Stories by Brian Fonseca

CA WORLD - ICan looks to ignite IT department value

Can internal corporate IT departments successfully transition into service provider profit centers? The answer is yes, according to Computer Associates (CA) officials, who say the software giant intends to use its service management startup iCan as the vehicle to drive that effort.

Sun and Nortel accelerate Web services push

Introducing a set of offerings built to remove Web services deployment and infrastructure hurdles for enterprises and Web hosters, Sun Microsystems and Nortel Networks launched their co-developed Rapid Start Web Solutions on Wednesday.

IDS tools get more selective

Hoping to provide a respite to security administrators exhausted from intrusion detection systems (IDSes) that "cry wolf," security vendors are restructuring the way in which their products identify attacks. In another emerging trend, scaling IDS solutions so they can be offered as a managed service is also gaining momentum.

Security research centre attacked

Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team/Coordination Center (CERT), a federally-funded centre for security development and research, and publisher of security newsletters and alerts, is warning visitors to its Web site of potential delays in the wake of an ongoing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

Loudcloud makes MSP bid for enterprise-class customers

Looking to increase its appeal to enterprise-class users, Internet infrastructure provider Loudcloud Inc. last week announced an upgrade to its flagship Opsware technology and introduced a multiarchitecture data-exchange service called Smart Cloud.

Loudcloud introduces Opsware 2i

Loudcloud Inc. assembled partners and customers in New York on Tuesday to offer a glimpse of the Internet infrastructure provider's upgraded Opsware technology and new multiarchitecture, data-exchange Smart Cloud service.

Baltimore manages certificates for service providers

Baltimore Technologies PLC announced Monday at the RSA Conference 2001 here that it will help service providers more easily deploy and operate a PKI (public key infrastructure) through the launch of UniCert Certificate Deployment Service (CDS).

VeriSign touts trust services

Laying the groundwork for its mission to move security complexity from applications to system infrastructure, VeriSign Inc. made a host of announcements at RSA Conference 2001 on Tuesday, including the launch of its next-generation Internet trust services.

CA bridges wireless management gap

Joined by a host of new wireless partners, Computer Associates (CA) introduced its new Mobile eBusiness Initiative Thursday at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany.

IBM, Microsoft bolster ASP efforts

IBM and Microsoft extended credibility to the troubled ASP (application service provider) market last week with ASP development programs and brand-name assurances intended to inject new life into the ASP phenomenon, analysts said.

Pioneers push app distribution alternatives

The demands for improving the speed, performance, and availability of e-business transactions on the Web often run in direct opposition to the Internet's heavy-footed application distribution limitations.

Check Point 12 VPNs

If the expansion and increased complexity of VPN remote activity is giving blurry-eyed network administrators a headache, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has a possible cure.

Alleged Anna Kournikova worm author steps forward

The alleged creator of the Anna Kournikova worm said Monday's moderately fast-spreading program was never intended for malicious purposes and that users caught red-handed by its e-mail launching payload should accept personal blame for the trouble it has caused.