Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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VCE's VxRack systems want to be Vblocks for the next generation

The hyperconverged systems for cloud, social and mobile will scale out to thousands of racks

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EMC's XtremIO gets bigger, packs in more flash

XtremIO 4.0 software will deliver higher scale as new hardware blocks hold more data

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Oracle says it could win if a rival buys Salesforce

An acquisition of Oracle would create a disruption, but Oracle can win through focus, company executives said

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Salesforce said to be fielding buyout offers

An unnamed potential buyer has approached the company, according to Bloomberg

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HDS big-data tools should help IT, mobile health workers

Hitachi Data Systems is applying analytics where data has been siloed

US trade judge rules against Microsoft in phone patents case

The full U.S. International Trade Commission is now set to review the decision

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Box wants to be a platform for easy-to-write enterprise apps

Apps built with Box Developer Edition won't require users to have a Box account

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EMC Syncplicity lets enterprises manage their own encryption keys

Its Customer Managed Keys feature uses rights management software that customers can run on their own hardware

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Why the journey to IPv6 is still the road less traveled

While enterprises may find it easy, service providers can face a lot of work and few immediate rewards

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Size matters in mobile, but Nokia may find bigger isn't better

Nokia's plan to buy Alcatel-Lucent would create a huge mobile networks maker

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The future is now: You may already be using IPv6

While much of the world isn't using it yet, some big names are aggressively moving ahead

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IBM, Fujifilm cram 220TB of data onto tape-based storage that fits in your hand

Researchers fit 220TB on a future version of a standard-size cartridge

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How Romania's patchwork Internet helped spawn an IP address industry

The Eastern European country is helping satisfy demand for scarce IPv4 addresses

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The Pentagon's groundbreaking IPv6 project hasn't broken much ground

The U.S. Department of Defense pledged to deploy IPv6 but hasn't made much progress, its Inspector General says

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US gains in mobile patents as IBM passes Samsung

More than one quarter of patents issued in the U.S. last year were for mobile inventions