The Race to Secure Voting Tech Gets an Urgent Jumpstart

Numerous electronic voting machines used in United States elections have critical exposures that could make them vulnerable to hacking. Security experts have known that for a decade. But it wasn’t until Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential campaigns and began probing digital voting systems that the topic took on pressing urgency. Now hackers, researchers, […] Read more »

Microsoft’s DNA storage tech may fit in an enterprise

Microsoft has apparently firmed up its plans for a DNA-based storage device that it expects to be commercially available within about three years. The software giant originally unveiled its research into DNA as an archival storage medium last year; it described the technology being able to store the amount of data in “a big data […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: When does tech make you money and when does it cost you?

There’s an interesting Forbes article on the topic of turning a cost center into a profit center. In it, author Larry Myler talks about three ways to “become a hero” by: Killing overhead, Inventing revenue, and Supporting company strategy. Having worked in cost centers within organizations myself, I was skeptical as to whether this can […] Read more »

Mingis on Tech: How IT can prep for robots and avoid big cloud gotchas

If it seems like the day when robots invade the workplace is drawing ever closer, that’s because it is. But they’re not necessarily coming for our jobs — at least, not yet. In fact, they’re more likely to be taking over menial tasks so that workers can get back to the business of being more […] Read more »

Google’s Espresso networking tech takes SD-WAN to internet scale

Google is working to accelerate the performance of its applications over the internet by building out a software-defined network at broad scale. On Tuesday, the company announced Espresso, a system that provides increased network performance to users of the company’s applications. It works by applying software-defined networking to the edge of the tech titan’s network, […] Read more »

Amazon shows why you shouldn’t put all your tech eggs in one cloud basket

When Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service at Amazon’s US-EAST-1 data centers went down, things went bad. Very, very bad. How bad? Popular sites such as Quora, Business Insider, Netflix, Reddit and Slack either crashed entirely or were broken. By SimilarTech’s count, over 124,000 sites were affected. A college student told me, “It’s knocked out my […] Read more »

HubSpot Inbound 2016: A tech conference disguised as a sales & marketing one

I had my reservations about hitting HubSpot’s annual Inbound conference in Boston this week. Yes, it would be easy enough to swing by from our suburban Boston headquarters, but Network World caters to enterprise IT professionals, not software maker HubSpot’s sales and marketing crowd. Sure enough though, the 19,000 registered attendees at the flashy event […] Read more »

5 tech trends that have Turing Award winners worried

Technology has considerable potential to make the world better, but those benefits are far from guaranteed. Plenty of downsides can pop up along the way, and some of them have Turing Award winners especially worried. 1. The internet echo chamber “Technology by itself is not evil, but people can use it for bad things,” Barbara […] Read more »

5 tech trends that have Turing Award winners worried

Technology has considerable potential to make the world better, but those benefits are far from guaranteed. Plenty of downsides can pop up along the way, and some of them have Turing Award winners especially worried. 1. The internet echo chamber “Technology by itself is not evil, but people can use it for bad things,” Barbara […] Read more »

Microsoft says tech companies ‘whipsawed’ by conflicting laws on global data transfer

Microsoft is expected to testify that both outdated U.S. laws and agreements between countries on cross-border transfer of data have to be amended as tech companies are increasingly “whipsawed” in legal conflicts in which local authorities are seeking unilateral and extraterritorial warrants over data stored in the cloud. In written testimony ahead of a U.S. […] Read more »

2015: The tech year in cartoons

January: We have met the enemy, and he is us Image by John Klossner, © Computerworld It seems that security is always at or near the top of the list of things that keep IT leaders awake at night. But while headlines would lead us to believe that CIOs and CISOs are spending the wee […] Read more »

2015: The tech year in cartoons

January: We have met the enemy, and he is us Image by John Klossner, © Computerworld It seems that security is always at or near the top of the list of things that keep IT leaders awake at night. But while headlines would lead us to believe that CIOs and CISOs are spending the wee […] Read more »

Forecast 2016: Essential data points for the tech year ahead

Ready, set, disrupt! If an overarching conclusion can be drawn from the results of Computerworld‘s Forecast survey of 182 IT professionals, it’s that 2016 is shaping up to be the year of IT as a change agent. IT is poised to move fully to the center of the business in 2016, as digital transformation becomes […] Read more »

Digital transformation spurs tech M&A to close in on record

The digital transformation of business via cloud, mobile and big data technology is fueling IT mergers and acquisitions, which are set to rocket past the record level hit in 2000 as the dot-com era crested. Enterprises are adopting cloud and mobile technology to stay competitive, and technology companies are scrambling to keep up with demand. […] Read more »

The cloud changes IT culture, demands new tech skills

As enterprises are moving to the cloud, it’s changing a whole lot more than just where companies’ data and services are sitting. The emergence of the cloud is heralding a shift in the skills that IT workers need and the jobs they are doing. It’s changing the entire culture inside IT departments. “The cloud is […] Read more »

Expect a lull in cool tech from Microsoft, Apple, and the rest

Technology is on the cusp of an incredible breakthrough — or a major funk. It’s hard to tell, but it’s feeling more like the latter. If you look at all the major vendors (Apple, Microsoft, and Google), you see more of the same old same old. Microsoft recently released Windows 10, which brings back a […] Read more »

Enterprises can’t solve tech support for the cloud

Your storage-as-a-service cloud goes down one afternoon. Who do your users call? The internal support desk? The cloud provider? Outsourced support? Their nerdy cousin? These are the questions facing enterprise IT these days. They are brokering cloud services for users, often passing the cost on to them as well. However, when it comes to support, […] Read more »

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Online Tech Provides Non-Profit with Colocation at Michigan Data Center Online Tech provides a range of hosting services including colocation, managed dedicated servers, private cloud hosting, and disaster recovery through its high availability SAS 70 data centers. Read more on Web Host Industry Review Oracle launches "public cloud" "There is no minimum term and you […] Read more »