Stories by Stephen Lawson

Bluetooth 5 is out: Now will home IoT take off?

Bluetooth is aiming straight for the internet of things as the fifth version of the wireless protocol arrives with twice as much speed for low-power applications. Bluetooth Low Energy, which gains the most from the new Bluetooth 5 specification, can now go as fast as 2Mbps (bits per second)

NetSuite's going global under Oracle's flag

As part of Oracle, cloud software provider NetSuite plans to localize its products for many more countries while expanding its data-center capacity, sales operations, partner channel and other assets to reach customers in those new areas.

2016 will be 1 second longer: Google can help you cope

Like a man eager to show off his new watch, Google is encouraging anyone running IT operations to ask it for the time. The company will let anyone use its NTP (Network Time Protocol) servers, a move to help IT shops cope with the next “leap second,” which will be tacked onto 2016.

IBM is on a push to offer IoT from development to production

The internet of things is so complex that some enterprises would rather turn to one vendor to determine the business case for an IoT deployment, design the system, roll it out and operate it as a service. At least that’s what IBM believes.

IoT gear will need better security to win a Z-Wave badge

Tighter security will soon be mandatory for IoT devices that use the popular Z-Wave wireless protocol. Starting next April, the Z-Wave Alliance will require all products to include its S2 (Security 2) framework before they can be certified as Z-Wave compliant.

GE Digital is taking Predix out to the edge of IoT

Dividing up data and processes between private data centers and the cloud can be complicated, especially in IoT. On Tuesday, GE Digital introduced a system for enterprises to spread out IoT tasks to be more effective.

GE is on an IoT buying spree

It turns out GE Digital’s acquisition of ServiceMax on Monday wasn’t its only recent move to expand its industrial IoT expertise. Two deals for small startups, completed recently and announced on Tuesday, add other interesting technologies.

GE buys ServiceMax for US$915M to boost its IoT power

General Electric’s US$915 million acquisition of field service management company ServiceMax on Monday should help enterprises combine what GE does for industrial products and assets with more tools for those who work on them.

InfiniBand will reach 200-gigabit speed next year

InfiniBand is set to hit 200Gbps (bits per second) in products that announced Wednesday, potentially accelerating machine-learning platforms as well as HPC (high-performance computing) systems.

Facebook and AT&T herald a new day of open networking

On Tuesday at the Structure 2016 conference in San Francisco, Facebook announced its most powerful modular data-center switch yet, and AT&T gave an update on its huge migration from dedicated servers to a software-based architecture.