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GitHub for the rest of us

There's a reason why software developers live at the leading edges of an unevenly distributed future: Their work products have always been digital artifacts, and since the dawn of networks, their work processes have been connected.

By Jon Udell | 25 February, 2015 02:07

Tags: GitHub, applications, software, collaboration software, collaboration

5 keys to successful SIP implementation

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By By Christopher Smith, VP of enterprise communications and unified communications, Level 3 | 18 February, 2015 01:39

Tags: telecommunication, voip, sip

Node.js goes pro: New opportunities -- and risks

In its mere five years of existence, Node.js has transformed from a technological curiosity to a technology stack all its own, providing a major building block for everything from microservices to APIs.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 13 February, 2015 01:53

Tags: Firefox, Node.js, Languages and standards, application development, software

Satya Nadella at one year: Grading Microsoft's CEO

Make no mistake: A year after he succeeded Steve Ballmer in the job, CEO Satya Nadella firmly controls Microsoft's fate.

By Woody Leonhard | 05 February, 2015 01:25

Tags: Microsoft, Technology Business, infoworld, business management

Debunking SSD Myths

  By now everyone is aware of the performance leap offered by solid-state drives (SSDs) compared to hard disk drives (HDDs), but some SSD myths persist. It's time to separate fact from fiction.

By By Chuck Brown, SSD business development manager, Intel | 23 January, 2015 09:25

Tags: SSD, Configuration / maintenance, Drives, storage, hardware systems, Data Center

Big names like Google dominate open-source funding

Network World's analysis of publicly listed sponsors of 36 prominent open-source non-profits and foundations reveals that the lion's share of financial support for open-source groups comes from a familiar set of names.

By Jon Gold | 10 January, 2015 02:05

Tags: suse, IBM, operating systems, Oracle, HP, Dell, Virtuali, Google, Canon, canonical, Nokia, software, Open Source Subnet, Red Hat, intel, VMware, NEC, open source, Linux, linux foundation

What Microsoft's 'fresh start' browser strategy means

Microsoft will unveil a browser not named Internet Explorer (IE) alongside Windows 10, according to an online report.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 January, 2015 04:30

Tags: Firefox, Microsoft Windows, Google, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

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, intel, internet, 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: Apple, NPD Group, Google, storage, Microsoft, internet, Hewlett-Packard, cloud storage, 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, applications, Vidyo, cisco, social, browsers, software, collaboration, Firefox, Google, W3C, 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, Docker, virtualization, 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, software, wall street journal, 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: services, virtualization, 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: applications, Google, Asana, software, mobile, collaboration, 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, Networking, education, wireless, fcc, WLANs / Wi-Fi, industry verticals

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: open source, Gartner, software, Open Source Subnet

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: Line, management, 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, cloud computing, internet, 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, IBM, Networking, infrastructure management, CBS, software, blue shield

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