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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in March 2009
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CA Links Advanced Systems Management To VMware OS
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
CA seeks to remain a virtualization vendor-neutral supplier of systems management as VMware, Citrix Systems, and Microsoft contend as hypervisor suppliers to the data center.
HP Eyeing Google's Android
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
Airborne Emergency Rooms Possible With Flying Wi-Fi
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Incidents of passenger medical crises have been increasing as populations age and as more huge airliners come into service.
Dell Offers HD Screen With Mini 10 Netbook
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Other options available with the Mini 10 include a faster Intel Atom processor for an additional $50.
Design Changes May Help Cell Phone Makers
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
With the mobile market expected to see a decline, many manufacturers are looking to add GPS, music players, and full keyboards to spur interest.
H-1B Visa Applications Expected To Slow
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Experts believe the weak economy will lead fewer companies to apply for H-1B visas this year, but that the 85,000 visa cap eventually will be filled.
Sony Dropping PS2 Price To $100
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
While video-game consoles typically have a lifespan of five years, Sony said it believes it can extend the life of its consoles to 10 years.
Microsoft Offers Server For Tiny Businesses
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Windows Server 2008 Foundation, aimed at organizations with 15 or fewer computer users, will be sold through computer manufacturers.
Samsung Brings Out Propel Pro Smartphone
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The Propel Pro has Wi-Fi, 3G, assisted GPS, and a full QWERTY keyboard for composing text messages and e-mails.
Alcatel-Lucent Smoothes CDMA-LTE Transition
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The company's integration product is likely to be welcomed by Verizon Wireless, which plans to move aggressively from 3G to 4G wireless technology starting this year.
Gartner Says IT Spending Worse Than After Dot-Com Bust
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Companies worldwide will spend 3.8% less on IT in 2009, significantly lower than the analyst firm's "worst-case" October forecast of a 2.3% increase.
Detroit Free Press And E-Reader Startup Announce Partnership
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
The Detroit Free Press, which "delivered" its first online-only newspaper yesterday, has announced a partnership with a Silicon Valley startup, called Plastic Logic, that's developing an e-reader. Is this the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between newspapers and e-reader companies?
PC Failures, PC Fixes: Troubleshooting Mysterious Problems
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Our expert shares strategies for dealing with difficult-to-trace desktop computer problems stemming from Windows and hardware failures, electrical problems, and untrappable OS issues.
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
American Airlines Plans Fleet Of Flying Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Service is scheduled for 150 domestic MD-80s this year to be followed by the rollout of the Wi-Fi service on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Cisco Opens Up Unified Communications And Telepresence To Multivendor Solutions
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Lack of interopability between vendors' systems has long been a thorn in the side of both Unified Communications and Telepresence. At VoiceCon this week, though, Cisco is moving to let its products work better with vendors -- and that could help spur interest in both technologies, especially among smaller companies.
Intel's Nehalem Server Chips Seen Aiding Virtualization
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The improvements in Xeon processors are the kind of technology organizations will need as they deploy more virtualization in their data centers and move toward cloud computing, Intel said.
Nokia Updates Touch-Screen Smartphone
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Nokia's iPhone competitor received a firmware upgrade that improves download speeds, adds a dictionary, and boosts the cameras.
Telstra CEO Sees Investments In China
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Sol Trujillo says additional investments in Asia can bolster his controlling interest in China M, which provides mobile phone content in China.
Video Game Play Improves Eyesight
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
A research study showed that playing first-person shooters like Unreal Tournament 2004 and Call of Duty 2 improves vision.
MySpace Coming To Windows Mobile
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The partnership will also open up Microsoft's Silverlight to MySpace developers.
Google China Starts Offering Free Music Downloads
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Google's partner and music source is Top100.cn, a 4-year-old Beijing-based company that aims to promote licensed online music distribution in China.
AT&T Nabs Nokia E71x Smartphone
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The Symbian-powered smartphone will be aggressively priced at $99, a sign that Nokia is aiming to have a stronger presence in the U.S. market.
Review: Detroit Free Press's Digital-Only Newspaper Delivery
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
This was the first day that my local daily newspaper, the Detroit Free Press, "delivered" an online-only edition. The execution was a bit clunky and confusing. But after slogging through it, I'm left with a sense of hope that daily newspapers might live on in digital form. I share with you my experience--your local newspaper could be next.
Microsoft, TomTom Settle Patent Dispute
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum and remove features from its car navigation devices.
Cisco Blade Will Be Built For Hosting Virtual Machines
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
What was interesting about Cisco's entry into blade servers Mar. 16 was the key role that it expects virtualization to play. It trumpeted its convergence of storage and networking data on the blade. But what about its assumption that the blade will be virtualized?
