Mel Beckman

Mel Beckman is a senior technical editor for System iNEWS. He has built two regional Internet service providers and is currently president of Beckman Software Engineering, a technical consultancy specializing in large-scale, high-bandwidth networks. His past clients include Apple Computer, the City and County of Santa Barbara, DuPont Displays, IBM, Loral Federal Systems, United Airlines, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Department of Energy. Mel has presented seminars on computer programming and network technology throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Mel's hundreds of articles about networks and software development have appeared in e-Pro, InfoWorld, System iNEWS, Macworld, PC World, and Windows IT Pro magazines. He writes email newsletters about networking and web development that are read weekly by tens of thousands of subscribers.

Mel has received numerous writing awards, including the Excellence and Distinguished Technical Communication awards from the Society for Technical Communication. He co-authored, with Gartner research director John Enck, the book LAN to WAN Communications, which has been translated into more than six languages, including Chinese.

Mel's personal interests include playing the classical guitar, flying helicopters, and marine biology, but not all at the same time.

Articles by Mel Beckman
Exploring Software-Defined Networking
Software-defined networking (SDN) brings sanity back to IT by automating network changes and decoupling applications from the network infrastructure. This is refreshingly good!
The Essential Guide to Virtualizing Desktops and Applications - 31 Mar 2011
This Quest Essential Guide talks about these technologies and how they now enable centralized administration for convenient management, security, backup, and restoration.
The Essential Guide to Microsoft Virtualization
This essential guide, sponsored by EMC, will show you what you can do to implement a secure and agile Virtualization environment.
SSL VPN products let users securely access your network from anywhere with nothing more than a web browser and a public terminal. Here's the state of the industry.
Review: Automation Anywhere Enterprise
Automation Anywhere does just what its name suggests, offering IT pros the ability to automate a wide range of chores—but what it really delivers is the ability to simplify your job.
Blade File Transfer System 2.1 2
This file transfer solution effectively mitigates the problems of unreliable networks by restarting interrupted file transfers where they left off. However, it has a major security loophole.
Hands-On IPv6 Lab Setup 1
Build your own IPv6 lab and start preparing for the big move now.
The Connected Aquarium 1
Not willing to risk months of ecosystem setup—-and possibly the lives of its inhabitants-—Mel Beckman uses a tiny, self-contained Web server to monitor and manipulate his saltwater aquarium from anywhere in the world.
The Truth About High-Speed Modems 2
The modem wasn't such a good place to put compression after all.
ISDN and Windows NT
Mel Beckman tells you everything you ever wanted to know about ISDN, the best high-speed communications available today.
The Last Mile
ISDN can serve users until fiber is ready for prime time.
How ISDN Does It
The evolution of the telephone network.
ISDN Hardware Solutions
A list of vendors, and contact information, that offer RAS-compatible ISDN terminal adapter and routers.
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