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AMD Poised To Launch 6-Core Istanbul
Commentary  |  5/30/2009  | 
AMD will take Opteron to the next level on June 1, when it formally unveils its 6-core Istanbul processor. The exciting angle for users of high-powered servers (and also viewed from a data-center consolidation perspective) is that Istanbul in 4-socket servers will deliver 24 physical cores. (And you can add virtualization on top of that.) When you add the AMD launch to Intel news last week about its 8-core Nehalem-EX, I'd say we have a have a processing-power revolution on our hands comparable t
Google Executive To Become Federal Deputy CTO
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Andrew McLaughlin will find that he isn't the only ex-Google employee serving the Obama administration.
Kraft's BPO Guru Says Global Mega Deals Do Not Work
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
A deep debate over outsourcing dogma could be in the works following a statement by Kraft's SVP of shared services that "there is very little truly global scale advantage" in BPO deals and that the best approach is regional best-of-breeds involving regional pairs, such as North America and Asia-Pacific. The interview with AMR's Phil Fersht is a must-read for anyone involved in outsourcing strategy.
Global CIO: Sam Palmisano's Grand Strategy For IBM Revealed In $5B Global Financing Plan
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
The company is offering billions to help customers "mind the gap" until so-called stimulus money begins to flow around the globe. And it expects much of that funding will be used to purchase its very own products and services.
bMighty News Flash: Friday May 29, 2009
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: The most dangerous search terms, HP, IBM top server vendors, mobile payment users will double by 2012, and more. . .
Telecom Magnate Carlos Slim's Rise To Power
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
The wealthy and powerful Slim, a mystery in American telecom circles, is revealed in a lengthy profile in The New Yorker.
Users Want Virtual Desktops That Match Their Physical PCs
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Over the last two years, Intel commissioned a study on how companies were delivering virtualization to end users. It's one of the few indicators of where this confused segment is headed. Several approaches are still on the table, but the fastest growing one is where the virtual machine resides on the end user's PC.
Obama Announces White House Cybersecurity Position
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Names that have been bandied about include acting White House cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway and Microsoft VP Scott Charney.
FCC To Examine Rural Broadband Needs
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
A new report indicates that there will be a multiplicity of solutions ranging from cable and DSL to satellite and broadband over power lines.
Cool-er Kindle Competitor Stokes Ebook Mania
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
I'm not a big fan of David Pogue (this video is one reason, though mainly it's because he has a larger audience than I), but I took notice when he reviewed the latest Kindle alternative. What does it all mean? Ebooks are real, and they'll eventually replace print, but for now I'm ticked there are no good portable PDF readers for smartphones.
AT&T, Verizon Racing To Rollout 4G Wireless
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Super-high-speed LTE wireless infrastructure is expected to expand into mainstream networks in the next few years, analysts predict.
Apple, Dell, And P&G Head AMR's Supply Chain Top 25 List
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
AMR Research released its list of the top 25 supply chains in the manufacturing and retail sectors and said a distinguishing characteristic of all 25 is that they place an intensely customer-centric focus on everything from operations to innovation.
Down To Business: Is IT Innovation Dead?
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Even in a tech economy dominated by vendor consolidation and customer cost cutting, plenty of innovation is still happening.
Government Wrestles With Social Media Records Retention Policies
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
Do Executives Take Security Seriously? Survey Says Yes.
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Our exclusive InformationWeek survey shows that IT and executives are on the same page when it comes to information security threats, policies and more.
White House Launching Transparency Blog
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
In a nod to openness and citizen participation in government, the Obama administration also will open White House blogs to public comments.
Obama Should Scrap Cybersecurity Czar, Analyst Says
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Gartner expert says president's plan to protect nation's computing infrastructure won't work.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday May 28, 2009
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: More than half of SMBs own a laptop and prefer Dell, SortPrice offers merchants free application for building virtual stores on Facebook platform, and more. . .
Computer Group Objects To EC Browser Regulations
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CompTIA says Europe's sanctions against Microsoft could damage the whole industry.
Anti-U.S. Hackers Infiltrate Army Servers
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Exclusive: Defense Department investigators subpoena records from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo in connection with ongoing probe.
Federal Agency Seeks $6.6 Billion In Outsourcing Deals
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Defense Intelligence Agency seeks IT services including CRM, cybersecurity, data center administration, disaster recovery, and software development.
Government Panel Calls For Privacy Policy Overhaul
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Report to OMB outlines the creation of a chief privacy officer role and chief privacy officers at every federal agency that already has a CFO.
Google Automates Apps With Scripting System
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Search giant expects enterprise users to employ Google Apps Scripts for scheduling and procurement, transportation planning, and other business automation functions.
From Layoffs To Ripoffs: Wicked New Threats From Ex-Employees
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
Most companies are "ill-prepared for an onslaught which could prove calamitous" and face "the greatest security threat of our times" from laid-off workers who are "extremely dangerous," say members of a global security-response team. In these dark days, stealing data's old hat; the new threats include tampering with billing systems, changing customer orders, and altering design documents.
Greylock Headquarters Moving To California
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The company's decision to shift its venture capital headquarters from Boston to Silicon Valley is calling into question the Boston/Cambridge area's entrepreneurial spirit.
DTV Transition Test Inundates FCC With Calls
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The FCC's soft test of the digital television conversion was a wake-up call for consumers who aren't prepared for the June 12 transition.
