Stories by Phil Hochmuth

  • Cisco's Chambers lectures on China

    Cisco CEO John Chambers described the need for his firm to develop the network market in China and the company's strategy on acquisitions at a lecture at MIT's campus.

  • 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 Center Edition, complete with a PC-friendly remote control that's similar to a cable TV or home electronics controller. But Linux can also play in the home entertainment arena, with help from a package called Linux Infrared Remote Control.

  • IP PBX maker to launch wireless phone

    Zultys Technologies is expected to announce a wireless IP phone aimed at users of the company's SIP-based IP PBX and other gear based on the VoIP standard later this week.

  • Cisco speaks apps language

    Cisco for years has talked about moving "up the stack" - taking on more application-based network roles instead of just moving packets at Layers 2 and 3. The recent launch of Cisco's Application-Oriented Network (AON) business unit is the latest move in this direction, with the introduction of hardware and software that can read XML message traffic and route whole messages instead of just packets. But instead of buying its way into the XML market, Cisco has hired Taf Anthias, a 32-year IBM veteran and former head of its MQ messaging group, to lead the internal development of XML and message-based switching technology. Anthias serves as vice president of Cisco's AON business unit, and he spoke with Network World Senior Editor Phil Hochmuth about the vendor's latest data center initiative.

  • SCO vs. IBM update: Evidence due at year-end

    The shortest day of the year (assuming you live in the Northern Hemisphere) could end up being a long one for SCO and IBM lawyers. A judge last week said that both companies have until Dec. 22, 2005, to present their respective evidence "with specificity" in the patent infringement case SCO has against IBM.

  • Foundry announces fast, low cost gear for MANs

    Foundry, at Supercomm this week, unveiled new carrier network edge and core routers aimed at undercutting Cisco and Juniper on price, while offering more speed and flexibility for metro Ethernet deployments than the two market-leading competitors.

  • Avaya CEO on VOIP issues

    Avaya was borne out of AT&T/Lucent's legacy. But since its 2000 launch, the enterprise telephony vendor has tried to recast itself as an enterprise applications company, with a focus on voice. Recent moves include the migration of Avaya's legacy PBX to a Linux-based server application, and the introduction of an application server for partners and users to develop VOIP-integrated software such as applications that integrate VOIP and messaging with ERP software, Web sites or portals. Avaya CEO Donald Peterson recently discussed the company's evolution, as well as current trends in the enterprise VOIP market, with Network World Senior Editor Phil Hochmuth.