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With data analytics, no more Pontiac Azteks

In their introduction to Arc 2.1: Exit Strategies, "Escaping reality," editors Simon Ings and Sumit Paul-Choudhury tell us that "ninety-six percent of the cosmos is ineffable" -- incapable of being expressed or described in words. In addition to reminding us of the widely accepted scientific fact that 96% of our universe is made up by yet-to-be-explained dark matter and dark energy, their point -- I think -- is that it is in our imagination (our ability to make stuff up) that the future lies.

By Thornton May | 21 April, 2015 03:52

Tags: data analytics, virtualization, General Motors Corp, Dispatch Printing Co.

Microsoft Outlook Calendar Corruption, Lost Meetings, Duplicate Appointments - April/2015 Update

Over the past 5-yrs, organizations have complained about Microsoft Outlook calendaring problems where users describe issues of calendar appointments not showing up, meeting appointments disappearing, calendar delegate issues occurring, just overall "odd" behavior of calendars. It usually happens in mixed environments where some users are Apple Mac users, and some users (frequently the exec admin / delegate) running Windows, and typically active use of iPhones, iPads, Android, or other mobile devices and tablets. And over the past 5-yrs, I have actively blogged about the problem and the solution to FIX the calendaring inconsistencies.

By Rand Morimoto | 02 April, 2015 00:21

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Subnet, applications, Microsoft, content management, software

Web browsers are also to blame for Lenovo's Superfish fiasco

Lenovo pre-installing Superfish software was a security disaster. Whether Lenovo was evil, or, as they eventually claimed, merely incompetent, it's hard to trust them going forward. If nothing else, their initial denials that anything was wrong, leave a lasting impression. Of course, Superfish, along with the software that they bundled from Komodia, also deserve plenty of blame for breaking the security of HTTPS and SSL/TLS.

By Michael Horowitz | 10 March, 2015 00:07

Tags: Apple, web browsers, Komodia, Firefox, Google, Microsoft, security, Lenovo, Gogo

Fave Raves 2015: What's your favorite enterprise IT product?

Do you have a favorite enterprise IT product you can't live without? Tell us about it and we'll share your raves with our readers. (Here's a link to last year's Fave Raves collection.)

By Ann Bednarz | 03 March, 2015 00:41

Tags: management, Networking, infrastructure management

Why Google should leave Europe

Spanish lawmakers did something dumb this week. They passed a new law that forces Google to pay news publishers a fee for sending valuable, monetizable content from Google News to their sites.

By Mike Elgan | 13 December, 2014 23:02

Tags: search, Google, beca, internet, search engines

What Windows 10 means for the enterprise

Microsoft rolled out the widely anticipated Windows Technical Preview yesterday morning, playing to a handpicked crowd of Microsoft reporters and analysts. Although Microsoft didn't have the technical will to broadcast the event live, you can see a recording of the 40-minute presentation on YouTube.

By Woody Leonhard | 01 October, 2014 23:02

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, beca, infoworld, software, youtube

How will iPhone 6's Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE affect enterprise networks?

While the cosmetic features like screen size and processing power of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus attracted the most attention, their use of Wi-Fi and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for voice and video calling could eventually have a major impact on how phone calls are handled in the enterprise.

By Colin Neagle | 18 September, 2014 05:53

Tags: Networking, wireless, smartphones, iPhone, VoLTE, iphone 6, iOS 8, Apple, skype, consumer electronics, Google

Build it or buy it: Questions to ask about your metro data center network infrastructure

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 Mitch Simcoe | 11 September, 2014 23:40

Tags: Networking, Metro network, LAN & WAN

Understanding SDN Vendor Ecosystems

Followers of Software Defined Networking (SDN) might recognize a sort of market maturation. We don't mean maturity of the product sets, or even how SDN is technically achieved. Those elements are still coming along. We mean vendor SDN strategies are settling in.

By Ethan Banks | 09 September, 2014 23:24

Tags: SDN, Networking, VMware

SDN and Network Virtualization: A Reality Check

The Software Defined Networking movement is still evolving, but profiles of SDN users are becoming more clear and we're getting a bead on some of the common evaluation criteria companies are using to gauge how to go forward. We also have a sense of when companies expect to start the process in earnest.

By Jim Metzler | 09 September, 2014 23:23

Tags: HP, Open Networking Foundation, SDN, Networking, Nuage Networks, VMware, NEC

Home automation's next big opportunity: Controlling the water heater

Three years ago most people barely even thought about their air conditioning, until it didn't work. Then along came NEST, the smart thermostat that opened up a whole new world of home control, and most importantly, money savings. Suddenly, the state of your indoor climate was dinner-table conversation. Get ready to start talking about your water heater.

By Jennifer Tuohy | 06 September, 2014 02:49

Tags: Networking, Internet of Things, wireless

Top things to consider as you prepare for the transition to 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi

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 Jay Botelho | 29 August, 2014 00:27

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, Gigabit Wi-Fi, wireless, 802.11ac, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Physical Layer management in 10G to 40G/100G Ethernet migration

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 Pat Thompson | 27 August, 2014 06:27

Tags: Networking, 40G Ethernet, LAN & WAN, 100G Ethernet

But it looks so nice now!

It's summer, the time of year at this large wholesale plant nursery when business is slow and supervisors decide to spiff up their work areas, reports an IT pilot fish there.

By Sharky | 27 August, 2014 03:14

Tags: Networking

Ron Miller: Spain's link tax taxes my patience

The so-called Google tax is a desperate and wrongheaded gambit to save traditional newspapers.

By Ron Miller | 04 August, 2014 23:02

Tags: management, Gov't Legislation/Regulation, Google, regulation, Networking, government, internet, Gov't Legislation

OpenFlow Supports IPv6 Flows

OpenFlow is a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) protocol used for southbound communications from an SDN controller to and from a network device. OpenFlow is the protocol used to inform the topology of network switches on which flows should be added to their flow tables and advise switches how they should handle traffic flows that are not in the current flow tables. Initially, OpenFlow did not have any definition for handling IPv6 communications. Now, newer OpenFlow versions have IPv6 capabilities and more vendors are deploying products that use the newer OpenFlow versions. This article goes over the IPv6 functions within the OpenFlow protocol and describes how these are being used.

By Scott Hogg | 01 August, 2014 10:25

Tags: Open Networking Foundation, Networking, Stanford University, ipv6

Hexadite's Automated Incident Response Solution narrows the gap between detection and response

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By Linda Musthaler | 01 August, 2014 00:02

Tags: Security and vulnerability mgmt, security automation, Networking, Security automated response

Does the connected workforce breach employee privacy?

Wearables will make it infinitely easier for companies to track employees. But without transparency, that will foster suspicion.

By Fernando Alvarez | 29 July, 2014 23:20

Tags: management, BI Research, Mobile/Wireless, ABI research, Networking, wireless, mobile

Evan Schuman: The data dangers of free public Wi-Fi

New York's plan to turn pay phones into free Wi-Fi stations could be a template for other cities, and bad news for IT departments trying to protect corporate data and intellectual property.

By Evan Schuman | 29 July, 2014 23:04

Tags: network security, wireless networking, management, Google, Networking, security, wireless

What to know after the latest patent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

The Alice ruling clarifies patent-eligible software processes.

By Kari Barnes and Sandra P. Thompson | 28 July, 2014 22:30

Tags: management, App Development, Networking, U.S. Supreme Court

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