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IEEE sets new Ethernet standard that brings 5X the speed without disruptive cable changes

As expected the IEEE has ratified a new Ethernet specification -- IEEE P802.3bz – that defines 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T, boosting the current top end speed of traditional Ethernet five-times without requiring the tearing out of current...

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Microsoft Azure networking is speeding up, thanks to custom hardware

Networking between virtual machines in Microsoft Azure is going to get a whole lot faster, thanks to some new hardware that Microsoft has rolled out across its fleet of datacenters.

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GitHub open-sources internal load-balancing software

GitHub Load Balancer was originally created to handle Git's billions of daily connections

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Nutanix CEO skewers box-based hyperconvergence rivals

Nutanix founder and CEO Dheeraj Pandey doesn’t want you to get too excited by today’s hyperconverged infrastructure offerings because they’re just ‘a pit stop’ on the way to making all infrastructure invisible. Pandey, whose company...

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Microsoft commits to running data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft announced it plans to run its data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018. The company’s worldwide production, licensing and logistic centers already run off 100% renewable energy.

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CIO September 2016 Digital Magazine: Big data on campus

Cover story: Facing federal and state pressure to raise retention and graduation rates, dozens of colleges and universities are developing analytics tools to help students make better decisions about everything from courses to social...

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42% off Corsair Waterproof Shockproof 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Deal Alert

This USB 3.0 flash drive is designed to keep your files safe. The anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum housing is waterproof to 200 meters, vibration-resistant, and shock-resistant. USB 3.0 means read speeds up to four times faster than...

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Review: Microsoft Windows Server 2016 steps up security, cloud support

Large shops will find many reasons for making the switch. Businesses of other sizes might have to do a pretty thorough cost-benefit analysis given the new pricing structure.

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Citrix wins VDI shootout

Virtual Desktop Interface is becoming easier to do, with potentially killer graphics, reasonable port virtualization, fine-grained administrative control, and with potential hosts other than Windows.

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The best new features in Windows Server 2016

From Docker-driven containers and Nano Server to software-defined storage and networking improvements, the next version of Windows Server is packed with great new features

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ICS vulnerabilities are still rampant

Industrial control systems are part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. But according to a panel of security experts, they remain catastrophically vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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Cisco: New net management software lets users spot industrial Ethernet network problems quickly

Cisco has rolled out a Windows-based network management package that gathers Industrial Ethernet network events and alerts IT to the event for quick impact analysis and troubleshooting, the company said.

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50% off Inateck USB 3.0 Dual-Bay Hard Drive Cloning Station - Deal Alert

Need occasional access to bare drives or full backup to external bare drives? Want to clone your hard drive to SSD? This Super Speed USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station is an ideal solution for you to enjoy your videos, photos, music...

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New Relic aims to be your dashboard of the future

CEO Lew Cirne talks about application management's new role in business, and a new pricing strategy for his company's cloud-based tool.

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Here are the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize 'winners'

Let’s say you’re a scientist, and you’ve worked your entire adult life at your discipline. You do a sort of offbeat study, for valid scientific reasons, and figure, hey, this’ll get a laugh in whatever journal is relevant to your...

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Google Fiber push advances in Nashville

Google Fiber won a victory in Nashville as the city's Metro Council approved an ordinance that would speed up the company's fiber-optic cable installations.

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Citigroup is cutting costs by making storage simpler

Citigroup is using software-defined storage to build an infrastructure that could last 25 years – while generations of hardware come and go. By simplifying its architecture, Citigroup expects to slash its operational expenses, which...

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Samsung releases the world’s fastest gumstick SSD

Samsung today released two new gumstick SSDs based on the non-volatile memory express (NVMe) specification with peak speeds of up to 3.5Gbs.

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