Stories by Jon Brodkin

VMware's CEO switch targeted at Microsoft, analysts say

In tapping a former Microsoft executive to lead VMware's battle against the Redmond giant, VMware's EMC-controlled board of directors decided co-founder Diane Greene lacked the business savvy to win a struggle for market share, analysts say.

Most IT shops snubbing blogs, wikis, RSS

The business potential of social-networking Web sites and various Web 2.0 technologies remains largely untapped, according to separate reports released by the analyst firms Forrester Research and Gartner on Thursday.

Gartner: Seven cloud-computing security risks

Cloud computing is fraught with security risks, according to analyst firm Gartner. Smart customers will ask tough questions, and consider getting a security assessment from a neutral third party before committing to a cloud vendor, Gartner says in a June report titled "Assessing the Security Risks of Cloud Computing".

Analysts: VMware trumps Hyper-V on functionality, not price

With the release Thursday of Hyper-V as a free download to Windows Server 2008 users, Microsoft is drastically undercutting the prices of x86 server virtualization pioneer VMware. But while Microsoft provides good enough capabilities for many use cases, there are still numerous reasons for an enterprise to choose VMware, analysts say.

VMware's CEO talks Microsoft, security, EMC and cloud computing

Diane Greene is the president, CEO and co-founder of VMware, a pioneer of x86 server virtualization and one of the most innovative companies to hit the IT world in the past decade. Greene was in Boston last week with her VMware team, briefing analysts on new technologies that haven't been made public yet. She took some time out to speak with Network World's Jon Brodkin about a range of topics.

Red Hat CEO on patents, open-source virtualization

A half-year after becoming president and CEO of Linux vendor Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst was in Boston last week for the annual Red Hat Summit. The former COO of Delta Air Lines sat down with Network World's Jon Brodkin to discuss open source, a new patent settlement, and Red Hat's moves in virtualization.

Blade consortium backed by IBM, Intel predicts the future

A blade server industry group founded by IBM and Intel is predicting three key trends that will reshape the data center: network convergence with Ethernet technology; advanced energy efficiency techniques such as water cooling; and "hyper consolidation" involving both virtualization and blade servers.

Study: Enterprise 2.0 generational divide largely a myth

Don't blame the old fogeys if your enterprise Web 2.0 efforts fail to launch. Young people may be demanding more collaborative Web technologies in the workplace, but the young/old divide is largely a myth, researchers said Tuesday at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston.