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The Apple/IBM deal: iOS claims the IoT

The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones. It's part of a big push into the Internet of Things.

By Jonny Evans | 23 July, 2014 22:15

Tags: Apple, applications, Networking, IBM, big data, software, data mining, internet, management

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you

Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 22 July, 2014 22:47

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, Nokia, smartphones, mobile

The benefits of converged network and application performance management

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 Matt Zanderigo | 12 July, 2014 06:13

Tags: Networking, application performance management

IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) provides real time monitoring of large volumes of data

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 Ray Solnik | 08 July, 2014 01:17

Tags: applications, big data, software, data mining, business intelligence

Facebook's icky psychology experiment is actually business as usual

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple weeks, you've no doubt heard about Facebook's creepy, secret, psychological experiment designed to see if negative newsfeed posts inspire more negativity -- and vice versa. I don't want to excuse Facebook's behavior, which has prompted a (sort-of) apology from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, as well as an ongoing stream of condemnation and outrage from legitimate psychologists and Internet commentators. I too was weirded out by the revelations, feeling manipulated and that somehow my privacy had been unfairly invaded without my permission.

By Fredric Paul | 08 July, 2014 00:58

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications, security, big data, software, data mining, internet, social media, business intelligence, Facebook, privacy

Bankers beware: Technology is going to get you (and none of us will care)

Technology is about to take a big slice of the traditional banking business. Bankers have been slow to see what's coming, but they're starting to realize what's at stake.

By Jonny Evans | 07 July, 2014 23:35

Tags: management, Financial IT, Networking

Promise Theory

The way we have created IT systems over the years has been very linear with each individual component being statically configured. If a human makes an error in any one of the many configurations, then the whole system breaks down. Over the years, IT systems have become increasingly complex with multiple layers of abstraction and virtualization making it difficult to enforce stability and gain scalability. Promise theory provides a new way to think about how IT systems rely on each other to form an entire system that businesses can depend. This article will cover the foundation concept of promise theory and give examples of how it is used.

By Scott Hogg | 02 July, 2014 00:26

Tags: SDN, Networking

And there's something else wrong with Comcast's Xfinity customer-based Wi-Fi hotspot plan ...

I have, in previous Gearhead articles (first in Comcast's latest bad idea turns your Wi-Fi into everybody's Wi-Fi and then in Revisiting Comcast's Xfinity public hotspot strategy), discussed Comcast's strategy for implementing opt-out Wi-Fi hotspots on their customers' Xfinity gateways. In the latter post I questioned the security of the service and noted that access to the Comcast service isn't as tightly controlled as the company might think.

By Mark Gibbs | 30 June, 2014 22:42

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, wireless, comcast, internet, ISP services, WLANs / Wi-Fi, Comcast broadband, cable broadband

Why Android Wear is the new iPad

Columnist Mike Elgan tested a smartwatch with Android Wear and said he has experienced a culture-changing platform.

By Mike Elgan | 28 June, 2014 21:22

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Android, smartphones, wireless, Personal Technology, mobile, IDG, Apple, Google, consumer electronics

Turning network resource management on its head through software-defined WANs

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 Friedman | 28 June, 2014 06:31

Tags: WANs, SDN, Networking, software defined networking

Comparing the top Hadoop distributions

Hadoop introduced a new way to simplify the analysis of large data sets, and in a very short time reshaped the big data market. In fact, today Hadoop is often synonymous with the term big data.

By Kirill Grigorchuk | 27 June, 2014 23:54

Tags: open source, applications, software

100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?

As more and more infotainment and crash avoidance technology gets stuffed to cars and trucks, the need for better, faster and more reliable in-car networking equipment grows. In theory at least.

By Michael Cooney | 26 June, 2014 05:42

Tags: Ethernet, Networking, automobile internet technology, IEEE, LAN & WAN

The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.

By Larry Hettick | 25 June, 2014 07:18

Tags: unified communications, telecommunication, Green data center, Networking, GENBAND, voip, green IT, environment

The desktop-a-week review: Enlightenment

Over the last few months I've been living, quite happily, with GNOME Shell as the Desktop Environment on my Linux machines. Then, recently, I gave Enlightenment another try. I was blown away by how impressive it was (and, more importantly, how interesting it was).

By Bryan Lunduke | 25 June, 2014 06:59

Tags: Linux, Open Source Subnet, software, operating systems

Hungry ants knock out FiOS service ... again

Everyone keeps asking if the ants actually ate their way through the fiber optic cable and I do not know the answer. What is certain is that they chewed through the outer casing and caused enough damage to knock out TV, phone and Internet service to my house: the Verizon triple no-play.

By Paul McNamara | 25 June, 2014 01:15

Tags: Networking, Verizon FioS, LAN & WAN

US intelligence agency wants brain-like algorithms for complex information processing

Getting computers to think like humans has been a scientific goal for years -- IBM recently said it found a way to make transistors that could be formed into virtual circuitry that mimics human brain functions.

By Michael Cooney | 24 June, 2014 07:53

Tags: virtualization, IBM 3-D Data Center, IBM, DARPA, IARPA, Director of National Intelligence

Microsoft introduces Interflow: Sharing cybersecurity threats in near real-time

Microsoft announced Interflow, a new platform for sharing cybersecurity threats in near real-time. Although it's currently available only in "private preview" for Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) members, security threat information will be shared faster, creating a "collectively stronger cybersecurity ecosystem." In the long run that means protecting people better and more quickly.

By Ms. Smith | 24 June, 2014 06:03

Tags: Interflow, cybersecurity, Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, Networking

Why Facebook's SDN switch won't affect Cisco's customers

Last week, Facebook announced a new product that's supposed to have the networking industry trembling. There were many news stories about Facebook's new homegrown SDN switch, known by the codename "Wedge" that's supposed to be the next big threat to Cisco and the traditional networking vendors. The operating system on the product runs Facebook's proprietary version of Linux called FBOSS.

By Zeus Kerravala | 24 June, 2014 05:29

Tags: networking hardware, SDN, Networking, cisco, switches, Facebook, Cisco Subnet, Arista Networks

Breaking down the wall between VMware vSphere and cloud

As infrastructure and operations professionals seek to broker cloud services for the enterprise, they are coming to terms with the need to "cloudify" existing vSphere infrastructure in order to make these environments more developer-friendly and support migration of workloads to AWS or other clouds as their needs evolve.

By Utpal Thakrar | 24 June, 2014 03:30

Tags: virtualization, internet, cloud computing, VMware

Leveraging Microsoft Azure as your disaster recovery/failover data center

Microsoft has put out in Preview a technology that will completely change how we view disaster recovery and failover of virtual machines and the benefits of the Cloud! What Azure Site Recovery (ASR) does, in a nutshell, is replicate Virtual Machines (VMs) from an on-premise datacenter to Azure on a regular basis, and then the organization can failover their on-premise datacenter so that the VMs are now running in Azure. AND the kicker, Microsoft is doing this at a cost of US$27 per protected VM per month (with an added cost of $60 to ~$150/mo when the VM is failed over and actually running in Azure, which presumably will being during a test or disaster, and the run time in Azure might be limited to a few hours or few days).

By Rand Morimoto | 24 June, 2014 03:19

Tags: Networking

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