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WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

By Matt Weinberger | 22 November, 2014 01:07

Tags: WebRTC, Vidyo, applications, browsers, social, cisco, software, collaboration, Firefox, W3C, Google, Microsoft

Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

Capacity planning needs to provide answers to two questions: What are you going to need to buy in the coming year? And when are you going to need to buy it?

By Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup and Christina J. Hogan | 14 November, 2014 05:59

Tags: virtualization, services, Server Virtualization, (no company)

Cisco exec: Turnover in engineering no problem

The engineering reorganization currently underway at Cisco is intended to streamline product development and delivery to customers, Cisco says.

By Jim Duffy | 18 October, 2014 04:40

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, mobility, hardware systems, cisco, Data Center, Cisco Subnet

‘Unlawful' WiFi hotspot blocking ruling highlights academic IT headaches

Managing the wireless environment at the average college or university can be a difficult task at the best of times, and when students and staff start using personal hotspots the sort that provide wireless data access from the same -- it's not the best of times.

By Jon Gold | 08 October, 2014 03:16

Tags: WiFi, Gartner, education, Networking, fcc, wireless, industry verticals, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Incremental SDN: Automating Network Device Configuration

The definition of Software Defined Networking (SDN) continues to broaden, today including functions such as configuration automation and orchestration. While these tasks aren't strictly SDN, the fact is software is used to define some aspect of the network infrastructure in both cases, so vendors have stretched the definition of SDN to bring configuration automation and orchestration platforms into the mix. In fairness, the line gets blurry, as some modern orchestration systems use programmatic interfaces to provision the network instead of traditional configuration tools such as SSH or SNMP.

By Ethan Banks | 09 September, 2014 23:39

Tags: SDN, Networking

A common theme in identity and access management failure: lack of Active Directory optimization

From the vantage point of most people, even technical folks, Active Directory (AD) seems like it's doing pretty well. How often can you not log in when you sit down at your PC? How often do you fail to find someone in the corporate directory in Outlook? How many times have you heard of an AD outage?

By By Jonathan Sander, Strategy & Research Officer, STEALTHbits | 06 September, 2014 06:07

Tags: management, Line, Networking, access control

Meet Cobol's hard core fans

Some of the world's largest businesses say their Cobol application infrastructure, running on state-of-the-art big iron, still delivers a powerful competitive advantage. The challenge going forward will be staffing it.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 21 August, 2014 20:39

Tags: management, applications, Networking, IBM, CBS, infrastructure management, software, blue shield

Sprint's cut in data prices won't help its network woes

Sprint's new lower-priced shared data plan sounds ambitious, but analysts say it doesn't go far enough and won't address the carrier's network performance sore spot.

By Matt Hamblen | 20 August, 2014 20:20

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, wireless carriers, Networking, at&t, wireless, mobile, Verizon Wireless

IoT is here and there, but not everywhere yet

The Internet of Things is still too hard. Even some of its biggest backers say so.

By Stephen Lawson | 14 August, 2014 01:22

Tags: Cisco Systems, RacoWireless, Networking, internet, intel

A guide to the confusing Internet of Things standards world

Google recently announced a new networking protocol called Thread that aims to create a standard for communication between connected household devices.

By Colin Neagle | 22 July, 2014 05:31

Tags: Google, Internet of Things, Networking, qualcomm, intel, IoT

Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push

The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

By Matt Hamblen | 17 July, 2014 02:57

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, ios, IBM, wireless, operating systems, LANDesk, mobile, Blackberry, Apple, Google, symantec, Mobile device management, Microsoft, SAP, software

SIP global roll-out to accelerate through 2019

SIP roll-out has picked and, by 2019, SIP worldwide traffic could be more than double today's volume. While 30% of worldwide network traffic today moves with the use of SIP, in 2019 76% of outbound call traffic will be SIP.

By Eastern Management Group | 30 June, 2014 23:04

Tags: Eastern Management Group, IT management, session initiation protocol, LAN & WAN

Best Places to Work in IT: Search the archives 1994-2014

See who's made the list the last 21 years.

By Computerworld Staff | 23 June, 2014 20:04

Tags: management, Networking, IT careers, computerworld

University CIO helps boost graduation rates with analytics

Brian A. Haugabrook, interim CIO at Valdosta State University in Georgia, deployed analytics tools that enable faculty and staff to identify students who need extra help. The effort paid off with higher graduation rates.

By Mary K. Pratt | 09 June, 2014 20:36

Tags: applications, Networking, CIO role, software, IT Leadership, intel, IT management, business intelligence, management, Business Intelligence/Analytics

Sprint-T-Mobile merger questions: Will regulators OK it? And, Legere as CEO?

With reports out this week that Sprint and T-Mobile US are planning to announce a $32 billion merger this summer, two big questions linger: Would federal regulators approve the deal? And would T-Mobile CEO John Legere run the combined company?

By Matt Hamblen | 06 June, 2014 06:22

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Mobile/Wireless, wireless carriers, Networking, wireless, Hess, Department of Justice, mobile, Verizon Wireless, Softbank, Federal Communications Commission, consumer electronics, at&t, smartphones

LG's new G3 smartphone: Simpler is better

LG Electronics emphasized a simpler user experience during its unveiling of the new G3 smartphone that could prove to be a lot more than marketing noise.

By Matt Hamblen | 28 May, 2014 07:24

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, LG Electronics, Networking, Android, wireless, mobile, Verizon Wireless, galaxy, Apple, IDC, consumer electronics, at&t, smartphones

Microsoft's money pit: Surface has lost $1.2bn

Microsoft has lost more than $1.2 billion so far on its Surface tablet business, an expensive experiment that makes tomorrow's revelations of new hardware an important milestone for the "devices" side of its corporate-refashioning strategy.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 May, 2014 21:35

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, hardware systems, Windows, software, tablets, operating systems, mobile

BlackBerry is laser-focused on the enterprise with BES10

After encountering problems last year selling its newest smartphones, BlackBerry has shifted to a stronger focus on the enterprise, especially through distribution of its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 mobility management client software.

By Matt Hamblen | 09 May, 2014 04:48

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, MobileIron, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Strategy Analytics, AirWatch, Networking, IBM, wireless, Good Technology, mobile, VMware, Blackberry, Fiberlink, Mobile device management

Are your pipes too big?

A few years ago, I was involved in a consulting project with a large company in the healthcare industry that was in the middle of a data center migration. After the networks and servers were stood up at the new location they needed to migrate massive amounts of data in bulk so the company secured a pair of OC192 circuits, providing nearly 10Gbps of throughput in each direction on each circuit.

By Brian Heder | 07 May, 2014 02:32

Tags: Networking

The ABCs of the Internet of Things

You've heard the term and probably read stories about smart homes where the toaster talks to the smoke detector. But what makes it all connect? When will it become mainstream, and will it work? These frequently asked questions help explain it all.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 May, 2014 23:47

Tags: emerging technology, Networking, Internet of Things (IoT), internet

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