News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in April 2008
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Adobe Pushes Broader Mobile Strategy For Flash
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Several of the moves will further open access to Flash, including removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV file formats.
Xerox Shows Off Future Tech And Tries To Better Define Itself
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
Interop: Rat's Nests Of Cables No Match For Panduit's Intelligent Patch Panels
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
I'm sure competing solutions exist (or maybe not -- you tell me). But this year's Interop marks the first time I've ever seen an intelligent patch panel: one that drives the visibility into your network another layer deeper than the visibility that might normally end with your routers and switches. The offering -- a Best of Interop finalist -- comes from Panduit, and about the only thing I can imagine comi
The Internet And The Father Of Acid
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
I've been racking my brain all day to come up with an excuse to blog about the death of Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD. Turns out Nick Carr already beat me to it!
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
Judge Rejects RIAA's Music Copyright Infringement, Distribution Claims
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Merely making copies of music available does not equal distribution, or primary copyright infringement, the judge said.
McKinsey: Measure Data Center Efficiency Like Car Fuel Efficiency
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The report recommends companies adopt a new metric called Corporate Average Data Efficiency (CADE) that combines both IT and facilities costs to monitor energy use.
Losses Continue, Bright Spots Ahead At Alcatel-Lucent
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Though impacted negatively by weakness in the dollar versus the euro, the company said it will continue to pursue 3G, 4G, and WiMax.
HP Reveals Memristor, The Fourth Passive Circuit Element
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The memristor will enable a new era of nanoscale electronics, scientists say.
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Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
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Interop: Fixed/Mobile Convergence Coming to Your Company?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Employees no longer sit in their cubicles all day. Instead, executives move from place to place, visiting customers and clients. Figuring out how to reach these individuals has been a problem: Do you try their office number or their cell?
Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
You've programmed your firewall to block the ports that some unwanted app is using and that app turns up on your net again. Net-enabled applications don't tie themselves down to one port the way the Web (HTTP, port 80) and other apps do. After some firewall shuts their ports down, they find another port. Using traffic profiles instead of ports to identify more than 600 applications, not only did Palo Alto Networks' series win InformationWeek's
Best Of Interop 2008
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Each year Interop presents its "best of show" awards. This year featured several products from Cisco (some developed in-house, some acquired), and the usual lineup of upstarts (Palo Alto Networks, Mellanox Technologies, Splunk, Spigit). Cisco managed its share of awards, most notably for its
Interop: Alcatel-Lucent Claims APIs And Scalability Are Comm Server's Key Differentiators
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Here at Interop in Las Vegas, a handful of exhibitors who also are Best of Interop finalists are waiting to find out if InformationWeek's editors have singled them out as winners or not. One of them is Alcatel-Lucent, who is here showing off its XML API-enabled Omnitouch Advanced Communications Server (ACS). Via those APIs, director of product management Peter Anderholm (pictured below left) claims that enterprises can, for collaborati
SAS Institute Unveils Software To Help Companies Go Green
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
SAS pitches the software as providing a proactive approach to assessing green efforts, before businesses are forced to by new laws or environmentally conscious customers.
Under Pressure, Senate Clears Runway For Air Traffic Control Modernization
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Breaking up an impasse as bad as rush hour over La Guardia Airport, the U.S. Senate this week is set to pass a reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration that may finally pave the way for modernizing the nation's antiquated air traffic control system.
Microsoft Again Delays Windows XP SP3 Release
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is holding up the software update's release, this time after finding a compatibility issue with an electronic checkout system for retailers.
Wi-Fi Cafes: Easy To Find, But Free Is Fading Away
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Despite the expanded services and rollouts, paying for Wi-Fi at some of the larger chains has created an opportunity for smaller restaurateurs.
HP Wields Blade Workstations For Mechanical CAD
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The hardware includes an advanced network software utility that allows designers working in 2-D or 3-D environments to work over a standard network.
Interop: SaaS Is A Key Driver Behind Upswing In Innovation
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
McKinsey & Company's Abhijit Dubey said software as a service is becoming mainstream within the IT industry, particularly among small and midsize companies.
Web 2.0: Clay Shirky On Wikipedia, Sitcoms, And Gin
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor at NYU who studies social media, gave a stirring talk at Web 2.0 Expo last week on the Web 2.0 revolution -- how it's harnessing all the brainpower made available by the societal changes of the past 60 years. That time was, until recently, wasted watching mindless television, but now it's being put to work on Web 2.0 projects, some profound and some silly, but all significant.
Hello, Would You Like A New Job?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
When was the last time you got a call from a headhunter? Have those calls cooled down lately? Think it's due to the weak economy, or do you think it's possible that you're just not that "hot" anymore?
