Stories by Julie Bort

Lync not enterprise-ready, claims Microsoft ISV-turned-rival

A gap between what Microsoft promises with Lync's telephony and what it delivers makes Lync a poor choice as an IP PBX replacement for large organizations, according to a former Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional" who now works for Avaya. A current Microsoft MVP also says that Lync in its current form is a mediocre choice for a large enterprise, but that it works well for the SMB and is really geared toward smaller businesses anyway.

Patent protection advocate seeks to halt Nortel patent sale

The leader of the Open Invention Network has put out an all-call to help it fight the pending sale of Nortel's patent portfolio to a consortium of vendors led by Apple and Microsoft. Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN, wants developers and users to step up and share their viewpoints and stories with the US Department of Justice, which is investigating the sale. The pending sale is currently under regulatory approval but the consortium hopes to close the deal in the third quarter.

How to implement IPv6 in a Windows environment: a guide

By now, you’ve heard that ARIN has (more or less) run out of IPv4 addresses and the time has come for mass migration to IPv6. If you are a Windows shop, the good news is that Microsoft has been preparing for IPv6 for years and almost all of the latest Microsoft wares support it. Some, such as Windows Server 2008 R2, depend heavily on it for certain features.

Microsoft patching: Still painful after all these years

The spring of 2011 has seen some of the largest Microsoft Patch Tuesdays ever. In April, <a href="">Microsoft</a> tied its all-time record with 17 updates that fixed 64 vulnerabilities. In June, the company issued <a href="">another biggie</a>, with 16 updates that fixed 34 vulnerabilities.

Cisco CTO Warrior: We needed better accountability

Cisco's massive user show, <a href="">Cisco</a> Live, is going on this week in Las Vegas. Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's senior vice president of engineering and CTO sat down with Cisco Subnet editor and blogger Julie Bort. They discussed Cisco's progress since Warrior took the helm as CTO, the reorganization of Cisco's engineering groups, <a href="">Catalyst</a> vs. Nexus, the so-called Cisco "tax" (its prices vs. the competition), network <a href="">virtualization</a>, Cisco's toe dipping into the brave new world of <a href="">open source</a> and the future <a href="">careers</a> of the Cisco CCIE faithful. What follows is an edited transcript of the interview. 

McAfee's website full of security holes, researcher says

The website is full of security mistakes that could lead to cross-site scripting and other attacks, researchers said in a post on the Full Disclosure site on Monday. The holes with the site were found by the YGN Ethical Hacker Group, and reported to McAfee on Feb. 10, YGN says, before they were publicly disclosed to the security/hacking mailing list.

Rackspace, Dell push OpenStack cloud OS

Rackspace will help enterprises build private clouds using the OpenStack cloud operating system, the company announced Tuesday. Meanwhile, Dell is seeking enterprises and service providers for proof-of-concept OpenStack trials with its Dell PowerEdge C family of servers.

IPv6 on home routers: FAIL

When it comes to IPv6 support, consumer home networking gear lags far behind other devices, like enterprise equipment and PC operating systems. Most devices certified as IPv6-compliant by the IPv6 Forum are full of implementation bugs, experts say.

Cheating rampant on cert tests, software compliance

Do most IT workers think it's unethical to study for a certification exam with stolen exam questions (so-called brain dumps)? Is it OK to buy used gear from an unauthorized dealer? How about new gear? What about gear falsely sporting a brand name (fake gear)? And what is the one professional area where IT professionals "cheat" the most?