Is Government Research Funding Critical to IT? IT Wages: Which End Is Up? Why We Need Strong, Unfettered Encryption Technology and Gender in Context

Is Government Research Funding Critical to IT?

A dearth in research and development funding is threatening U.S. technology companies, universities and, ultimately, consumers—or at least that’s what some MIT professors argue in ...

IT Wages: Which End Is Up?

Sifting through the raw data on wages for IT and, more broadly, STEM is a tough job. Perhaps that’s why reports are so contradictory. For ...

Why We Need Strong, Unfettered Encryption

The value of data is often in its limited dissemination. In other words, protecting data is frequently the same as protecting value—as in a credit-card ...

Technology and Gender in Context

Technology companies don’t hire enough women (or minorities). Or at least that’s the operating assumption of many media reports, company boilerplate and political sloganeering. The ...

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Democracy Rising: A New Era in Software Licensing

May 6th, 2015

For most of the history of enterprise software, the model for how organizations have purchased applications has largely been the same. The perpetual license has dominated, whereby companies pay the full price of the software up front and are allowed access in perpetuity. Perpetual licenses are not always ideal. For instance, they require higher upfront costs—before any value has been enjoyed. You can always buy more, but if you over-purchase, you cannot get a refund for u[...]

Is Government Research Funding Critical to IT?

May 5th, 2015

A dearth in research and development funding is threatening U.S. technology companies, universities and, ultimately, consumers—or at least that’s what some MIT professors argue in a report entitled “The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit.” But what these professors really lament is what they deem to be insufficient government funding of R&D, particularly for so-called basic research. The reasons for opposing government funding, however, are manifold. Who Turns Down “Free” [...]

How Optical Transceivers Affect Server Technology

May 4th, 2015

Data centers are processing tons of data and need to retrieve the data at record speeds. This situation requires that every aspect of the design be optimized, including optical transceiver technology. Since most data centers are connecting at 100 Mbps or higher, all optical transceiver technology, including 10 Gbps, must meet the increasing demand for bandwidth. The technology needs to meet the bandwidth requirements not only for storage and switch applications but also for server[...]

IT Wages: Which End Is Up?

April 30th, 2015

Sifting through the raw data on wages for IT and, more broadly, STEM is a tough job. Perhaps that’s why reports are so contradictory. For instance, according to the Computerworld IT Salary Survey 2015, average total compensation rose 3.6% year over year; PayScale, however, reports that IT salaries in 1Q15 have increased only 1.7% year over year. In addition, the battle over the ostensible STEM shortage rages on, with both sides claiming the other is o[...]

Connecting the Hybrid Cloud

April 29th, 2015

The “cloud” is no longer an enterprise aspiration, but a reality. Unfortunately, reality is messy. The adoption of cloud services, including fundamental storage and compute functions as well as software-as-a-service applications, has added significant complexity to the business of enterprise IT. There’s no one-size-fits-all type of deployment, and many companies have increasingly gravitated toward a mix of public and private cloud technologies. By implementing a hybrid cloud, companies can gain efficiencies from shared infrastructure while also maint[...]


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Simplifying Infrastructures: Rules for Success in the Data Center

May 1st, 2015

    As the data center market continues to grow, the trend to improve efficiency, increase reliability, decrease the footprint for critical infrastructure, and reduce capital costs continues to be a focus for data center engineers. In years past, many of these goals were compromised to achieve others. As reliability increased, so..more...


Press Releases

451 Research Cloud Price Index: Private Edition—VMware, Red Hat and Microsoft Currently Better Value Than OpenStack Distributions for Total Cost of Ownership

May 1st, 2015

451 Research launched its latest Cloud Price Index, the most rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the cost of cloud computing. For the first time in the industry, buyers have complete..more...

Cumulus Networks Extends Power of Linux Across Entire Rack With New Cumulus Rack Management Platform Product

April 27th, 2015

Cumulus Networks, provider of the Cumulus Linux operating system for open networking, today announced the new Cumulus Rack Management Platform (RMP ) OS for out-of-band management switches. Developed in response..more...

Abacus Group Named a Top Cloud Provider by FTF News

April 22nd, 2015

Abacus Group, a leading provider of hosted IT solutions for hedge funds and private equity funds, today announced that it was named a top cloud provider by FTF News in..more...


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