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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Wireless security, easy-to-use VPNs, and global application acceleration make headlines

Wireless security, easy-to-use VPNs, and global application acceleration top the news
Network Chemistry launches index to highlight threats in the wireless space, while F5 upgrades FirePass with-user friendly enhancements. Meanwhile, Verizon Business is backing global application acceleration with aggressive SLAs.

Rural hospital meets state regulations through VPN
Being out in the middle of nowhere doesn’t get you off the hook when it comes to complying with state regulations. Learn how one rural Illinois hospital is trying to give patients 24/7 pharmacy access through a VPN.

Lincoln takes CRM on the road with SAP mobile
With a rollout of SAP for Mobile Sales and a tablet PC deployment, Lincoln Electric transformed its sales system and processes.

RightNow acquires Salesnet for SFA
Salesnet's sales force automation will combine with RightNow's service applications to provide one on-demand CRM product, executives said.

Syska Hennessy proposes new data center performance metric
Syska Hennessy, a New York-based engineering, technology and consulting firm, has proposed a new data center performance metric that it says is more detailed than the Uptime Institute Inc.'s tier system.

Server power management tools highlighted in x86 roll outs from HP, IBM
Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM will both ship new x86 servers starting next month that feature new dual-core Intel Xeon chips, storage upgrades and power management tools.

Dell to offer AMD chips in multiprocessor servers
Dell Inc. says it will give data center managers the choice of having Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s (AMD) Opteron chips in its multiprocessor servers by the end of this year, a signal that the PC giant plans to push its server line harder into data centers.

VoIP testing software works with Tivoli
VoIP testing and reporting software from Clarus now works with IBM Tivoli, giving an overall, end-to-end view of the network and VoIP system.

OS middleware, Linux desktop high on HP's agenda
According to HP's Linux leader, middleware and the desktop adoption are the next frontiers for Linux. Find out why HP wants to have a stake in the emerging Linux desktop market.

SugarCRM CEO Roberts: On Microsoft and open source CRM
SugarCRM has taken on proprietary vendors with much success. Now CEO John Roberts believes the old guard systems are set to be surpassed permanently by open source.

SAP to extend enterprise search to Google with Argo
SAP is readying the beta release of Argo, an extension of its enterprise search capabilities in NetWeaver to various search channels, including desktop widgets, browsers and mobile devices.

Podcast: TomorrowNow CEO responds to critics of SAP ties
In a broad ranging interview, Andrew Nelson, CEO of SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow, discusses his firm's strategy as it extends support to include Siebel customer sand recent criticism from members of the Quest International User's Group.

Sapphire attendees see potential in Duet, composite applications
Attendees of this year’s Sapphire user conference are generally pleased with the direction SAP executives are steering the company. Many customers see Duet and composite applications in their future.

Personal data on 26.5 million veterans stolen
The stolen information included names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for the military veterans and some spouses.

Security Bytes: Skype dodges attackers
Meanwhile: A worm hijacks IE and spreads via Yahoo IM, Ohio University reorganizes IT department after data theft; and Symantec accuses Microsoft of misusing technology.

Novell patches eDirectory buffer overflow issue
Novell has addressed a flaw in the iMonitor component of its eDirectory LDAP directory service that could be exploited to cause a denial of service.

Clustered storage wins mainstream fans
Isilon wins California's county of San Bernardino as a customer, a change of pace from its early adopters. Analysts say it's the first sign of clustered NAS entering the mainstream.

Microsoft defines Virtual Server strategy
Microsoft's roadmap adds some dates for its hypervisor and Virtual Machine Manager.


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