Stories by Tim Greene

IBM exec: Bad economy could be good for UC

The economy is driving business changes that unified communications can help address -- which means that end users might finally start using the collaboration tools that have been deployed in corporate networks for years, an IBM executive told VoiceCon San Francisco 2008 attendees Wednesday.

Avaya names Kevin Kennedy new CEO

Avaya has named a new president and CEO: Kevin Kennedy, currently the CEO of JDS Uniphase, makers of optical communications hardware.

Avaya CEO talks app server, economic opportunities

Interim Avaya CEO Charles Giancarlo is winding down his tenure at the helm as the company narrows down a permanent replacement for former CEO Lou D'Ambrosio, who stepped down earlier this year for health reasons.

McAfee looks to security in virtual environments

McAfee is hunkering down to integrate the security technologies it has bought over the past several months into its varied line of security software and appliances. Two trends in the company's activities are developing parallel products for deployment as software on endpoints and as network-based appliances. This week, for instance, the company is announcing that NAC software can be installed on its IntruShield IPS appliance to give customers the option of enforcing NAC policies in the network, not just on the endpoint. The company is bringing management of these platforms under control of its ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) in an effort to centralize control of network security. Network World Senior Editor Tim Greene spoke with McAfee CEO Dave DeWalt about these efforts as well as other issues facing the company.

Harvard takes slow approach to IP call-center integration

Call it the Harvard University Tower of Babel. That might be the most descriptive way to look at the institution's network of networks that consists of 10 academic units with independent CIOs and staff who build and take care of their own environments, yet all rely on a centralized call-center infrastructure to serve users.