 21 Jan'05

    Top 10 networking terms of '04

    Would you like to know what networking terminology your peers have been searching for the most in 2004? Curious? We were too. Check out our top 10 searched networking terms.

  • January 20, 2005 20 Jan'05

    Cisco's IT services push causes concern

    A recent acquisition has broadened Cisco's IT services capabilities, but one analyst says Cisco's partners may suffer as the networking giant looks to master new markets.

  • January 18, 2005 18 Jan'05

    F5 ignites competition with updated FirePass VPN

    Experts say F5's VPN portfolio expansion proves it can serve companies of all sizes in today's fiercely competitive market, while also bracing for a consolidation that could alter the vendor landscape.

  • January 17, 2005 17 Jan'05

    AlterPoint offers device management 'spell-checking'

    AlterPoint's updated device management suite helps network admins avoid easy-to-make manual errors. Experts say it's a feature that helps the vendor stand out from the crowd.

  • January 13, 2005 13 Jan'05

    Update: Cisco to acquire Airespace for $450 million

    Cisco confirms the long-rumored acquisition, looking to shore up its WLAN product line. However, one expert questions how the companies and their products will mesh.

  • January 11, 2005 11 Jan'05

    With 3Com access point, one size fits all

    The vendor's new access point is designed for small to large companies, a sign of 3Com's persistent effort to court enterprises.

  • January 10, 2005 10 Jan'05

    Extreme switch aims to cut out the middleman

    One analyst says the vendor's new Aspen line of edge switches hammers the competition with core-quality performance, but Extreme's new two-tier networking paradigm may not be an easy sell.

  • January 06, 2005 06 Jan'05

    Wireless LANs meet needs for compliance

    Encryption with WPA and authentication make data secure for HIPAA and SOX compliance. The real risk might be the employee with a mobile device.

  • January 03, 2005 03 Jan'05

    Linux, security skills projected hot skills for 2005

    IT pros looking to improve their standing in the job market should look to open source, Web services and security-related skill and certification sets, according to recent research.

  • December 29, 2004 29 Dec'04

    Eyes, wallets wide open to XML traffic woes in 2005

    Enterprises are expected to spend more on XML acceleration appliances in 2005 to offload performance hits, but hope could be forthcoming in the form of a single binary XML format.

  • December 27, 2004 27 Dec'04

    2005 outlook: Desktops to see Linux, search war and more spyware

    TechTarget's Paul Gillin offers up his annual predictions for the year ahead, and forecasts a pay hike for IT pros, a new owner for Apple and the rise of Linux, spyware and desktop search.

  • December 23, 2004 23 Dec'04

    The security risks of VoIP

    Increasing standardization and prevalence means VoIP will likely be a growing target for attacks. There are ways to keep an enterprise safe, but new technology will soon mean new threats.

  • December 21, 2004 21 Dec'04

    Cisco 2005 outlook: Fostering convergence is top priority

    Cisco's 2005 agenda includes pushing deeper into VoIP and making networks easier to manage, but the networking giant's top task is to sell customers on its complex vision for the future.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Ed Tittel: 10 GB Ethernet implementations reach commercial viability

    See why Ed Tittel believes 2005 will be an interesting and active year in networking.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Lisa Phifer: Network-borne attacks continue to grow in 2005

    Check out what Lisa has to say about carbon-based life forms and their penchant for high-risk Internet behavior.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Carrie Higbie: LAN speeds catch up with WAN speeds

    Expert Carrie Higbie has a lot to say about what's in store for 2005 in security, identity theft, 40G, outsourcing and more.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    FineGround helps admins manage app traffic

    A new tool from FineGround attempts to help admins monitor multi-step Web application transactions or business processes by showing exactly where latency occurs.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Michael Gregg: Increased emphasis on intrusion-prevention systems

    Michael Gregg shares his thoughts on IPS, wireless technologies and spam and spyware for 2005.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Nandan Gijare: SAN and NAS technologies are hot

    Nandan Gjare share's his predictions on SAN and NAS technologies, content networking and the WLAN market.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Patrick Ferriter: Open standards to rule

    Here's a look at Patrick Ferriter's predictions for 2005.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Chris Partsenidis: VoIP remains strong; The year of Bluetooth

    Chris shares his predictions for 2005 and believes VoIP remains steady, Bluetooth has its year and wireless networking replace wired networks at a much faster pace.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Joel Vincent: 2005 is the year of wireless VoIP

    Expert Joel Vincent explains why he believes 2005 is the year of wireless VoIP.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Expert Scott Haugdahl: VoIP buzz shifts from QoS to predictability

    Expert Scott Haugdahl believes 2005 will see a shift from VoIP QoS to predictability and interest in 802.11n will grow.

