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RSS Big Data

  • Julia vs. Python: Which is best for data science? 05/27/2020
    Among the many use cases Python covers, data analytics has become perhaps the biggest and most significant. The Python ecosystem is loaded with libraries, tools, and applications that make the work of scientific computing and data analysis fast and convenient.But for the developers behind the Julia language — aimed specifically at “scientific computing, machine learning, data […]
  • What is Apache Spark? The big data platform that crushed Hadoop 03/16/2020
    Apache Spark defined Apache Spark is a data processing framework that can quickly perform processing tasks on very large data sets, and can also distribute data processing tasks across multiple computers, either on its own or in tandem with other distributed computing tools. These two qualities are key to the worlds of big data and […]
  • Top 13 data engineer and data architect certifications 01/20/2020
    Data and big data analytics are the lifeblood of any successful business. Getting the technology right can be challenging but building the right team with the right skills to undertake big data initiatives can be even harder.Successfully deploying big data initiatives requires more than data scientists and data analysts. It requires data architects who design […]

RSS Business

RSS BYOD

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RSS Cloud Computing

  • Cisco takes aim at supporting SASE 05/28/2020
    Cisco is embracing the secure-access service edge (SASE) architecture put forth by Gartner with plans to upgrade some of its existing products to reach the goal of delivering access control, security and networking to cloud services.The enterprise shift to SASE will be gradual as they figure out the best way to connect their increasingly remote […]
  • Microsoft: Power Platform is for real developers, too 05/25/2020
    The Microsoft Power Platform might be best known as a set of cloud services for business analysts and so-called “citizen developers,” but Microsoft believes that professional developers can take advantage of it, too. To this end, the company has introduced a T-SQL endpoint to its Common Data Service, a cloud-based storage service that is used by the […]
  • Cisco fortifies ACI for Amazon, Microsoft integration and multicloud management 05/23/2020
    Cisco has upgraded its core networking software to include better support for enterprise multicloud integration and management as well as tools to help telcos or hyperscalers tie together large scale data-center networks.The new features are part of the 5.0 release of Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) software, which runs on the company's core data center […]

RSS Data Center

  • Cisco fortifies ACI for Amazon, Microsoft integration and multicloud management 05/23/2020
    Cisco has upgraded its core networking software to include better support for enterprise multicloud integration and management as well as tools to help telcos or hyperscalers tie together large scale data-center networks.The new features are part of the 5.0 release of Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) software, which runs on the company's core data center […]
  • VMware, Dell add heft to on-prem cloud service 05/20/2020
    Aiming to help customers handle growing on-premises workloads, VMware and Dell EMC have bolstered their co-developed cloud software.First introduced in 2018, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is intended to help enterpise customers move on-premises infrastructure and workloads to the cloud. Version 2.0 of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC bri-gs improved support for high-density and high-performance […]
  • Juniper's big push: AI in all areas of enterprise networking 05/19/2020
    Juniper intends to spread the gospel of artificial intelligence across enterprise networking in the coming months with new products and services.The expected moves are a continuation of a strategy that has been an integral part of Juniper since the company bought wireless and artificial-intelligence software maker Mist in 2019 for $405 million.[Get regularly scheduled insights […]

RSS Enterprise Software

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RSS Hardware

  • Sales of Ethernet switches and routers hit a 7-year low in Q1 05/28/2020
    Sales of all categories of Ethernet switches and routers were down 14% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to Q1 last year, the worst quarter in seven years, according to Synergy Research Group.“In a pre-pandemic world we’d have expected total vendor revenues from switches and routers to have been a billion dollars higher that […]
  • How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing 05/26/2020
    Things change — sometimes for the better. There are two big changes in the Windows 10 world that come into focus with Windows 10 version 2004: Updates now appear to run on a tick-tock model: The Windows 10 update in the first half of the year contains major changes; the update in the second half […]
  • How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing 05/26/2020
    Things change — sometimes for the better. There are two big changes in the Windows 10 world that come into focus with Windows 10 version 2004: Updates now appear to run on a tick-tock model: The Windows 10 update in the first half of the year contains major changes; the update in the second half […]

RSS IT Management

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RSS Mobile

  • This insanely beefy Portable Power Station is down to $204.21 05/19/2020
    You know those “power banks” that you throw in your backpack for charging up your phone on the go? In the big scheme of mobility, they’re pathetic little runts. If you want to go full survivalist and own the ultimate in backup charging for either your home or out in the wilderness, you’ll invest in […]
  • The best Android apps for business in 2020 05/16/2020
    Trying to find the right app for any given area on Android is a lot like trying to order dinner at a restaurant with way too many options on the menu. How can you possibly find the right choice in such a crowded lineup? With the Google Play Store now boasting somewhere in the neighborhood […]
  • The best calendar apps for Android 05/14/2020
    Quick: What app do you use to manage your calendar on your phone?If you're anything like most people I hear from, the answer's probably something along the lines of: "Uh...whatever calendar app came on the phone when I got it?"It's a surprisingly common position, but guess what? On Android in particular, there's a decent chance […]

