News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in September 2009
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Vivek Kundra: All Customers, All The Time
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
CIOs are an interesting lot, cast as both business and technology leaders. Get them talking about agile development, and the inner geek appears. Talk about net present value, and they grab their lapels and straighten their pocket squares. But today's CIO talks increasingly about the customer, and if our nation's CIO, Vivek Kundra is paid every time does, he might be able to help bail out both the banks and the car companies.
Zimbra Adds Social Networking Features
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra unit continues to enhance its open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange and IBM LotusNotes.
Google's Postini May Shape Wave Security
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Two years after being acquired by Google, Postini is looking to extend its messaging management tools to other Google services.
National Broadband Could Cost $350 Billion
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
An FCC task force said costs are far higher than available funding, but the plan would produce major economic and social benefits.
BlackBerry For Mac Out Friday
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Research in Motion announced that native desktop software for managing the company's BlackBerry smartphones will be available as of this Friday, October 2, at 1 PM EDT. The software will bring Mac-based mobile workers the functionality that up til now they've needed to use a third-party app for.
HP Hires Sun's Senior VP Of North American Sales
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HP has hired Randy Seidl, a key Sun sales executive to head up its Americas sales organization, putting more pressure on Sun.
HP Considers Merging Printer, PC Units
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The company is planning to combine the once-joined units to minimize slippage in its printer business.
Mathias On Mobility: Wi-Fi Continues Its Advance
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The recent finalization of the IEEE 802.11n standard spotlights the fact that wireless has moved up to the esteemed position of primary access for, well, almost everyone today.
Global CIO: Accenture Should Start Buying—Here's A Shopping List
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Where is it written that IT services companies have to sit back and wait to be acquired by IT product companies? Accenture has the power to reverse that trend and offer new value to CIOs.
Hybrid Service Overcomes Satellite Phone Complaints
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
AT&T and TerreStar will partner to offer a hybrid cellular-satellite service on standard-sized handsets.
Zipcar App Is Brilliant Branding
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Zipcar iPhone app announced about a week ago is a great example of how to merge technology and marketing in order to deliver branding. More business would do well to follow the lead.
Sustainable & Green: The Color of Money
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Having worked with an organization that got good press for saving money through an automated PC shutdown program, I've fielded a lot of questions from IT managers looking to make sustainability and green moves. I can consolidate my advice on the topic into two short points: First, remember that green is the color of money. Second, overseed.
NYC Schools Overpaying For Proprietary Software
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
The PTA at my daughter's school spends $3,000 per year for an online learning management system. That's $3,000 every year that they shouldn't have to spend.
Quick FAQ: Making Sense Out Of Moblin
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Are you wondering what Moblin is and why you're hearing so much about it lately? Step right up, and we'll try to answer your questions.
Bank Drops Google Suit Over Errant Gmail
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
After obtaining information about the Gmail account holder who accidentally received confidential information, Rocky Mountain Bank and Google have agreed to end the bank's lawsuit.
Dell Releases Latitude Z With Wireless Charging
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The ultra-thin laptop can wirelessly access power, USB ports, audio jacks, and a DVI video link.
'Giant iPhone' May Be Next From Apple
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Newton exec's return to Cupertino intensifies tablet computer speculation.
More SaaS IT Service Management Options
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
AccelOps' latest software release adds new features for network and data center service management, both for premises and SaaS deployments.
New York Health System Launches $400M EMR Program
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Major hospital network plans to deploy one of the largest electronic medical record initiatives in the nation.
Google Wave Preview Release Wednesday
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
After months of closed testing, Google says it will offer Wave accounts to developers, early adopters and select Google Apps customers.
Palm WebOS Boosts Enterprise Features
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The 1.2 version of webOS improves calendar syncing, e-mail capabilities, and paves the way for paid apps, but doesn't restore the ability to sync media with iTunes.
AT&T Launching Location-Centric Garmin Nuvifone
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Garmin's smartphone includes the turn-by-turn navigation features found in its high-end GPS navigation devices.
Global CIO: Ballmer Blasts IBM For All The Wrong Reasons
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Days before launching Microsoft's "New Efficiency" strategy, Steve Ballmer took some swipes at IBM and its strategy, which is bizarre because Ballmer's taking Microsoft down a path IBM's already on.
Defending Our Ethos On Facebook
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Yesterday I posted my outrage about a poll that appeared on Facebook asking if President Obama should be killed. Yesterday, I wondered how we should balance our needs for civility against the equally pressing need for everyone to have access to this kind of vehicle for expression and connection.
