Stories by Steve Taylor and Jim Metzler

Beware the Jabberwock - and PPPoE

OK. Maybe the headline is overstating the case a bit, as Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) doesn't actually have "jaws that bite" and "claws that catch." Nevertheless, SOHO users of broadband services - and the enterprise managers who support these users - may be in for some unexpected confusion and surprises if they have to change their authentication method when accessing their favorite broadband provider.

Cisco gets a competitor in the enterprise

A strange event happened a few weeks ago: Juniper acquired Redline and Peribit. Why is that strange? Because this is the first time in a very long while that a viable company has openly challenged Cisco for supremacy in the enterprise WAN marketplace. The last time that happened, the company was
Cabletron, the venue was Interop in Atlanta, and the results were all in favor of Cisco.

Will the real Web services stand up?

Web services is a fascinating topic because of the intense interest that it generates and because it means different things to different audiences. To the majority of IT professionals, Web services refer to an application that is accessed via a Web browser. This definition presents a good starting point to discuss other meanings of Web services as well as the impact of Web services, however they are defined, on the WAN.