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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in February 2009
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Do You Backup Your Blog?
Commentary  |  2/28/2009  | 
Yesterday I reported on an apparent hacker attack on the iMedia Connection site. It appears the site must have been hit hard as it is down over 48 hours. What are you doing to make sure your blog is backed up in the case of a hacker attack or server outage?
Death Of Local Newspapers Spells Trouble
Commentary  |  2/28/2009  | 
The Rocky Mountain News is dead, and the San Francisco Chronicle is on life support. The Detroit Free Press, which just won the George Polk Award and Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting that led to the perjury conviction of a popular mayor, is reducing home delivery to three days a week. Community newspapers are dying, and online news media isn't filling the void. It's a bad situation.
Smartphones Alter Unified Communications Equation
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Earlier this week, I wrote about a Siemens study that identified the top 6 communications pain points for SMBs. Today, I heard from a UC expert who offered some interesting insight into the topic -- especially on the impact of smartphones on unified commications.
Interop Insider (MP3): Virtualization, Cloud, Green IT, & Security Are Major Themes At Upcoming Interop
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
I've decided to start publishing a new series of podcasts that I'm calling Interop Insider. After all, in addition to publishing InformationWeek, TechWeb also is the producer of some great events like Interop. So, given that us InformationWeekers can get an inside track on what's happening with our sister events, why not jump on that track early and develop an audio series that can be heard over time, or piled in its
In A Down Economy, Prepaid Wireless Grows
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Leap Wireless and MetroPCS are picking up multiple subscribers as consumers look to trim costs.
Qualcomm Buys Mobile TV Company
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Qualcomm is beefing up its mobile TV team as a potentially competing service from the Open Mobile Video Coalition looms.
AMD On Track To Ship 32-Nm Chips In 2010
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
CEO Dirk Meyer says ramp up with begin in the middle of next year.
Nortel To Cut 3,200 Jobs
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
As part of its massive reorganization, the telecom equipment supplier will cut about 10% of its workforce and eliminate bonuses.
Novell Rolls Out Manager For Virtual Environments
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The company's PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0 software helps coordinate Hyper-V, Xen-based environments.
Carbon Disclosure In Discrete Measures
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
The Carbon Disclosure Project's first global supply chain report, due on March 5, should be an eye-opener -- not only for what it contains but for what it lacks. Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM are among the IT companies that joined the CDP Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration and will be represented in the report.
Global CIO: IT Project Triage (And Why Skippy Must Die)
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Howard's rules for which projects to kill, which to preserve, and how to live to fight another day.
IT Search Engine Adds Netflow
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Startup Paglo, which offers SaaS-based IT management based on search, now collects Netflow data to help customers monitor bandwidth usage by users, applications and protocols.
VMware CTO Cites Virtues Of Virtual Machines
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
"There's no excuse not to run your database system in a virtual machine," VMware CTO Stephen Herrod said in his keynote at VMworld Europe.
Want An Obama Coin? Operators Are Standing By
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Have you been tempted by a historic Obama coin or wished you could hear those bingo numbers better? Have you wondered whether operators are really standing by? It turns out they are.
Blu-Ray Partners To Launch 'One-Stop' Licensing
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
If the partners can get approval from all patent holders, then all Blu-ray products would be charged a flat fee, which would go into a pool and be divided among patent holders.
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Dell Cost Cutting $1 Billion As Profits Fall 48%
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Like other PC companies, Dell is suffering from the effects of the worldwide recession.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Down To Business: Does Business Ethics Make Business Sense?
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
The best companies define and enforce employee codes of ethics, but in the end reputations rise and fall one person at a time.
Google Blocks Paid-App Access For Developer G1s
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The search giant said it doesn't want Dev Phone owners to be able to use the root access capabilities to pirate applications.
25 Random Things About... bMighty.com!
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
You know that annoying Facebook meme going around where people you hardly know shared way more than you ever wanted to learn about them? And you know how it's finally died down and you thought you were safe? Well, think again: here are 25 Random Things About bMighty.com, the InformationWeek Business Technology Network's site for small and midsize busineses.
Intel Joins Dell In Challenging Netbook Trademark
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Psion Teklogix has held the trademark for the term "netbook" since 2000, but PC makers say the word is now generic.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Shakes Up Management
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
While Yahoo's CFO and mobile czar pack their bags, the executive's first blog indicates a new focus on improving relations with customers and advertisers.
Microsoft Files Suit Against TomTom's Implementation Of Linux
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The suit claims infringement of eight Microsoft patents related to car navigation systems and file management.
Yahoo's Mobile Leader Leaves
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Marco Boerries' departure comes as new CEO Carol Bartz announces a reorganization of Yahoo management.
