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March 13, 2013
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  • HP banks on software-defined networking
    Hewlett-Packard says it expects software-defined networking to take off, and it hopes to grab a sizable chunk of the market. "Everything we do with regard to thinking about operating expense for the CIO focuses on ensuring they can automate as much as possible within the network," HP Networking's Bethany Meyer says. ZDNet (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AMD processors support new features, boost power handling
    Advanced Micro Devices is debuting new A-series laptop chips, called "Richland," that it says support video mirroring and gesture-recognition features and offer a 20% to 40% performance improvement over its "Trinity" chips. The company said the new processors also offer better power-management capabilities, with online browsing lasting up to eight hours and up to six hours of video playback. CIO.com/IDG News Service (3/12), ZDNet (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Startup backed by Cisco debuts router for SDN
    Compass-EOS has introduced the r10004 modular router, which is aimed at implementing software-defined networking technology in telecom and service provider networks. The r10004 is based on the startup's icPhotonics optical semiconductor technology. Compass-EOS has raised $120 million in private funding from Cisco Systems, Comcast Ventures and other investors. Network World (3/12), GigaOm (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SMBs favor VARs for high-end networking equipment
    Data show sales of IT equipment will remain relatively sluggish this year, but value-added resellers can expect to capture a larger share of the high-end networking and communications market, according to Stephen Baker, an analyst with NPD Group. "You see more advanced products selling through solution provider channels, who are much stronger with communications and storage hardware vs. the CDWs of the world, who are still very focused on the PC," Baker said. CRN.com (U.S.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • D&H taps Cloud Nation to drive new SMB services
    D&H says it's working with Cloud Nation to help its partners sell cloud technology in the small- to midsize-business market. "Independent resellers are hungry to start making money in the cloud, and plenty of vendors are looking to see their products applied in these environments," D&H's Jeff Davis says. "... Cloud Nation delivers comprehensive resources, filling in the knowledge or technology gaps that might hinder an independent reseller from thriving in this category." The VAR Guy (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Many companies keeping telecommuting despite Yahoo's step back
    Yahoo and Best Buy's recent decisions to end their telecommuting practices are not indicative of a larger business shift away from remote work, according to analysts, who say companies plan to continue to promote flexible, offsite work arrangements. A poll by Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that while less than 10% of responding companies offer all employees the option of working from home, 80% have some remote work arrangement, and the vast majority plan to keep that benefit in place. PCWorld (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Talent shortage hinders health IT deployments
    Health IT deployments are being hindered by a shortage of tech skills, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report says. The analysis cites a survey that indicated 67% of health IT leaders said they lack staff, and 59% say the staffing issue is a challenge in meeting federal requirements for electronic health records. "It's also a shortage of people with the skills to marry technological savvy with business strategy as health care becomes more connected, coordinated and accountable," PwC's Daniel Garrett says. Computerworld (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Obama to host business leaders for cybersecurity talks
    Business leaders will go to the White House today for a special meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss strategies for public- and private-sector coordination on the issue of cybersecurity. The meeting comes a month after Obama signed an executive order that seeks to boost information sharing between the government and the business community, which has been confronting a heightened threat environment. Reuters (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health care providers expanding use of mobile devices and apps
    Mobile technology is expanding its presence in the day-to-day delivery of patient care and practice management by health care providers, according to CompTIA's Fourth Annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities study. It reveals that many health care providers are on the cusp of greatly expanding their use of smart mobile devices from routine business activities, such as e-mail and scheduling to care-specific uses. One in five physicians with a mobile device already uses health- or medical-related applications on a daily basis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SMB Nation Spring Conference
    SMB Nation's seventh annual Spring Conference will be held May 3 to 5 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash. This year's event features world-class speakers, sessions on the latest technology trends and ample time to network with peers and industry sponsors. Learn more here. Register now, as early-bird rates expire on April 5, 2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TechVoice
    TechVoice provides the IT community with timely information about state and federal IT legislation and regulations, as well as an organized method to become an instant advocate for the IT channel. Sign up for action alerts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: March 13, 2013
    50% of companies say that improved engagement with customers has been a benefit of adopting mobility solutions. CompTIA IT SmartStat. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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