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  • ARN Hall of Fame profile: Kate Burleigh

    By Jennifer O'Brien | 04 December, 2014 15:15

    2014 Hall of Fame inductee, Kate Burleigh, talks openly about the journey to the top and her leadership style.

  • OpenDaylight Executive Director spells out where this open source SDN efforts stands

    By John Dix | 16 September, 2014 03:57

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is the public face of the Software Defined Networking movement, spelling out requirements and defining standards. The group's board includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs on the data center side, and Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Communications on the service provider side. Additionally, there are close to 150 members, from global telcos to startups. To get a sense of where the movement stands, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix tracked down ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt, who spent 20 years developing network architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems, Hewlett Packard and Bay Networks.

  • Cisco describes its SDN vision: A Q&A with Soni Jiandani

    By John Dix | 24 July, 2014 00:10

    Soni Jiandani is one of Cisco's serial entrepreneurs, having been a key member of the teams that developed everything from the Nexus 5000 to Cisco's Unified Computing System (which in five years has leapt to the top of the x86 blade server market in North America, according to IDC). Today Jiandani is Senior Vice President of Cisco's Insieme business unit, the group pushing the company's Software Defined Networking vision. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught with Jiandani to get her take on how SDN plays out.

  • The future of networking is a NOS on your choice of bare metal, says Cumulus Networks

    By John Dix | 24 June, 2014 06:52

    If Cumulus Networks has its way, companies will use its Cumulus Linux to decouple the network operating system from the hardware and break free of the integrated approach that has driven the industry for decades. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix talked about the vision with Co-Founder and CEO JR Rivers.

  • Healthcare provider finds SDN is the proper Rx

    By John Dix | 22 May, 2014 07:02

    William Hanna, vice president of technical services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), went out looking for a way to add capacity to a backup network and found what he wanted in Software Defined Networking (SDN) tools from Alcatel-Lucent. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix sat down with Hanna to learn about the process and experience.

Opinions
  • Tech face-off: Apple's Mac Pro vs the 5K Retina iMac

    By Michael deAgonia | 20 December, 2014 03:02

    There used to be a time when the gap between Apple products made choosing the right computer obvious and easy. The deliberate compartmentalization of prices and features clearly dictated which laptop or deskop machine was right, with minimal overlap between the categories.

  • yARN: Why the iPad is anything but doomed

    By Ted Landau | 09 December, 2014 03:06

    Tis the season to dis the iPad. What's going on exactly? How could a product that has been such a huge success, the leader of Apple's march to the "post-PC" era, suddenly seem like week-old turkey leftovers?

  • Why it's (finally) time to embrace thin client technology

    By Rob Enderle | 06 December, 2014 06:36

    Earlier this week, I was at Dell's analyst update on its thin client business and it got me thinking about how thin clients were supposed to replace personal computers. An experience that was instant on/off, that embodied simplicity and reliability and that not only had the performance of a PC but could be updated without any user impact was a compelling idea.

  • Reality challenged: remember those predictions Tim Cook would be fired?

    By The Macalope | 30 November, 2014 04:31

    It was just a matter of time, but Apple's executive corps could only preside over so much market share bloodletting before the bill came due.

  • Rise of the celebrity tech entrepreneur

    By Mike Elgan | 18 November, 2014 00:16

    California is a house divided, with global entertainment powerhouse Hollywood in the south -- epicenter of the movie, TV and music businesses -- and global technology powerhouse Silicon Valley in the north.

Reviews
  • Review: Apple's new 5K iMac -- powerful, pixel-ful and pricey

    By Michael deAgonia | 17 December, 2014 02:37

    There are 14.7 million reasons to want Apple's latest iMac -- the 14.7 million pixels that make up its stunning 27-in. 5K Retina display. At $2,499, the new iMac isn't cheap, but its screen makes this desktop a great value -- if you can afford it.

  • Review: 6 business-class Chromebooks test their mettle

    By Woody Leonhard | 11 December, 2014 03:17

    I've spent the last three weeks taking six business-oriented Chromebooks through their paces. I started out as a skeptical Windows-rules-them-all kind of guy: I've been using Windows since the early days, and I've rarely strayed from the ghosts of my Windows masters. By the end of my Chromebook experiment, however, my old biases were shaken.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS review: Presenter View feature makes the subscription version worth it

    By Joe Kissell | 09 December, 2014 02:43

    When I reviewed PowerPoint for iPad version 1.0 back in April 2014, I found a lot to like but dinged the app for a few notable omissions; I also noted its dependence on a paid Office 365 subscription. Now at version 1.3, PowerPoint for iOS works on iPhones as well, and has adopted a new freemium model (like the other Office apps--Word and Excel) in which most of its features are available even to those who don't pay for Office 365.

  • Microsoft Word for iOS review: This classic word processor shines on every device

    By Jeffery Battersby | 09 December, 2014 01:32

    A few months back, when Microsoft first released Word for iPad, there were wildly varying responses, from, "Who cares and who uses Word any more?" to "I've been waiting forever for this!" to "Wait, what? I have to pay to use this app?" But, no matter what camp you were in, there was one reality: Word for iPad was (and is) an excellent iOS word processor--an Office app for your iOS device that offers substantial document creation and editing tools, with an interface that's clutter-free, so creating and editing documents on your iPad is a cinch.

  • Apple 5K iMac review: Leapfrogging the competition

    By Tony Ibrahim | 01 December, 2014 13:26

    Apple has squeezed a 5K display into the same confines of its current iMac and has managed to do so without blowing out the price.

 
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