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Open Source Application Development Breaks on Through

A majority of companies are standardizing on open source for their application development efforts, though they might not be effectively monitoring their use of open source.

5 Strategies for Successfully Migrating Communications Services to the Cloud

The ideal cloud provider should be an enabler, not an inhibitor. These five strategies will help you choose wisely.

Q&A: Social-driven IT

Social media isn't just a marketing channel you bolt on to your current plans. You need to understand its true business-wide impact. How should your IT organization prepare to embrace social media over the next 12 months?

Analysis: Behind Dell's Shopping Spree

This month, Dell pulled the trigger on two significant acquisitions. What's behind Dell's acquisition moves, and why does at least one of them seem like a no-brainer?

Reducing the Risk from Data that Lives Forever

These three rules of thumb will help you avoid the risk of keeping corporate data forever (and ever).

Security Woes: Apple Hits the Big Time

Malware, as Microsoft could have told Apple, comes with the territory. Last year saw a surge in Mac-related malware; 2012 has sustained that trend in a big way.

The Power of Platinum: A Look at 20 Years of ODBC

ODBC was a revolutionary technology 20 years ago. We look at its past and present, and suggest where it's headed.



New Studies, Products Demonstrate Cloud's Strong Growth

Cloud computing isn't just "with us" -- it's here to stay, and IT spending on cloud services is expected to explode.

Big Data or Big Boondoggle?

Is Big Data everything it’s cracked up to be or is the Big Data value proposition based on fears of an undiscovered insight in our data? Our storage analyst, Jon Toigo, looks at why Big Data isn’t for everyone.

RDP Fix Shows Microsoft's Smarter about Windows Security Updates

As Microsoft's response to a recent critical vulnerability demonstrates, Windows security has come a long way -- for the better -- since the days of Code Red.

Why Social Computing is Ideal for Collaboration

Social media is about ease, speed, and reach. We explore the benefits it can offer your organization, and why IT must not be afraid of it.

Enterprise Social Networking Underwhelms, At Least at First

The first enterprise social networks are delivering mixed results.

IBM Q&A: Storage Strategies for Today's Enterprise

An IBM storage expert looks at the storage challenges and trends faced by today's IT department and offer suggestions for better storage management.

IBM Power Systems Sales Grow Amid Unix Server Slump

The performance of IBM's Power Systems line was a bright spot in an otherwise turbulent server market, but the prospects for the Unix market as a whole look as bleak as ever.

Q&A: Data Center Remodel Up Close and Personal

A remodel of a data center created unique challenges. We examine the success factors of a project at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The Latest in Fiendishly Clever Targeted Attack Types

New targeted attacks masquerade as legitimate correspondence from the Better Business Bureau. It's fiendishly clever, which is exactly the point.

3 Enterprise Cloud Computing Skills Corporate IT will Require in 2012 and 2013

Cloud technology is rather easy to obtain. The right mix of technical skills mix to design and implement the technology is not.

Q&A: Using Third-party Data Centers

One way to do more with less is to outsource tasks, including some components of your data center. What help and benefits can you expect from third-party providers, and what work should remain on premises?

Q&A: Managing Endpoints and Mobile Devices

Mobile devices are just one of a number of assets that must be managed. Fortunately, the cloud can help.

Cloud Storage -- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Storage clouds are rapidly losing what little buzz they once enjoyed in the industry. But other cloud-based services are beginning to appear.