Stories by Matt Hamblen

Cisco data center chief steps down

Cisco Systems's senior official in charge of data center, switching and services is leaving after 15 years at the networking company to pursue other opportunities.

INTEROP - Customers talk up videoconferencing benefits

Videoconferencing can be used to slash business travel -- an important consideration as the economy sours and travel costs soar, customers said at Interop this week.

INTEROP - Vendors vie for Green IT appeal

Green IT was a major theme at Interop this week, as vendors outbid one another on how well their networking gear could lower power consumption to help save the planet.

INTEROP - Faster Wi-Fi raises concerns for some users

Higher-speed Wi-Fi in the form of 802.11n access points and related hardware began rolling out in earnest in the first quarter of this year and the next-generation technology became an important topic at the Interop trade show this week.

Schools adopt emergency communications post-Virginia Tech tragedy

The deadly shootings of 32 people by a lone gunman at Virginia Tech one year ago galvanized college campuses nationwide, leading to a surge in new mass emergency communications purchases -- especially wireless text messaging technologies.

Extreme launches Widget Central for building networking apps

Extreme Networks announced free online access yesterday to a new set of development tools called Widget Central as well as a new SDK (Software Development Kit) for ExtremeXOS, the operating system for Extreme's LAN switches.

Cisco unveils two low-end wireless routers

Cisco Systems Thursday unveiled several devices for branch office and small office customers, including two low-cost Integrated Services Routers that will work with 802.11n wireless networks.

Nokia 'Tube' seen as iPhone challenger

Nokia has begun publicly discussing what some are calling the mobile phone maker's biggest product response yet to the Apple iPhone -- a device with the code-name "Tube".

Cisco switch consolidates functions in the data center

Cisco Systems announced the Nexus 5000 series of server access switches this week for use in data centers to consolidate storage, networking and virtualization functions.

Got wireless (IT skills)?

IT skills related to wireless technology will increase the most in importance in the next five years, according to a survey of more than 3,500 IT managers in 14 countries.

CTIA - Mobile video getting bigger everyday

The continued growth of video content and video advertising on wireless devices is a popular theme at CTIA Wireless 2008 this week.

Qualcomm's new Gobi: A WiMax and Wi-Fi killer?

Qualcomm's Gobi, an embedded laptop module allowing for wide-area wireless connectivity, is poised to upset the apple cart, offering alternatives to Wi-Fi and even emerging WiMax.

OMG! Txt msging soars

While mobile TV and other emerging technologies attract big headlines, one of the biggest success stories for wireless service providers is text messaging.

Microsoft unveils enhancements to Windows Mobile

Microsoft Tuesday announced improvements to Windows Mobile, including a plan to add desktop-browsing quality seen in Internet Explorer for new smartphones by the end of the year.

A closer look at Sprint's pursuit of cable for WiMax

Sprint Nextel is pushing a Monday deadline for a WiMax joint venture with major cable companies and others, a person familiar with the discussions said.