It was a good week for seeing software-defined and virtualized IT infrastructure in action. Three prominent companies talked shop in the media, providing some details about how these trends work in real-world settings: Goldman-Sachs, Microsoft and Cisco.
Traditional databases are prima donnas and resource hogs, writes Nick Booth on CloudPro. Hard to argue--though several of his supporting sources have every monetary incentive to shovel dirt on the mainframe's grave.
The weather outside truly has been frightful. No problem, right--today's enterprise has rich communication and collaboration options, from IM to file sync. That may be true, according to Stephen Leaden, but unified communications is a viable business continuity solution only if you've put some forethought into it.
An expert panel discussion at DeveloperWeek in San Francisco tackled "emergent APIs" and offered practical advice on building API-centric products and services.
Verizon Communications' enterprise business revenues continue to be hampered by its clients being cautious about spending, but according to CEO Lowell McAdam, cloud, machine to machine (M2M) and security will be new growth engines for the company.
GigaOm's Barb Darrow finds a lot of CGI special effects work behind the screen--much of it an ideal use case for public cloud.
At last week's RSA security conference in San Francisco, Robert Hinden offered a presentation looking at potential security risks, as well as some possible benefits.
Research firm Infonetics says the Unified Communications sector is strong and getting stronger.
CenturyLink is giving its business customers more say in the way they get next-gen services by employing Ericsson's next-gen OSS/BSS platform.
Windstream is giving its channel partners more tools to pursue potential cloud service opportunities in the small to medium business market that's often overlooked by larger incumbent competitors.
"Digital," oddly enough, is a stick often used to beat CIOs over the head in the current business environment.
That's the question posed to a panel of data center experts at the Open Compute Summit.
AT&T is giving its business customers more control over their service destiny with the introduction of a user-defined network cloud concept.
Thinking about public cloud? Don't overthink it--and don't start with mission-critical applications. Of course.
Take IBM's SoftLayer cloud computing platform, add Platform Symphony parallel computing infrastructure, stir in the Platform LSF Scheduler tool and presto!
Why Microsoft is cutting prices even further and possible reasons why...
What's been happening among major providers over the past year and why it's bad for over-the-top providers like Netflix.
Cost savings via WebRTC is not the no-brainer that "web browser" might suggest.
Survey says the enterprise as a whole is unhappy with their WAN infrastructure and yet, only 15 percent of the IW survey respondents indicate plans to grow their WAN capacity. Where's the disconnect?
Lisa Partridge of Frontier Communications weighs in on their new 10G optical service as well as plans to skip straight to a 100G tier.