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VMware’s Database Play: “Disk Is the New Tape”

VMware’s Database Play: “Disk Is the New Tape”

Virtualization technology made it feasible for databases of gigabyte or even terabyte size to be managed entirely in memory. This accomplishment has breathed new life into a space that hadn’t seen a lot of action in the last decade. Venerable players like SAP (parent company of Sybase) are finding new ways not only to compete with Oracle but…

The Tortured History of Internet Protocol v6

The Tortured History of Internet Protocol v6

Welcome to the new Internet! Last night, some 200 major service providers, including AT&T, Cisco, Comcast, Google, Facebook and Time Warner Cable, switched over to a new version of the Internet protocol. The transition from Internet Protocol v4 to v6 (skipping over the number in between) is the biggest infrastructure shift…

HP Reveals Post-Acquisition Plans for Autonomy

HP Reveals Post-Acquisition Plans for Autonomy

Last summer, when HP gave up on smartphones to place a $10.3 billion bet on semantic-search company Autonomy, then-CEO Leo Apotheker’s bold plan was to create a new kind of enterprise search-enabled content management. Today, under new CEO Meg Whitman, the company revealed some of the fruits of that acquisition, including support for the…

The United Nations Could Seize the Internet, U.S. Officials Warn

The United Nations Could Seize the Internet, U.S. Officials Warn

Several emerging countries are rallying behind a campaign to have the International Telecommunications Union, the U.N.’s global standards body for telecommunications, declare the Internet a global telecommunications system, U.S. officials testified on Thursday before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Led by China…

Microsoft Offers Windows 8 Release Preview as an Upgrade

Microsoft Offers Windows 8 Release Preview as an Upgrade

The worst-kept secret in Microsoft’s history may well lead to a surprise anyway. This afternoon, the company made available a program that prompts curious Windows users to download the latest Windows 8 Release Preview – the final preview before general release expected later this year. But Windows 7 users who run this little jewel will be…

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #5: Live Performance and Reliability Charts

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #5: Live Performance and Reliability Charts

Perhaps the most visible change to the Windows 8 Desktop (the “old” half of Microsoft’s new operating system) will come from live performance graphs. Improved heuristics in the new Task Manager and all-new graphs in Windows Explorer, of all places, will tell you when “burst mode” kicks in and when your hard drive is slowing down.

Government Market Drags Microsoft Deeper into the Cloud

Government Market Drags Microsoft Deeper into the Cloud

The single biggest and most valuable customer any software vendor could hope for is the United States government. Microsoft has had a lock on the public sector for decades. But now as many government agencies turn to the cloud to cut costs and meet slashed budgets, Microsoft finds itself in a defensive battle to retain its most important single…

Why the New Chromebook Still Doesn’t Cut It

Why the New Chromebook Still Doesn’t Cut It

Can a computer that is slightly more expensive than others with the same components, doesn’t run the software people are accustomed to, relies on users to store their personal treasures on someone else’s cloud, and may or may not recognize the devices plugged into it, really find success? Are we really asking this question as though the…

Internet Society: There’s Room for Compromise on Net Neutrality

Internet Society: There’s Room for Compromise on Net Neutrality

The group of caretakers of Internet standards and practices has been on record supporting fundamental principles linked with net neutrality. But in Part 3 of ReadWriteWeb’s interview with Sally Wentworth, the Internet Society’s public policy spokesperson says that enabling a service provider to engineer a competitive advantage for itself…

The Cloud’s Killer App? SAP’s Bid to Own the Enterprise Social Space

The Cloud’s Killer App? SAP’s Bid to Own the Enterprise Social Space

If you measure the social activity inside enterprise-class networks, it may look like LinkedIn has a lock on the market. But if you study how employees actually connect with each other every day, Facebook is almost always the platform of choice. But because it’s not really geared for businesses, it may be vulnerable to services that address…

Oracle Bets Big on Social Message Management, Acquires Vitrue

Oracle Bets Big on Social Message Management, Acquires Vitrue

There’s a belief (which, for some, has metastasized into a desperate hope) that how you say something online, not so much what you say, directly translates to whether you’ll read it. Today, a corporation that’s notorious for never changing the way it says anything, announced it’s acquiring a company whose business is message adjustment for brands…

Salesforce’s Chatter Elbows Microsoft’s Skype Out of the Enterprise

Salesforce’s Chatter Elbows Microsoft’s Skype Out of the Enterprise

Salesforce users are starting to understand that Chatter, the messaging and transactions system for the entire Force.com platform, is not a chat tool. Rather, it’s a communications stream that substitutes for most internal email. Why isn’t it a chat tool, you ask?  The only plausible answer – that Salesforce simply hasn’t plugged in…

Now That It’s Grown Up, Is Facebook Ready to Face the Real World?

Now That It’s Grown Up, Is Facebook Ready to Face the Real World?

Facebook is the social butterfly of Internet society, but as a company it has been a wallflower, reluctant to share any but the barest hints of its strategies and finances. Last Friday’s IPO coming-out party debuted the shy corporate entity in the realm of public companies and shareholder scrutiny. It’s one thing to “Like” an idea, but it’s…

European Commission: Google Rigs Online Ads

European Commission: Google Rigs Online Ads

Is Google abusing its dominant position in online advertising and content delivery? On the very day when Google participated in a celebration of the free flow of information, a European Commission vice president warned that his office is within weeks of filing a formal Statement of Objections.

Internet Society: ICANN, Internet Transitions and Why IPv4 Won’t Die

Internet Society: ICANN, Internet Transitions and Why IPv4 Won’t Die

When your job is to be open to everyone’s ideas, sometimes the hardest part for you is to just go with the right one. In Part 2 of ReadWriteWeb’s interview with Internet Society (ISOC) senior public policy manager Sally Wentworth (Part 1 of which was published on Thursday), we discuss how difficult it can be to navigate the routes of change in…