Stories by Matt Hamblen

Extreme Networks offers port extender for the 'outer edge'

Extreme Networks Inc. Monday announced a new product, called a port extender, along with a new version of its EPICenter management software, which both serve the "outer edge" of the LAN, areas where it's difficult to provide network connectivity.

Skype to run beta of VoIP for business over SIP, IP switches

Skype Technologies SA announced Monday a beta version of its popular voice-over-IP service for businesses that have IP-based switches running on the Session Initiation Protocol.

Savvis tests Cisco's new UCS and virtualization server

IT infrastructure service provider Savvis Inc. has been testing Cisco Systems Inc.'s Unified Computing System (UCS) for about three weeks and expects to take the technology to another level of evaluation later this year in a bake-off against conventional virtualization server providers, Savvis' chief technology officer said today.

HP, Cisco jab over virtualization bragging rights

Cisco's announcement Monday of a Unified Computing System for data centers quickly sparked a bragging battle about which vendor can perform virtualization better.

iPhone tethering could prove a boon to IT managers

Of some 100 new features added to Apple Inc.'s iPhone 3.0 software last week, Jorge Mata, CIO for the Los Angeles Community College District, said that one of those alone -- the ability to tether Windows laptops to the iPhone -- could provide a quick boost his operation.

Cisco flips for video camera maker

Cisco Systems said Thursday it plans to buy Pure Digital Technologies, the maker of the popular Flip Video handheld camera, for US$590 million in stock.

Millions expected to cut back mobile phone costs in recession

A new survey says millions of Americans expect to cut back on their mobile phone costs to save money if the recession continues as expected.

Sony e-reader users gain free access to classics via Google

Sony Electronics Inc. said users of its two e-book readers can now access more than 500,000 free public domain classic books from Google Inc. through the Sony eBook Store.

SAP, Sybase join to deliver business apps over handhelds

SAP and Sybase announced collaboration plans this week to deliver the latest SAP Business Suite of enterprise software products to wireless handhelds, including the iPhone, BlackBerries and devices running Windows Mobile.

Cisco to unveil blade server for data center virtualization

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers will unveil on Monday a new "unified computing" initiative which analysts said includes a blade server code-named California.

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Polycom CEO Robert Hagerty talks telepresence

Videoconferencing is available for desktops and even through specially designed rooms called telepresence systems, but on wireless handhelds? According to Robert Hagerty, who has been CEO of Polycom for 10 years, it could be widely available soon.

Motorola launches smaller rugged wireless devices

Motorola Monday announced the smallest and lightest versions in its MC55 series of ruggedized enterprise digital assistants, offering two models and multiple configurations to help customers keep down their upfront costs.

New UC support launched for videoconferencing, smartphones

Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent announced support Wednesday for smartphones and high-definition videoconferencing in its new OmniTouch 8400 Instant Communications Suite of products.

Mobile phone sales drop nearly 5% in Q4; up overall in '08

Mobile phone sales for 2008 showed 6 per cent growth globally, although the economic downturn led to a 4.6 per cent decline in the fourth quarter, research firm Gartner Inc. said Tuesday.

Nortel reports US$2.1B loss as revenue falls by 15 percent

Nortel Networks Monday reported a loss of US$2.1 billion for the fourth quarter on sales of US$2.72 billion, which were down 15 percent over the year earlier period.

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