Stories by Phil Hochmuth

Cisco not releasing NAC client in open source

Cisco says it is not releasing its NAC client software code to the open source community, nor does the company have plans to exit the endpoint security client business, despite a Cisco executive telling the contrary to the media earlier this month.

Cisco security gear flaws leave devices vulnerable

Bad things came in threes for Cisco security users this week, as the vendor announced vulnerabilities in three of its security hardware products that could lead to denial-of-service attacks on the devices. Meanwhile, a fourth vulnerability in Cisco's...

Ethernet inventor makes the Inventors Hall of Fame

Ethernet is right up there with magnetic resonance imaging, the LP record, air bags, and soft contact lenses. So says the National Inventors Hall of Fame, which included Bob Metcalf, inventor of the ubiquitous LAN technology, in its latest round of i...

Cisco's R&D outlook

As Cisco's chief development officer, Charles Giancarlo oversees the company's R&D direction and strategy. With the expansion into new markets and technologies -- such as consumer electronics and video -- the types of engineers Giancarlo manages at C...

Wasn't Dell supposed to dominate the LAN market by now?

Three years ago, Cisco CEO John Chambers frequently mentioned Dell as an emerging competitor. "Our next generation of competition is going to come from below," he said, citing Dell among several low-cost network companies emerging in the market at th...

Alliance pushes Ethernet to new fronts

Industry group The Ethernet Alliance is expected to launch this week, with the goal of promoting the use and development of Ethernet technology, especially in areas beyond traditional LAN applications.

VMware pushes free virtualization tool for desktops

VMware recently released tools for users who want to run desktop computers with multiple personalities. The move is to help promote the use of VMware's virtualization on desktops, while getting the brand in the heads of IT professionals who may be co...

SETI@Home project ends

Along with the Howard Stern Show, another radio endeavor involving alien life forms is going off the air this week; SETI@Home, a grid supercomputer project for detecting signs of extra terrestrial life from deep space, officially ended Dec. 15.

Linux comes to the channel, in a big way

A recent development that could result in an uptick in corporate Linux desktop adoption had nothing to do with the open source community, government rulings, or legal fillings by SCO or Microsoft.

Linux computing on the couch, from across the room

Linux PC enthusiasts may be tired of hearing about all the ways Microsoft PCs are taking over the living room. Having conquered most home offices and dens, Windows is now running such entertainment apps as MP3 players, CDs and DVDs with its XP Media ...

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