  • December 14, 2004 14 Dec'04

    Maturing wireless switch market looks ahead

    During the past year, wireless technology has continued to grab headlines worldwide and remains one of the hottest topics of conversation for those in the IT field. One of the most important segments of the wireless market is undoubtedly that of ...

  • December 09, 2004 09 Dec'04

    Siemens to acquire Chantry Networks

    A Chantry executive says customers will gain access to more services and that no jobs will be lost, but an analyst believes WLAN startups that aren't aligned with larger vendors could be in danger.

  • December 08, 2004 08 Dec'04

    Strix spins out mesh for the great outdoors

    Strix Systems has released a mesh networking product line designed for outdoor use, and one California city explains how it's using the technology to build a public access Wi-Fi network.

  • December 07, 2004 07 Dec'04

    HP plans to 'flatten' the network core

    HP not only previews next year's new family of 10 GigE stackables, but also offers a glimpse at its new strategy that emphasizes edge intelligence and eliminates redundant functionality in the network core.

  • December 06, 2004 06 Dec'04

    Alcatel lures customers preparing for 10 GigE

    Alcatel's new line of multipurpose Layer 3 stackables is intended to ease the 10 Gigabit Ethernet transition, but reasonable features at a modest price may not be enough to steal market share from Cisco.

  • December 03, 2004 03 Dec'04

    Networking mailbag: True certification and training experiences

    Recently, we asked readers if certification or training programs helped their career advancement and whether they felt the outcome was worth the time and money invested. We also asked to hear from managers responsible for hiring networking pros if ...

  • December 02, 2004 02 Dec'04

    Opsware to acquire Rendition Networks

    Opsware is purchasing device configuration specialist Rendition Networks for $33 million in cash and stock, a sign that market activity could be picking up as companies look to reduce configuration errors.

  • December 01, 2004 01 Dec'04

    Gadgets & Gizmos '04

    If you're looking for a stocking stuffer for yourself or a fellow techno-friend, read our helpful reviews to see how our editors made out with these products in the real world.

  • November 30, 2004 30 Nov'04

    Cisco's switching updates focus on high availability, PoE

    Cisco is rounding out its switching portfolio with a pair of new supervisors, as well as LAN access interface modules and other devices, making high availability and PoE-enabled products more affordable.

  • November 23, 2004 23 Nov'04

    Demand to grow for IP address management devices

    With a growing number of attacks targeting the DNS, one research firm explains why demand for appliances that manage IP addresses will grow in the coming years.

  • November 22, 2004 22 Nov'04

    What is OSI?

    Need a refresher on the OSI model? This overview explains the concept and defines each network layer.

  • November 16, 2004 16 Nov'04

    IPv6 to get boost from non-traditional devices

    BOSTON -- IPv6, the next generation of Internet Protocol, promises to improve networking with extended address space, device auto-configuration and simplified packet headers. ...

  • November 16, 2004 16 Nov'04

    Special coverage of Networking Decisions 2004

    Enjoy our recap of's coverage of Networking Decisions 2004.

  • November 15, 2004 15 Nov'04

    Convergence puts new spin on networking and its vendors

    The unification of voice, IM, presence, e-mail and Web conferencing applications promises easier enterprise communications, but network managers and vendors are scrambling to learn how to best position themselves for the future.

  • November 11, 2004 11 Nov'04

    Cisco employs AirDefense to monitor WLAN airwaves

    Cisco has partnered with AirDefense to make it easier for enterprises to monitor for wireless LAN attacks and rogue access points.

  • November 10, 2004 10 Nov'04

    Are 'dumb' networks really smarter?