RSS Networking

  • Cisco takes aim at supporting SASE 05/28/2020
    Cisco is embracing the secure-access service edge (SASE) architecture put forth by Gartner with plans to upgrade some of its existing products to reach the goal of delivering access control, security and networking to cloud services.The enterprise shift to SASE will be gradual as they figure out the best way to connect their increasingly remote […]
  • Cisco grabs ThousandEyes for network-intelligence technology 05/28/2020
    Cisco said it intends to acquire network intelligence software provider ThousandEyes for an undisclosed amount.Founded in 2010, the 400-employee ThousandEyes firm offers a cloud-based software package that analyzes performance of local and wide-area networks and the internet.  Utilizing its world-wide insights into service networks the company also tracks ISP, cloud and collaboration application performance via […]
  • Sales of Ethernet switches and routers hit a 7-year low in Q1 05/28/2020
    Sales of all categories of Ethernet switches and routers were down 14% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to Q1 last year, the worst quarter in seven years, according to Synergy Research Group.“In a pre-pandemic world we’d have expected total vendor revenues from switches and routers to have been a billion dollars higher that […]

RSS Operating Systems

  • Best new Windows 10 security features: Passwordless authentication, Chromium-based Edge support 05/19/2020
    With the new era of Windows as a service, Microsoft is rolling out changes to the operating system twice a year. Many of those changes will allow you to improve your security posture and offer more security choices. You no longer have to wait for a new operating system to deploy new security features.[ Learn […]
  • Microsoft, Apple open virtual dev conferences to all 05/05/2020
    Microsoft and Apple have both opened their annual developer conferences to all and will not charge admission for the virtual events.Microsoft will host its Build confab May 19-21 and Apple will start its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 22. Apple did not say how long WWDC will run, but historically the conference has gone […]
  • Microsoft, Apple open virtual dev conferences to all 05/05/2020
    Microsoft and Apple have both opened their annual developer conferences to all and will not charge admission for the virtual events.Microsoft will host its Build confab May 19-21 and Apple will start its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 22. Apple did not say how long WWDC will run, but historically the conference has gone […]

RSS Security

  • What is PKI? And how it secures just about everything online 05/29/2020
    PKI definition Public key infrastructure (PKI) is a catch-all term for everything used to establish and manage public key encryption, one of the most common forms of internet encryption. It is baked into every web browser in use today to secure traffic across the public internet, but organizations can also deploy it to secure their […]
  • Cyber LEAP Act aims for innovations through Cybersecurity Grand Challenges 05/29/2020
    The Senate Commerce Committee approved last week what could prove to be an essential piece of legislation for cybersecurity researchers: The Cybersecurity Competitions to Yield Better Efforts to Research the Latest Exceptionally Advanced Problems, or Cyber LEAP Act of 2020. Sponsored by Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jacky […]
  • What is PKI? And how it secures just about everything online 05/29/2020
    PKI definition Public key infrastructure (PKI) is a catch-all term for everything used to establish and manage public key encryption, one of the most common forms of internet encryption. It is baked into every web browser in use today to secure traffic across the public internet, but organizations can also deploy it to secure their […]

RSS Small Business

  • Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence 05/04/2020
    Your one-stop source for Chrome OS advice, insight, and analysis — from someone who's covered Chromebooks closely since the start.
  • Microsoft to shift SMBs' Office subscriptions to 'Microsoft 365' brand 03/30/2020
    Microsoft today announced name changes to the Office 365 subscription plans in the Business line, substituting "Microsoft 365" instead.The Redmond, Wash. developer did not touch subscription plans aimed at enterprise, education and government.Plan names will automatically change on April 21, Microsoft said in an online statement. Prices of the plans will not change. Office 365 […]
  • Just because Microsoft sells Windows 7 support doesn't mean you can buy it 12/17/2019
    In four weeks, Microsoft will push Windows 7 down a flight of stairs, proving that it thinks the decade-old OS has outlived its purpose and must give way to a sleeker, shinier, newer Windows 10, which, by the way, will live forever.How humiliating for Windows 7, the OS that once powered 1 billion-plus PCs.Microsoft has […]

RSS Storage

RSS Unified Communications

  • UEM to marry security — finally — after long courtship 02/10/2020
    The days of enterprise security being a separate entity from mobile and desktop endpoint management are coming to an end, which should delight infrastructure and security teams who’ll eventually have more powerful machine learning-enabled tools at their disposal — and a single console through which to control them.Security around mobile and desktop infrastructures has traditionally […]
  • Slack partners with Zoom to boost video capabilities 04/26/2019
    SAN FRANCISCO – Slack has partnered with cloud video communications vendor Zoom in a move designed to bolster video capabilities for Slack users. The tie-up was unveiled at this week’s Slack Frontiers event.Zoom – whose stocks began trading on April 17 – competes with Cisco Webex, Skype for Business (now part of Microsoft Teams), Google Hangouts […]
  • IT needs to make mobile unified communications a priority 03/25/2019
    As more corporate workers rely on mobile devices, enterprises need to adopt mobile unified communications, which is easier to scale and manage than wired UC.(Insider Story)

RSS Virtualization

  • Guide to virtual tech conferences, including Cisco Live, IBM Think and VMworld 04/27/2020
    COVID-19 has quashed in-person events worldwide. Red Hat Summit, Cisco Live, and VMware's VMworld are just a few of the upcoming network industry events that will now be held virtually.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • Essential things to know about container networking 03/09/2020
    Containers have emerged over the past several years to provide an efficient method of storing and delivering applications reliably across different computing environments. By containerizing an application platform and its dependencies, differences in OS distributions and underlying infrastructures are abstracted away. To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • 8 reasons to consider hyperconverged infrastructure for your data center 03/02/2020
    Demand for on-premises data center equipment is shrinking as organizations move workloads to the cloud. But on-prem is far from dead, and one segment that’s thriving is hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).HCI is a form of scale-out, software-integrated infrastructure that applies a modular approach to compute, network and storage capacity. Rather than silos with specialized hardware, HCI […]

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