Stories by Jon Brodkin

  • Gartner's top 10 IT predictions for 2008 and beyond

    Open source,Apple computers, green technology, the rise of users and the proliferation of three-dimensional printing are among the hot trends IT shops should look out for in the next few years, according to Gartner.

  • Forrester makes Web 2.0 predictions

    Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration products will "continue to steamroll the [enterprise Web 2.0] market" in 2008, despite taking heat from some observers about SharePoint's wiki, blog and social networking functionality, Forrester analysts say.

  • VMware stock tumbles; virtualization leader's future cloudy

    VMware stock plunged this week by more than 30% after the EMC-controlled company posted disappointing earnings influenced by challenges from large vendors such as Microsoft and Citrix who are expanding into the field of Microsoft virtualization that VMware has long dominated.

  • Investors wary of networking start-ups

    Venture capital funding for networking start-ups is hard to come by these days, because investors still taking a hit from the excesses of 1999 and 2000 have limited the amount they're willing to spend on new companies in favor of later-stage players.

  • HP unveils mobile thin client

    HP unveiled its first mobile thin client and two additional desktop thin client products Thursday, as the vendor continues to ramp up its desktop virtualization technology following the acquisition of former competitor Neoware.

  • EMC unveils first SaaS storage application

    EMC is making its first play in the emerging online storage market, with the creation of a new software-as-a-service business unit and a new enterprise storage service based on EMC's September acquisition of online backup provider Mozy, the company stated Tuesday.

  • IBM earnings soar from overseas business, software revenue

    Impressive earnings that gave IBM its biggest stock gain in more than five years was driven by currency benefits, strong performance in Asia, Europe and emerging countries as well as 12% growth in Big Blue's software business, according to a detailed earnings report released Thursday.

  • Google redesigns mobile applications after iPhone surge

    Google, inundated with traffic from iPhone users over the holidays, has hurriedly made improvements to its mobile Web applications that will enable faster browsing for iPhone owners. "On Christmas, traffic to Google from iPhones surged, surpassing incoming traffic from any other type of mobile device," The New York Times reported Monday, citing internal Google data provided to the newspaper.

  • Online storage startup challenges Amazon

    Amazon is probably the biggest name in the emerging online storage market, but new competition is coming from a startup called Nirvanix that built a storage service to accommodate vast increases in digital media content fueled by the growing popularity of Web 2.0 applications.

  • FAQ: Why Intel is under fire for alleged antitrust violations

    Intel once again stands accused of anticompetitive practices designed to squeeze chief rival AMD out of the processor market. This time, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is taking a stand in the Intel-AMD rivalry, saying he may sue Intel. This FAQ answers eight key questions about the antitrust accusations lobbed against Intel.

  • IBM boosts data protection with acquisition

    IBM added to its data protection portfolio Thursday by acquiring Arsenal Digital Solutions, which provides services for server and PC data protection, backup and recovery, business continuity, disaster recovery, and regulatory compliance.

  • Government-sponsored cyberattacks on the rise, McAfee says

    Governments and allied groups worldwide are using the Internet to spy and launch cyberattacks on their enemies, targeting critical systems including electricity, air traffic control, financial markets and government computer networks, according to McAfee's annual report examining global cybersecurity.