The rapid-fire spread of mobile devices being used by enterprise employees can be a huge boon for businesses in productivity and customer service gains, but those advantages don't come without a price.
Stories by Todd R. Weiss
CSI and its imitators have introduced TV viewers to some of the advanced technologies used by crime-scene investigators. But they aren't the only law enforcement personnel benefitting from technology; police officers across the nation have an arsenal of high-tech devices to help them investigate and solve cases.
Preventing external attacks to IT systems is a huge and critical task for most companies, but what are businesses doing to stop similar attacks when they come from within? That's a question that more companies should be asking themselves as internal IT sabotage cases regularly hit businesses hard, causing big monetary losses and often knocking companies offline for days or weeks.
Sixty-eight years ago this month, construction began quietly on ENIAC, the first electronic computer that was built for the U.S. Army to speed up the calculation of ordnance trajectories for soldiers in wartime.
It's scary out there in the cloud. Data thieves, hackers, criminals, they're all out there scouring the Internet around the clock for ways to get into your corporate networks so they can steal data from poorly protected businesses.
When you're on an airliner and fly through layers of clouds, you see first-hand that they come in many forms - sometimes hazy, sometimes translucent and sometimes so dense that you can't see through them. In many ways, Cloud computing is similar - there are lots of grey areas, and it's hard to know exactly what you might get from each Cloud offering.
Most people -- even IT pros who spend their lives maintaining corporate computing infrastructure -- are so busy with life, families, work and the rest that they tend to leave periodic home PC maintenance tasks at the bottom of a long list of things that never get done.
For 40 years, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (commonly called Xerox PARC, now just PARC) has been a place of technological creativity and bold ideas. The inventions it has spawned, from Ethernet networking to laser printing and the graphical user interface (GUI), have led to myriad technologies that allow us to use computers in ways that we take for granted today.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has also jumped into the 500GB, two-platter, environmentally friendlier, 2.5-inch-wide mobile drive market.
Fujitsu has unveiled two new 500GB hard drives that are thinner, use less power and take up less space in devices than previous models.
As faster and less expensive solid-state storage systems are developed and built, the data storage industry needs to educate enterprise IT about the technology's benefits and develop a strong market for solid-state storage products.
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike didn't hit the Gulf Coast as hard as had been feared this month. But some IT managers in New Orleans say they were ready for whatever the storm brought, having upgraded their disaster recovery capabilities since Katrina and Rita devastated the region three years ago.
After three days of sporadic DVD-by-mail deliveries to customers, <a href="http://www.computerworld.comwww.netflix.com">Netflix Inc.</a> said Friday that the technical glitches that caused the problems have now been repaired and regular shipments are resuming.
For three US healthcare centres, the challenge was clear: find a way to improve internal communications by expanding email accounts to all employees, including doctors, nurses, security staffers, dietary workers and others, without breaking their IT budgets.
The open source Open-Xchange email and groupware server just got easier to deploy on various popular flavours of Linux.