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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer To Step Down - His Email To Company

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down.  Microsoft announced today that the board of directors make the decision to ask Steve Ballmer to resign in the next 12 months.  Ballmer will step down after the transition to a new CEO is in place. Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers... more »
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The NetApp Angle on Virtualization: Automation a Stepping Stone to Software-defined Data Center

Kristina Brand and Lisa Crewe of NetApp Solutions Marketing stopped by the Wikibon headquarters to share their insights into virtualization, automation and the software-defined data center with co-founder Dave Vellante. Brand highlights that NetApp’s virtualization strategy has evolved both organically and through acquisitions. She adds that her company’s OnCommand portfolio is helping enterprises address the growing complexity of their virtualized environments. In Brand’s view, the rapid adoption of cloud computing and software-led infrastructure is pushing IT organizations to the limit from an administration standpoint. She believes that automation is the answer to their woes. “Automation is critical to bring organizations forward in being... more »
SmartWorld Weekly Review: Sound Tripping, Sex Training + More

SmartWorld Weekly Review: Sound Tripping, Sex Training + More

If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. This week’s SmartWorld Series featured an app that manages multiroom sound tripping, an app that tells you how long you last in bed, a smart key that has the potential to save lives, a program to accelerate the development of smart and connected things, and more. New SmartHome Solutions for Multiroom Sound Tripping   On... more »
Dell Bolsters Virtualization Lineup on Heels of Storage Market Victory

Dell Bolsters Virtualization Lineup on Heels of Storage Market Victory

A week after beating out Hewlett Packard to become the largest supplier of storage capacity in the world, Dell is refreshing its virtualization portfolio with three new operations management solutions. The new releases include Foglight for Storage Management 3.0, which according to Dell offers enterprises “complete visibility” into their infrastructure. The platform also packs a point and click performance monitoring tool, support for Compellent, EqualLogic and EMC systems, and built-in data analytics that empower admins to troubleshoot problems using graphs and diagrams. Storage Management 3.0 is joined by Foglight for Virtualization Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition. The former introduces support for vCloud... more »
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Hypervisor Market Approaching Crossroads #VMworld

As VMworld 2013 opens, the hypervisor market is approaching a directional decision point. A lot is happening, with software-led networking, software-defined storage, and of course the perennial VDI all waiting in the wings while the market continues to digest server virtualization. Nearly a decade after virtualization appeared with the proven keys to huge CapEx savings as it increased average utilization from 18 percent to 85 percent, and despite the huge spur of the 2008 economic disaster, estimates of the average percentage of servers virtualized today hover around 70% -- a new survey by Wikibon.org puts it at 69 percent among... more »
HP, VMware Handling their Business : A Bigger Software Picture

HP, VMware Handling their Business : A Bigger Software Picture

We've passed the halfway point of 2013, offering a reflective reprieve for the year's first two quarters.  Many enterprise tech companies are undergoing massive transitions in their respective fields, and at the end of summer we look back on how these companies have fared. Hewlett-Packard has tackled rough waters in 2013, with less than stellar earnings for Q2.  But its software services revenue is up, validating the C-level and product changes new CEO Meg Whitman has put into motion (read Editor-in-Chief John Furrier's opEd here).  VMware is another company undergoing change, fighting to maintain its leadership in a rapidly growing virtualization... more »
Extreme Tech: RFID Chip Implants to Store Your Most Secretive Files

Extreme Tech: RFID Chip Implants to Store Your Most Secretive Files

When we think about files and storage, we always imagine devices like USB keys, external hard drives, the cloud, SD cards, mobile devices and so on.  The problem with these types of storage devices is that one could easily lose an SD card or USB key, we have to carry these things around, and you can’t access your data in the cloud if you don't have an internet connection. Aside from that, these devices can all easily be hacked or stolen.  So if you have sensitive files stored in them, well, you’re screwed. So how can we overcome these kinds of... more »
Why Yahoo's ComScore Crown Doesn't Mean Crap

Why Yahoo's ComScore Crown Doesn't Mean Crap

Yahoo raised a few eyebrows yesterday when ComScore reported that its home page drew more hits than that of Google's, leading some to speculate that it might finally be winning over new users after years in the doldrums. That could be so – but then again, could these stats be misleading us? After all ComScore's stats are strictly related to one platform only, the PC, and completely ignore the most important battlefield in modern day computing – mobile. What with Smartphones and tablets excluded from ComScore's final tally, it's impossible to say just how well Yahoo stacks up against Google when... more »
Windows Phone Surpasses Apple - But Only in Latin America

Windows Phone Surpasses Apple - But Only in Latin America

This might be hard to believe, but Windows Phone has just become the second most-widely used mobile OS in all of Latin America.  Research firm IDC recently released its Mobile Phone Tracker report, which showed that during the second quarter of 2013, Windows Phone managed to leapfrog both Blackberry and Apple, moving from the 4th most widely used mobile OS in the region to the second spot behind leaders Android. The popularity of Windows Phone in Latin America is attributed to the fact that there are many low-end devices being offered that run Microsoft's mobile OS.  Nokia is of course the... more »
Lenovo Snubs Microsoft With Pokki's "Real" Start Menu & App Store

Lenovo Snubs Microsoft With Pokki's "Real" Start Menu & App Store

Microsoft might be confident that its forthcoming Windows 8.1 updates will be enough to satisfy the legions of critics who've made a hobby out of bashing its latest OS, it seems that the world's largest PC maker is less convinced. Fact is, as good as Microsoft's planned updates might sound (bringing back the Start button, booting to desktop etc), they're still not entirely what users have been asking for. Users want a 'real' start menu, not some silly gimmick that Microsoft is talking about, and now Lenovo, which recently surpassed HP as the world's top PC maker, is happy to oblige... more »

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