Michael Dell: Hardware Industry Must Adapt or Die

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Michael Dell argues that his company, at least, should sell software and services as the coming of the post-PC era erodes hardware sales. continue…

Networking: More About Quality Than Quantity

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Networking may instill fear in introverted IT professionals, but to score big on your job hunt, it’s just one of those things that you’ve got to do. But for those who tend to be gun-shy in schmoozing your way to a job, recent survey results from recruiting firm Robert Half Technology offer some comforting figures. For starters, the majority of IT workers surveyed by the company say the quality of their professional network is “very important” to their overall success.… continue…

Intel Announces New SDN Designs, Healthy Earnings

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As Intel reports decent earnings, SDN may be a ticket to continued growth. continue…

Dell Debuts Active Fabric

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Dell’s SDN-ready fabric infrastructure is optimized for the “east-west” traffic that executives say characterizes modern data centers. continue…

An Intro to SharePoint Community Events

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SharePoint is all about online engagement and collaboration. And yet, some of the most dynamic and engaging experiences related to the platform happen offline — and for free. Possibly best of all is that some are probably happening not too far from where you are. In other words, you can take advantage of meeting colleagues and sharing information, without it costing you an arm and a leg to travel and participate. It’s nice to see these growing alternatives. SharePoint User… continue…

Meet OpenDaylight: Open Source for SDNs

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Industry powerhouses under the auspices of the Linux Foundation have come together over an open-source implementation of software-defined networking. continue…

‘Future Perfect’ Sees Progress Through Peer Networks

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Long celebrated as one of the Internet’s deepest philosophical thinkers, Steven Johnson uses the publication of his eighth book, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, to make the case that a new model of political change is emerging, transforming every aspect of modern life along its way. Johnson is a huge fan of networks of all kinds, but especially distributed networks, the kind of decentralized peer-to-peer connections that pretty much define what the Internet is all about.… continue…

Oracle Acquires Tekelec, Boosting Networking Stakes

Oracle will need to figure out how Tekelec’s assets best fit with its own business-support and service-delivery platforms. continue…

5 Things You Don’t Understand About Networking

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For some reason, many people don’t like to hear this, but networking is one of the most effective ways to advance your career, as long as you approach it the right way. On the face of it, networking’s simple: Meet people and develop relationships with them. However, if you pursue people thoughtlessly you could end up doing more harm than good. To help you avoid tripping yourself up, here’s some tips. It’s a Two-Way Street You can’t tap perfect strangers… continue…

5 Career Killers You Must Absolutely Avoid

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Here are a couple of obvious ways to get yourself in trouble: Insult your boss on Facebook, and look for a new job on company time. But as annoyed as your boss might get over those, they’re usually survivable mistakes, at least as long as you don’t repeat them. The real dangers that could lead to your involuntary unemployment are more insidious. They’re not dramatic, and they get worse over time. They’re kind of like rust. No. 1: Letting Your… continue…