By eweek  |  Posted 2003-11-17 Print this article Print

Whats driving the interest in wireless? Is it that costs are coming down or that opportunities are on the rise?

Skaff: Id say both.

Do you think at this point that wireless is a vanilla commodity, and you can go around and shop for it without a lot of worry about interoperability issues?

Skaff: Oh, I wouldnt say that yet.

Security is still an important focus for us. I also think well start to see some Linux deployments in 2004. Were sticking with Microsoft for mail and things like that, but we are evaluating Linux for possible vertical application deployments.

OK, how about you, David. Whats going on at Lockheed Martin?

Milkovich: My day-to-day visibility and contact is with the Air Force. We do a variety of things, but primarily ... the visibility to the average Air Force member is the Air Force portal, which runs on BroadVision [Inc. portal technology].

Our program develops, deploys, maintains the whole Air Force portal. There are 1.3 million potential Air Force users, and that same portal actually has the run-time environment for all the apps that are on the portal. So its more of a true portal than just a Web site.

Is the platform defined in terms of Sun Microsystems Inc.s Solaris or Microsoft Windows?

Milkovich: No, it originally was pretty well touted as a J2EE [Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition]—If thou develop, thou shall develop Java apps. That attitude has slung to a more moderate stance that says more that if youre going to exchange data, youre going to use this XML document structure.

Whether or not youre a Java app or a .Net app, we dont really care, as long as youre abiding by these rules. We have levels of compliance, and that basically says that at the minimum level, youre just using our security layer. At the deepest level, youre fully in production in our environment and youre written as this type of application using these services.

What about you, Bob? Whats going on at the institute?

Rosen: The thing Im still interested in—and that I still havent found—is the silver heterogeneous storage bullet. Ive got [storage area networks] from a couple of different vendors, and they take different support and operate differently. It would be nice to have some software or whatever that I could use to treat storage as one, unified object. There are some vendors out there, but they dont really seem to be there yet.

How are things like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, affecting the members of this group?

Sigler: HIPAA, obviously big-time, because of our medical center campus and some of our human resources initiatives. The Patriot Act is also affecting us—not only our students, because we have students in aviation, but also because theyre really wanting to capture some information about people walking on the campus and using the computers in the computer courtyard.

Whats the resource impact?

Sigler: Its very big.

Weve had to do a much more sophisticated guest setup than ever before, and were working with our legal department now to see how long we have to keep information from guests [coming on campus].

Rosen: HIPAA obviously affects us, and some aspects of the Patriot Act because of all the foreign people we have in research here. It affects any kind of database stuff, which now has to be considered in terms of controlling access and what data can and cannot be collected.

Are you able to use existing products to deal with these issues?

Rosen: Right now, were still able to use existing products.

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