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RSS Big Data

  • Built for realtime: Big data messaging with Apache Kafka, Part 2 10/02/2018
    In the first half of this JavaWorld introduction to Apache Kafka, you developed a couple of small-scale producer/consumer applications using Kafka. From these exercises you should be familiar with the basics of the Apache Kafka messaging system. In this second half, you'll learn how to use partitions to distribute load and scale your application horizontally, […]
  • Built for realtime: Big data messaging with Apache Kafka, Part 1 10/02/2018
    When the big data movement started it was mostly focused on batch processing. Distributed data storage and querying tools like MapReduce, Hive, and Pig were all designed to process data in batches rather than continuously. Businesses would run multiple jobs every night to extract data from a database, then analyze, transform, and eventually store the […]
  • The best open source software for data storage and analytics 09/26/2018
    The best open source software for data storage and analyticsImage by IDGNothing is bigger these days than data, data, data. We have more data than ever before, and we have more ways to store and analyze it—SQL databases, NoSQL databases, distributed OLTP databases, distributed OLAP platforms, distributed hybrid OLTP/OLAP platforms. Our 2018 Bossie winners in […]

RSS Business

  • Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy 11/13/2018
    When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll […]
  • The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more 11/13/2018
    Today’s best laptops bask in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “And you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th-gen chip […]
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Hands-On 10/03/2018
    The new Surface Pro 6 looks a lot like its predecessor, but Microsoft made a few changes under the hood. And it's black.

RSS BYOD

  • How the iPhone begat shadow IT and enterprise mobility 06/29/2017
    Ten years ago today, the first iPhone arrived, sporting an all-new user interface built on a multi-touch screen and a virtual keyboard that soon replaced all that had come before for mobile devices.Combined with internet access and, later, an online app store that offered enterprise applications, the iPhone allowed workers to treat their cell phone as […]
  • Mingis on Tech: The alphabet soup of mobile device management 06/07/2017
    You know how easy it's become to use your own smartphone or tablet to do company work? Remember how it wasn't always that easy -- or something even allowed by many companies in the early Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) days?You can thank mobile device management (MDM) software, which grew out of the BYOD trend and morphed into […]
  • 5 ways to keep virtual assistants from sharing your company's secrets 04/19/2017
    Virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Now have the potential to make enterprise workers more productive. But do “always listening” assistants pose a serious threat to security and privacy, too?Nineteen percent of organizations are already using intelligent digital assistants, such as Siri and Cortana, for work-related tasks, according to Spiceworks’ October 2016 […]

RSS Cloud Computing

  • Blockchain 2019: How crypto will convert cash, property into digital assets 11/15/2018
    In 2019, the most innovative work involving distributed ledger technology (DLT) – blockchain – will focus on the tokenization of assets, or the ability to represent digital or physical assets and fiat currencies as tokens that can be sold or traded on a network.DLT has the ability to take anything, from a piece of artwork […]
  • Cisco fuses SD-WAN, security and cloud services 11/13/2018
    Looking to help customers batten down the edge, Cisco is marrying its software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) software with security features while boosting support for cloud services.Many times SD-WAN customers have been forced to choose between adding more security to their SD-WAN at the expense of application performance or vice-versa, said Ramesh Prabagaran senior director of […]
  • Cisco-AWS marriage simplifies hybrid-cloud app development 11/08/2018
    Cisco and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will soon offer enterprise customers an integrated platform that promises to help them more simply build, secure, and connect Kubernetes clusters across private data centers and the AWS cloud.The new package, Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS, combines Cisco, AWS and open-source technologies to simplify complexity and helps […]

RSS Data Center

  • Making the right hyperconvergence choice: HCI hardware or software? 11/12/2018
    Once a niche technology, primarily attractive to organizations with specific needs, such as streamlining operations at branch offices, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is rapidly finding a wide customer base.HCI is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system; hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking.Enterprises […]
  • Cisco-AWS marriage simplifies hybrid-cloud app development 11/08/2018
    Cisco and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will soon offer enterprise customers an integrated platform that promises to help them more simply build, secure, and connect Kubernetes clusters across private data centers and the AWS cloud.The new package, Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS, combines Cisco, AWS and open-source technologies to simplify complexity and helps […]
  • The IBM-Red Hat deal: What it means for enterprises 10/29/2018
    IBM hopes the acquisition of Red Hat will give its customers the tools to expand their use of cloud by creating and deploying cloud-friendly applications on a larger scale, a goal shared by IBM competitors Google, Amazon and Microsoft. (Insider Story)

