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IT: Where the girls aren’t

Here’s a rather troubling statistic: while women make up some 46 percent of the total workforce in the United States, only 22 percent of tech jobs are held by women. Why? The long-held belief by many Read more…

Google updates corporate search appliance

This week, Google launched three new versions of its enterprise Search Appliance product. The high-end version is the GB-8008, which can index tens of millions of pages–even 100 million pages in some cases. There’s also a GB-5005 model with a 10 million page limit and an entry level GB-1001 model for 3 million pages. Prices range from $30,000 for the GB-1001 to nearly $1 million for a maxed-out GB-8008. New in all of the appliances is the ability to search pages by date or number …

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Google Mini finds its biz search bearings

The latest version of the Google Mini search appliance doesn’t perform well for enterprises, testers found. Straightforward searches are fine and network crawling is easy, but it lacks features like data categorization, taxonomies and integration with other applications, all found in competitive appliances. It’s also not cheap and only scales to 100,000 documents before requiring an upgrade.

For more on search:
– read this eWeek article

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VC: File management


The two-week VC total is $34.8 million.

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Cisco VPNs face denial-of-service attacks

Various appliances from Cisco Systems are vulnerable to a denial-of-service flaw which could be used to crash VPN systems, private researchers found. Cisco issued advisories and said patches will be difficult to make, but they’re trying. The problem is based in the Internet Key Exchange protocol used with VPN 3000 series routers, the Adaptive Security Appliance, PIX firewall and IOS software.

For more on security:
– check out this CRN article

Symantec to exit appliance business

Symantec said it will phase out the appliances side of its IT security business. The product familes known as SGS and SNS were not doing well financially against hardware giants like Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and various specialists, so Symantec decided to focus exclusively on management software. Officials said 80 people were laid off because of this, although SGS/SNS customers will still recieve support for an unspecified timeframe.

For more on Symantec:
– check out this …

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SPOTLIGHT: Adtran, Level 3, XO to star at VON show


A variety of products and partnerships will be announced at the Spring VON 2006 show this week. All-in-one appliances, large customer wins and new wholesale services are all in the works for the popular VoIP event. Article

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EMC to unveil ultra-high-end array

EMC tomorrow will debut Symmetrix DMX-3, which was announced last summer. This version should ship by this summer with up to 1,920 high-speed drives at 300GB, or it can be configured for slower, larger drives. Data management software, updates to the lower-end Symmetrix models and the status of EMC’s virtualization appliances are also expected to be on the agenda.

For more on the storage beast:
– see this Network World

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Nortel road map stresses security

Nortel will begin a year-long rollout of new security products next month, officials said. The first product is called Secure Network Access Switch, designed as a LAN appliance to minimize endpoint security requirements. Firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention appliances, and router software upgrades are some of Nortel’s other enterprise security plans for 2006.

For more on the spec:
– see this Network World

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Decru launches Fibre, SCSI security boxes

Decru, a storage security firm owned by Network Appliance, announced new versions of its DataFort appliance series. The FC1020 is for Fibre Channel storage, specifically for large tape backups. The S115 is suited to smaller SCSI storage and backups. There’s also a new 2.5 version of the Lifetime Key Management System to help customers organize their encryption and decryption tools.

For more on the appliances:
– check out this eWeek

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