• Little fanfare for important cloud standard OVF

    Posted November 21, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    Microsoft, Citrix and VMware have different motives for supporting the standard
  • The Open Data Center Alliance aligns with other alliances

    Posted November 8, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    Pushing ahead on standard, secure, efficient next-gen computing.
  • Buyer beware: 4G is just a marketing slogan

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    Shakespeare opined "what's in a name?" in the classic story of Romeo and Juliette. Well, a rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but just because you slap a "4G" label on a wireless service doesn't make it so. The semantic battle between T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint over what exactly 4G is or isn't illustrates that 4G is little more than a marketing tagline.
  • NIST Lays Out Spec to Turn Power Grid to Network Grid

    Posted October 15, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    The federal government has committed billions to enhancing national power grids to load balance, save power and, eventually, use the same cables to carry data and power.
  • Preparing for the Good and Bad with HTML5

    Posted July 9, 2010 - 10:46 am

    While HTML5 will mark significant progress for the Web overall, one can't help but think that some existing elements of web publishing aren't going to be adversely affected by the latest version of HTML.
  • DMTF creates open cloud incubator

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 2:49 pm

    The DMTF on Monday said it is developing an "Open Cloud Standards Incubator" to build management standards for cloud computing.
  • PCI security rules may require reinforcements

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    The PCI standard, long touted as one of the private sector's strongest attempts to regulate itself on IT security, is increasingly being slammed by critics who claim that the rules aren't doing enough to protect credit and debit card data.
  • MySpace enhances data portability system

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 9:32 am

    MySpace is adding support for the open standards OAuth and OpenID.
  • Sun offers open-source encryption key management protocol

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    Sun announced today that it is throwing its hat into the standards arena, proposing that its open-source key management API be used as a universal way to allow encrypting devices to communicate with key management systems.
  • Coming soon: Full-disk encryption for all computer drives

    Posted January 28, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    The world's six largest computer drive makers Tuesday published the final specifications for a single, full-disk encryption standard that can be used across all hard disk drives, solid state drives (SSD) and encryption key management applications.
  • OVF: A Standard for Virtualization's Future

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    The Distributed Management Task Force has launched a standards initiative, the Open Virtual Machine (OVF) Format, which would offer a way for all participants to gain the benefits of virtual appliances while reducing the friction of multiple, competitive, incompatible implementations. OVF addresses the three key issues that have previously hindered virtual appliance adoption and supports multiple virtual image formats, so that virtual machines for any hypervisor may be carried within an OVF payload. Furthermore, OVF payloads are digitally signed, ensuring tamper-free distribution and user peace of mind.
  • IEEE to set up patent pools to simplify standards adoption

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 11:58 am

    The IEEE plans to set up "patent pool" licensing programs to get the standards it defines developed into products more quickly and cheaply.
  • European public sector open-source guidelines spark debate

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 5:01 pm

    Should European governments favor open source software when they hold tenders for public contracts? Economists and policy makers appear to think so but industry giants including Microsoft argue that this would be discriminatory and are considering legal action to prevent this from happening.
  • IBM threatens to leave standards bodies

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 11:37 am

    IBM is threatening to leave organizations that set standards for software interoperability because of concerns that their processes are not always fair.
  • Nations question ISO's merit following dropped OOXML appeals

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 8:19 pm

    Countries whose appeals were dismissed regarding the ISO/IEC's approval of Microsoft's OOXML as an international standard are questioning the judgment and relevance of the ISO/IEC and the standards they approve.
  • ISO, IEC reject appeals, approve OOXML spec

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 1:26 pm

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have given the green light to publish the Microsoft-backed Office Open XML (OOXML) specification after organization leaders rejected appeals from four countries to protest the vote that approved OOXML as a standard.

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