News Briefs – MLS Allstream

MTS Allstream said it is preparing its multi-protocol label-switching network for next-generation Internet protocol services by deploying Cisco Systems Inc.'s Carrier Routing System.The carrier is about to begin the first of a three-phase

Published on: March 6th, 2006 CN Staff

Branch offices, IP, mobile handsets drive demand for IPAM appliances

As companies add IP phones, wireless access points and other non-computing devices to their networks, a Canadian equipment manufacturer is trying to displace Lucent Technologies as the IP address management (IPAM) vendor of

Published on: March 6th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Keyboard-video-mouse switch makers ship gear with remote administration, capability to reboot at the BIOS level

Keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switches were originally intended to reduce the number of monitors cluttering the network managers' work spaces, but equipment manufacturers have recently added new capabilities, including remote control and environmental monitoring.Avocent Corp.,

Published on: March 6th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Group investigates uses for photonics across industries

The Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations (CIPI) has launched a new program to bring together photonics companies, those in other industries and university researchers.The Innovative Photonic Applications (IPA) program is designed to identify

Published on: March 6th, 2006 Grant Buckler

College gets 1 Gbps between locations using Ethernet over a fibre optic link

Then the college installed a high-speed connection using the optical fibre network of Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. The connection is Ethernet from end to end, so the two campuses look like they are

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Grant Buckler

Wide-area Ethernet said to be easier to use, cheaper than traditional technologies

A quarter century after Robert Metcalfe developed it as a local-area network protocol, Ethernet's reach is still getting wider.Richard Mahony, senior analyst at research firm Ovum in London, projects the market for wide-area

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Grant Buckler

CRTC telecom competition report notes role of strong wireless carriers

For the fifth and final year, the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission has reported on the status of competition in Canadian telecommunications markets. But despite the end of its legislative obligation, the CRTC

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Elisabeth Ostiguy

You want to have it but do you need it?

Internet Protocol (IP) networks have brought dramatic changes in video conferencing. IP connections are replacing the traditional Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) connections, making video conferencing easier and more reliable and allowing almost

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Grant Buckler

Cisco ANS designed to make software work faster over a wide-area network

ANS encompasses product groups that have been previously announced, including wide-area network application engine (WAE), but is also part of Cisco’s Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA), which the vendor describes as a “framework” that

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Battle for control over Web being fought on several fronts

The recent attempt by some countries to place control of the Internet under the United Nations achieved very little success. This result could be viewed as a victory by those who fear a

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Ron Scott

The converging office

In the Winnipeg offices of the Teachers Retirement Allowance Fund, there are no photocopiers. “They’re all multi-function printers spread out across the floor,” says Les Brown, the fund’s vice-president of information services. The

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Grant Buckler

Media Frenzy

Edge: What are you working on these days? FOSTER: My day job is to help manage our practice that deals with technology, media and telecommunications companies. They really are in so many different

Published on: January 10th, 2006 Martin Slofstra

MTS Allstream cuts jobs, shakes up product portfolio

MTS Allstream said it would lay off hundreds of employees and refine its IP product portfolio in the second phase of its effort to increase its enterprise business.The company cited declining revenue and

Published on: December 20th, 2005 Shane Schick

Engineering consulting firm replaces stand-alone file servers with WAFS

Employees in different locations often work on the same project or proposal, and need to access the same files. But with a network of 450,000 files and 300 GB of storage, trading files

Published on: December 12th, 2005 Vawn Himmelsbach