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CA Upgrades System Management Products
News  |  10/30/2009
CA upgrades four system management products, giving each greater authority over the virtual domain as well as physical assets.
Blue Coat Identifies Halloween Trick
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
Blue Coat has identified a new malware trick just in time for Halloween. Unsuspecting victims are redirected to one of two malware sites after searching for Halloween related sites. These distribution sites are typically used for hosting of warez, pirated digital content, but have been switched to malware distribution in the past 12 hours.
Google Maps Adds More Real Estate Data
News  |  10/30/2009
Users of Google's search engine can now find out more detailed information about real estate.
The Crapware Plague: Fed Up And Fighting Back!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
Would you buy a PC from a vendor that treats you like an idiot, wastes your time and makes your life miserable? Chances are, you already do.
WhiteHouse.gov Drupal Detractors Get Buggy
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
The news that WhiteHouse.gov relaunched this week running open source Drupal software raised eyebrows and hackles among knee-jerk anti-Obama types and a small cadre of ignorant bloggers.
Windows 7 First 'Self-Healing' OS
News  |  10/30/2009
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
IBM Targets Smart Cities, Government Services
News  |  10/30/2009
A new government framework is aimed at tax and revenue management, safety, social services, transportation, and urban infrastructures.
Backup & Recovery: Practice Makes Perfect!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
When it comes to recovering data from a backup source, practice makes perfect. And failing to practice can leave your small business in a terrible mess at the worst possible time.
VoiceCon 2009: Tackling A Shifting Business Communications Landscape
News  |  10/30/2009
The enterprise communications event, in San Francisco November 2-5, will feature deep dive sessions and keynotes from Avaya, IBM, and Siemens.
MicroStrategy BI License Revenues Up 39%
News  |  10/30/2009
The business intelligence application vendor's performance is in striking contrast to the broader software industry.
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Amazon Serves Up MySQL
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
Amazon's newest cloud offering: MySQL 5.1 in the cloud, also known as Amazon RDS. And there's worry that it'll turn out to be a bad thing for MySQL in the long run, although that might not hold true for other open source repurposed in the same way.
Records and the Threat of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
I recently hosted a panel for ARMA that proved to be one of the most thought-provoking sessions I have been involved in for a long time. What became abundantly clear early on was that records managers and compliance officers really need to get their head around cloud computing, and fast.
Benioff Discloses All In 'Behind the Cloud' Except...
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Five copies of "Behind the Cloud" have arrived at my desk, two intended for fellow IW staffers and three for me, an embarrassment of riches. It's Marc Benioff's book on how Salesforce.com was created and built into a successful company. I am reading it avidly… but some disclosures will apparently have to wait for the sequel.
A Public Broadband Option?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Having looked over Google's explanation of its Google Voice call blocking practices to the Federal Communications Commission, it's clear to me that U.S. telecommunications regulations need to be thrown out and re-written from the ground up.
Enterprise 2.0: Challenging Economy Pushes Businesses Toward Better Tools
News  |  10/29/2009
TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Nov. 2 through 5 in San Francisco, aims to connect companies with better business technology.
TV Web Site Opts For Cloud Servers
News  |  10/29/2009
To handle extreme spikes in Web traffic, a popular television show's servers were ditched in favor of Rackspace cloud hosting.
bMighty Virtual Event: Dealing With Data Centers -- Now Available On Demand
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
If you thought you missed last week's informative bMighty virtual event on how SMBs can deal with data centers in tough times, it's time to think again. The entire event is now available on demand!
An Android App For The Military
News  |  10/29/2009
Raytheon's mobile application for Android-based smartphones employs GPS, camera, and other real-time capabilities for use in the field.
Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut
News  |  10/29/2009
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Windows 7 Hardware Discounts Offered
News  |  10/29/2009
PC users can now get bargains on Microsoft mice, keyboards, Webcams, and other peripherals—even if they didn't host a launch party.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
News  |  10/29/2009
The rise of Web-based apps, virtualization, and a crop of powerful mobile devices have the traditional PC desktop on the run.
Catbird Monitoring VMs In Amazon EC2
News  |  10/29/2009
A version of Catbird's vSecurity Cloud Edition is available as an app in Amazon's EC2-approved catalog of application services.
'Complexity' Delays Microsoft-Yahoo Deal
News  |  10/29/2009
Deadline for completion passes as the companies work out the fine print.
Motorola Posts 3Q Profit
News  |  10/29/2009
The handset maker is looking to its Google Android-based smartphones, like the Verizon Droid, to regain market share.
SAP Upgrades BusinessObjects Explorer
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Last May I complained that the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer release announced at Sapphire wasn't everything I expected from the big, splashy product launch. As of November, however, the missing ingredients -- namely the combination of system-agnostic data integration and acceleration -- will finally be in place. Here's the scoop.
