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ATM Networks Were Killer Apps For Their Time

atmnwAfter about three years of being sold on the idea of ATM networking, we’re still waiting for it to arrive in earnest. The myth of what ATM will do eclipses the reality of what ATM is currently capable of doing.

Asynchronous transfer mode hardware still doesn’t support voice traffic, so the goal of data/voice network integration remains in the distance. And though MPEG has been emerging as a standard video- transmission format, the H.320 and JPEG video standards are still unsupported.

Scalability in network size is also not really available, outside of a choice between 155M-byte OC-3 and 100M-byte TAXI (Transparent Asynchronous Transceiver Interface). Investing in large-scale ATM switches is not practical until all of the ATM standards have stabilized.

There have been quite a few announcements of WAN-capable ATM switches, but vendors are waiting for ATM to become more …

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Reasons to Hire a Professional to Fix A Broken Hard Drive

Happy technician working on tablet pc beside servers in data centerIt is definitely bad news if your hard drive broke because you were investigating why the disk was failing in the first place. This is why instead of attempting to fix a broken hard drive, it is much better to hire a professional to look into it. Although fixing your hard drive can be really costly, you will at least be able to ensure that the problem is provided with a sure-fire solution. You will not also end up buying a new drive, especially if you find out that it was just a simple problem made worse by attempting to resolve the issue without consulting an expert. If you are going to hire a professional for the job, you can be sure that you will spend less time trying to figure out where the problem lies. Experts already know how …

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Outside Project Managers Can Turbocharge Collaboration

tbccbYou know the old saying, “love is blind.” But the truth is that couples who don’t establish clear roles are headed for a wake-up call reminiscent of the infamous Al and Peg Bundy of the “Married with Children” sitcom. Al’s lack of physical and fiscal prowess is a constant frustration to his wife, while Peg’s irresponsible spending and refusal to play homemaker leave him cold.

The Bundys could have used a matchmaker.

What’s this have to do with client/server development? Everything. When building enterprise systems, either partner — the users or the developers — can easily be seduced by vague promises of increased productivity only to be crushed when reality settles in.

That’s where a matchmaker, or outside project manager, can play a role. It’s that person’s job to take a cold, hard look at the lovebirds and make sure …

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Unix On Windows Action: It’s Real, Man

unixMany help-desk technicians and system administrators live in a dizzy limbo between two operating systems — Unix and DOS/Windows. Not only do they have two software environments to master, but they also have a Unix workstation and a PC to juggle over limited desk space.

From the software standpoint, Unix users often crave the less-expensive productivity software available for PCs. Running such DOS and Windows applications remotely might seem to be a good solution, but the ability to control PCs is not built into Unix.

Triton Technologies Inc. and UniPress Software Inc. have joined forces to bring a new solution to the fore — CoSession/PC2X. A recent addition to the CoSession family of remote-control products, CoSession/PC2X allows Unix users to control a PC from their workstation. The result is a streamlined work space and fewer dollars spent on PC software …

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Disaster Recovery Can Be A Breeze

datdtrTo most corporate systems administrators, disaster can be spelled many ways: fire, flood, hurricane, espionage, and human error, for instance.

To prepare for such events, managers are turning to a variety of disaster-recovery solutions, ranging from contracting a hot site to the real-time transmission of data to a remote site.

In a typical disaster-recovery scenario, systems operations move to a contracted hot site using data restored from backup tapes. But what if the data on those tapes is a week or even a day old? Newer, crucial information may be lost.

Information managers with time-sensitive data are finding that new solutions, such as electronic vaulting and server mirroring, can provide the missing link in a disaster-recovery situation.

At Transamerica Life Companies, in Los Angeles, for example, Rimage Corp.’s Televaulting service is used to back up changed and new files from …

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