A Wireless Edge? This Time For Real (Video)
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
The 802.11n task group formed in January 2004. Two weeks ago, it ratified the wireless standard. Two years ago, we started seeing implementations. The world works this way. If it was just a faster WiFi that would be unfathomable, but many predict this could be the true replacement of the wired edge network.
FCC Seeks Comment On Spectrum Needs
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
As more consumers use devices like the iPhone for mobile Internet services, the FCC is asking if there is enough licensed spectrum to handle it in the future.
Google Gmail Disruption Caused By Network Load, Code Update
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Code changes, data center problems, and heavy usage conspired to make Gmail inaccessible for some last week.
Unified Communications: Guts & Bolts (video)
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
A common theme heard these days among enterprise architects is the increasing need to bring together network designers, application architects and information security teams for any sizable project, and that includes unified communications, especially because those communications often involve customers, not to mention many more parts and pieces.
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
Apple App Store Passes 2 Billion Downloads
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Over 2 billion apps have been downloaded for the iPhone and iPod touch, a milestone that Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls "staggering."
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Oracle customers hear a lot from you about your competitors, but rarely do they hear how you feel about them and what your vision and strategy for them is. You're missing a huge opportunity.
Facebook Promotes Tolerance/Intolerance
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
My initial reaction when I saw that Facebook hosted a poll asking whether or not President Obama should be killed was blind fury. Why haven't they stopped this? Where are the voices of outrage from national political leaders who stir up a hue and cry whenever someone allows a kitten to fall from a tree?
iPhone Set For China Surge
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The launch of the touch-screen smartphone dovetails nicely with China Unicom's rollout of 3G services.
Nokia Buys Travel Social Network Dopplr
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The phone maker is trying to boost its mobile Internet services to better compete against the iPhone, BlackBerry, and others.
IBM Make Linux For Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Jagshemash! Today I have news that IBM opened Linux development center in Borat's homeland of Kazakhstan. It hopes to make country open source capital for all of Central Asia-including the ***holes in Uzbekistan.
Xerox In $6.4 Billion ACS Buy
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Xerox will pay cash and stock to acquire IT and business process outsourcer Affiliated Computer Services.
7 Ways To Save Money On Business Purchases
Commentary  |  9/26/2009  | 
I'd like to share seven of my simple business travel and expense tips for startups that I've picked up over the years. It's critical in the current economic climate that we maximize every dollar spent on goods and services.
Unified Communications Still Cloudy
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
I don't know what term was in vogue when, I just know my generation has never stopped hearing about the concepts behind unified communications. Unified messaging. Convergence. VoIP. IP Conferencing. IP Video. Much of it is a reality today, but one thing it's not (yet) is unified. Our video whiteboard tutorial series attempts to get under the surface.
AT&T Gives iPhone MMS Support
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
The carrier took its time rolling out the iPhone's multimedia messaging service capabilities in order to ensure its network could handle the traffic.
Intel Overclocks To Go Beyond The PC
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
As the future dims for PCs and servers, Intel is setting its sights on developing processors for smartphones and consumer electronics.
Google Boosts Gmail For Android, iPhone
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
The tweaks show that Google is committed to improving the Web-based version of its e-mail service.
IT Lessons From Foiled Qaeda Terror Plot
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Qaeda-linked terror suspect Najibullah Zazi left a digital trail a mile wide for federal investigators to follow, but stopping seems to have required too much luck and footwork.
BlackBerry Maker Pushes For Mainstream
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
More than 80% of Research In Motion's new customers last quarter were non-enterprise users who chose Blackberry smartphones over Apple, Palm, and others.
Verizon May Pass On Palm Pre
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
The move -- which at least one analyst questions -- would hobble Palm's plans to get back to the top of the smartphone market.
Congress Mulls D Block Spectrum Fate
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Lawmakers are trying -- again-- to create a wireless public safety communications network on the D Block of the 700 MHz spectrum.
Vodafone Unveils Samsung LiMo R2 Handsets
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
In the coming months Verizon Wireless and others are expected to also release smartphones based on the latest Linux-based mobile platform.
Perot Systems Is Not A Cool Computer
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Steve Jobs and Michael Dell both abdicated from the big companies they'd founded, watched the businesses stumble, and then returned to their old jobs. It's at that point that the similarities between the two stories ends.
Adobe In The Crossfire
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
With all the excitement surrounding HTML 5 and Web development, Adobe is moving to make sure that Flash remains relevant.
Down To Business: IT Pros: Don't Count On The Government
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
There are simply no federally orchestrated "solutions" when customers ultimately are dictating the terms of global commerce.
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