News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in January 2011
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Oracle Unveils 5TB Tape Drive
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
The StorageTek T10000C is built for the SL8500 Modular Library System, which can be expanded to 1 exabyte of storage for archiving and backup.
Global CIO: HP Calls Out Apple In CEO's Quest To Be Coolest Of All
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
New CEO Leo Apotheker finally talks about HP's future but says nothing about the enterprise. Instead, he says HP will out-cool Apple. Word up.
Intel Discloses Flaw In Sandy Bridge Chipset
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Fixing the 6 Series chipset design error will cause a $300 million revenue drop in the first quarter, said the company.
IBM Takes Social Business Mobile
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Lotus-integrated social features for the Apple iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Nokia devices were unveiled at Big Blue's Lotusphere event in Orlando.
Android Steals Top Smartphone Spot From Symbian
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Nokia was ousted from atop the smartphone platform leader board after a nearly ten-year stay as Android led sales in fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys data.
Global CIO: The Software Revolution: Can SAP Light The Fuse?
Commentary  |  1/30/2011  | 
Three emerging technologies have sparked a new generation of incredibly fast enterprise apps with huge disruptive potential—and SAP plans to lead this revolution.
How Careful Do You Need To Be With Cloud Storage? - Bandwidth
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Cloud storage continues to get treated as this extra special project that you need to be more careful with than other projects you would undertake in the data center. Our belief is that you need to be no more careful with cloud storage than any other IT project and in some cases you can be a bit more risky. In this entry we will address some of the concerns surrounding bandwidth.
CodeWeavers Unmasks Windows Impersonator For Mac, Linux
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
CrossOver software lets users run apps on PCs "without paying a dime to Microsoft," said the firm.
Top 5 Handset Makers Of 2010 Ranked
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Nokia, Samsung, and LG remain firmly entrenched atop the market share rankings, but innovation and the crucial smartphone segment will determine the rest of the pecking order in 2011, according to IDC.
Lenovo, NEC Announce PC Joint Venture
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Boosting share in the Japanese computer market is the goal of the alliance, which was announced the same day NEC reported a threefold increase net losses.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Will Need A Time Machine To Catch Us, Says IBM
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Ellison's vowed to remake Oracle in the fashion of circa-1960 IBM: a true systems company. But IBM says it's impossible for Ellison to overcome that 50-year head start.
Google-Backed 'Super Wi-Fi' Plan Gets FCC Approval
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
The regulatory agency has granted Google and eight other companies a conditional role in the deployment of white spaces broadband.
Verizon iPhone Or AT&T, Which Is Better?
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
With Apple's smartphone coming to Verizon Wireless next month, users should be asking which carrier offers the better deal.
USDA To Fund 45 Rural Telemedicine Projects
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Agriculture Department grants program will also support network connectivity and distance learning technologies.
iPad Fuels 241% Growth In Apple's Market Share
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Analyst firm says Steve Jobs' company is now tied with Dell as the third largest PC maker—if the iPad is included.
The Dark Side Of Remote Printing?
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Having a printer that can reach out to the Web means having a printer that a hacker can reach out to. Should SMBs lose sleep over this?
Motorola, Nokia Q4 Results Underscore Need For Innovation
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Apple's iPhone has snagged market share from both handset makers, a movement that Verizon's addition of the smartphone is likely to exacerbate.
Wolfe's Den: Intel Inches Into Its Next Big Market
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Diversifying beyond the PC, Intel's multi-billion dollar embedded computing push envisions Atom processors in millions of appliances, Smart TVs, and other connected devices.
Codec Wars: What About Mobile Devices And Content Sites
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Last week I commented about Google's decision to eliminate support for the H.264 video codec standard from Chrome and while I initially focused on the implications for PC users, given the growing use of mobile browsers, I wondered if the ramifications could be even more significant for them. Well, on further reflection, I'm not too worried, at least yet.
Mobile App Revenue To Top $15B This Year
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Worldwide revenue from mobile applications downloaded from online stores will reach $58 billion in three years, Gartner says.
Plantronics Unwraps New UC Products
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Famed Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin highlights company's 50 year anniversary with new UC-ready handset, speakerphone and UC toolkit.
Global CIO: SAP Transformed: From Stuffy ERP To Real-Time iPad Analytics
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Citing impressive across-the-board results, SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott says new strategies and platforms will drive more growth in 2011.
Google's Android 3.0 SDK Preview Available
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
A pre-release version of "Honeycomb" has been made available to Android developers.
Mac Office 2011 Available For Free Trial
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Apple users can kick the tires for 30 days on new features like Outlook for Mac and Excel Sparklines before they decide to buy.
