Joab JacksonIDG News Service

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

Facebook networking chief: No more secret ASIC commands

Today’s switches, routers, and other network equipment stymies Facebook from making the most efficient use of its network and the Internet, says the company’s head of network operations.

IBM purchases Xtify to target new marketing channels

Xtify, founded in 2009 and based in New York, has a range of large consumer-focused clients.

Verizon's next cloud services emphasize performance, granular billing

Verizon adds to its cloud services with a new option called Verizon Cloud Compute, as well as a new storage-as-a-service, called Verizon Cloud Storage.

Spotify turns to street artists' work to inspire its employees

Spotify hired local street artists to give the walls of its New York City offices a cutting-edge, local flare.


Splunk dives deeper into business analytics

Splunk continues to enhance its flagship machine data search engine so it can be used by business analysts and managers, in addition to its typical audience of system and network administrators.

IBM acquiring LTE analyzer Now Factory

Launched in 2007, Now Factory sells to telecommunications providers that are building LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks.

BMC Control M Hadoop

BMC puts Hadoop on the company timesheet

BMC's Control-M automated workflow software can incorporate big data-styled Hadoop jobs as well.

'Free Unix!': The world-changing proclamation made 30 years ago today

It was 30 years ago today -- Sept. 27, 1983 -- that the seeds were planted for both Linux and the open-source software movement.

Microsoft wants to scan your JavaScript libraries

Microsoft has launched a new service that provides free automated unit testing for anyone who loads a JavaScript framework or library into a GitHub.


Microsoft sails past Oracle in bringing Java SE to the cloud

While Oracle CEO Larry Ellison focuses his attention on the America's Cup sailing race, Oracle is rushing to keep up in another race, the one to get its Java SE (Standard Edition) in the cloud.

HP brings converged infrastructure smarts to its servers

Tapping into the immense powers of system automation, Hewlett-Packard has released an appliance that will streamline the management of large numbers of HP servers in a data center.

JetBrains PyCharm

JetBrains frees Python editor

JetBrains has split the latest edition of its PyCharm Python IDE (integrated development environment) into two editions -- the paid professional edition and a new free community edition.

Oracle preps NetBeans for a mobile Web future

The new Netbeans 7.4 comes with enhanced support for developing mobile applications.

IBM gets the big picture with Daeja buy

Boosting its portfolio of enterprise content management tools, IBM has acquired Daeja Image Systems and its embeddable software for viewing many different types of documents and images.

Linux gets a boost from mobile

Although not originally designed for telephones or tablets, the Linux kernel is now getting more contributions than ever from mobile and portable device vendors, whose input is driving a heretofore unseen rate of development for the open source project.