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6 Amazing Advances in Cloud Technology

The cloud is more than just dirt-cheap data storage and lightning-fast apps. These six innovations show that it's possible to manage servers, develop applications, run virtual machines and even sequence the human genome using cloud technology. Full Story »
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Law Firm CIO Makes the Case for Microsoft Lync

Law firm Holland & Knight already had a who's who of best-of-breed communications products deployed when the firm's IT team decided it needed to replace the tangled mess of PBX systems that provided voice lines at its many offices. It chose to jettison them all in favor of an infrastructure built on Microsoft Lync Server 2013.

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Cisco, VMware Take SDN Battle to Policy Arena

The focus in SDNs and programmable networking is shifting to application policy, an area where vendors can instill their unique architectures and maintain customer dependency.

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U.S. Spy Agencies Adopt New IT Approach

The CIA's decision to use Amazon's cloud is part of a broader IT shake-up to make the spy business more efficient.

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Helping Data Centers Cope With Big Data Workloads

Big data workloads tend to suck up enormous amounts of compute resources, which can create serious log jams in your data center if the workloads aren't scheduled optimally. Adaptive Computing's Big Workflow is designed to leverage HPC and cloud technologies to help data centers adapt to big data.

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Facebook Open Sources Thrift Protocol ... Again

After more than six years of internal development of its branch of the cross-language framework that powers its internal services, Facebook has released that branch to open source and hopes to work with the Apache Thrift community to incorporate the work.

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How to Make Your Enterprise as Agile as a Startup

The accepted wisdom is that startups are agile and innovative and large enterprises are followers. But these six IT trends may be changing all that, giving large enterprises the capability to compete as innovators.

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HP Rolls Out Services to Improve Data Center Efficiency

Aiming to help organizations cut through confusion in the data center infrastructure management market and prepare them for the impact of cloud, mobility and big data, HP is offering four new consulting services.

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The Firm Behind Healthcare.gov had Top-Notch Credentials -- and it Didn't Help

CGI Federal, the lead contractor at Healthcare.gov, is a veritable black belt in software development, with the highest possible certification from CMMI. So what does the website's flawed rollout say about how useful CMMI is?

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How TechSmith Rocks Its Internal Developer Conference

Your employees can learn a lot from each other. This exclusive inside look at an internal developer conference at screen-capture software maker TechSmith shows how the right mix of informational presentations, hands-on sessions, frank discussions and a bit of fun can take employees out of their comfort zones and motivate them to achieve greater success.

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Tomorrow's Data Center Will Be Mobile, Flexible, Highly Efficient and Secure

Gartner predicts that over the next five years the data center will be defined less by geography and more by flexibility and efficiency.

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How Load Balancing Is Playing a Bigger Role in Tech Transitions

Load balancing isn't just for websites that expect surges in traffic any more. Companies of all sizes, and in all verticals, find load balancing an effective way to address disaster recovery, scalability, failover and application virtualization needs.

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New Microsoft License Agreement Could Drive Up Costs

Microsoft's new Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) licensing program, which replaces the ECI and EAP programs, could increase enterprise customers' costs by as much as 40 percent.

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IBM to Offer Watson Supercomputer As Cloud Development Platform

The move will allow software vendors to build new applications that take advantage of Watson's "cognitive computing"

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Red Hat Expands Openshift's European Availability, Slashes Prices

IDC: PaaS revenue growth is set to widely outpace IT spending overall