SNA Server Set Future Net Protocols For Windows

mssnasvrSNA Server 4.0 extends the product’s already broad reach even further, pairing important new protocol gateway features with innovative data and transaction integration features. In particular, SNA’s new ability to provide seamless access to mainframe transaction code will provide Windows developers with the best of both worlds. For straight terminal access, organizations that don’t want to run IP directly on their host will find SNA Server the most complete option around.

Pros: Rich 3270 and 5250 emulation services; failover and load balancing; allows host Read the rest of this entry »

Push Technology Changed It All

pushtIn the nearly two years since the first push systems landed on desktops, vendors have sold the technology to almost everyone–everyone, that is, but corporate IT.

To be sure, the concept of pushing data or applications to desktops has caught the eye of users and analysts alike. Startups such as PointCast Inc., Read the rest of this entry »

LDAP: Functional, But Never Ready For Prime Time

LDAPThe LDAP tidal wave forced vendors to adopt the standard whether they wanted to or not, galvanizing product development efforts.

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol quickly gained that power because the directory market is small and immature. No single vendor or technology had grabbed the market share and the momentum to drive the market when LDAP came along, so the standard took center stage.

In the messaging market, things are different. Yes, we have Internet standards that have a Read the rest of this entry »

Making The Most Of Network Bandwidth

nbwThe switch to gigabit ethernet and other high-speed technologies will eventually increase the bandwidth available to users, but in the meantime, network managers should look for ways to get the most out of the bandwidth they have.

One weapon in the campaign for network efficiency is IP multicasting, now moving from experiments on the Internet’s Mbone (Multicast backbone) toward commercial implementation. IP multicasting can reduce bandwidth demands when groups of users need the same data at the same time, so it’s ideal for such uses as pushing financial data, videoconferencing, Read the rest of this entry »

Remote Managers Becoming More Important To Network Managers

remsTo overcome the unique challenges of managing a remote network, network managers are using a variety of tools to help them automate data transmissions, reconfigure remote-location PCs, gain access to troublespots on the network and centrally track performance of networks that span multiple locations.

Chick-fil-A is a fast-growing restaurant chain with more than 700 outlets in the United States and Canada, all of which require remote management. With the company’s first international expansion, Read the rest of this entry »

Neglecting Skills Can Sink IT Companies

itcompAfter 20 years in systems development at Belk Department Stores Inc., Don Harris has gotten used to taking care of other people’s needs. These days, however, Harris is nurturing something other than Belk’s myriad users. He’s catering to the internal IT organization, hoping a little self-help will go a long way.

Harris, Belk’s first-ever manager of IT staff development, is now in charge of assisting the Charlotte, N.C., retailer’s IT department in taking command of its most coveted resource–its staff. His approach: taking inventory of Read the rest of this entry »