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  • Cloud computing changes everything

    The sheer number of cloud players - or companies that claim to be cloud players -- is staggering. By some estimates there are more than 2,000 software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies alone. At this early point in the cloud revolution, there are certainly front runners, but the field is wide open.

  • Data center, cloud fabrics all the rage in 2012

    There was a considerable amount of activity in the <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/122011-outlook-cloud-254208.html?hpg1=bn">data center/cloud switching fabric</a> arena in 2011. That is expected to continue in 2012, along with real world implementations of the next-generation IT technologies.

  • Andrew Miller: Polycom will drive the next era of collaboration

    When you think about Polycom, the first image that might pop into your mind is the company's 'iconic, triangular speakerphone.' But CEO Andrew Miller wants you to know that Polycom is much, much more than that. In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series, Miller spoke via Polycom's high-definition telepresence system with IDGE Chief Content Officer John Gallant about why Polycom should really be known as a software company and about Polycom's move to the cloud. Miller also discussed the impact of mobility on the visual communications market and why -- despite all the talk about video from Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers -- Polycom is in a better position to help companies drive the next era of collaboration. He also talked about the powerful partnerships Polycom has built with top-tier service providers and enterprise stalwarts like Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, IBM, and others.

  • 2012: Virtual desktops are all the rage

    As budgets are locked in for 2012 it's time to aggressively expand <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/server.html">server</a> <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/102510-burning-questions-virtualization-storage.html">virtualization</a>, and for those who have been held back by cost, to consider <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2011/120511-cloud-companies.html">virtual desktops</a>.

  • Plans to migrate LAPD to Google's cloud apps dropped

    After more than two years of trying, the City of Los Angeles has abandoned <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9140038/Google_Apps_scores_in_L.A._with_assist_from_Microsoft">plans</a> to migrate its police department to Google's hosted email and office application platform saying the service cannot meet certain FBI security requirements.

  • Extreme CEO: New products in 2012, growth in 2013

    After years of stagnant or lackluster growth, Extreme Networks tapped Oscar Rodriguez to bring new life to the switch maker in 2010. He scrutinized global operations, streamlined the product line and brought a new focus that he says will really come through this spring with a new wave of switches. Rodriguez shared his goals for Extreme in 2012 with Network World Editor-in-Chief John Dix and Managing Editor Jim Duffy.

  • Cloud activity to explode in 2012

    In testing cloud computing services and observing the growth of cloud activities, we've noticed that there are distinct phases that organizations go through in adopting cloud.

  • Nimbula offers help building private clouds

    Some businesses that rely on Amazon Web Services to run Web applications are starting to realize that they can save money or get better performance by building their own internal clouds -- and Nimbula is hoping to help them out.

  • 'Server huggers' impede cloud migrations

    Chipita America may be as close to a serverless company as one can find today. Its ERP, EDI and BI systems, Office and Exchange applications and file servers are all hosted in the cloud. About six years ago, when many IT managers were <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/90957/Debate_Transcript_Does_IT_Matter_">debating</a> the merits of Nicholas Carr's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Information-Technology-Corrosion-Competitive-Advantage/dp/1591394449/computerworld-20">Does IT Matter?</a> , Chipita CIO Scott Martin was moving the Tulsa, Okla.-based snack food maker's email to service provider CenterBeam's cloud-hosted platform.

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