Stories by Tim Greene

California city rebuilds network using open-source apps

When the city of Madera, California, needed a new voice system, it turned to open-source technology -- not just for the IP telephony but for an entire network-infrastructure overhaul and loads of other functions. All the renovations cost less than half the estimated price of deploying a commercial voice over IP VoIP system alone. This smart, budget-wise use of open source across the network wins the city a 2007 Enterprise All-Star Award.

Security vendors rally around NAP

Security vendors are clamoring to announce their products' compatibility with Microsoft's network access protection, a key security feature of Windows Server 2008.

Unified communications early adopters tout benefits

Businesses presenting their stories at last week's VoiceCon Orlando 2008 found that unified communications can increase productivity, reduce costs, speed up customer service and even do good things for the environment.