    During a debate at last week's Next Generation Networks conference, one expert argued that "dumb" networks enable services at the edge, while another claimed that intelligent networks enable technical innovation.

  • November 09, 2004 09 Nov'04

    Convergence presents new struggles for admins

    Experts at Networking Decisions warned attendees against underestimating the complexity of adding voice to the network, because small details, like out-of-date network maps and inaccurate traffic forecasts, can mean big headaches.

  • November 04, 2004 04 Nov'04

    Networking pros vital to IT's future

    Network admins will be even more important to IT as next-generation technologies take hold, according to a top analyst at Networking Decisions, but some attendees said these technologies are still a long way off.

  • November 04, 2004 04 Nov'04

    VoIP experts savor SIP's potential

    Panelists at the Next Generation Networks conference were bullish on SIP's capabilities and its future, while one of Cisco's top strategists explained why it has delayed end-to-end SIP support in CallManager.

  • November 03, 2004 03 Nov'04

    VoIP security daunting, but possible

    Next Generation Networks conference speakers said securing VoIP calls is much more complicated than many expected, but it is possible for enterprises to keep VoIP systems secure.

  • October 28, 2004 28 Oct'04

    Expert claims Wi-Fi is far from dead

    Fixed wireless broadband is on the rise, and WiMax, the standardized version of fixed wireless broadband, will be available in some areas this year. With a theoretical range of 30 miles and a throughput of 72 Mbps, 802.16e-based chipsets are ...

  • October 27, 2004 27 Oct'04

    Rendition adds compliance to network management

    In addition to new SecurID support, Rendition Networks' configuration management software now helps with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance by ensuring that financial data stays secure.

  • October 26, 2004 26 Oct'04

    Siemens: IP is breaking all the rules

    LOS ANGELES -- VoIP is changing more than phone systems. IP communications is at the core of a change in how businesses communicate and how they work. ...

  • October 25, 2004 25 Oct'04

    CallManager update offers end-to-end security

    The networking vendor's CallManager update extends encryption to IP phones, offering a VoIP security option that resembles traditional distributed computing environments.

  • October 21, 2004 21 Oct'04

    Experts: Vendors 'lying' about VoIP cost savings

    Though vendors often promise that VoIP will lead to immediate and drastic cost savings, analysts at this week's VON Conference & Expo said, in reality, the short-term costs can be enormous.

  • October 20, 2004 20 Oct'04

    Alcatel's new switches styled for convergence

    Alcatel hopes to boost its midmarket presence with new convergence gear, but with plenty of competition one expert says before the company can find customers, it must find itself.

  • October 19, 2004 19 Oct'04

    Cisco, Microsoft partner on security, but products nowhere to be found

    The two tech titans have teamed up to augment end-point security, but experts are skeptical because it could be difficult for the vendors to live up to their promises.

  • October 19, 2004 19 Oct'04

    Is offshore outsourcing worth the loss of IT jobs?

    IT executives and outsourcing experts debate the pros and cons of offshoring -- are the losses worth the gains?

  • October 18, 2004 18 Oct'04

    VeriSign service signals cheaper, easier VoIP

    The infrastructure provider's new service aims to enable end-to-end VoIP, lowering the cost of IP voice service and enabling enterprises to make use of more advanced IP PBX features.

  • October 18, 2004 18 Oct'04

    Extreme launches PoE switch

    The upstart device vendor gets a leg up on Cisco with a power over Ethernet wireless switch that helped one hospital expand its network without worrying about power outlets.

  • October 14, 2004 14 Oct'04

    Cisco, IBM team up on end-point security

    The vendors are enhancing end-point security to help their joint customers keep networks virus-free, but one expert says only Cisco shops running Tivoli can benefit.

  • October 13, 2004 13 Oct'04

    Hosted VoIP has its advantages, risks

    Resellers say that for some businesses, hosted VoIP can be superior to an in-house implementation, but big carriers offering the service haven't quite worked out all the bugs.

  • October 12, 2004 12 Oct'04

    WLAN and VoIP: A match made in heaven?

    Marrying wireless LAN and VoIP technology isn't easy, but one expert says that with enough effort and expertise, they can live a long, happy life together. However, one admin isn't so sure.