Microsoft Ships 2M Windows Phone 7 Handsets
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Microsoft claims handset manufacturer partners shipped two million Windows Phone 7 devices by the end of 2010, but it's unclear how many have been sold to end-users.
Intel Commits $100 Million To University Research
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The first of six university-based R&D centers, led by Stanford, will focus on visual computing in tablets, smartphones, and other consumer tech.
Do You Really Need A Server?
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
A lot of SMBs are apparently deciding that they don't, and firms like Cbeyond are banking on that.
Microsoft Earnings Preview: Kinect Up, Windows Down
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Windows OS license sales may be off as much as 25%, but solid growth is seen other key parts of Redmond's operations.
FCC Standardizes On LTE For Public Safety Network
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The typically platform-neutral agency has chosen the 4G wireless standard for an interoperable first-responder network, in the works since 9/11.
Facebook Credits Policy Raises Developers' Hackles
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The social network addresses concerns that the 30% cut it takes when game players use Credits will damage developers' cash flow.
Disney Interactive Restructures, Lays Off 200
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The company has tapped Electronic Arts executive Adam Sussman to lead the operation, which will refocus on social media and mobile games.
Android Gaining On iOS Among App Developers
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Tablets are driving rising interest in Google's mobile platform, which is now within 5 points of matching Apple's ranking.
Steve Jobs Should Take A Cue From AIG's Cancer-Stricken CEO
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Robert Benmosche's forthrightness about his illness is in stark contrast to the Apple chief’s secrecy.
Global CIO: Apple iOS Crushes Google Android In Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
The iPad continued to surge into the enterprise as Q4 activations jumped more than 50%, while Windows Mobile devices dropped out of Top 10, says Good Technology report.
Plantronics Voyager UC: Next Gen Bluetooth Headset
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Our hands-on testing revealed one of the more innovative evolutions in Bluetooth headsets; a device that communicates with your mobile phone and soft phones, and can receive voice alerts from Outlook and instant message systems. But that's not all . . .
Hitachi Unveils 3TB Enterprise Hard Drive
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
The 7,200 RPM Ultrastar 7K3000 has a claimed enterprise-class mean time between failure of 2 million hours.
Google Plans Biggest Hiring Year Ever
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Faced with strong competitors and the curse of bright, entrepreneurial workers who have opportunities elsewhere, Google is bulking up on talent to ensure that it can grow.
Apple Taps NSA Alumnus As Global Security Chief
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Geekonomics author David Rice is the latest in a string of high-profile security hires for the company.
Facebook Makes Credits Sole Legal Currency
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Developers must pay the social media giant a 30% cut whenever online game players use the virtual money.
Microsoft Asks Court To Ban Tivo DVRs
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
The software maker claims the underlying software in Tivo set-top boxes violates its patents and is looking to block sales of the devices in the U.S.
Will Apple, Google Lead Mobile Payment Revolution?
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
By adding near-field communications to the iPhone and iPad, Apple -- along with Google -- may provide the spark needed to ignite mainstream use of mobile payments.
Microsoft's CES Misdirection Depends On Developers To Succeed
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
The version of Windows running on the ARM platform that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed at Consumer Electronics Show, only hinted at Redmond's four-point plan for the future of its flagship operating system.
Electronics Contract Manufacturing Growth To Slow
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
After growing more than 30% last year, electronics manufacturing services and original design manufacturing are projected to slump into single digits this year, according to iSuppli.
AMD Updates Driver Support For OpenGL 4.1
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Radeon, ATI FirePro, and ATI FireGL graphics card drivers for Windows and Linux support the latest OpenGL spec.
NASA Spins Android App
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Spinoff, the space agency's first software for Google's mobile platform, highlights NASA innovations used in people's daily lives.
Foursquare Value Checks In At $250 Million
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Social media location site is developing tools to help local businesses connect with customers and expects to hit 10 million users by June, said site co-founder.
What's Driving Apple's 10 Billion App Success
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
The Google, Research In Motion, Palm/HP, and Microsoft app stores are all playing catch up with Apple, which just celebrated a major app download milestone, but without making one specific change, there's slim chance these competitors will narrow the gap.
Apple Shares Head Lower On Jobs Health Worries
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
The iPad manufacturer's refusal to disclose any details about its CEO's condition has some investors worried.
Global CIO: Steve Jobs' Legacy: 10 Ways He's Rocked Our World
Commentary  |  1/23/2011  | 
The profound influence of Apple's brilliant founder and CEO has changed how corporations of all kinds approach strategy, design, and customer engagement.
Global CIO: Google's Eric Schmidt: Top 10 Reasons Mobile Is Always #1
Commentary  |  1/22/2011  | 
"The answer should always be mobile first," outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt said last year—and his compelling arguments are even more persuasive today.
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