The private settlement of HP's lawsuit against Oracle over its hiring of Mark Hurd as co-president after weeks of public wrangling is welcome news to everyone but the corporate attorneys. Still, don't expect the two vendors to just pick up and resume their former close partnership. Their quarrel got...
In the mid-to-late 1980s, colleagues and friends were surprised when I transitioned from working as an on-camera investigative TV reporter to cover the then-fledgling high-technology industry for specialized trade magazines. After all, they reasoned, how could I be content covering semiconductors, m...
These days Apple reminds me a lot of the inscription found on the James Farley Post Office in New York City: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." If Apple had a credo, the aphorism on its Cupertino headquarters ...
Since January, the high-technology industry has witnessed a dizzying spate of dueling vendor product announcements. So what else is new? It's standard operating procedure for vendors to regularly issue hyperbolic proclamations about their latest/greatest offering, even (or especially) when the annou...
The ongoing buzz surrounding cloud computing -- particularly public clouds -- is far outpacing actual deployments by mainstream users. To date, only 14 percent of companies have deployed or plan to deploy a private cloud infrastructure within the next two calendar quarters. Instead, as businesses sl...
"Networks without Borders" are rapidly becoming the rule rather than the exception. The demand for all-access all the time, along with the rapid rise in remote and transient workers, has rendered network borders obsolete. Today's networks more closely resemble sieves than citadels. Gone are the days...
There's no hotter market in high tech this year than virtual desktop infrastructure, and you don't need sales and unit shipment statistics to prove it. No, the best measurement of VDI's hotness is the sudden flurry of vendor announcements accompanied by a concomitant rise in vendor vitriol. The mai...
The database market will see lots of activity during the 2010-2011 timeframe as nearly 60 percent of organizations move to upgrade or expand existing and legacy networks. That statistic comes from new ITIC survey data, which polled 450 organizations worldwide. Not surprisingly, the survey shows that...
C-level executives and IT departments may be pleasantly surprised to find that there's a source of hidden gold that may potentially net your organization much needed licenses and other already-negotiated extras. While there are no guarantees, the chances are good that your organization's existing li...
From Australia to Italy, from Canada to Columbia, and from the U.S. to South Africa, pragmatism is the order of the day for IT departments as they struggle to stretch their 2010 budgets and resources to make much needed infrastructure upgrades in the face of a still uncertain and tight economy. Thos...
The Pink Ghetto is a largely invisible, often unmentioned and unacknowledged place littered with impediments to womens' upward mobility in the workplace. Women in the Pink Ghetto do not get equal pay for equal work, are not offered the same opportunities as their male coworkers, are not promoted as ...
Almost overnight, it seems that Apple and its products, led by the iPhone, the iPod and the Mac, are everywhere -- including in the corporate enterprise. Apple's presence as a favorite staple in the consumer market segment is accepted, expected and taken for granted. The corporate enterprise is anot...