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HyTrust and VMware: A successful SDDC must be policy-based

There seems to be general agreement now on the notion that a policy engine should be the "definer" in a software-defined data center. At issue now is to whom that engine should belong.

Avaya's extended pact with HP will lead to UC-as-a-service-in-a-box

For the critical part of its unified communications service--its support--Avaya is now trusting HP to handle that part for itself, and is actually giving HP the personnel to do it.

Spotlight: Do we really need another operating system?

Ron Miller, for the Intronis Blog this week, makes the case that hybrid cloud architectures have changed the way we work with all computers to such an extent that neither Windows nor ChromeOS can effectively address it--Windows being too much, ChromeOS too little. 

Social media is tearing us apart, says Pew Research

A chilling report on the effects of social media on everyday society reveals that Americans are less willing to be open in public about controversial viewpoints when they are members of Facebook or Twitter.

VMware: Before us, software-defined networking couldn't be done

There are a handful of competing approaches to the concept of defining networks in software. This week, VMware changed its tack from declaring its NSX approach superior, to the only one that exists.

Apologetic VMware CEO makes peace offering of 'virtual volumes'

A candid admission from an always heartfelt Pat Gelsinger extends an olive branch to partners whom VMware publicly snubbed just a few months ago.

VMworld 2014: Will vRealize lend 'definition' to the SDDC?

What could be the most important conference VMware has ever produced will reveal just how much change in the software-defined data center the virtualization leader is willing to embrace.

Microsoft Azure now provides back-end support for .NET apps on Android, iOS

If Windows Phone's market share never exceeds 10% again, it might not make much difference. Microsoft is building out its revenue platform for mobile services anyway, whether or not Windows plays a role.

Spotlight: At last, a rational explanation for why so many social network people are fake

I would have skipped this video after having skimmed through the title alone-"Facebook Fraud"--which on the surface appears to be blatant click-bait. But hear me out on this one.

HyTrust attempts to harden boundaries of virtual data centers

A new feature from the access control provider borrows some of Intel's on-chip logic to produce a root-of-trust enforcer that enables virtual machines to be restricted to particular places.

It won't be the Internet of Things as you know it

We're well past the time that technologists once predicted there would be a modem on everyone's key ring. And no, I don't mean Wi-Fi. A future Internet will incorporate things, but not the way it's been predicted.

VSG: Comcast, Level 3's impending purchases will alter Ethernet landscape

When Comcast and Level 3 complete their pending acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and TW Telecom, they will immediately change the state of the U.S. Ethernet services market, reports Vertical Systems Group in its Mid-2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard.

VMware acquires CloudVolumes, Windows' answer to Docker containers

For the last few years, the technology has actually existed for Windows applications to be "pasted" into live virtual machines. Now that VMware has acquired it, perhaps we'll actually learn about it.

CenturyLink now offers a more public, private cloud

As the telco builds out its cloud data center presence, you start to wonder if being a telco holds CenturyLink back. Its new service option places it at least on a par--if not better--with Rackspace.

Spotlight: Has mass media grown too big to cover Ferguson?

In a piece for his Web Informant blog this week, David Strom talks about how citizen-led news sources including Vine and Twitter have enabled more than a little coverage of the goings-on in Ferguson from the inside: from the point of view of someone in the crowd actually talking with citizens and confronting police, as opposed to some "anchor" on the street corner filling time between commercials and justifying his "lower-third" graphics.

IDC: The return of 4GLs to compete against both Web and native

A new cloud-based rapid apps development platform may make enterprises reconsider their stance on whether HTML5 and native code are the only two ways to go.

Injunction sought against Aereo would set cloud service precedent

The safe harbor that protects cloud providers and other data centers from liability for copyright violation could get a hole poked in it, if a federal judge rules in broadcasters' favor.

Windows tech support scam: Have we lost the capacity for anger?

Surely it's happened to you: You've gotten those fake phone calls from "Windows Company" saying your PC is infected, and please install this keylogger. And you may have reported them. But why haven't they stopped?

Spotlight: Why we swallowed the surveillance-based business model

Ethan Zuckerman is the director of MIT's Center for Civic Media, and the author of a book called Rewire, where he makes the case that the very forces that made the Web "free" to begin with have empowered corporate influences to take it over again, thus channeling the flow of ideas into potentially dangerous political silos.

Munich city official takes heat for thinking about ditching Linux for Windows

It may have saved Munich €10 million in software licensing fees, but now city officials there are saying it hasn't been worth more than a decade of IT headaches.