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August 31, 2012
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  • Survey: A healthy open-source ecosystem is critical for clouds
    The Linux Foundation is pointing to an IDC survey that backs its belief that open source is an essential element in cloud computing. The survey revealed that 94% of Linux and Windows users see collaboration and an open-source ecosystem as critical elements for cloud uptake, and 72% of businesses said they consider open source or open standards when making decisions about the cloud. The VAR Guy (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lenovo announces Android tablets; exec says Microsoft is welcome
    Lenovo has announced three Ideatab Android tablets of various sizes that will start at $299, including one with a detachable keyboard dock. The head of Lenovo's Europe-Middle East-Africa division said he disagrees with vendors that have objected to Microsoft making its own Surface tablets. "I think it's very welcome if other people, including Microsoft, come with Windows 8 tablets. I think it's also proof that they believe in Windows 8," Gianfrano Lanci said. eWeek (8/30), All Things D (8/30), PCWorld/IDG News Service (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dell exec: SDN is on the way -- just don't hold your breath
    Software-defined networking promises to revolutionize the enterprise switching space, but don't expect any major changes for at least three years, says Arpit Joshipura, head of product management and marketing in Dell's networking group. According to Joshipura, SDN will eventually lead to new networking capabilities and added flexibility by moving decision making out of hardware and onto the control plane, which will make it easier to provision switches. Computerworld/IDG News Service (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Social media isn't exempt from ROI
    Business and tech organizations must keep in mind the return-on-investment aspect of social media, Elliot Markowitz writes. Social media initiatives should be treated like any other IT initiative, such as customer-relationship management or a data-center migration, Markowitz asserts. The VAR Guy (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
  • Why staying in the know is key to IT success
    Career experts advise tech professionals to stay on top of emerging solutions, new approaches in business IT and which vendors are working on which projects. That's easier said than done if you work full time, but there are some tricks to increase your awareness, such as using search-term alerts and news feeds, writes Rich Hein. Educational courses and social-networking sites also are good sources for keeping skills relevant, he writes. (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Get answers to your market-research questions in a snap
    In a first of its kind for the IT industry, CompTIA created a comprehensive search engine to help its members find the answers to their IT research questions quickly and easily. CompTIA analysts input thousands of records into the new CompTIA ReSEARCH Engine so that meaningful data is immediately displayed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA Network+: A Path to Apple Consultants Network
    With the increasing demand for mobility solutions, joining the Apple Consultants Network can help CompTIA members to access a new source of growth for their business. The CompTIA Network+ certification now offers the possibility to directly embark on the mobility curriculum of the Apple Consultants Network. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark designates best practices
    The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark is a business credential designed to qualify and differentiate organizations providing on-premises IT services via a managed services business model. Learn which solution providers have achieved this valued credential and how you can apply for it to boost your own IT business. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Aug. 31, 2012
    68% of firms that have purchased tools to monitor cloud applications said the ability to simultaneously monitor cloud and on-premises environments was an important feature for them. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Monday
    In observance of Labor Day in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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