Stories by Bob Francis

  • Cisco's black eye at Black Hat

    There I was, running late to the Black Hat conference because of the weather , riding the long escalator to the third floor of Caesar's Palace in Vegas when I heard someone at the top of the stairs yell to someone behind me on the escalator.

  • Rethinking the data security box

    Computer security can be a difficult problem to get a handle on, so sometimes it takes some creative thinking. I would say it involves "thinking outside the box," but that's a little too trite and overused.

  • Security vendors respond to heightened concerns

    Recent security breaches involving universities, credit card processors, and financial institutions are making security a hot topic, and security companies are busy upgrading their product lines -- either by acquiring new product lines or upgrading current products.

  • Microsoft weighs in on VoIP

    The ramp up of VoIP continued last week as Microsoft added to the technology with new products and services. It also announced strategic alliances with Amdocs, AT&T and Sylantro Systems.

  • Cisco adds intelligence to network gear

    Cisco is embarking on a new direction as it announced Tuesday details of its first move into the messaging middleware business with its Application-Oriented Network (AON) business unit.

  • Tacit upgrades WAN acceleration line

    Tacit Networks on Tuesday added e-mail acceleration, distributed software management capabilities, network and Web services, increased performance features, and flexible product packaging options to its wide-area network (WAN) optimization products.

  • EMC, HP drive storage agendas

    EMC will let the good times roll this week while Hewlett-Packard will roll the dice as both companies hold conferences for users of their storage systems.

  • HP opens storage product floodgates

    Hewlett-Packard opened its StorageWorks conference in Las Vegas Monday with the company's largest release of new storage products and services in its history.