Stories by Matthew Broersma

WildPackets takes aim at 10Gig networks

WildPackets this week introduced a highly extensible data recorder for 10 Gigabit (10Gig) Ethernet networks, the latest sign that 10Gig networks are gaining wider acceptance, even among medium-sized businesses.

Microsoft releases first Open XML SDK

Microsoft has released the first finished version of the software development kit (SDK) for the Open XML Format, the default storage format for Microsoft Office 2007 and the basis for a standard that is currently awaiting publication by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Unified comms still a mystery, says study

Unified communications (UC) might be a fashionable term, but many organizations still struggle to understand the benefits of a connected, IP-based communications infrastructure, a Butler Group study has reported.

Flash drives hit by high failure rates

Laptops with flash memory-based solid state drives (SSDs) are being returned at an alarming rate because of technical failures and performance shortcomings, according to a study released this week by Avian Securities.

IBM taking 'Microsoft-free' PCs to Europe

In a move to challenge Microsoft on the desktop, IBM has teamed up with Austrian and Polish system integrators to supply the emerging Eastern European and Russian business PC markets with "Microsoft-free" systems based on Red Hat Linux and open standards-based productivity software.

Spam surge sways stock market

Last week saw the Internet's biggest-ever spam surge in a single day, and also offered a lesson on why "pump and dump" stock-market spam campaigns have become so prevalent, according to Postini.