Ksplice: No More Reboots?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
How'd you like to never have to reboot a Linux box again -- no, not even if you have to apply a kernel-level patch? That's the promise of Ksplice, a software technology for Linux (and maybe soon other platforms) designed to allow a system to be patched from the kernel level on up without having to be restarted. It's available right now for Ubuntu, and from what I can see, it's not digital snake oil.
Android 2.0 Revs Enterprise Features
News  |  10/29/2009
The latest version of Google's mobile operating system makes it easier for users to get corporate e-mail, calendar, and contact information on their handsets.
IBM Integrates Dev Tools With Tivoli
News  |  10/28/2009
The integration of testing and asset management tools enables software developers to more cleanly automate deployment of new apps.
Forget Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
If you have ever seen a survey about when consumers and companies plan to move to Windows 7, there's one choice you can count on being there: "After the first service pack." I suspect that many of the people who make that choice are simply saying they are really busy and just don't want to think about the whole disruptive OS migration thing right now.
Google Launches Music Service
News  |  10/28/2009
Look out iTunes and Amazon, Google has integrated songs into its search results.
Microsoft HealthVault Deal Puts EHRs Overseas
News  |  10/28/2009
A Bangkok hospital will use Microsoft HealthVault personal electronic health records to track patients via the Web.
Ubuntu Server 9.1 Adds Cloud APIs
News  |  10/28/2009
Canonical's Linux operating system includes built-in means of accessing Amazon's EC2 with a compatible set of APIs from the Eucalyptus open source project.
Windows 7 Could Spark Move To 64-Bit
News  |  10/28/2009
More robust architecture would help business users better cope with information overload.
Google's 'Gov Cloud' Wins $7.2 Million Los Angeles Contract
News  |  10/28/2009
The City of Los Angeles plans to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, partly using anti-trust settlement money paid by Microsoft.
Business vs. Tech Perspectives on SharePoint 2010
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
It's tough to get your mind completely around SharePoint 2010 -- an even bigger and more all-encompassing platform than 2007... I can't overstate the enthusiasm for SP2010 at last week's SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. But here's a question for you the enterprise customer: is all this enthusiasm always in your best interest?
New iPhone App Gives 24x7 Swine Flu Coverage
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
Swine flu is permeating everywhere these days--not just the virus, but news about it. But if you're still not getting your fill of H1N1, Harvard Medical School has released a new iPhone app that provides real-time updates while you're on the move.
Google Unveils Free Navigation Service For Android 2.0 Devices
News  |  10/28/2009
Turn-by-turn directions will soon be available to users of Android 2.0 devices, like Verizon's Droid, courtesy of Google.
DOD Says Yes To More Open Source
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
Open source in the government and military isn't a new thing; governance is one of open source's biggest target markets, so to speak. It's still all the more heartening to hear the Department of Defense come out strongly in favor of open source, and to recommend using more of it whenever possible.
Defense CIO Touts Benefits Of Open Source
News  |  10/28/2009
Deputy CIO David Wennergren points to reliability, security, and lower TCO as among the potential benefits of using open source in the U.S. military.
SMBs To Lag In IT Purchases
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
While overall hardware buying plans have returned to August 2008 levels, midsize and small businesses are split on their buying plans and levels of confidence.
CA Offers Integrated Management Console
News  |  10/27/2009
A single console monitors realtime application performance of both distributed systems and mainframe applications.
Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers
News  |  10/27/2009
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
Symbian Kick Starts Developer Program
News  |  10/27/2009
Developers in the Horizon program will be able to more efficiently distribute applications for Symbian, the most widely used mobile OS.
Analytics Aplenty at IBM's IOD Conference
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
What were the odds we'd hear all about analytics at this week's IBM Information on Demand (IOD) conference in Las Vegas? I wish I could have placed that bet! "Analytics" was in the very name of two out of four new products announced at IOD. Here's my quick take:
EnterpriseDB, Postgres Maker, Raises $19 Million
News  |  10/27/2009
IBM, Red Hat, and NTT are backing the open source database maker.
I've Got A Netbook And It's Not A Toy
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
I just put the wraps on an InformationWeek Analytics Informed CIO report on the rise of netbooks in the enterprise. These babies continue to make their way into the office, despite the somewhat weak claims from Intel and Microsoft that they're not appropriate for business use. Says who? Not folks in IT. In our recent InformationWeek Analytics Windows 7 survey of 1,414 business technology professionals, 36% of respondents said they already have some level of netbook use in their organizations
Lithium Batteries On The Hot Seat Over Airline Fires
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
The mantra for today's portable device batteries is "better, stronger and longer." When they take to the sky, however, "snap, crackle, pop!" might be more appropriate.
Verizon CEO: iPhone Deal 'In Apple's Court'
News  |  10/27/2009
The Verizon Wireless network is positioned to handle heavy smartphone usage, but it's Apple's call, says Verizon chief.
VMware Workstation 7 Supports Windows 7
News  |  10/27/2009
Workstation 7 supports virtual machines and takes advantage of enhanced 3D graphics and other features of Microsoft's latest OS.
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