Networks are moving closer to a world in which the equipment that moves wavelengths can talk to the boxes that route packets, switch circuits and create services - even if it all comes from different vendors.
At Networld+Interop earlier this month-where the shiny cars in the Mercedes-Benz booth lured attendees away from real technology and attracted far more attention than they should have-I met with a couple of vendors who do their darnedest to brin
I can live with long cab lines in 99-degree heat. I can manage making the interminable walk from the 100s of the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall to the 8800s of its South Hall in less than 10 minutes.
For some high-tech workers, it is certainly the worst of times. Companies that have recently cut jobs include 3Com, Cisco Systems, Dell Computer, Exodus Communications, Intel - the list goes on and on.
As chief information officer of The Men's Wearhouse, Jeff Marshall manages the IT operations for 600 brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S. and Canada, and is also in charge of the company's Web initiatives.
Just two weeks after Microsoft exec Craig Mundie blasted open source operating systems as bad for business, the Transaction Processing Performance Council - which does benchmark testing - said IBM's upcoming DB2 7.2 database release, which runs