• Oracle Virtualization 'Tax' Squeezes Customers

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Despite its recent acquisition of second-tier virtualization software developer Virtual Iron, Oracle has yet to move into the century of the virtual server when it comes to the nitty gritty of supporting and licensing Oracle software running on virtual servers, analysts say.
  • A GM bankruptcy could leave IT vendors with unpaid bills

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 9:40 am

    If GM files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as expected IT vendors may be left with unpaid bills and smaller contracts. But the automaker may be able to better position itself to adopt new technologies.
  • Microsoft Bing a good start, but no game changer

    Posted May 28, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Analysts said Microsoft's new search engine will help it gain share but won't affect Google's search dominance.
  • Windows 7 alluring, but XP is the migration X factor

    Posted May 28, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    Corporate migration to Windows 7 may be less about evaluating the new Microsoft operating system and more about how to properly gauge the correct time to get XP off client desktops.
  • Will the next iPhone have iVideo?

    Posted May 27, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Cisco, others want to offer mobile video chat, so why not Apple?
  • Facebook Embraces OpenID: But What Does It Mean?

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Facebook Tuesday integrated OpenID, crossing a major landmark in the openness of social networks. The step is even more significant as Facebook, the biggest social network of them all with over 200 million users, was considered resistant to being "open" -- until now.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2: 3 Key New Features

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    As part of an announcement at the TechEd show in Los Angeles, Microsoft said that Windows Server 2008 R2 RC is now available revealed three interesting features.
  • Start-up Costs Slow Spread of De-duplication

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 11:25 am

    While data de-duplication is a relatively easy way for companies to consolidate storage systems, the technology has yet to attract the widespread attention of IT managers.
  • Oracle Aims to Be the Apple of Data Center Hardware

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Oracle's recent $7.4 billion bid for Sun Microsystems could turn Sun's ailing hardware business into a boon for data-center managers. But industry analysts question whether the software firm can turn Sun's hardware platform back into gold.
  • Intel ruling opens the floodgates for civil cases

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Intel could face even more payouts if competitors, such as AMD, take civil cases on the back of the European Commission's regulatory action.
  • Courts grapple with law enforcement's use of GPS tracking

    Posted May 14, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Two recent court decisions -- one in New York and the other in Wisconsin -- highlight the continuing struggles that courts around the country are having over law enforcement's use of GPS devices to track an individual's movements.
  • Digging into Apple's OS X 10.5.7 update

    Posted May 14, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Tuesday's release of OS X 10.5.7, the latest update to the Leopard operating system, weighed in at 449MB on my MacBook Pro. Most of the changes here are below the surface, and as you'd expect with a nearly half-gigabyte update, widespread.
  • WiFi hotspots get a second wind

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 11:30 am

    WiFi hotspots are back in the spotlight, with more operators getting onboard. Cheaper international data roaming, better indoor coverage and the ubiquity of built-in support for WiFi will help hotspots remain relevant in a mobile broadband centric world, according to operators.
  • Windows 7 RC: Two New Features Worth a Look

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Windows 7 RC has two brand-new features that are generating buzz: Remote Media Streaming, which that lets users stream media to PCs outside of the home, and Windows XP Mode, a controversial add-on in Windows 7 that runs Windows XP applications in a virtual machine.
  • Can Social Networking Be Secure at Work?

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 9:22 am

    As more workers spend a greater part of their days on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, hackers have turned their energies toward spreading their malware across those services, harming workstations and company networks. That's the contention of a recent report measuring Web 2.0-targeted hacks.
  • Analyst: 'Pizza box' servers doomed in virtualized data centers

    Posted May 6, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Virtualization may spell doom for the 1U "pizza box" server, as the ability to pack multiple virtual machines onto physical hosts has customers choosing larger standard servers and blades.
  • Can Obama curb offshoring with tax code?

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:53 am

    President Obama unveiled tax code changes Monday he said could curb offshoring, but analysts and tax experts believe the plan will have little to no impact on the megatrend that threatens as many as one-in-four IT jobs at large companies.
  • Virtual XP Mode could cause support woes

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    A new Microsoft add-on for Windows 7 that will let some users run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine could create support nightmares for IT managers.
  • Wireless IT in Health Care: The Time Is Now?

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Wireless medical apps are ready for broad usage and could transform patient care. That's what proponents say, at least.
  • Cloud Standards: Trickier than Nailing Jell-O to a Wall

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 10:38 am

    At least three years (although possibly eight, arguably 11 and somewhat untenably, one) after the phrase "cloud computing" was first used to describe on-demand computing services, nearly every conversation with experts involves defining what you both mean by it.
  • Market for Executive Jobs Loosens Up in April

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 10:31 am

    ExecuNet's Recruiter Confidence Index ticked slightly higher in April, 2009, indicating that the market for executive jobs is showing signs of growth after bottoming out in November, 2008.
  • Virtualization Scalability: Bumping Into a Cloud Ceiling

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Pascal-Louis Perez tapped cloud services when he became CTO of startup kaChing.com, a website that helps retail investors make better trades. Soon after, his cloud service provider, Xignite, which streams financial market data to kaChing.com, began delivering spotty service.
  • DKIM email authentication in 2009

    Posted May 2, 2009 - 4:55 am

    Email authentication is a way to say, “This email is from my Email Service Provider’s ("ESP") servers, but it’s being sent on behalf of me (my company), so you can trust it.” Email authentication prevents your email from looking spoofed (like a forgery) and what are called 'phishing attacks'.
  • Agile programming: Beneficial, but it'll ruffle feathers

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Agile programming, in which teams build software in short iterations rather than mapping everything out in advance from start to finish, offers benefits like flexibility but poses organizational challenges as well, speakers stressed at a workshop Thursday.
  • Mobile phone vendors focus on software as sales drop

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Cell phone sales continue to be hurt by the faltering economy, so vendors are increasingly looking to software and services to lure buyers of new devices.
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