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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in April 2014
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10 Hadoop Hardware Leaders
Slideshows  |  4/24/2014  | 
Hadoop is known for running on "industry standard hardware," but just what does that mean? We break down popular options and a few interesting niche choices.
Postal Unit Scraps Big Iron For Virtualization
News  |  4/23/2014  | 
US Postal Service wanted to virtualize its systems for auditors working in the field but didn't have room for added storage. It found the answer in a specialized appliance.
IBM Unveils Power8 Chip As Open Hardware
News  |  4/23/2014  | 
Google and other OpenPower Foundation partners express interest in IBM's Power8 chip designs and server motherboard specs.
IT Control Is An Illusion
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
With all due respect to GM's Randy Mott, doing most IT work in-house and outside the cloud isn't a winning strategy.
Data Governance Required For Healthcare Data Warehouse
News  |  4/23/2014  | 
Before implementing its ambitious data warehouse, OhioHealth focused on data governance to ensure data is accurate, clean, and usable.
SDN & The Programming Pushback
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
There’s growing pushback against the idea that network engineers must become programmers in an SDN world.
DevOps: Ingredients For The Best Recipe
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
Here's what one company learned by using the DevOps methodology to create a sense of shared responsibility across teams.
Windows 8 Start Menu Coming This Fall?
News  |  4/22/2014  | 
Microsoft may restore the Start menu to Windows 8 and launch a cloud-based version of the OS by this fall.
Red Hat Containers OS-Centric: No Accident
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
Red Hat's critics say containers are the wrong idea, and too focused on the operating system. I say maybe Red Hat knows a thing or two about pleasing developers.
Sensitive Data: What Constitutes 'Reasonable Protection'?
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
NIST's Cybersecurity Framework takes on new context for industry execs in light of FTC lawsuit against the Wyndham hotel chain over data security lapses.
Mainframe Eulogy: Why We Put Gertrude Down
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
Intrepid CIO Stu Laura mourns the death of Big Iron as he embraces the cloud religion.
No-Poaching Settlement Could Spur Tech Talent War
News  |  4/22/2014  | 
Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel reportedly close to settling a lawsuit over agreements not to recruit each other's employees. Tech pros could benefit from more open market.
Watson Not Only Smart Machine In Town
News  |  4/21/2014  | 
Up-and-coming vendors in the genre include AlchemyAPI, Digital Reasoning, Highspot, Lumiata, and Narrative Science, Gartner says.
'BYOS' Should Replace BYOD
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Phone-centric thinking must give way as mobile security, management, and development demands meet wearables, smart autos, and other digital "stuff."
Microsoft Office: 4 Changes, Explained
News  |  4/19/2014  | 
Microsoft maneuvers to keep Office on top, touting data analysis power, tweaking office 365, and more. What do the moves mean to you?
Wearables, Drones Scare Americans
News  |  4/19/2014  | 
Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
OpenStack's French Connection: eNovance
News  |  4/18/2014  | 
Little-known firm in France emerges as one of the top customizers of OpenStack clouds.
Red Hat Linux Containers: Not Just Recycled Ideas
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
Red Hat and its partner, Docker, bring DevOps characteristics to Linux containers, making them lighter-weight vehicles than virtual machines for cloud workloads.
Google's 10 Big Bets On The Future
Slideshows  |  4/17/2014  | 
From Project Ara smartphones to solar-powered drones, these Google projects try to turn science fiction into reality. Look what's coming.
Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems: 4 Facts
News  |  4/17/2014  | 
Microsoft tries to become a power player in the brave new world of Internet-connected sensors, using a cloud-based Internet of Things management service, Azure Intelligent Systems.
Cisco, Arista, HP: SDN Strategies
News  |  4/17/2014  | 
In the second part of this series examining vendors' SDN products, I look at Cisco ACI, Arista's programmable approach, and HP's commitment to OpenFlow.
Zebra Buys Motorola's Enterprise Business, Eyes Healthcare IoT
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
Acquisition underscores Zebra's expectation of strong demand for Internet of Things technologies from healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and other industries.
Red Hat Touts Linux Containers For Cloud
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
Red Hat teams with Docker, urges developers to consider Linux-based containers as a lightweight alternative to virtual machine files for moving workloads to the cloud.
IBM Launches Disaster Recovery Via SoftLayer
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
Virtual Server Recovery is now available through IBM's SoftLayer unit; resiliency services to come.
