easier for online networking resources with our 50 choice
pickings from the Web. by David Chin & Ong Boon Kiat
it involves just a few mouse-clicks, surfing for online
information is a headache in itself there are too many
pickings among the good. Good search engines like Goggle
may help simplify the hunt, but it still throws up more
bad than good links.
To help narrow down your list, we've done the dirty
work of trawling the Web, and short listed 50 websites
which we think are worthy of repeated visits by CIOs/
CTOs and network managers alike.
One key criterion for our picks, besides plumbing for
sound content quality, was to choose websites that are
healthy and growing healthily. Hence, the online resources
listed below represent websites that update, trim, and
archive their pickings systematically, and have proven
reliable since its existence. In fact, all of them are
our personal bookmarks.
To cut to the chase, here are our 50 faves in no particular
order of merit (drum roll please...):
General, network management
of a larger website www.earthweb.com, this site lives
up to its name. It covers practical tips on a wide range
of topics like Internet sharing, security and troubleshooting.
There are "how to's" on the setting up of
WEP security, configuring file sharing in Windows XP,
getting applications to work across firewalls and more.
Also has good reviews, tool resources and a discussion
forum. Traffic estimate: an impressive 1.5 million page
views/ month, among them 150,000 unique.
General, network management
this site has nothing to do with storage. SANS here
stands for System Administration, Networking, and Security.
The SAN Institute is a co-operative community where
more than 96,000 network and system administrators and
security professionals share solutions on network-related
General, protocol development
is the Web front for The Internet Engineering Task Force
(IETF), a neutral body that represents a global community
of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers
that seek to drive Internet protocols and standards.
The technical development is organized into working
groups within specific areas like security, routing,
This is the official site of the 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Alliance which is pushing for standards and protocols
that will enable the adoption of higher speed Ethernet
networks, particularly in enterprise and carrier infrastructure
backbones. A comprehensive resource for all things Ethernet.
Home of the Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) standard, created
by the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA).
Wi-Fi certification ensures interoperability between equipment
(base stations, PC cards, etc.) designed according to
the IEEE 802.11 protocol. There is extensive information
of Wi-Fi technology, products, vendors and protocol updates.
If you are interested in Bluetooth, which is still trying
to keep interest levels up while waiting for deployment
levels to hit critical mass, this is the resource to
tap. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) explains
the technology, covers the news, and supports developers
for this short-range wireless technology.
This security portal is run by an international security
firm known for tracking computer hackers. Good place
to find hack news, security downloads and links. There
are also forums and a useful "how-to" link
called Fight-Back that tells you where to start and
how to counter different aspects of a security breach.
The site's tagline says it all: "Hackers know the
weaknesses in your system. Shouldn't you?"
This is a security administrator's playground. Both
free and fee-based services are available here. Fee-based
services include an attack alert service that uses a
global network of servers that help detect attack activity
and warn subscribers. A good drill down resource for
current security issues in specific areas such as Windows,
Unix, IDS, and viruses.
This one is run by a hacker. Fortunately, the website
eschews the dark side of hacking, while advocating the
open sharing of information. In addition, this is also
the birth-site of nmap, a famous (and free) security
scanning tool. It also catalogues security holes by
platform and date and compiles a real-time (and full
disclosure) exploit list.
TruSecure is a security solutions integrator that incorporates
the ICSA Labs division, a well known certification for
firewalls, antivirus and IPSec VPNs. The site also links
to Information Security Magazine, a TruSecure publication
which drills deep into current security issues, as well
as the NT Bugtraq resource for up-to-date information
on Microsoft-related security issues.
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) offers
an extensive resource of white papers and technical
information on SANs and NAS. The organization brings
together vendors, integrators, service providers, and
professionals in the storage industry in order to address
issues such as testing, standards, certification and
Representing the Fibre Channel Industry Association
(FCIA), the body consists of industry professionals
in the mass storage arena. More than an information
source, the FCIA also promotes Fibre Channel interoperability
Resources on network management are hard to come by,
so this one is a rarity. However, it's from an analyst
company dedicated to network management software and
services, meaning that much of the information is by
subscription. There is good information (free abstracts)
here on root cause and event analysis, service level
management, network performance management, and outsourcing,
One of the best online network cabling resources, this
site has links
to two additional online resources: Cabling Installation
and Maintenance Online (www.omeda.com/cim) and Lightwave
Online (lw.pennnet.com/home.cfm) for information on
fiber optics and telecommunications equipment.
on current technology for multimedia creation and streaming.
If you are interested in recorded or live Web broadcasts,
Flash movies, Synchronized Multimedia, or the latest
scalable vector animations, then this is the site to
If you are interested in CISSP certification, one of
the most prestigious of all security certifications,
this is a great online study aid to help you prepare.
A companion site to www.cissp.com.
This site is not about DSL alone, it encompasses other
broadband technologies like ISDN and leased-lines. In
terms of content, the site features an extensive collection
of technical articles, and the forums are hot you can
get a quick and relevant reply for broadband problems
and queries. A popular site, with traffic estimate of
10 million page views/month.
