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    • Emerging Technologies: Which Are Right For You David Strom Technology Editor, VAR Business Breakaway San Deigo August 2002
    • Some perspective: looking back to 1990
      • Illegal to have your own dot com domain
      • Novell was the biggest thing going in networks
      • Windows was still pretty dismal, v3
      • Unix was exclusively for geeks
      • P Cs cost $2000 for 25 MHz/200 MB hard disks
      • Email wasn’t used by anyone in your family
    • Today’s important technology questions
      • IP protocols or not?
      • Windows or Unix/Linux?
      • Where is networking going?
      • Can we ever secure our networks?
      • Are Java and XML going to be important?
      • What about web services?
      • Whither wireless?
    • IP or not IP
      • Just about every corporate network is built around IP protocols
      • But still have Netware and non-IP applications around (including mainframes)
      • Trick is for VARs to keep up with advances in IP technologies and yet maintain expertise in niche services
    • Voice over IP issues
      • Deployment
      • Do you need to upgrade your infrastructure?
      • Managing your combined VoIP/data network
      • Whether to run parallel networks for voice to obtain high enough QoS
    • Windows vs. Unix
      • Desktop is still Windows
      • Linux gaining ground in app servers
      • Unix now looked at as the new mainframe/data center OS
      • Microsoft vulnerable when it comes to stability, cross-platform apps delivery
    • Advances in networking
      • Gigabit Ethernet to desktop soon
      • Cheaper routers and firewalls
      • Everything becomes a 1U appliance (good news for VARs to integrate)
      • No one cares what your file server is running, just as long as it is running
    • Securing networks
      • Viruses will never go away
      • Viruses hoaxes now being spread
      • The hard part is securing the LAN from within (wireless, other intruders)
      • VARs that know this stuff will never lack for work
    • Web/database issues
      • Understand security weaknesses and access controls of local database users
      • Understand web/database interaction from security perspective
      • Understand proxy server attacks (ala Adrian Lamo)
      • Block them CGI scripts!
      • Who is root and what can they really do?
    • New security options
      • Applications-layer scanning tools like Web Inspect from SPIdynamics.com
      • Multi-layered IDS from OneSecure.com
      • Better email filtering and scanning tools
      • Combined anti-virus/proxy/cache tools from Cacheflow.com
    • Java and XML
      • The beginning of the whole open systems story: Apache, Sendmail ….
      • Applications will never be the same
      • Open systems have come and won’t leave corporate developers
      • Important standards for developing web-based applications
      • Java and XML have their place on servers, not on individual desktops
    • Web services
      • New breed of applications that reside partly on the Internet, partly on an enterprise’s servers, and partly on an external web browser
      • Safe, solid, and full of high profits for the right VARs
      • Look at Intuit’s web Turbotax and Quickbase as examples
    • Application server vendors
      • Oracle 9i Applications Server
      • Sun One Net
      • IBM Websphere
      • BEA Weblogic
      • Microsoft .Net
      • Various open source products
    • Issues with web services
      • Choosing the right applications server platform
      • Whether to go with J2EE or MS .Net
      • Who will own your directory of apps?
      • What kind of development environment do you need?
      • How deep do you go to integrate business processes and logic into your apps?
    • Wireless issues
      • Boon for home and SMB marketplace
      • Boon for VARs that can understand security and environmental setup issues
      • Bust for enterprises looking to keep control over their computing resources
    • Wireless LAN loopholes
      • Do you even know if they are running?
      • NetStumbler.com: good resource
      • New products like AirMagnet
      • Read this article too.
    • Wireless VPN/firewall appliances
      • BlueSocket
      • ReefEdge
      • Vernier Networks
      • Mobility from Netmotion Wireless
    • Conclusions and questions
      • David Strom
      • Technology Editor
      • VAR Business magazine
      • [email_address]
      • (516) 562-7151