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is the only constant. This is very true when it comes to Information
Technology. In fact, Information Technology is the most dynamic
and ever-changing space, one that is always in a state of
flux. Consider this: you have a new processor being launched
every two months, and a new operating system almost every
two years sometimes even at lesser intervals. In fact, this
industry churns up new stuff much faster than most consumers
either home or corporate can keep up with.
We at Network Magazine also believe in the power of change.
Network Magazine has been going through many revisions lately.
This month's issue of Network Magazine epitomes the changes
that have been going on here. We have a new logo, new fonts,
and a reader-friendly layout everything to give you a better
reading experience. We also have the right mix of content
case studies, interviews, technology features, market trends,
buying tips and hands-on workshops making this purposeful
reading material for both networking professionals and technology
Coming back to this month's cover story, which is on wireless
LANs (WLANs). WLANs offer many benefits over wired LANs, they
extend into places where you can't install a cable and offer
There are several competing WLAN technologies that more or
less do the same thing transmit data wirelessly in as many
different ways. This often gives rise to incompatibilities.
Of the many WLAN standards in existence, 802.11b is the most
widely accepted standard. Then there are the new upcoming
standards like 802.11a, 802.11e, 802.11g and 802.11i, each
is in a stage of being defined or ratified, much less implemented.
Our correspondents Brian Pereira and Soutiman Dasgupta report
on the various technology and market trends in the WLAN space.
So will we be seeing more wireless in Indian enterprises?
Turn to page 20 to learn what's happening now.
The server segment is perhaps the fastest growing one in the
IT industry. Sun vs IBM vs Compaq vs HP, the action on this
front is really getting hot. Each of these players is aggressively
trying to capture a larger chunk of the server market. Our
correspondent Brian Pereira goes into the trenches to investigate
a strategic viewpoint of the server market in India.
In other parts of this issue we discuss how Monsanto, the
global biotech giant, shunned the big boys of ERP for a lesser
known ERP solution and reaped rich benefits.
Finally, as we close one more issue of Network Magazine, we
would like to know what you would like to see more of in this
magazine. Do write in and tell us what you feel about the
content, the design, et al.
The focus for the December issue is Network Security
in the Enterprise. Our correspondents will get in touch
with vendors and consultant companies dealing in Security
solutions. So do write to us if your business is Security.