Stories by Jon Brodkin

Gartner: 7 'grand challenges' face IT in next 25 years

Gartner has identified seven technologies that will "completely transform" business over the next 25 years, including parallel programming, wireless power sources for mobile devices, automated speech translation, and computing interfaces that detect human gestures.

IBM says 'racetrack' memory faster, more reliable than flash

An IBM research breakthrough could let storage devices hold hundreds of times more information than they handle today with technology IBM calls "racetrack memory," which stores data as a magnetic pattern on a nanowire 1,000 times finer than a human hair.

Cisco tackles certification exam cheating

Exam cheating and braindump sites are persistent problems in the high-stakes world of IT certifications, and vendors serious about protecting the integrity of their certifications have to fight cheaters on many levels.

Eclipse grows beyond Java tools

Mike Milinkovich is the executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, a nonprofit that oversees an open source community focused on application development tools. Founded by IBM in 2001, Eclipse became independently managed in 2004 and now boasts that more than 4 million people worldwide use Eclipse and Eclipse-based products. EBay, for example, used Eclipse to build much of its online architecture. Milinkovich this week discussed the Eclipse organization and its goals with Senior Writer Jon Brodkin.

Swimming pool heated by data center's excess heat

Swimmers in Zurich, Switzerland, will enjoy a nice toasty pool this summer, thanks to a most unusual power source. Excess heat from an underground data center built inside a former military bunker is being collected and transferred to the nearby pool as part of an innovative energy efficiency project undertaken by GIB-Services, a Swiss IT co-location company.

EMC unveils first SaaS storage application

EMC is making its first play in the emerging online storage market, with the creation of a new software-as-a-service business unit and a new enterprise storage service based on EMC's September acquisition of online backup provider Mozy, the company stated Tuesday.

Desktop virtualization field welcomes two new players

The desktop virtualization field is getting more crowded with two new vendors introducing products: one that lets users carry their desktops around on a USB flash drive, and another that delivers desktops through a Web browser.

HP unveils mobile thin client

HP unveiled its first mobile thin client and two additional desktop thin client products Thursday, as the vendor continues to ramp up its desktop virtualization technology following the acquisition of former competitor Neoware.