RSS Enterprise Software

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RSS Hardware

  • Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates 11/14/2018
    Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 yielded a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10.Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule — Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded — business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events.To read […]
  • Awesome tech gifts that cost $50 or less 11/14/2018
    Give like you give a damnImage by Rob Schultz/IDGWhen it comes to finding gifts that are cool, useful, and affordable, technology can check all those boxes. And contrary to what you might think, the audience for cool tech gifts is quite broad, with options for virtually everyone on your holiday shopping list.To read this article […]
  • Microsoft takes second swing at Windows 10 1809, re-issues troubled upgrade 11/13/2018
    After a 38-day delay, Microsoft today re-released its fall operating system feature upgrade, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.The more-than-a-month delay had no precedent in Windows 10, something Microsoft acknowledged. And it lasted significantly longer than instances in earlier editions when updates, security fixes for the most part, had to be pulled and then later […]

RSS IT Management

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RSS Mobile

  • iPad Pro 2018: A review 11/14/2018
    It’s the best iPad Pro since the last one with a faster processor than many notebook PCs. With its world-class design, rock-solid operating system and a deluge of apps, Apple’s pro tablet is the best tablet you can get.iPad Pro 2018: It’s all there I’ve been using a new iPad Pro for about a week. […]
  • Cisco links wireless, wired worlds with new Catalyst 9000 switches 11/13/2018
    Cisco is making it possible to run, manage, automate, and secure wired and wireless networks all on top of a single operating system.Key to the company's next step in operational efficiency is a new Catalyst 9000 switch, the 802.11ax-ready 9800 Wireless LAN Controller family, which is available in an on-premises chassis or as a software […]
  • Get 90% Off Your First Year of RemotePC, Up To 50 Computers for $6.95 11/13/2018
    iDrive has activated a significant discount on their Remote access software RemotePC in these days leading into Black Friday. RemotePC by iDrive is a full-featured remote access solution that lets you connect to your work, home or office computer securely from anywhere, and from any iOS or Android device. Right now, their 50 computer package is […]

RSS Networking

  • Cisco links wireless, wired worlds with new Catalyst 9000 switches 11/13/2018
    Cisco is making it possible to run, manage, automate, and secure wired and wireless networks all on top of a single operating system.Key to the company's next step in operational efficiency is a new Catalyst 9000 switch, the 802.11ax-ready 9800 Wireless LAN Controller family, which is available in an on-premises chassis or as a software […]
  • Cisco fuses SD-WAN, security and cloud services 11/13/2018
    Looking to help customers batten down the edge, Cisco is marrying its software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) software with security features while boosting support for cloud services.Many times SD-WAN customers have been forced to choose between adding more security to their SD-WAN at the expense of application performance or vice-versa, said Ramesh Prabagaran senior director of […]
  • Cisco-AWS marriage simplifies hybrid-cloud app development 11/08/2018
    Cisco and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will soon offer enterprise customers an integrated platform that promises to help them more simply build, secure, and connect Kubernetes clusters across private data centers and the AWS cloud.The new package, Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS, combines Cisco, AWS and open-source technologies to simplify complexity and helps […]

RSS Operating Systems

  • Best new Windows 10 security features: More patching, updating flexibility 10/16/2018
    With the new era of Windows as a service, Microsoft is rolling out changes to the operating system twice a year. Many of those changes will allow you to improve your security posture and offer more security choices. You no longer have to wait for a new operating system to deploy new security features. [ […]
  • Turning old PCs into new Chromebooks 09/28/2018
    Every organization, big or small, has a hidden asset: Old laptops and desktops that have outlived their usefulness, are too slow for today’s software or use less secure operating systems. Admittedly, that doesn’t sound like anything of great value. But it’s easy to breathe new life into those machines by converting them into Chromebooks.Because the […]
  • Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned. 08/27/2018
    Windows 10 on Chromebooks? At first, it sounds downright stupid. You can already do just about everything on a Chromebook with Chrome OS, including running a ton of Windows apps. Why bother? I have some ideas, but first, the background.The eagle-eyed developers at XDA Developers have spotted a new Google Pixelbook firmware branch. This new […]

RSS Security

  • Amid calls for a Windows bug status dashboard, Microsoft belatedly agrees to build one 11/16/2018
    A Windows expert this week urged Microsoft to put its money where its mouth is and produce a status dashboard or website that reports and tracks problems with the operating system.Coincidentally or not, on Wednesday Microsoft said it would launch a "Windows update status dashboard," but did not name a timetable except for a broad […]
  • Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front 11/14/2018
    A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
  • Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge 11/14/2018
    It's tough to talk about Android security without venturing into sensational terrain.A large part of that is due to the simple fact that the forces driving most Android security coverage are companies that make their money by selling Android security software — and thus companies with strong interests in pushing the narrative that every Android […]

