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From M2M to IoT: Old industries have to learn new tricks

The Internet of Things may be a new idea, but machines talking to other machines is not.

By Stephen Lawson | 19 December, 2014 06:13

Tags: Kore Telematics, Cisco Systems, Networking, internet, intel, Waterstone Management Group

How Apple could exploit a forever-free iCloud

While Google and Microsoft are using large amounts of free cloud storage to sell inexpensive consumer notebooks, Apple has stood above the fray.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 November, 2014 12:43

Tags: NPD Group, Apple, Google, Microsoft, storage, internet, cloud storage, Hewlett-Packard, HP

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

Contain yourself: The layman's guide to Docker

Welcome to the age of containerization, where an ecosystem led by startup Docker is leading IT organizations to ineffable peaks of efficiency, helping them scale their workloads ever-higher, and probably baking them a nice cake to boot (it's my birthday, I have cake on the brain, sue me). Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services are all tripping over themselves to make sure prospective customers know that their  clouds are the place to be if you want to get the most from Docker.

By Matt Weinberger | 21 November, 2014 22:31

Tags: Amazon Web Services, virtualization, Docker, Google, Microsoft

Evernote's quest to change the world through productivity software

In early October, Evernote CEO Phil Libin debuted new features designed to make the immensely popular note-taking software friendlier to the enterprise: Work Chat, Context and presentation mode.

By Matt Weinberger | 19 November, 2014 04:00

Tags: Evernote, applications, wall street journal, software, collaboration

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)

4 startups that are changing productivity

By now, you've likely heard about Inbox, Google's bold new plan to reinvent email with a smarter, more context-sensitive interface that treats messaging like just another to-do list.

By Matt Weinberger | 25 October, 2014 05:30

Tags: Google, applications, Asana, software, collaboration, mobile, Facebook

‘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

Debunking the top open source myths

Today many IT executives choose open source over proprietary software for everything from cloud computing to facilitating teamwork among remote workers. Open source increases security and privacy, encourages an engaged community and offers the ability to "look under the hood" to diagnose and resolve issues quickly.

By Rob Howard | 06 September, 2014 06:44

Tags: Gartner, open source, Open Source Subnet, software

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

VMWorld 2014: Winners and Losers

VMWorld 2014 was a whirlwind. The conference last week attracted 22,000 attendees, more than 250 exhibitors and spread across all three buildings of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco over a five-day period.

By Brandon Butler | 03 September, 2014 07:02

Tags: virtualization, VMworld 2014, internet, cloud computing, VMware

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

Cloud BI: Going where the data lives

Historically, cloud BI has been mostly used by smaller businesses, but larger enterprises are starting to make the trek.

By Nancy Gohring | 20 August, 2014 20:48

Tags: analytics, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Gartner, applications, software, internet, cloud computing, business intelligence

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

15 technologies changing how developers work

A long time ago, developers wrote assembly code that ran fast and light. On good days, they had enough money in their budget to hire someone to toggle all those switches on the front of the machine to input their code. On bad days, they flipped the switches themselves. Life was simple: The software loaded data from memory, did some arithmetic, and sent it back. That was all.

By Peter Wayner | 11 August, 2014 23:51

Tags: Development tools, application development, software

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

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

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