Storage Startup Turns Many Servers Into One Storage Pool
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
ParaScale software enables a cloud-like system for tier 2 storage and archiving on commodity hardware and Linux.
Fresh Crop Of Intel Nehalem Servers On Way
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, and Sun are among the vendors launching products at the same time Intel officially introduces its latest Xeon server chips.
Intel To Launch Nehalem Server Processor
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The new members of Intel's Xeon family implement the company's next-generation microarchitecture featuring an integrated memory controller.
The Importance Of Word-Of-Mouth Social Sharing For Startup Success
Commentary  |  3/28/2009  | 
During my corporate days, one of my requirements on every promotion we ran was that there was a way to share the promotion with a friend. For nearly every promotion, sharing was the number one referral to the promotion. The key was to make the act of sharing as easy as possible. Why is word of mouth marketing so important today?
BlackBerry Gets SlingPlayer, E-Book Reader
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The growing number of multimedia apps should boost the appeal of the upcoming BlackBerry App World.
Apple WWDC Supercharges Steve Jobs Watch
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Expectations include the release of an updated iPhone, since the current iPhone 3G was announced a year ago at last year's developer fest.
Mac OS X Proof Of Concept Exploit Code Published
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The software has the ability to create a new system volume, call to some OS functions, and change the user ID, without administrative privileges.
HTC's Magic Smartphone Passes FCC Muster
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The touch-screen Android smartphone has T-Mobile's branding, and it will be compatible with the carrier's growing 3G network.
Best Buy Beats Sales Expectations With 10% Increase
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The company, which has been moving to expand its European business, says it will delay new store openings there.
Is Java On Deck For Google App Engine?
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
While working on the post that I just published about whether data that's stored in the cloud is really safe or not (answer: your mileage will vary), I came across a post from Michael Arrington that speculates on whether Google's forthcoming super secret announcement on April 7th is that Google's App Engine
Opera Shows Off Updated Mobile Browser
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Version 9.7 will offer faster download speeds and improved performance thanks to Opera's compression technology.
FCC Seeks Help In Avoiding DTV Switch Disruption
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
AmeriCorps members and even firefighters are being asked to help with the June migration from analog to digital television.
Facebook And Twitter Tips From People Who Should Know Better
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Guy Kawasaki and Gary Hamel produced a pair of lists this week offering tips on Web 2.0 usage that widely missed the mark. Hamel published his list in the Wall Street Journal; Kawasaki's is reproduced from a presentation attended by a blogger and Microsoft employee named Don Dodge.
Podcast: Is Your Data Really Safe In the Cloud?
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Earlier this week, over on InformationWeek's sister site that's dedicated to Cloud Computing -- Plug into the Cloud -- George Crump asked a question that I thought I knew the answer to: Is data in the cloud risky? Crump points to a "
Inside HP's Ink Jet Cartridge Recycling Process
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Paper recycling gets a lot of ink, if you'll pardon the expression. But while many offices and public places have bins for separating waste paper from trash, getting gunked up, empty ink jet cartridges back to the manufacturer is another story.
Verizon May Begin Selling Netbooks
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The move would let the carrier cash in on the red-hot netbook market and keep pace with rival AT&T.
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 27, 2009
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small businesses want less stimulus, more tax cuts, free small businesses resources, Amazon, Google, IBM layoffs, Facebook needs $, Google Checkout fees rise, SMBs virtualize blades, Sun VDI 3, Microsoft attacks Mac, Apple WWDC, Windows 7 Release Candidate, Verizon netbooks, Accolade Systems sues Apple, Skype for iPhone, Opera Mobile 9.7, BlackBerry SlingPlayer, U4EA/Vidtel video communication services, TNCI integrated communications, Conf
iPhone With Skype May Be Right Around The Corner
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Many mobile phone users had been looking for Skype's partnership with iSkoot to provide the link.
Microsoft Ad Takes Swipe At Pricey Macs
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Software maker looks to connect with consumers in an economy where frugality is the new cool.
Comcast's "Dream Big" Campaign Is A Nightmare
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Digital conglomerate Comcast has pulled a page out of the branding textbook, and hopes to humanize itself by running its first "brand advertising" campaign. I think the spots are spooky...and pointless.
Sun Brings Storage Management To Desktop Virtualization
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
With the release of VDI 3, Sun is adding the option of a Sun-only virtual desktop software set.
Nvidia Countersues Intel In Nehalem Licensing Dispute
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Intel has been in volume production of products using the Nehalem microarchitecture since late last year.
Mobile App Store Users To Quadruple By 2014
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
With the iPhone App Store leading the way, research firm In-Stat sees more than 100 million app store users in five years.
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