Articles by Gerald Williams 

CrossNodes Briefing: Microsoft .NET and Web Services

The emergence of Microsoft .NET applications will change the rules of information technology. In this Briefing, learn how .NET will impact your network, and what alternative choices you may wish to examine for web service-based applications. Each CrossNodes Briefing is designed to act as a reference on an individual technology, providing a knowledge base and guide to networkers in purchasing and deployment decisions.

CrossNodes Briefing: Blade Servers

IT managers in every large company and ISP know about space and energy. The multiple servers these companies support demand space, and the servers generate heat that requires air conditioning on top of with the electrical cost of running the equipment. Blade server technology could provide a solution. Each CrossNodes Briefing is designed to act as a reference on an individual technology, providing a knowledge base and guide to networkers in purchasing and deployment decisions.

CrossNodes Briefing: BIND

...one ring to BIND them. Some estimate that the Berkley Internet Name Domain (BIND) enables up to 90 percent of all Internet connections. Although the basic functionality seems simple, BIND remains a complex software program. Whether you use BIND for Domain Name Services or Load Balancing, there are a number of things to be aware of. Each CrossNodes Briefing is designed to act as a reference on an individual technology, providing a knowledge base and guide to networkers in purchasing and deployment decisions.

CrossNodes Briefing: DHCP

Using DHCP, network managers can create a flexible, self-configuring network. In this briefing, you will learn the essence of the technology, how it works, and what to look for. Each CrossNodes Briefing is designed to act as a reference on an individual technology, providing a knowledge base and guide to networkers in purchasing and deployment decisions.

CrossNodes Briefing: Framework Management

It is time for network managers to take more control, and a few software vendors are addressing the task of managing the framework. Here you will learn about this breed of products which are designed to give IT Managers an edge in the battle to stay ahead of the curve.

CrossNodes Briefing: Is Your Network Directory-Enabled?

Invoking a different paradigm for managing your network, the implementation of Directory-Enabled Networking (DEN) requires a new vision. In this technology briefing, you'll learn the concepts, jargon, and whether or not you may want to deploy it now or in the near future.

CrossNodes Briefing: Authentication

Are you who we think you are? As the defined boundaries of the corporate network dissolve to meet the demands of an increasingly mobile and distributed workforce, the weakness of simple password protection becomes obvious. Legitimate users can access the network from a variety of systems, and this makes it difficult to screen remote connections. At the same time, businesses want closer contact with customers and suppliers. Authentication provides a method of identifying legitimate users, and when combined with utilities that guard against data modification, helps protect against unauthorized accesses.

CrossNodes Briefing: Encryption Products

Any data that travels across wires or through the air is vulnerable. Depending on the value of the data and the need to protect it, network managers often elect to encrypt transmissions. Just how does this technology work, and what are the various solutions you can deploy? Each CrossNodes Briefing is designed to act as a reference on an individual technology, providing a knowledge base and guide to networkers in purchasing and deployment decisions.

CrossNodes Briefing: Policy Management

We all live by the rules, and often enough network managers are the ones chosen to enforce those rules. When it comes to maintaining who has what rights for individual files, workgroup files, those that can be accessed remotely, or what workstations individual users can work from, the amount of maintenance can be staggering -- particularly on an enterprise-sized network. This brought about a new breed of software -- policy management.We take a look at what it does, and what you need to consider in implementing policy management systems. Each CrossNodes Briefing is designed to act as a reference on an individual technology, providing a knowledge base and guide to networkers in purchasing and deployment decisions.

CrossNodes Briefing: Network Diagnostic Tools

Maintaining a network requires tools and knowledge.  Without diagnostic tools, network technicians can only guess at the answers.  In this Briefing, we examine the types of tools you need, and how to go about finding the right ones.

CrossNodes Briefing: Network Security Suites

There's a plethora of network security suites around, and each one boasts new technologies and capas on almost a weekly basis. Just what do they do, and what considerations do you need to take into account when you're deliberating on a purchase or deploying one of these creatures? Each CrossNodes Briefing is designed to act as a reference on an individual technology; providing a knowledgeable guide to networkers in purchasing and deployment decisions.

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