Author Archive

J.B. Miles


Something phishy

Integrated application assurance provide broad security coverage of an entire appliation "stack," including Web servers, databases and Web services.

Document management system helps break immigration logjam

At the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, 2,000 to 3,000 people per day seek visas to enter the U.S.

Dealing with data deluge

More information was generated between 1999 and 2003 than otherwise was created since the beginning of mankind, declares IDC of Framingham, Mass., a high-tech research company. It's anyone's guess how much this equation has changed in the three years since then, but the trend is clear'we're flooded with new information daily.


RFID resonates

Big organizations jump on board as radio frequency ID technology matures


Turning the tide against spam

In a few short years, unsolicited bulk e-mail has blossomed from a mere nuisance into an epidemic that threatens all enterprise messaging.

Please, no Swiss Army Knife clich's

Consolidation. It's a popular architecture strategy touted by government IT shops

The virtues of NAS

Protecting the safety and integrity of data while guaranteeing its timely availability to users is one of the key challenges faced by government IT administrators today.

Switch to the Future

Ethernet has surpassed all other networking technologies in speed, scalability and ease of implementation.

Taking stock of tablet PCs

If you want the best of what a modern subcompact notebook PC has to offer, along with a host of additional benefits such as handwriting recognition, voice recognition, full wireless capability and even more portability, you may want to take another look at tablet PCs.

In living color

Whether you're the only one in your department cranking out volumes of documents, or you share a printer with a small group, it's time to take a serious look at color laser printers.

Banish those desktop PCs?

When is a desktop computer not a desktop computer?

Best of both worlds

The best thing about migrating to 64-bit computing might be that you don't have to do it in one great leap.

Speed where you need it

When I last wrote a Buyers Guide on Super PCs, I set these parameters:

Reliable type

Printers have come a long way since the days when lumbering impact printers attached to mainframes and standalone PCs pumped out ASCII text symbols on reams of paper that jammed almost as often as they ran freely.

Less is more

If your computing workload consists mainly of word processing, with a daily dose of Web surfing or e-mail checks, the 15- or 17-inch LCD monitor that comes bundled with many PCs might be all you'll ever need.

Up to speed

Last year, I predicted that this would be a good year for 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch and router manufacturers because of the growing demand for high-bandwidth connections in enterprise networks.

Ready for a video cam close-up

There's a lot to like about digital video cameras, beginning with ease of use and the overall quality of their images.

64-bit processors: A new bit for the network

The 64-bit processors from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., could alter the landscape of high-performance computing.AMD introduced its 32/64-bit Opteron processor in the spring of 2003 as an implementation of the x86 instruction set with a 64-bit memory space. All versions of the Opteron let you run 32- and 64-bit applications and operating systems simultaneously, without sacrificing performance.

Storage at the next level

<b>The SMI-S standard, expected to be approved by June, will put teeth into SAN management</b> The Storage Networking Industry Association is working overtime to sell its Storage Management Initiative Specification to vendors, application developers and users of storage management solutions.

A cut above

Blade servers have come on like gangbusters in the last year, for two good reasons'they can save you space and money. According to a report from International Data Corp. of Framingham, Mass., blade servers make up fastest-growing server market segment, expanding 763 percent from year-to-year. It estimates that blades will account for more than one quarter of the total server market by 2007.