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  • Purdue's hefty switch discounts 'unusual,' Cisco says

    Posted August 11, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    The steep discounts that Purdue University recently received on Cisco's Nexus 7000 switches are 'unusual' and based on factors that go beyond the purchase alone, Cisco says.
  • The epic unpopularity of Windows smartphones

    Posted August 11, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    A smartphone platform you may never have heard of is more popular than Windows Phone 7.
  • Eight tips for Data Center Virtualization

    Posted August 11, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Virtualizing your company's Data Center can bring many benefits including lower costs. However, it's important to have a plan before you begin the process of virtualization.
  • Intel gives Ultrabooks a $300M investment boost

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 10:38 pm

    Intel on Wednesday said it would invest US$300 million in companies that develop new technologies for Ultrabooks, a class of thin and light laptops promoted as an alternative to tablet PCs.
  • Sprint to launch cloud services this fall

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 8:09 pm

    Sprint will offer cloud services to all sizes of businesses in the fourth quarter, a Sprint executive said on Wednesday.
  • RightNow CEO on improving the customer experience

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    For Greg Gianforte and his colleagues at Bozeman, MT, based RightNow Technologies, Inc., customer relationship management is so, well, yesterday. The key focus for companies today is dramatically improving the 'customer experience' in all the places consumers touch organizations -- from the Web to the call center.
  • After 30 years, IBM says PC going way of vacuum tube and typewriter

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    IBM CTO predicts PC going way of the 'vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.'
  • RingCube acquisition lets Citrix offer VDI power without VDI cost

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    A number of vendors offer software to containerize virtual desktop personalizations and apps; Citrix will use RingCube's to make virtual desktops a higher-performing, more flexible three-tier application that can run on one hard drive or a mix of local and data-center hardware.
  • Cisco profit fell one-third in Q4

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    Cisco's profit in its fiscal fourth quarter fell about one-third from a year earlier, while its sales increased only 3.3 percent, the company reported on Wednesday.
  • Apple also filed suit against Motorola Xoom in Europe

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Apple isn't just going after the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Europe, it's also attacking the Motorola Xoom.
  • Clearwire's new CEO faces big challenges in the LTE race

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Clearwire announced a new president and CEO: Eric Prusch, most recently the company's COO and former CFO. He faces big challenges rolling out an LTE network to compete with rivals like Verizon and AT&T.
  • Adtran buys Wi-Fi vendor Bluesocket

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor Bluesocket has been bought by Adtran, which plans to hammer Bluesocket's "virtualized" wireless LAN like a stake into the hearts of its WLAN rivals, Cisco and Aruba Networks.
  • Lessons from Amazon cloud lightning strike outage

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    A lightning strike in Dublin took out a power transformer. In and of itself, that isn't all that unusual or noteworthy, but this particular lightning strike also impacted the backup power systems at Amazon's cloud data center, knocking the service offline. Looking back, there are some lessons to be learned both for Amazon, and for businesses that rely on cloud services.
  • Lightning takes down a data center. Are solar explosions next?

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    Lightning strikes on data centers can cause a lot of problems, just ask Amazon. And there's more trouble from the sky in the form of solar explosions. What's your protection plan?
  • LG's new laptop offers clear screen views from wide angles

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 7:55 am

    LG Electronics has introduced a laptop with a screen that it says allows multiple people to watch from wide angles without any loss in image quality.
  • Wall Street: Software more valuable than oil

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 6:13 am

    The tech industry's answer to this week's stock market roller coaster was delivered on Tuesday by Apple Inc, which briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the U.S.
  • Defcon: VoIP makes a good platform for controlling botnets

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    Botnets and their masters can communicate with each other by calling into the same VoIP conference call and swapping data using touch tones, researchers demonstrated at Defcon.
  • Using renewable energy in the data center

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Earlier this year, social networking giant Facebook finished construction of its newest data center in Pineville, Oregon. In a press release, Facebook officials touted the new facility as "setting new standards for environmental responsibility in data center design and operations." Those standards incorporate renewable energy tactics such as rainwater reclamation, solar energy, and heat recycling.
  • 10 year old girl hacker details exploit in mobile games

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    Real or "heightened reality," the story has made some big news. Opinions on cute girl hackers always include some doozies.
  • Toshiba to sell glasses-free 3D laptop for $1,699

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Toshiba will start selling its first glasses-free 3D laptop later this month for US$1,699 to free viewers from the awkwardness of wearing 3D glasses to view multimedia content, the company said on Tuesday.
  • Microsoft adds Hadoop support to SQL Server, data warehouse

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Microsoft is responding to the "Big Data" movement by adding support for the open-source Hadoop framework for large-scale data processing to its SQL Server database and Parallel Data Warehouse platform.
  • Electromagnetic interference and 10GBase-T in the data center

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    The majority of data center LAN links use 1000Base-T (Gigabit Ethernet) running on unshielded twisted pair structured cabling (Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a). While increasing demand for bandwidth is driving a shift to 10G Ethernet, that migration is being slowed by the fact that the 10G links being deployed today are based on optical transceivers or SFP+ Direct Attach copper, neither of which is backward-compatible to Gigabit Ethernet.
  • The dumbest thing VMware has done recently could help customers move to cloud

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    VMware's concessions on vSphere 5 prices aren't perfect, but keep incentives that give customers a better grasp of cloud by making them pay according to rules of the fog, not the VM.
  • Skytap automates cloud deployments

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Skytap, a provider of cloud automation software, this week unveiled orchestration and configuration products designed to enable enterprises to easily create virtual environments in the cloud.
  • Non-Apple tablet market to grow 134% in 2012

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 9:02 am

    Sales of non-Apple tablets will grow by 134 percent on year in 2012, according to reports in Taiwan.
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