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Dealing with Change

Dealing with Change The year 2009 will be a big one for unified communications, both in terms of adoption and its impact on the companies that embrace it. The convergence of voice, video, and data on enterprise IP networks will improve employee productivity. But it also leads to serious cultural transitions for the data networking and telecommunications professionals who implement and support it. SearchUnifiedCommunications.com suggests IT managers allay job security fears and break down organizational silos that impede successful implementation of the network. It recommends countering the angst by providing cross training and growth opportunities to help all evolve with the technology.

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Simple and Powerful Serial-to-Fiber
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Moxa Inc.

Simple and Powerful Serial-to-Fiber Converter The new ICF-1150 fiber converter from Moxa converts RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 to fiber optic media. It's the first in the world to offer rotary switch control of pull high/low resistors.

Moxa specializes in products that convert between industrial communication standards like RS-232/422/485, Modbus ASCII/RTU/TCP, TCP/IP, and more.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Suits Sing Different Song

Suits Sing Different Song Business professionals can get more from the iTunes store than their favorite songs. The outlet offers downloads that open access to corporate e-mail, accounting systems, customer contact lists, and more. InformationWeek says the store added a dozen software packages that provide mobile access to enterprise systems.

A Spectrum of Choices

A Spectrum of Choices The 802.11n standard may improve your wireless connectivity, but initially it will complicate your life. First you have to choose between operating in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz spectrum. LinuxPlanet looks at key factors such as performance, client devices, scale, regulatory acceptance, and RF interference to help you decide.

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Wireless Worries?

Wireless Worries? WPA (protocol used to secure wireless networks) has been hacked. Should you be concerned? This InfoWorld article advises against hysteria. A hacker must have a lot of foreknowledge to pull off an attack. Even then, the damage is likely to be limited. The WAP attack doesn't mean immediate disaster, but it's only a matter of time.

Protecting the Wireless Enterprise

Protecting the Wireless Enterprise Wireless security tries to keep seemingly mutually exclusive goals in balance. According to eWeek.com, protecting corporate data while serving a growing mobile user base poses real challenges. Success often comes down to how mobile devices connect to enterprise servers and whether data packets are encrypted and IT policy is enforced.

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Bus Couplers for
EtherNet/IP Applications

PHOENIX CONTACT Inc., USA

Bus Couplers for EtherNet/IP Applications The Inline EtherNet/IP bus coupler is only 80 mm wide and enables field communication through two RJ45 ports. This establishes the connection to the EtherNet/IP network and facilitates building a linear structure. In addition to the integrated digital inputs and outputs, the Inline EtherNet/IP bus coupler can connect up to 61 functional units. Learn more.

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Future Femtocells

Future Femtocells A recent study of femtocells — indoor 3G base stations — asserted the technology could boost network capacity by a factor of 10 and mitigate interference problems. PC World reports that, despite these advantages, the industry still must define the market and decide how femtocells will be sold, bundled, and priced.

More Muscle for Mobile?

More Muscle for Mobile? Inexpensive, highly portable netbooks promise to be just the thing for everyday Internet tasks, such as accessing e-mail and the Web. But these nascent mobile marvels still have a ways to go before they become mainstream devices. Datamation looks at the shortcomings and fixes that technology providers have to address.

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Cutting IT Costs

Cutting IT Costs Cutting spending is a time-honored and painful task. And IT departments don't have to miss all the fun. Forbes looks at three simple ways to cut expenses. These include reducing new application demand (and the support power), implementing virtualization to increase asset use, and buying energy-efficient hardware.

Use a Cannon to Kill a Bug

Use a Cannon to Kill a Bug Too often, attempts to match server hardware with computing and processing needs are out of balance, and server optimization is hit or miss. According to Processor, virtualization goes only so far. The rest requires human resources, expertise, and monitoring and optimization tools to succeed at this balancing act.

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IEEE Certification Demonstrates Your Practical Knowledge and Skills
IEEE Communications Society

IEEE Certification Demonstrates Your Practical Knowledge and Skills Applauded by industry, a new certification program to certify wireless communication engineering professionals is now available from the world's leading communications organization. Request your free Candidate's Handbook to learn more. Applications for the March/April exam window are accepted now through February 2, 2009. Apply today.

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