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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in January 2014
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Amazon Posts 20% Revenue Growth, Stock Drops
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Amazon.com and its Web Services unit grew in the fourth quarter of 2013 but not enough to please investors -- Amazon stock dropped 9.5%.
Super Bowl Organizers Try To Prevent Power Fiasco
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Smart grid technologies are among the tools helping planners prevent another Super Bowl blackout.
Microsoft CEO Search: 3 Things Satya Nadella Brings
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Microsoft is set to name Nadella as its next CEO. Take a closer look at who he is and what he brings to the table.
Open Hardware Is Like Linux: True Or False?
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Examine this analogy closely. Open-source hardware and open-source software involve different processes with different levels of user participation.
16 Top Big Data Analytics Platforms
Slideshows  |  1/30/2014  | 
Data analysis is a do-or-die requirement for today's businesses. We analyze notable vendor choices, from Hadoop upstarts to traditional database players.
Microsoft's Open Compute Move: Just Good PR?
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
The disruptive power of Microsoft's Open Compute Group move has spurred debate. Let's talk image versus cold hard revenues.
IBM Sells Its Business Machines: Takeaway Lessons
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
You've seen IT silver bullets come and go before? Make no mistake: IBM truly expects data centers to move to the cloud.
5 Apple Patents Hint At Surprises
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
What new Mac and iPad technologies might Apple have in the pipeline? Take a peek, innovation critics.
Microsoft Makes Azure Server Design Open-Source
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Open-source hardware movement wins a surprise supporter. Microsoft joins Open Compute project, shares its server design ideas.
1 Billion Smartphones Shipped In 2013
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of worldwide mobile phone shipments last year; Samsung, Apple again led the pack.
Apprenda 5.0 Eases Cloud Application Scaling
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
PaaS enables moving legacy Java and .Net applications to the cloud, brings slider interface to automatically scaling server instances as demand rises and falls.
Software Audits: Are You Ready?
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Study reveals more than half of companies have faced software audits within the past two years. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM top list of auditors.
Apple iPhone Record Sales Fail To Impress
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Apple sold 51 million iPhones last quarter, but investors expected sales to top 56 million.
Altiscale Launches Hadoop-As-A-Service
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Founded by big data pioneers from Yahoo and Google, startup unveils cloud-based offering built specifically for Hadoop users.
Windows vs. Mac: Desktop Battle Lines Drawn
Commentary  |  1/27/2014  | 
Reports and executives' hints frame potential Mac vs. PC debates of the future.
Google Glass Aims For Games
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Entertainment apps might be key to making Google's wearable Glass device socially acceptable.
Microsoft's Strong Quarter: 5 Key Facts
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Microsoft's enterprise sales are booming, but Surface is still no match for the iPad.
When The Open Cloud... Isn't
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias argues that using public APIs and open-source code doesn't make your cloud service "open."
Amazon Cuts Cloud Storage Prices, Adds Server Instances
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Amazon Web Services will cut Elastic Block Store prices by up to 50% and Simple Storage Service by an average of 14%, plus add two new M3 virtual servers.
Lenovo To Buy IBM's x86 Server Business
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
IBM will shed its low-margin, low-end server business for $2.3 billion after more than a year of on-again, off-again negotiations with Lenovo.
Motorola Lures iPhone Customers With Migrate
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
Motorola Mobility updates Android data migration app with ability to handle iPhone data.
VMware Goes Mobile With AirWatch Buy
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
VMware accelerates expansion outside the datacenter in a $1.54 billion deal that will broaden the company's End-User Computing portfolio.
Apple Customers Bought More Expensive iPads In Q4
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
Apple sold about 25 million iPads during the holiday season, with iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display making up the bulk of sales.
IBM Plans Layoffs, New Investments
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
IBM says it will "rebalance" its workforce in 2014 after a steep slide in hardware sales, but also invest in cloud, mobile, analytics, big data, and security to fire up growth.
HP Windows 7 Campaign Sidesteps Windows 8.1
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
HP's Windows 7 push makes marketing sense but reflects a lack of confidence in Windows 8.1 PCs.