Land Rover SUV Packs Sensors, Lasers
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
Land Rover showcases its Discovery Vision Concept SUV, which builds in so many high-tech systems it can hardly be called a car.
Microsoft Reveals Big Data Strategy
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
Microsoft's new tools aim to serve all users -- not just data scientists -- extracting insight from big data sets and the Internet of Things.
Smartphone Kill Switches Coming, But Critics Cry Foul
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
Smartphone makers and carriers agree to add optional kill switches to smartphones, but law enforcement officials say the anti-theft effort doesn't go far enough.
Google Maps Shows Crimea As Russian To Russians
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
Google makes Crimea part of Russia on the Russian version of Google Maps and draws protests and scrutiny.
AllJoyn: A Common Language For Internet Of Things
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
Open-source lingua franca aims to let IoT devices and services communicate across manufacturers and operating systems.
VMware Offers Disaster Recovery As A Service
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
VMware disaster recovery service lets customers automatically replicate business systems and data in one of VMware's five vCloud Hybrid Service datacenters.
Google Has Plans For Titan Drones
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
Titan Aerospace's drones are expected to help deliver Internet connectivity to remote regions.
Dropbox For Business Targets Enterprise IT
News  |  4/14/2014  | 
Dropbox makes a play for the enterprise with new admin controls and plans for collaboration tools.
DevOps: A Culture Shift, Not A Technology
News  |  4/14/2014  | 
Andi Mann, author and VP at CA Technologies, says DevOps is a horrible term but a necessary IT culture change.
Hacker Weev Free After Appeal
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, who embarrassed AT&T by exposing a security flaw, had his conviction overturned by federal appeals court.
Google Releases Project Ara Module Developer Kit
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Early version gives developers a glimpse of how to create Project Ara hardware modules. Does it give Apple and Microsoft more to worry about from Android?
Senior Living Community Goes Wireless
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Brookdale Senior Living makes mobile technologies central to how it delivers medical and assisted living services to its residents.
ICANN Defends Internet Oversight Handoff
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Congress hears arguments for and against Commerce Department plans to give up control of many Internet operations.
Netflix Cloud Architect: How To Succeed As Disruptor
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix's former chief cloud architect, outlines how a changed business flowed out of the cloud.
Internet Of Things Demands Open Standards
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
IoT will shift the focus from technology to ideas -- if we get integration right. Heterogeneous System Architecture is a step in that direction.
Platform Wars Just Starting
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
BlackBerry is just an early victim in the platform wars. The likes of Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook will disrupt established product players in enterprises, homes, and cars.
Can IBM Sell Mainframe As Cloud Rock Star?
News  |  4/9/2014  | 
On the mainframe's 50th birthday, IBM positions it as the still young Enterprise Cloud System, capable of running 6,000 Linux workloads.
Why Cloud Fits File Synchronization At Enterprise Scale
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
Tackling the data explosion requires bold new thinking and the abandonment of tried and tired methodologies.
Windows 8.1 Update: 5 Essential Facts
News  |  4/9/2014  | 
Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update will try to tempt non-touch users, including those transitioning away from Windows XP.
Unisys Stealth Makes Sensitive Data Go Dark
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
Can you make data invisible to intruders? Unisys Stealth system creates a community around sensitive data and encrypts communications between all users.
IBM Expands MobileFirst Consulting Services
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
IBM adds infrastructure-consulting, app-platform-management, and device-procurement services to its mobility services portfolio.
Bluetooth Wants Its Bite Of Big Data
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
Bluetooth's low-energy implementation makes the ubiquitous wireless technology ideal for the Internet of Things' data-swapping ways, says Bluetooth backer.
FTC Privacy Enforcement Power Wins Court Blessing
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
The agency's claim against Wyndham Hotels for poor data security practices has been allowed to proceed.
Google's Android TV: Aim Lower
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
Still smarting from disinterest in Google TV, Google is working on a less ambitious, more appealing sequel.
CIOs: Always Be Strategizing
Commentary  |  4/7/2014  | 
Tech leaders should constantly be connecting the dots on how software, services, and processes touch all facets of the company.
HP Unleashes CloudSystem 8 For Private, Hybrid Clouds
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
HP's converged cloud system hits general availability to enable private clouds that work with VMware and hybrid clouds that rely on OpenStack.
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