NASA's Bad Week: A Crash; Accusations Of Fraud
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
On Tuesday, a failed NASA launch sent a satellite deep into the frigid sea near Antarctica. On Wednesday, the FBI searched the offices of a University of Florida professor accused of swindling the space agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. [Update: on Friday, the White House released its budget proposal, which calls for the space shuttle to be retired.] Luckily for NASA, the week's nearly o
Netflix To Offer Streaming-Only Movie Service
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The subscription movie-rental service is recognizing the growing popularity of on-demand video over the Web.
Google Defuses Street View Privacy With User Photos
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In so doing, the company manages to deflect and dissipate much of the criticism leveled against it for company-directed image acquisition.
Review: Safari 4 Beta Takes Page From Google Playbook
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The latest version of Apple's Web browser, now in beta, copies features already available on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera -- and looks great doing it.
Nokia Looking To Make Laptops
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The world's largest cell phone maker is actively looking at the market because the mobile phone and PC experiences are rapidly converging.
Change In The Wind You Can Believe In
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
PricewaterhouseCoopers says the winds of change that have blown a few clean-tech IPOs off course aren't strong enough to stop the renewable energy market from moving ahead. That includes wind power. Certainly, Intel, Cisco, Google, and other high-tech companies agree and continue to invest in wind and other renewables. There is, however, still that pesky question of a new, or revitalized, electrical grid.
Give Up Technology For Lent?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Now that the Mardi Gras parties are over, Catholics (and others) are looking at 40 days of Lent, with self-denial replacing wild exuberance. Well, here's a modest proposal: why not give up some seductive technologies that may waste more time than they save? bMighty.com came up with 8 likely candidates.
Google Takes Credibility Hit With Gmail Outage
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The company will credit some customers for 15 days of service, which would amount to almost 4% of the $50 per user per year Google charges.
Opera Serves Up 1 Petabyte For Mobile Users
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Opera Mini has seen explosive growth in places like Russia and the Middle East thanks to demand for sites like Facebook.
Podcast With Google's Pete Koomen On New Business Model For App Engine
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
When it comes to running custom apps in the cloud, there are basically two architectures. One involves an IaaS (Intel-as-a-Service) provider like Amazon with its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) where you load your own software stack onto Amazon's pay-as-you-go bare metal (virtual as it may be). The other is to develop your code to run on one of the platforms as a service (PaaS). One such PaaS is Salesforce.com's F
Britain Endorses ODF; Why Not The U.S.?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The Open Document Format was adopted today by the British government as a basis for making future software purchases based on open standards. In general, Britain is requiring government agencies to use as much software based on standards as possible, based on its 10-point program to encourage open standards and open source. If Britain can do it, why can't we?
Mobile Search Ads To Grow 130% By 2013
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Google is in a good position to capitalize on this growing market by aggressively moving its AdWords program to the mobile space.
Global Chip Revenue Forecast Drops To Near Record Low
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Gartner predicted it will take at least three years for the semiconductor industry to regain 2008's revenue levels.
Stimulus Package Will Spur New Tech Jobs
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Compared with other job sectors, the IT labor force has been holding up relatively well during the recession. And now there's an extra boost -- the government's economic stimulus programs should fuel demand for new tech talent in several key areas.
Coghead Failure Highlights Risks Of Cloud Computing
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Cloud computing is growing, with Google now monetizing its App Engine. But no matter what the vendor, customers should have a good emergency-exit strategy.
China May Soon Get iPhone 3G
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Apple has reportedly reached a deal to bring the popular touch-screen smartphone to China Unicom in May.
HP, Sun To Support Solaris On ProLiant Servers
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The deal elevates Sun to a strategic partner for HP's ProLiant servers and could also help each in its battle with a common enemy: IBM.
Global CIO: CIO As Chief Cost Cutter: It's Not Enough
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
When the upturn arrives, will your customers be satisfied with the capabilities your company had before it went into lockdown mode or will they be looking for growth strategies?
Which Linux Distro And Why?
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Video: Straight Off The UPS Truck, A New Amazon Kindle 2 Is Unboxed
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
In this, my first "unboxing" video on InformationWeek, you'll see me unpackage an Amazon Kindle 2 straight off the UPS truck. Amazon had planned to ship the first round of Kindle 2's on Feb. 24. But they shipped a day early and I received my review unit yesterday. Here's a video from carton to Kindle 2.
Nokia's iPhone Rival Hits AT&T
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The Symbian-powered Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has a large touch screen, Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, and it can be purchased for $399 unlocked.
D-Link Rolls Out 802.11n Access Point For SMBs
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The future of business is wireless and the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard holds the promise of more speed and longer range. The roster of available "n" products is growing fast and that includes offerings for small and midsize businesses.
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