Univ. North Carolina, IBM Team Up For Research, Personalized Care
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Integration with IBM's technologies is expected to improve treatment of patients with diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cystic fibrosis.
Apple Awaits Tax Break In Plans For $1 Billion Data Center
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The company is eyeing North Carolina for an East Coast data center to serve its growing Internet operations.
Google Arms Developers With Free Phones, Web Tools
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt heralds the maturation of the Internet application programming model as the fulfillment of a decades-old dream.
VMware Invests $20 Million In Terremark Cloud Services
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The virtualization giant will own 5% of Terremark, which produces cloud and managed IT services for large companies and government agencies.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday May 27, 2009
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SBA report finds small business loans of $1 million or less fell 4% from 2007 rates, Windows 7 RC has an impressive enterprise ecosystem, but misses opportunities, and more. . .
Accenture Shifting Some Business Assets To Ireland
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The consulting and outsourcing firm has 180,000 employees working in 120 countries.
Salesforce Says New-Business Signings Dropped In Q1
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  |'s first-quarter new-business signings came in slightly below last year's as customers took longer to sign, opted for smaller deals, and pulled back on add-ons and upgrades. And while Salesforce is still growing nicely, CEO Marc Benioff was more restrained in the comments he made to analysts than he had been after the previous two quarters.
Former EMC Storage Exec Cleared To Work At HP
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
But a Massachusetts court has ruled that storage expert David Donatelli must avoid for one year working at any Hewlett-Packard unit that competes with EMC.
Intel Nehalem-EX Launch Raises Multicore Ante
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
Forget four cores -- even though it's the sweet spot of the market. I write that only half in jest, because with announcements from Intel (an 8-core Nehalem) and AMD (6-core Istanbul), the lid has been ripped off the supposed upper limit on cores and threads. Consider that a Nehalem-EX with 8 physical cores and 2 threads per core for 16 total logical threads. In a four-socket server configuration, this can deliver 64 logical cores. [Update: This number has been corrected to 64 logical cor
New Amazon Cloud Service Says Forget Internet, Go Snail-Mail
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
If it's true that everyone likes newspapers and sausages but no one wants to see either one being made, then perhaps we'll have to add Amazon Web Services into that mix: for uploading very large data files, a new AWS service lets clients bypass the Internet and transfer the data to AWS the old-fashioned way: a physical package moving through the physical world. Who knew?
Obama, White House To Oversee Cybersecurity Leadership
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The national security staff will include new positions for addressing cybersecurity, information sharing on terrorism, border security, and preparedness and response.
Department Of The Interior Can't Locate Many PCs
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The federal agency can't locate 20% of its computers and, because it has no encryption requirements, the missing PCs could be vulnerable to data theft or loss.
U.S. Stimulus A 'Potential Goldmine' For Wireless Telecoms
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
A mix of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices, sensors, and communications systems will link health networks, while in education, providers will promote a brace of opportunities, a new report says.
Psystar Carries On Cloning Despite Bankruptcy
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Imitation Mac maker continues to take orders after Chapter 11 filing.
Global CIO: How Do You Match Up Against 50 Of The World's Top CIOs?
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
The global economic downturn is accelerating the evolution of the CIO position, requiring CIOs to be more business-driven, customer-focused, and accountable for growth.
Move To Ban Texting In Massachusetts Intensifies
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The issue has been taken up on a state-by-state basis in recent months.
Firefox Extension Malware Raises Security Questions
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Mozilla's diligent cleanup rather than catching malicious add-ons before they reach the public has rankled some in the security community.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday May 26, 2009
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Monthly small business confidence index slides 10 points, Microsoft rumored to be renaming Kumo search engine "Bing," and more. . .
Meet 50 Of The Top CIOs In The World: The Global CIO 50
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
Who are the very best at this daunting profession? What are their priorities, and their achievements? What companies are they from, and which industries? Come check out our list - the Global CIO 50 - featuring profiles of some of the world's top CIOs, including 10 from India, eight from China, five from Brazil, and top IT execs from many other countries.
Interop Raises CIO-Level Interest In Cloud, Virtualization: Video
Commentary  |  5/25/2009  | 
While last week's Interop event in Las Vegas showcased a wide range of innovative enterprise technologies including mobility, WAN optimization, security, storage, smartphones, data center infrastructure, servers, and more, the biggest CIO-level activity was centered around cloud computing, whose acceptance and potential are growing rapidly, and virtualization, which has already become a cornerstone in 21st-century enterprise IT strategy.
Google Sued By Inventor of Vibrating Toilet Seat
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
Johnny I. Henry says he was humiliated that Google and AOL returned search results that refer to him with a hateful term.
Army Deploying Vista On Hundreds Of Thousands Of Computers
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
The migration is driven by the better security offered in Windows Vista and Office 2007.
bMighty News Flash: Friday May 22, 2009
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Bill Gates says tech will lift U.S. out of recession, Google accelerates Chrome 2 for Windows, Facebook users hit with another phishing attack, and more. . .
Remembering And Honoring Our Heroes On Memorial Day
Commentary  |  5/22/2009  | 
As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day in honor of America's warriors who have sacrificed so much to keep the rest of us safe, I wanted to share a story about a small American city building a small but lovely memorial to three of its sons who gave their lives in military service to America and in so doing won this country's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.
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