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OpenStack Board Member Rob Hirschfeld on the impact of DevOps, SDN, Docker & more

I recently had the great pleasure to sit down with community-elected OpenStack board member and Crowbar co-creator, Rob Hirschfeld. Rob shared awesome nuggets of wisdom on data center and cloud operations, you can view the video and the full transcript below:

By Art Fewell | 26 February, 2015 05:34

Tags: Dell, application development, eucalyptus, Open Source Subnet, software, Joyent

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

How machine learning ate Microsoft

At the Strata big data conference yesterday, Microsoft let the world know its Azure Machine Learning offering was generally available to developers. This may come as a surprise. Microsoft? Isn't machine learning the province of Google or Facebook or innumerable hot startups?

By Mary Branscombe | 20 February, 2015 02:27

Tags: application development, Strata, skype, Google, Microsoft, bing, software, machine learning, Facebook

So Cal Edison's path to the center of the H-1B debate

Southern California Edison was known for good pay and benefits before it began laying off IT workers and replacing them with H-1B visa holders.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 February, 2015 07:46

Tags: services, EE, outsourcing, IEEE-USA, IT outsourcing

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

Agile development: Adopt gradually or dive in?

When the Agile Manifesto was introduced almost 15 years ago, it proposed a radical methodology change as an alternative to traditional project management. With agile, project requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration in development cycles that break tasks into small increments. While this methodology helps businesses manage unpredictability, it also requires those businesses to adopt a different mindset in order to be successful.

By By Jack Walser, Client Services Executive, AIM Consulting | 23 January, 2015 09:55

Tags: software, Agile development tools

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

The never-ending quest to dethrone email

Build a better mousetrap, as the cliché has it, and the world will beat a path to your door. That line of thinking has even been applied to the most rudimentary corners of the technology world: standards and protocols that have stuck around for decades, yet viewed as creaky and badly in need of replacement. But few old-guard standards have seen as many pretenders to the throne as the SMTP/POP3/IMAP email triumvirate has. If only someone could come up with an alternative that did everything email did but better, more securely, and with less hassle, wouldn't it be worth it?

By Serdar Yegulalp | 21 January, 2015 01:47

Tags: applications, Inky Mail, Google, e-mail, software, Email Software

TypeScript: Industrial-strength JavaScript

Historians who reflect on JavaScript's emergence as a dominant programming language in the 21st century may find themselves quoting Donald Rumsfeld: "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might wish to have."

By Jon Udell | 19 January, 2015 22:06

Tags: application development, GitHub, Microsoft, software

Degree-free IT: Can college-skippers thrive in tech?

Mike Samaras has worked steadily in IT for a decade, starting when he was 17 and fresh out of high school.

By Mary K. Pratt | 14 January, 2015 22:36

Tags: Microsoft, IT careers, careers, IT management, emc

2015 IT Data Center Infrastructure Convergence Predictions

IT infrastructure is constantly riding the often-tumultuous waves of consolidation and separation. A typical example would be the eras of mainframe, open systems, and PC computing. No surprise there. For the past three to five years, server virtualization has been a catalyst for data center consolidation, (even though for the most part, IT has mapped server virtualization initiatives to existing IT infrastructure choices, or dare I say legacy infrastructure).

By Mark Bowker | 13 January, 2015 03:55

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Dell, IBM, hardware systems, Look ahead 2015, Data Center, Cisco Subnet, emc, HP

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

Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Windows 10?

One of Microsoft's biggest decisions this year will be whom to charge for Windows 10, and the dollar figure on the price sticker.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 January, 2015 04:24

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

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

2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution

Microsoft faces not only its 40th anniversary in 2015, but a host of challenges that will define it for years to come, analysts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 07:41

Tags: Microsoft Windows, IDC, Microsoft, Windows, beca, software, operating systems

Finding critical business data -- fast

A lot of security processes failed during the breach of Target's systems during last year's holiday season, but one surprising revelation was that the retailer actually did receive security alerts about the malware in its system. Yet because the security team was bombarded with alerts -- estimated at hundreds per day -- it couldn't adequately prioritize them.

By Howard Baldwin | 15 December, 2014 22:40

Tags: Target, applications, IDC, data mining, software, big data

Cisco: See No EVO, Hear No EVO, Speak New Partnerships

It hasn't been lost on the IT vendor community and IT professionals that Cisco is absent from the VMware EVO:RAIL partner program. With all of the powerhouses participating in the program, you'd think that Cisco would jump right into the mix. Considering Cisco's growth in the server market and the fact that it doesn't currently have its own storage play, this opportunity appears to be ideal for Cisco.

By Mark Bowker | 13 December, 2014 07:21

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, IBM, hardware systems, Data Center, netapp, Pure Storage, VMware, emc

Microsoft's alt-OS strategy strikes loyalists as class warfare

Long-time Windows users may feel like second-class citizens as Microsoft continues to push its products and services onto alternate platforms, but the problem will clear up next year, analysts predicted today.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 December, 2014 07:56

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, computerworld, software

Displaced IT workers are being silenced

A major problem with the H-1B debate is the absence of displaced IT workers in news media accounts. Much of the reporting is one-sided -- and there's a reason for this.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 09:29

Tags: services, new york times, outsourcing, The New York Times, IT outsourcing, Facebook

Microsoft cold-shoulders Server 2003 and XP users hit with Microsoft Update error 0x80248015

The causes of the problem remain cloudy, but the symptoms are quite clear. Starting on Nov. 18, some Server 2003, Windows Home Server 2003, and Windows XP SP3 machines suddenly refused to connect to Microsoft Update. As best I can tell, Microsoft has not responded to the problem, not documented a workaround, and is basically doing nothing visible to fix it.

By Woody Leonhard | 25 November, 2014 23:34

Tags: forum, Microsoft, software, operating systems

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