RSS Small Business

  • Intuit adds AI, enterprise features to QuickBooks online 10/17/2018
    Intuit is aiming for the mid-market with an extension of its QuickBooks Online financial management tool that it hopes will let it take business away from the likes of Microsoft, Sage and Oracle.It's designed to help QuickBooks customers delay the move to a full-fledged ERP system — and perhaps even to woo a few beginning […]
  • How to produce a must-see small business video 05/03/2017
    When recently surveyed by Animoto, an online video company, more than half of small and midsized business owners (55 percent) responded that video marketing was a “must-have” to stay relevant. An even larger number responded that video marketing had a direct impact on their business.[ Related: 6 ways video can boost your business ]And while […]
  • FCC's deregulation of business data lines could mean a price hike 04/14/2017
    If you operate a small or medium-size U.S. business, you can expect to pay more for broadband services in the near future because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to deregulate providers of business data lines, critics of the proposal say.Users of ATMs, shoppers in stores that use credit card scanners, and mobile phone customers […]

RSS Storage

  • Making the right hyperconvergence choice: HCI hardware or software? 11/12/2018
    Once a niche technology, primarily attractive to organizations with specific needs, such as streamlining operations at branch offices, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is rapidly finding a wide customer base.HCI is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system; hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking.Enterprises […]
  • How we selected 10 hot business continuity startups to watch 10/22/2018
    The selection process for our business-continuity-startup roundup began with dozens of recommendations and nominations sent via HARO, LinkedIn, Twitter, and subscribers to the Startup50 email newsletter.This roundup, however, was challenging to flesh out because in the IT world, business continuity is a subset of storage.[ Check out 10 hot storage companies to watch. | Get […]
  • What is a data lake? Flexible big data management explained 09/24/2018
    If you are tuned in to the latest technology concepts around big data, you’ve likely heard the term “data lake.” The image conjures up a large reservoir of water—and that’s what a data lake is, in concept: a reservoir. Only it’s for data.Data lake defined A data lake holds a vast amount of raw, unstructured […]

RSS Unified Communications

  • Cisco’s Webex Teams gets BroadCloud Calling integration 11/14/2018
    Cisco has added cloud calling to its Webex Teams messaging app – something the company called a “significant step” in the integration of BroadSoft’s technology stack  following the completion of this year’s $1.9 billion acquisition.The combination is designed to provide an “enterprise-grade” cloud-based PBX [private branch exchange] phone system in addition to existing message and […]
  • 8x8's team chat app connects users to Slack, Google Hangouts and others 10/25/2018
    San Jose-based 8x8 has added team chat capabilities to its unified communications platform, touting interoperability with 23 other collaboration as a differentiating factor in a competitive market. Among the chat apps supported are Slack, Google Hangouts Chat, Skype, Twitter, Cisco Webex Teams and Jabber.The Team Messaging function, announced last week, is included in 8x8's existing […]
  • IBM launches blockchain-based, global food tracking network 10/08/2018
    IBM today announced the commercial availability of a blockchain-based electronic distributed ledger that can track and trace food supply chain data from farm to store self.In development over the past 18 months, IBM's Food Trust ledger will allow food retailers, suppliers and growers to see supply chain data in near real time, enabling a more […]

RSS Virtualization

  • Making the right hyperconvergence choice: HCI hardware or software? 11/12/2018
    Once a niche technology, primarily attractive to organizations with specific needs, such as streamlining operations at branch offices, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is rapidly finding a wide customer base.HCI is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system; hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking.Enterprises […]
  • VMware has edge, AI, blockchain ambitions 08/30/2018
    Fully baked products weren’t the only technologies on display at the VMworld conference in Las Vegas this week; VMware previewed three in-the-works projects related to edge computing, artificial intelligence and enterprise blockchain.The first is Project Dimension, which aims to deliver the functionality of VMware’s cloud offerings to the edge as a managed service. Project Dimension […]
  • Microsoft lures Win Server 2008 users toward Azure 08/28/2018
    Microsoft is offering extended support for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 to customers who shift these platforms from on-premises into Microsoft’s Azure cloud.The scheduled ends of extended support for the 2008 versions of Server and SQL Server are Jan. 14, 2020 and July 9, 2019, respectively. But if customers move these workloads into […]

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