  • October 06, 2004 06 Oct'04

    VoIP can cut costs, but capable of much more

    A top Nortel exec said an enterprise may save a few pennies switching to VoIP, but the real cost savings will come from integrated communications. However, a Department of Defense manager said the DoD's VoIP move is all about saving money.

  • October 05, 2004 05 Oct'04

    SIP promises sweet taste of interoperability

    While some are disappointed that Session Initiation Protocol hasn't spawned more interoperable voice products, experts explain how SIP-based gear will soon unite voice, video and presence on the network.

  • October 05, 2004 05 Oct'04

    Refocused Siemens sets sights on integration

    The German networking vendor has realigned its business units to offer enterprise networking equipment that makes person-to-person communication easier than ever before.

  • October 04, 2004 04 Oct'04

    Reseller deal highlights interest in all-in-one security

    A new reseller agreement will give Dell's customers access to ServGate's security equipment, demonstrating that interest in multi-function devices is on the rise.

  • September 28, 2004 28 Sep'04

    Colubris launches Wi-Fi QoS

    Colubris Networks has released quality of service software for its wireless LAN system that makes it possible to maintain a business-class voice over Wi-Fi implementation. One expert says it's a harbinger of things to come.

  • September 27, 2004 27 Sep'04

    Cisco helps SMBs build app-ready networks

    Cisco today is updating its switches and management tools for SMBs, reducing the network burdens that come with application deployments.

  • September 23, 2004 23 Sep'04

    Symantec firewalls, gateways vulnerable

    Several Symantec firewalls and gateway appliances are vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks that potentially allow a device's configuration to be altered. The vendor has released patches.

  • September 21, 2004 21 Sep'04

    Distributing more data without more WAN

    Using a software-based content distribution system that was 1/10th the price of a hardware-based Cisco product, a financial services firm found a way to distribute large files over the WAN without buying extra bandwidth.

  • September 20, 2004 20 Sep'04

    Keeping the WAN alive when disaster strikes

    Florida was just picking up the pieces from Hurricane Frances when Hurricane Ivan hit the panhandle, leaving a swath of destruction heading north. It is surely a nightmare for those who are putting the pieces of their lives back together.

    But ...

  • September 17, 2004 17 Sep'04

    Telephony purchase ABCs for SMBs

    Learn how small and mid-sized businesses can successfully evaluate and select telephony systems.

  • September 17, 2004 17 Sep'04

    Ten cabling tips in 10 minutes

    This series focuses on the cabling used in today's networks and includes information on UTP, CAT5 straight through and crossover, Ethernet, fiber and more.

  • September 16, 2004 16 Sep'04

    End-point vendors gain from slow Cisco strategy

    Cisco promises that its NAC strategy will soon be the best way to assess network device vulnerability, but until it's completed in 2005, other vendors are stepping up to fill the void.

  • September 14, 2004 14 Sep'04

    Cisco highlights presence with Dynamicsoft buy

    Cisco is buying SIP technology provider Dynamicsoft for $55 million. The acquisition will enable the networking giant offer management features for network applications.

  • September 13, 2004 13 Sep'04

    Cisco targets SMBs with VoIP-friendly routers

    When they debut tomorrow, Cisco's new line of speedy small office routers will be able to support VoIP deployments without bogging down. It's the latest move in an all-in-one device strategy that Cisco hopes will keep it a step ahead of its ...

  • September 09, 2004 09 Sep'04

    Cooldown expected for firewall market

    Firewalls were hot last year, but research shows the standalone market is cooling off as other types of network devices add more security features.

  • September 08, 2004 08 Sep'04

    'Wi-Fi on steroids:' WiMax inches closer to devices

    Intel Corp. announced Tuesday that is it sending samples of its WiMax wireless chip to select customers. Intel's "Rosedale" chip, based on the WiMax wireless broadband technology, is expected to be the first "system on a chip" to support the 802.16 ...

  • September 07, 2004 07 Sep'04

    Avoiding 802.11b/g traffic jams

    One vendor believes it can keep 802.11b clients from slowing traffic on 802.11g networks, but News Writer Jim Rendon wonders if anyone was losing sleep in the first place.