Stories by Paul Krill

  • Broadband issues pondered

    A panel of industry dignitaries focused on issues facing the growth of broadband networks during a session here on Wednesday.

  • Sun eyes dot-com startups

    Looking to entice dot-com startups to its software and hardware, Sun Microsystems last Thursday unveiled the iForce Startup Community and an accompanying portal, intended to provide a community of software vendors, integrators, and application service providers (ASPs) that will help dot-coms get up and running.

  • Microsoft vows commitment on Win 2000

    Microsoft is pledging a firm commitment to security with measures such as equipping its upcoming Windows 2000 operating system with 128-bit encryption and interacting with users and rival vendors to detect software breaches and bugs, a high-ranking company official said in a keynote speech at the RSA Conference 2000 show here last week.

  • Caching to help speed delivery of Web pages

    Internet backbone provider Cable & Wireless is rolling out a Web-content delivery service that uses Web-caching techniques to refine page delivery processes. The company also plans to unveil a dedicated access service for ISPs.

  • Cisco's Gigabit Ethernet plan will lower costs

    Cisco Systems plans next year to enable its Catalyst switch family to support the switching of Gigabit Ethernet speeds over copper wires, enabling enterprises to improve network speeds without costly upgrades to fibre, according to Cisco. The company hopes to offer the products when copper support becomes available in a wide range of form factors next year. The initial implementation would be fixed-configuration systems. But the company plans to eventually extend copper support to more modular Gigabit Ethernet Converter interfaces for greater expandability.

  • N+I: Nortel to Boost Capabilities of its VPN Offerings

    Nortel Networks at NetWorld+Interop in Atlanta this week will improve the capability of its Contivity extranet switches to provide Internet-based virtual private network (VPN) services with hardware and software to enhance security and performance.

  • Lucent maps plans

    As chief operating officer and vice president of business operations at telecommunications equipment supplier Lucent Technologies' Business Communications Systems unit, Daniel Carroll has his hands full. This division is responsible for products such as Definity PBX systems, CentreVu customer care offerings, TransTalk wireless systems, and the Octel multimedia messaging platform. IDG's Paul Krill recently spoke with Carroll about the company's directions.

  • Panel says huge IP information nets face hurdles

    Internet Protocol (IP) networks providing voice, data, and newer applications are braced for continued enormous growth worldwide, but issues such as improved communications software and changing of business habits still need to be worked out, said telecommunications executives at the SuperComm '99 conference here on Sunday.

  • IP multicast management tool readied

    Hewlett-Packard is developing systems management software that monitors IP-based multicast data transmissions, providing status monitoring, fault isolation, and related functions.

  • Networking innovations to take centre stage

    Technologists affiliated with the Networld+Interop show in Las Vegas next week plan to demonstrate innovations in networking technology that could boost the reliability of IP tele-phony, drive down the costs of fibre links, and economise Internet connections. InteropNet Labs, a division of Networld+Interop, last month previewed technologies such as Network Energy Source (NES), which is intended to boost reliability of IP telephony by enabling network clients themselves to provide power to maintain connections in the event of a system breakdown, InteropNet officials said.