Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson is Senior U.S. Correspondent based in San Francisco.

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Carriers are going virtual to give enterprises more freedom

On Monday, the French global carrier Orange launched its virtualized network services program, called Easy Go Network. It joins AT&T, Verizon and other operators that are selling or developing such programs.

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Cloud-based network analysis drills down to users and apps

Nyansa, a startup that launched earlier this year with a cloud-based service to pinpoint the sources of enterprise network problems, is now adding a tool to analyze how individual applications are performing.

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5 ways enterprise networkers can - and can't - be like webscale stars

In networking these days, big cloud companies like Google and Facebook are at the top of their game. Here are five things that most enterprises can’t do to become like the Internet giants, followed by five things they can.

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Cisco positions Spark at the heart of enterprise work

On Tuesday at Cisco’s conference for channel partners, the company laid out an ambitious goal for its Spark collaboration platform and announced two moves to make it more attractive to enterprises.

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Thread Group aims its IoT mesh network at enterprises

The still-fragmented internet of things is slowly converging on protocols that may someday work in both homes and enterprises. The latest move to standardize how IoT devices talk to each other is a push by the Thread Group into industrial and commercial systems.

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Cisco says it'll make IoT safe because it owns the network

Cisco Systems is making a play for the fundamental process of putting IoT devices online, promising greater ease of use and security as enterprises prepare to deploy potentially millions of connected objects.

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Cisco pits modular storage servers against public clouds

Cisco Systems is finding its way into storage through its successful server business. On Tuesday, it’s introducing modular systems that can be deployed with many different combinations of computing and storage capacity.

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To solve IoT security, look at the big picture, ARM says

The recent DDoS attacks launched from IoT devices demonstrate that IoT spans all parts of IT. That was the message from ARM, the chip design company behind nearly every smartphone and a big chunk of IoT, at its annual TechCon event.

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Intel wants to make its Internet of Things chips see, think, and act

While ARM introduced two minuscule processor architectures with new security features on Tuesday, Intel unveiled its Atom E3900 chips with a focus on computer vision and industrial-grade timing.

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ARM builds up security in the tiniest Internet of Things chips

On Tuesday, ARM will introduce processors that are just a fraction of a millimeter across and incorporate the company’s TrustZone technology.

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For cordless VR and more, WiGig may be worth the wait

On Monday, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched a certification process for WiGig products, which will go as fast as 8Gbps (bits per second) and could include virtual-reality headsets and high-speed office Wi-Fi zones.

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Cisco revs up storage connections for data centers and WANs

Cisco is boosting the speed of its long-distance storage links for disaster recovery and business continuity. It’s also introducing higher speeds for IP (Internet Protocol) storage networks in data centers and rolling out software to simplify storage management.

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Facebook's 100-gigabit switch design is out in the open

Facebook’s 100-gigabit switch design has been accepted by the Open Compute Project, a step that should help to foster an open ecosystem of hardware and software on high-speed networking gear.

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Qualcomm's 5G preview: high frequencies, 5-gigabit speed

5G networks will be five times as fast as the quickest LTE technology by using the highest cellular frequencies ever, according to Qualcomm, which provided a glimpse of a next-generation modem on Tuesday.

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Connected cameras will get smarter with new Qualcomm chips

Connected cameras are among the hardest-working IoT devices. They’re the target of chip and software enhancements that Qualcomm is introducing on Tuesday.