O'Reilly is famous for its books on networking, programming,
open source, etc. Its official website is a must-bookmark
link for anyone serious about developing on open source
and other emerging technologies such as new operating
systems and software languages. In addition to in-depth
technical information, the site hosts open development
forums. Of particular interest is linux.oreillynet.com,
which is one of the most comprehensive Linux resource
we've seen on the Web.
Metasearching is a great notion that is seldom executed
well. Most metasearch engines suffer from two ailments:
slow return of results, and inaccurate ranking of returned
Query Server is still slow, but at least it returned
accurate and smartly-ranked results. Compared to other
metasearch engines, Query Server has a relatively clean
interface. It searches from ten databases which includes
Yahoo, AOL, Northern Light and MSN.
Search engine, directory
favorite search engine has managed to keep an uncluttered
look despite recent additions of new features, like
directory listing. Blazingly quick, Google provides
a no-frills search engine that is perhaps best suited
for broad searches. Check out the directory listings
for "hacker". A potent collection of Web links
for wannabe hackers.
is an online Linux resource for information on embedded-Linux
applications. In addition to news on the topic, the
site also features polls, products and an open forum
for sharing embedded-Linux expertise.
Whether thriving or struggling, one still needs a Web
The challenge here lies in managing the variety of people
Internet endeavors, including designers, CTOs, journalists,
versed in different programming languages. Webtechniques.com
presents a well balanced resource site for education,
research and development.
A site for all things beta. For the bold and the foolhardy,
this site offers a preview of lots of yet-to-be released
Asia Pacific Network Information Centre is one of the
three Internet registries
in the world. It facilitates Internet domain allocation
services and is supported by national Internet registries
and ISPs. If you want to learn more about IP-based technologies,
visit this site for white papers and tech-guides.
Topics include IPv4, IPv6, Autonomous System number
(ASN), APNIC Whois Database objects and Reverse DNS
One for the whimsy: a tongue-in-cheek networking tutorial
covering basic LAN switching and IP issues associated
with Cisco hardware. While the content is serious, the
presentation is not. If you are into Hollywood movies,
you'll enjoy this.
Get daily-updated Asian and global networking news.
The site also features four magazine resources from
the CMP Asia stable: Asia Computer Weekly (ACW), Intelligent
Enterprise, tele.com and Network Computing Asia. Also
links to resources from parent
website www.cmp.com and associated website www.techweb.com
including the excellent 20,000 term-strong TechEncyclopedia
A fabulous encyclopedia resource for all things computing,
this website lets you search from over 2000 definitions.
Also visit its parent website www.techtarget.com, a
technology resource portal that provides focused search
on various online databases. Think of it as a technology-specific
metasearch portal. TechTarget is divided into five major
directories: platforms, networking, applications, development
and core technologies. For networking resources and
Web links, try searchnetworking.techtarget.com.
General IT resource
A good technology search engine that searches from a
mix of vendor and news websites. Particularly useful
if you are looking for resources relating to network
cabling, telecommunications and network management.
Also a good jump site to other networking resources
you ever felt clueless about infrastructure technologies
like Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), Active Directory,
Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and other cryptic acronyms,
then this is a good site to find out more. A great resource
for IT managers who want to get a hand on topics for
new project proposals.
The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) is a center of
Internet security expertise at the Software Engineering
Institute operated by Carnegie Mellon University. You'll
find information on Internet security vulnerabilities,
security advisories and incident reports.
Are you a budding network professional raring to embark
on Cisco or Microsoft Windows professional networking
courses? Then this website has plenty to offer including
certification-related articles, links, demo test papers
and related conference information.
Version Tracker lists new firmware and software releases
that are updated hourly. Almost all downloads have user
ratings and feedback so you can see if there are any
bug issues before you install a fix. There is even a
desktop update utility called TechTracker that puts
version monitoring on your desktop. There is also a
marketplace link where you can get lowest price estimates
on IT products and services.
official website of the International Telecommunication
Union (ITU) has good backgrounders on a wide range of
telecommunication technologies like UMTS, as well as
latest ITU reports and news.
The Security Administrator is a good resource for Windows
system administrators. Check out the forum pages for
discussions on current Windows-related security issues
provided by fellow experts.
Enterprise security, certification
website aimed at promoting certified information systems
security professional (CISSP) certification, it has
a useful collection of related-Web links and resources.
Chatrooms and discussion forums are also provided. There
are also links to online transcripts to popular security
books. You can also check its companion website at www.cccure.org.
must-have for system administrators, this site packs
information on a comprehensive list of legacy and new
networking and communications protocols, including ATM,
MPLS, AppleTalk, Frame Relay, DECnet, X.25, WAP, UMTS
We recommend the sites below if you are trawling for
technology news. We've also listed three major vendor
sites (Sun, Microsoft and Cisco ) because they provide
extensive, and probably authoritative coverage on their
respective solutions. Check these out:
David Chin & Ong Boon Kiat write
for Network Computing - Asian Edition. Please send your
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