Apple Phablet Could Disrupt Market
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Phablets aren't a fad, Juniper Research says. Android and Windows Phone will lead the market -- at least until Apple jumps in.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  1/20/2014  | 
Is the IT budget moving out of ITís control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full spending authority. What is in our control: How we respond.
Can Windows Tablets Break Out In 2014?
Commentary  |  1/18/2014  | 
One lesson to date: While Apple can still command top dollar, Windows tablets only become widely desirable when they drop to Android-level pricing.
Obama Outlines 5 Surveillance Reforms
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
NSA's controversial bulk collection of phone records will end, but businesses may be asked to retain data in case the government needs it.
Net Neutrality: Regulation Makes Evil Empire Giggle
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Want a faster, better, cheaper, more available Internet? Painful Net neutrality regulations wonít help. Competition will.
Intel Desperately Seeking Mobile Momentum
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Posting mixed earnings, Intel tries to catch up in mobile while getting ahead in wearable tech and the Internet of Things.
Privacy Fears Hit Retailers' Big Data Analytics Plans
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Brick-and-mortar retailers plan to link in-store analytics with shoppers' mobile devices. Shoppers say not so fast.
5 Big Business Intelligence Trends For 2014
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Visual data discovery, cloud computing, and mobile lead the BI trends to watch in 2014. Take a closer look.
Internet Of Things: 8 Cost-Cutting Ideas For Government
Slideshows  |  1/16/2014  | 
Cisco says tech's new trend darling could mean $4.6 trillion in savings and revenue to governments worldwide during the next 10 years. Examine the ideas.
Oracle Adds Cloud Adapter For Salesforce.com
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Oracle joins the cloud-integration party late, but says its wizard-driven SOA Suite will appeal where on-premises apps prevail.
IBM Stuffs Flash Into Next-Generation Servers
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
IBM moves flash storage inside the box -- 12.8 TB of it -- to work alongside RAM and cut data movement latencies.
PaaS Is Dead. Long Live PaaS
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Platform-as-a-service is not dead -- Red Hat exec Krishnan Subramanian says it has evolved to a higher state.
Windows 9: What We Know
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
With Windows 8.1 floundering, Windows 9 rumors have picked up steam. What can you expect from the next version of Windows?
Top 10 Retail CIO Priorities For 2014
Slideshows  |  1/15/2014  | 
NRF Big Show 2014 serves up a wealth of advice for retail tech leaders looking to embrace digital commerce, adopt a mobile-first strategy, and take advantage of big data.
Is The Cloud Platform Battle Over?
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Iaas and PaaS platform distinctions will soon become irrelevant, as OpenStack's Solum project shows.
FCC Net Neutrality Rules Rejected
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
FCC must draft new rules or rely on the intervention of lawmakers if it's to regulate Internet broadband service providers.
Why Does Nest Need Google? Analytics
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Before we have a truly smart home (or car), we need data analysis that we trust with our lives.
Rackspace Names Taylor Rhodes President
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Former chief customer officer aims to shake off investor doubts about Rackspace's cloud service fortunes.
Dropbox Takes Blame For Cloud Outage
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Post-mortem analysis says Friday's cloud service outage was caused by bad script in routine maintenance update.
Tech Policy Is Not A Religion
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
"Digital libertarians" and "digital technocrats" want us to believe their way is the truth and the light. It's not that black and white.
Google Buys Nest Labs
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
The $3.2 billion deal represents one of Google's largest acquisitions
Fired HealthCare.gov Contractor CGI Won't Starve
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services replaces HealthCare.gov prime contractor CGI with Accenture. But CGI won't go hungry for Medicare contracts.
CES 2014: Cisco's Internet of Everything Vision
Slideshows  |  1/11/2014  | 
Sensor-equipped objects and their networks -- what Cisco calls the Internet of Everything -- will reshape your life, Cisco CEO John Chambers says. Take a closer look.
Motorola Sweetens Moto X Deal
News  |  1/10/2014  | 
Motorola follows up discounts on the smartphone with a free Google Chromecast for new buyers.
With Watson, Is IBM Riding Right Wave?
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
IBM bets that its Watson technology will ride the cognitive-computing wave to commercial success -- while rivals gear up for the connected-computing era.
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