Interop: Prof. Prahalad Says IT Matters More Than Ever
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The business guru told an Interop audience that technology lets companies achieve greater flexibility and customization while lowering unit costs.
'Lost' Fans Serve Up Surprising Lessons About Web 2.0 For Business
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
When I set out to do an article about fans of the TV show Lost and how they're using the Internet, I didn't think I'd learn anything about using Web 2.0 for business. I thought it was an article our readers might find entertaining, and that I'd enjoy doing, and nothing more than that. And yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of business lessons popped out, about self-organizing groups and how they can get results without traditional, top-down management.
iPhone Officially Coming To Canada
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Apple's exclusive deal with Rogers Communications is likely to put an end to unlocked models in the country.
It Could Be 15 Years Before We Know What's Really Green
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
It's the eve before Interop here in Las Vegas and we've just wrapped up Energy Camp where, as can be seen from the user-decided agenda, the conversation went deep and wide on a variety of subjects related to the reduction of information technology's carbon footprint. Two key takeaways for me were (1) many so-called "green" remedies have a dark enough side to them that they may not be as green as we think they are, and (2) it may t
Interop: RMI Launches Low-End Processor For Network Appliances
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The chip targets entry- to medium-level gateways, WAN optimization appliances, content-security appliances, access points for wireless LANs, and other appliances.
Interop: nSolutions Launches NOVA Change And Configuration Management Appliance
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The appliance is designed to help users more easily make modifications to their IT environments without disrupting critical operations.
Apple's Success Brings More Patent Lawsuits
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
During the first four months of 2008, Apple was named as a defendant in eight patent infringement lawsuits, up from five during the same period in 2007.
Treadmill Desk: It's Crazy - But Is It Crazy Enough To Be A Good Idea?
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
A treadmill desk is a desk that doesn't have a chair, but instead has a treadmill in front of it. The theory is that you stand up and walk while you work or play on your computer, getting exercise while going digital. When I first heard this idea, I thought the idea was completely insane. But the more I hear about it, the more it make sense to me, and I think I'll give it a try.
Sony Pictures Uses 'Green Power' For Data Center
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Sony Pictures Entertainment is the first customer of data center operator 365 Main to sign up for a new reusable energy program.
Interop: Dell Preloads Server For Software Appliance Market
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The company expects the CR100 to be used mostly for e-mail, Web security, and infrastructure management, such as for acceleration, monitoring, and management.
Interop: Microsoft Goes Green With Efficient Code, Employee Bus Line
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Microsoft plans to work more closely with independent software developers to help them build applications that don't draw CPU cycles unnecessarily.
FCC: Issues Kept Bidders From 700 MHz Safety Spectrum
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
An agency report says fears of payments defaulting if negotiations failed as well as the costs of building out and operating the D block kept companies away.
Apple Updates iMacs Amid Booming Sales
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
In addition to faster processors, the new iMacs are rated EPEAT Silver and meet the Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption.
Nokia's New Phones: Built For Comfort And Speed
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The mobile phone maker announced three phones with features including facial contours, tap-sensitive response, and background noise cancellation.
The $3 Billion Electricity Bill
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
How much are you paying to run your servers? A study on server electricity consumption says the utility bill for U.S. servers came to nearly $3 billion dollars.
Verizon's Earnings Jump Thanks To Wireless Growth
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless unit recorded 1.5 million net customer additions, and Verizon's FiOS TV service signed up 263,000 net new customers.
Forrester Predicts Slow Year For Government IT Spending
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report found that 43% of governments are working with flat budgets this year, while 40% have bigger budgets than last year.
IBM, Cambridge Push For Increased Funding For Service Innovation
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report encourages universities to offer courses in service science, management, and engineering and urges governments to provide more funds for research.
AMD Launches Business-Class Chips
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Advanced Micro Devices introduced seven processors designed for business desktop PCs, and plans to later offer chips for business notebooks.
Web 2.0: Changing Affiliate Marketing
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
Sometimes you just need to change the rules to stay on message. So when a panel of affiliate marketing experts and consultants convened Tuesday to discuss their industry and how it can evolve and mesh with Web 2.0 ideas, we had to know more.
Nokia Continues To Dominate Mobile Phone Market
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Mobile phone suppliers shipped a total of 291.5 million units during the first quarter, up 14.3% from a year ago.
'LOL' Slips Into Homework But Formal Writing Still Valued
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Twenty-five percent of teens surveyed said they used emoticons in school writing and 38% said they used text shortcuts or abbreviations.
EarthLink To Shut Down New Orleans' Municipal Wi-Fi
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
The project goes dark May 18 after the Internet service provider said it was unable to find a buyer.
Associated Press Teams Up With Verve Wireless For Mobile News
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
The mobile news service will be tailored for smartphones and give users one point of access for local, national, and international news.
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