Stories by David Newman

  • Force10 S4810 data center switch

    High port density, high throughput, and very low latency are bedrock requirements in the data center, and Force10's new S4810 top-of-rack switch delivers on all three counts.

  • NASs for the masses

    Either because server disks are full or because virtualization is a natural growth path, organizations large and small are moving toward shared storage. For large enterprises, high-capacity storage-area networks make sense, but what about small or mid-sized enterprises new to shared storage?

  • Still early in the game for unified communications

    Unified communications offers the potential for anywhere, anytime connectivity between employees and the enterprise. But as the InteropLabs hotstage team found in piecing together more than a dozen commercial and open-source voice, data and messaging platforms, the technology is still at a relatively early stage, and today represents more promise than practice.

  • Sun enters content switch market

    Sun has entered the crowded content-switching market with a novel twist: Its Sun Secure Application Switch N2120V lets users define multiple switching and routing domains on a single box.

  • Cisco switch aces performance tests

    In an exclusive IDG test, Cisco's Catalyst 4948-10GE delivered record low latency and line-rate throughput. Coupled with innovative security mechanisms and an extensive list of switching and routing features, this switch is outstanding.

  • Cisco's Catalyst 6500 raises the stakes

    Cisco Systems might be a relative latecomer to 10G Ethernet switching, but it's hardly playing catch-up. Our exclusive lab tests show that new line cards and management modules for Cisco's Catalyst 6500 switches push the performance envelope in a number of ways:

  • PKI: Build, buy or bust?

    Imagine a technology that authenticates virtually any transaction, enables e-commerce applications and is available to any user, anywhere. Now imagine a technology that can lead to fraud, is expensive to implement and requires serious retooling of enterprise hardware and software to be effective. Which one would you pick?