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General Electric CIO, Cisco VP among Top Women in Cloud

10 female leaders from the IT customer and vendor sides (including General Electric and Cisco) will be honored for their contributions to Cloud and convergence technology by the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) later this month.

Written by Bob Brown08 Sept. 15 17:40

Microsoft researcher: Why Micro Datacentres really matter to mobile's future

Microsoft Research distinguished scientist, Victor Bah,l has been spreading the word about Micro Datacentres, also known by the adorable name "cloudlets," as a key concept for optimisng the performance and usefulness of mobile and other networked devices via the Cloud. Service providers have embraced this vision most aggressively from the start, but it won't be long before enterprise IT pros will likely do the same, Bahl says.

Written by Bob Brown03 Sept. 15 14:07

Wi-Fi blocking debate far from over

Following the FCC’s warning in January that it would no longer tolerate the Marriotts of the world blocking visitors’ WiFi hotspots, I set a reminder on my calendar to revisit the topic six months later. After all, the issue of WiFi blocking sparked strong reactions from IT pros, end users and vendors of wireless LAN products early in the year, and I figured it wasn’t over yet. With the FCC's Smart City order earlier this month, it turns out my intuition was right.

Written by Bob Brown28 Aug. 15 18:46

Prominent healthcare CIO: FDA medical device security warning "will be the first of many"

Dr. John Halamka has taken to his <a href="http://geekdoctor.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-security-of-medical-devices.html">"Life as a Healthcare CIO" blog</a> to sound the alarm on medical device threats in the wake of the FDA late last week issuing its first cybersecurity warning about a specific medical device.

Written by Bob Brown07 Aug. 15 05:14

Harvard CISO shares 5 pearls of IT security wisdom

Chief Information Security Officer Christian Hamer, who is responsible for policy and awareness across Harvard University and whose team handles security operations and incident response, took part on a panel last week at the Campus Technology conference in Boston (Campus Technology's Rhea Kelly moderated; ESET researcher Lysa Myers was also an expert panelist). Here's a selection of Hamer's more notable observations:

Written by Bob Brown05 Aug. 15 01:57

Americas are just 2 weeks away from running out of IPv4 addresses

John Curran, <a href="https://www.arin.net/">CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN),</a> told attendees at the <a href="http://events.campustechnology.com/Events/CT-Summer-Educational-Technology-Conference/Information/HOME.aspx">Campus Technology conference</a> in Boston on Wednesday that the IP address authority's pool of IPv4 addresses has dwindled to 90,000 and will be exhausted in about two weeks.

Written by Bob Brown30 July 15 04:15

Google-infused storage startup Cohesity reveals itself

Mohit Aron has a tough act to follow: His previous startup, Nutanix, may be on the cusp of filing for an IPO that values the hyperconverged infrastructure company at $2.5 billion. But Aron is off to a good start with his new venture, Cohesity, which this week emerges from stealth mode with $70 million in venture funding, reference-able customers such as Tribune Media, and a focus on a potentially big market in converging the secondary storage that houses so much DevOps, data protection, analytics and other unstructured data.

Written by Bob Brown18 June 15 01:31

In Pictures: Cisco Live!

Outgoing and incoming Cisco CEOs John Chambers and Chuck Robbins weren’t the only attractions at the annual Cisco event in San Diego this week.

Written by Bob Brown12 June 15 08:37

9 hot enterprise storage companies to watch

Amidst all the venture investments this year in startups that generate gobs of data -- from those focused on everything from apps to drones to the Internet of Things to Big Data -- are a batch of newcomers aiming to help organizations store and access all that information. Yes, storage companies are pulling in big bucks in 2015, as they did in 2014, and a couple have even double-dipped this year and announced two rounds of funding.

Written by Bob Brown12 June 15 01:44

Yahoo does Spring Cleaning: Shuts down Maps, Pipes & more

In case you were wondering what it is exactly that Yahoo does these days, the company says its focus is on "search, communications and digital content." The rest must go, and as such, Yahoo today has announced some things it is getting rid of.

Written by Bob Brown05 June 15 04:59

Really smart phones: Now they can predict your GPA

Researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an Android app that they say can predict students' grade point averages without prior knowledge of data such as SAT scores, IQ or school track records. What's more, the technology could have future applications for predicting employee performance.

Written by Bob Brown03 June 15 06:05

Annual WITI Summit taps into awareness, frustration over lack of women in IT

Increased awareness of the lack of women in the IT workforce and in technology leadership positions has not been lost on the organizer of next week's Women in Technology Summit in San Jose. Women in Technology International (WITI) is looking to leverage rising interest in this issue to attract more people to attend its annual event, either in person or online.

Written by Bob Brown29 May 15 06:42

Cellphone use involved in more than 1 in 4 car crashes

Cellphone-related car crashes were up for the third straight year in the United States and now account for more than one in four crashes, <a href="http://www.nsc.org/DistractedDrivingDocuments/Cell-Phone-Estimate-Summary-2013.pdf">according to the National Safety Council</a>.

Written by Bob Brown29 May 15 01:06
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