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  • Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

    When you stop and think about it, it's kind of astonishing how far Chromebooks have come.

  • Review: VMware VSAN turns storage inside-out

    VMware's Virtual SAN 1.0 combines easy setup and management with high availability and high performance -- and freedom from traditional storage systems

  • PaaS shoot-out: Cloud Foundry vs. OpenShift

    Cloud Foundry shines with broad application support and stellar ease of use, but OpenShift has the edge in management and automation

  • Review: Cloud Foundry brings power and polish to PaaS

    Cloud Foundry impresses with broad application support, streamlined deployment, and enterprise extras from Pivotal, though initial setup could be simpler

  • Sync, store and share data with Transporter Sync

    The scoop: Transporter Sync, by Connected Data, about $100 (plus cost of external storage drive)

  • Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization Cloud-style

    Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments

  • Review: Dell WYSE delivers Android-on-a-stick

    Thin clients aren't very exciting, and for a reason: they're designed to allow remote access to servers, usually with a Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware client. The folks at Dell WYSE have spiced up the category by building a thin client on top of Android, and getting it down to a form factor only slightly larger than a USB memory stick.

  • Review: Apple's iWork for iCloud is elegant but limited

    Apple's online productivity suite is exceptionally polished and easy to use, but lacking in word processing and spreadsheet features

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    Review: Office Online is great for Word and Excel, not PowerPoint

    Word Online and Excel Online are surprisingly capable, but PowerPoint Online and Office document compatibility are still half-baked

  • Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

    Bigtable-inspired open source projects take different routes to the highly scalable, highly flexible, distributed, wide column data store

  • Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

  • First look: Docker is a better way to deploy your apps

    A long time ago, a computer program was a stack of punch cards, and moving the program from computer to computer was easy as long as you didn't drop the box. Every command, instruction, and subroutine was in one big, fat deck. Editors, compilers, and code repositories have liberated us from punch cards, but somehow deploying software has grown more complicated. Moving a program from the coding geniuses to the production team is fraught with errors, glitches, and hassles. There's always some misconfiguration, and it's never as simple as carrying that deck down the hall.

  • Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure

    A diverse set of real-world Java benchmarks shows that Google is fastest, Azure is slowest, and Amazon is priciest

  • Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization cloud-style

    Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments

  • Flash your way to better VMware performance

    PernixData FVP clusters server-side flash to improve virtual machine performance and reduce SAN latency

  • Cloud services for mobile developers: Google vs. Amazon vs. Azure vs. Parse

    Cloud-based back ends for mobile applications combine key services with varying degrees of complexity

  • Office 365 administration made easy

    Going beyond Office 365's native admin GUI, 365 Command provides powerful Exchange admin capabilities without the need to run PowerShell

  • SDN showdown: Examining the differences between VMware's NSX and Cisco's ACI

    The arrival of Software Defined Networking (SDN), which is often talked about as a game changing technology, is pitting two industry kingpins and former allies against each other: Cisco and VMware.

  • Ubuntu 13.10 takes aim at Microsoft, Apple, Google

    Ubuntu is moving into the rarified class of operating systems that cover x86/x64 clients and servers, ARM-based tablets/smartphones, and commodity cloud instances. Meaning that it's taking on everybody from Microsoft to Red Hat to Apple and Google.

  • VMware vSphere 5.5 bulks up with more muscle, high-availability

    VMware's latest salvo in its virtualization war with Microsoft is vSphere 5.5, which features a host of improvements, the most interesting being high availability, support for Big Data/Hadoop and improved storage and backup.