2015 as 'Year of VDI:' Maybe 7th time's the charm

The ubiquity of high-bandwidth communications coupled with the rise in server-side functionality should make virtual desktop infrastructure practical this year. Should. That is, if we're still talking about the same thing.

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 6, Internet governance lacks vision

If the Internet is an extension of people's freedom of expression, and freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, then why must that right necessarily be encumbered by bureaucracy?

State Dept. acknowledges NETmundial as 'Security Council' effort fails

The major problem with a "Security Council" model of governance is that it gives sides that are almost guaranteed to disagree with each other veto power. So the idea itself is being vetoed.

Leveraging GPUs for virtual desktops: Dell and Wyse attempt high-performance VDI

Could the Sony Pictures Studios leak of intellectual property have been prevented had the company's various outsourced producers been able to access Sony's network directly? Dell makes an interesting case.

Spotlight: Insecurity-as-a-service

Recently, tech news stories are leaving out the obvious implications, and let's see whether you can guess which implication is being left out of today's Spotlight story before you reach the end of this paragraph.

Dell, Wyse double down on vWorkspace as VDI's '4th broker'

Would a virtual desktop make more sense to users if they could access it from any device? And by "any device," include a television set in the mix. A conquest that Dell just realized it made, could answer this question.

FCC's Pai suggests Netflix caching appliance is an open Internet subterfuge

Commissioner Pai, whose opposition to regulations that may stifle free innovation is a matter of public record, takes an open stand against one such innovation in particular.

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 7, apps eat the Web

As more users move their everyday work and life functions from their PCs to their phones, the Web browser as we've come to know it plays a lesser role. That matters for the firms whose livelihoods depend on browsers.

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 8, clouds redefine service

The original meaning of "cloud" in communication was a service provider whose identity was immaterial. Well, the time has come for certain cloud services to assume an identity beyond the cloud.

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 9, the quest to automate relevance

Most business models based around the distribution of content online rely upon your ability to find it, which is leveraged on relevance. There's a growing movement to define relevance for oneself.

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 10, the threat of content regulation

Last June's landmark Supreme Court decision against video streaming service provider Aereo opens the door for a sneak attack that could bypass any future net neutrality regulations.

A response to 'In defense of technology'

Is the smartphone emblematic of human evolution? A New York Times op-ed makes the case that connectivity improves our lives, but in the act, calls its own premise into question.

The story so far: The rise of communications

There's a principle that speaks of "equal and opposite reaction" that suggests that, whenever something declines, something else rises. The PC market is still waning. What should this tell you?

Spotlight: Behold the horizontal silo

One of the breakthrough characteristics of cloud dynamics in the enterprise was supposed to have been the pooling of resources across various departments and the subsequent breaking down of silos.

EU Working Party: Fraud detectors are thwarting the law themselves

All data stored on a client system belongs to the owner of that system, mandates European Union law. This means security services cannot use that data without revealing themselves.

Spotlight: Terabits, or This is what happens when you regulate network traffic

I still believe that supercomputing benefits the world by encouraging engineers to pursue new definitions of excellence in entirely new ways. As I've mentioned before, faster supercomputing is made slightly faster with incremental improvements to processors, but it's made exponentially faster through improvements to interconnections and networking.

Because we don't know what the Internet is

It would be nice if life came with an instruction manual. "Life," as in "The Game of," does come with one, and so does "Operation." But neither one applies to the pickle we're in now.

The clock runs out for Aereo, though the debate may linger on

If Aereo isn't around to fight the battle of independent providers of access to content, then will legislators even bother to patch the holes in the law that made Aereo possible?

Reports: Euro Parliament to consider call for search engine 'unbundling'

A genuine movement may be under way in the EU government to define a new kind of "net neutrality" as a system where no single provider of Internet service can leverage its popularity for mere financial gain.

John Chambers: Cisco wants 40% market share for future WebEx

Reassuring members of the Cisco faithful last week that his company's in the collaboration business as something more than a hobby, the CEO outlined his goals for ending remote conferencing as we know it.