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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

Amazon's Fire phone is 'Prime' example of customer first

With its new Fire Phone, Amazon is primarily interested in connecting to its 250 million Amazon and Prime customers with a phone that makes it quick and easy to shop over the Web.

By Matt Hamblen | 19 June, 2014 09:38

Tags: applications, e-commerce, at&t, smartphones, software, internet, e-business, business intelligence, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Apple, consumer electronics

Predictive data, the real workhorse behind the Internet of Things

Companies are having to be pickier about which data sets they collect, process and use. It's all about having the right architecture in place.

By Nancy Gohring | 11 June, 2014 21:06

Tags: abc, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Gartner, IDC, applications, software, business intelligence

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

Firefox risks irrelevance as mobile browsing booms

Mozilla's Firefox is in danger of becoming irrelevant as more browsing originates on smartphones and tablets, statistics from Net Applications show.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 May, 2014 22:31

Tags: Firefox, net applications, Apple, Google, computerworld, internet, mobile apps

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

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