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  • Chicago CIO's IT revival plan includes the cloud

    Chicago this month disclosed that it plans to use Microsoft's cloud services to deliver email and desktop applications to some 30,000 employees, part of a significant effort to improve the city's IT operations.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau14 Jan. 13 11:04
  • Tablet smackdown: iPad vs Surface RT in the enterprise

    IPads are already making their way into businesses via bring-your-own-device efforts with Microsoft Surface RT tablets hoping to follow suit as employees lobby for their favorite devices. But which one makes more sense from an IT perspective?

    Written by Tim Greene03 Dec. 12 13:14
  • 2013: Year of the hybrid cloud

    The time for dabbling in cloud computing is over, say industry analysts. 2013 is the year that companies need to implement a hybrid cloud strategy that puts select workloads in the public cloud and keeps others in-house.

    Written by Christine Burns03 Dec. 12 06:03
  • Bye-bye, mouse. Hello, mind control

    When workplace computers moved beyond command-line interfaces to the mouse-and-windows-based graphical user interface, that was a major advance in usability. And the command line itself was a big improvement over the punch cards and tape that came before.

    Written by Maria Korolov26 Nov. 12 05:53
  • Hurricane Sandy leaves wounded servers in its wake

    Data recovery experts have been kept busy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which left a slew of data centers underwater, damaging equipment and threatening a significant loss of business-critical data.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau19 Nov. 12 11:09
  • Four takeaways from Cisco's Q1

    Four things are clear from Cisco’s better-than-expected Q1 FY 2013 results:

    Written by Jim Duffy15 Nov. 12 01:50
  • The TV is the new tablet: How gesture-based computing is evolving

    Few people watch television alone today, even when they're by themselves. Most are gravitating toward the multi-screen experience, in which viewers keep a smartphone, tablet or laptop close by so they can access the Web while they watch TV. But as televisions become smarter and gesture-based computing evolves, viewers may be able to mount and control everything they need on the living room wall.

    Written by Colin Neagle14 Nov. 12 21:50
  • Most memorable tech industry apologies of 2012: From Apple to Google to Microsoft

    Tech vendors have been as bombastic as ever promoting the magical and amazing things their latest smartphones, cloud computing wares and network gear can do. When things go wrong, they're naturally a little less visible, but plenty of companies have sucked it up and done the right thing this year (perhaps with a little legal prodding here and there) and publicly apologized for minor and major customers inconveniences.

    Written by Bob Brown08 Nov. 12 20:53
  • The Grill: State Street CIO Christopher Perretta

    State Street's executive vice president and CIO, Christopher Perretta, says he aspires to be a change agent while leading a team of more than 5,000 employees and contractors who support operations in 27 countries.

    Written by Mary K. Pratt05 Nov. 12 11:16
  • How to Use Facebook's Open Sourced Data Center Design to Cut Costs

    When Facebook open sourced its data center and server specifications it paved the way for enterprises of all sizes to save money by following the social network's radical hardware designs. The Open Compute Project Foundation has formalized Facebook's designs into specs, which are freely available. Here are tips for implementing them.

    Written by Paul Rubens01 Nov. 12 16:35
  • Gartner: How big trends in security, mobile, big data and cloud computing will change IT

    When you go to a Gartner conference one of he main things you'll notice is the sheer volume of data they can generate on just about any IT topic. Last week's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., was no different. The conference, attended by some 9000 executives focused on the changes security challenges, mobile computing, big data and cloud will be bringing to IT in the near future.

    Written by Michael Cooney30 Oct. 12 14:39
  • Hands-on review: Xoom battles iPad 2 to a draw

    We got our hands on the two hottest products in the tablet computing market -- the Motorola Xoom and the iPad 2 and put them to the test. This was a 15-round heavyweight fight and in the end, the Xoom stood toe to toe with the reigning champ, iPad 2.

    Written by Wayne Rash16 March 11 05:44
  • Rackspace, Dell push OpenStack cloud OS

    Rackspace will help enterprises build private clouds using the OpenStack cloud operating system, the company announced Tuesday. Meanwhile, Dell is seeking enterprises and service providers for proof-of-concept OpenStack trials with its Dell PowerEdge C family of servers.

    Written by Julie Bort09 March 11 03:31
  • Burning questions: Virtualisation

    Virtualizing x86 infrastructure isn't just a one-step process -- as servers change, the whole data center must change as well. While server hypervisors such as VMware's ESX, Microsoft's Hyper-V and Xen can make IT more efficient and cost-effective, many of the virtualization advantages can be canceled out when data centers rely on technology and processes that haven't been updated for the virtualization age.

    Written by Jon Brodkin26 Oct. 10 00:52
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