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  • U.S. to Probe NTT Acquisition of Verio

    The U.S. Government is to probe the proposed acquisition by Japan's NTT Communications Corp. of U.S. Internet hosting and service provider Verio Inc. under legislation usually implemented because of national security concerns, NTT said Monday.

  • Incubator Hatchling

    Without the resources to get goods and services to market, even the most innovative startups can miss the boat.

  • Can Sun Navigate Tricky Java Politics?

    Consider this scenario: A powerful platform provider seeks to block out competitors by controlling key software APIs. With nasty public spats, it draws the ire of other IT vendors and users, who lobby for more standards and less proprietary technology. This scenario may sound eerily familiar to critics of Microsoft Corp., but this time I'm talking about Sun Microsystems Inc. and the development of Java.

  • The Dell PowerEdge 8450 is Good Value for Money

    Are Intel Corp.-based servers that sport eight CPUs worth the money?

  • How We Did Eight-Way Server Scalability

    Our testbed comprised 10 clients each with minimum configuration of two Pentium II processors running at 400 MHz, and 128M bytes of RAM. The largest client machine had four 400-MHz Pentium III processors and 1G byte of RAM. Each client had one 100M bits/sec Ethernet network interface card for connection to the Fast Ethernet test network. The eight-way server we used for testing was a Dell Computer Corp. PowerEdge 8450 model with eight, 550-MHz Pentium III Xeon processors with 512K bytes of Layer 2 cache and 2G bytes of RAM. The server was connected to a PowerVault RAID array enclosure that housed eight hot swappable 9.1G byte 10K rpm Ultra2 SCSI hard drives. The server had room for two hard drives, and we used one drive for Windows NT and the other for Windows 2000.

  • Self-service SAN

    Storage-area network vendors make progress toward solving interoperability woes, but analysts caution do-it-your-selfers to consider the turnkey approach.

  • Patently Unfair?

    Does anybody own the Web and e-commerce? A growing number of companies and individuals say they do, claiming patent rights to such things as hyperlinks, online auction procedures and even Web-based access to databases.

  • Bill Would Force DOE to Take Stock

    The US Congress has demanded an inventory of all documents and devices throughout the U.S. Department of Energy that contain restricted or classified data in a new bill aimed at taking what one lawmaker called a "reasonable and valid approach to correcting DOE's irresponsible security policies."

  • New Standards Orbit

    Consider the modern database: sleek, efficient, and able to retrieve records in the blink of an eye. Data representation, management, and storage have risen to heights we dared not dream of only 10 years ago. But ironically, despite these achievements, the hippest, most cutting-edge data management technology today is (drumroll, please ...) delimited text.

  • Taxing time on the information freeway: The GST axe is chopping into the Internet's famous ability to route around damage.

    The new impost is doing more than creating pockets of pain in the e-commerce community. It is eating away at the Internet's fragile status as a semiprotected species in a tax-intensive world.

  • Network Startup King Expands His Realm

    When it comes to building network infrastructure companies, Wu-Fu Chen has the golden touch. He's founded or co-founded companies such as Cascade Communications, Arris Networks and Shasta Networks Inc. and sold them to the likes of Cisco Systems Inc. and Nortel Networks Corp. for millions or even billions of dollars. Now he's helping to run four network startups, largely involved with supplying carriers looking to offer next-generation services for enterprise network customers. He met recently with Network World Senior Editor Tim Greene to talk about Santera, a new company building high-density voice and data switches for carriers, and the future of public networks.

  • The Amazon Question

    To understand how polarizing the debate over Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has become, consider the difference of opinion at Lehman Brothers.

  • Secrets of Successful Networking

    Networking can offer tremendous opportunities for job hunters -- if done properly. Meeting people, letting them see your face, and hearing what they have to say can often be a tremendous advantage when looking for a career. Jobtrak Corp. offers an online job-listing service for students and alumni of top universities. Ken Ramberg, the company's co-founder, provides the following tips for successful networking.

  • The Privacy Debate

    Do you think you should have the right to see the data that companies keep about you? If you answer yes, you're among the overwhelming majority of Americans, according to surveys.

  • Online Health Care Contends with Fraud

    Online pharmacies are looking for a prescription for trust. By policing themselves, these health care retailers hope they can convince more customers to feel confident about buying drugs online and assuage regulators' growing concerns.

  • Basically Programming Apps Visually

    All right! Gearhead just received a killer question: "What exactly is VBA?"

  • Search Engines Can Take On Complex Functions

    How many search engines do you use? If you're like Paul Gellman, MIS director at Markon Pen and Pencil Inc., a Mineola, New York-based advertising specialty supplier, you use a few to find the inventory you want to buy, a few more to find where to unload excess inventory and a whole lot more for just surfing the Web and finding that perfect low-priced airline fare.

  • IT training available to AIM members

    The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Victoria's members will have access to IT training from Interim Technology, following a strategic alliance between the two companies.

  • A Look at Eight-Way Server Scalability

    Intel Corp.-based servers that sport eight CPUs worth the money? These souped up boxes have been pitched by their makers as offering great gains in performance in the enterprise server market, but historically the scalability of these eight-way machines has been less than stellar. Older eight-way architectures saw only a 30 percent to 60 percent increase in performance, but costs were running about three times as high as users moved up from four-way machines.

  • Knowledge Management Mistakes

    Knowledge is power, especially in the Internet age. That's why companies are trying to figure out precisely what their customers want and how to get it to them before the competition does. Whatever you call it - collaboration, decision support, knowledge management or something else - it's the bedrock that's supporting today's corporate strategies.