Howard Baldwin

Contributing Writer

Howard Baldwin has worked as a writer and editor since 1977. His work has appeared in Forbes, Computerworld, InfoWorld, MIT Technology Review, Stanford, PC World, PC Computing, and several inflight magazines and daily newspapers. He lives with his wife, a physician, and their four cats in Silicon Valley.

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Internet of things: Early adopters share 4 key takeaways

Internet of things: Early adopters share 4 key takeaways

Getting ready to launch an IoT initiative? Read these insights and advice from early adopters in aviation, transportation, manufacturing and more.

Tech leaders challenged daily to sort through a crush of new security apps

Tech leaders challenged daily to sort through a crush of new security apps

An escalating race between good-guy developers building new security tools and bad-guy hackers launching new threats means IT has a whole pile of security apps to sift through. Here's advice for evaluating the options

6 ways to better align IT with the business

6 ways to better align IT with the business

MIT's CISR center says 'demand shaping' is a better way for business and IT to collaborate. Does it work?

Containerization moves beyond the full erase

Containerization moves beyond the full erase

The latest containerization technologies enable IT to create separate, protected areas for work apps and data on employees' personal devices. The challenge is to maintain security

5 lessons small IT shops can teach the big guys

5 lessons small IT shops can teach the big guys

Thanks to anything-as-a-service options, tiny IT departments can be just as strong as big ones and more nimble, too

The Top Four Things SDN Needs For The New Year

Ask a seasoned network engineer about the “year of the LAN” and you’re likely to get a chuckle and this query in response: “Which one?” Indeed, various pundits insisted regularly in the late 80s that this would be the year that...

How the SDDC and the SDN Can Work Better Together

If you think this whole “software-defined” thing is turning networking upside-down, consider what it’s doing to the data center. The data center has always been the last bastion of consistency, a paean to reliability, stability,...

Bringing DevOps Together with SDN For Better Networking Configuration

For better or worse, IT has long been a land of specialization. Network administrators didn’t talk to storage administrators, who didn’t talk to server administrators. Application developers didn’t talk to operations. Silos...

Can SDN Make Optical More Accessible?

Some technologies are just ahead of their time. They make a tiny splash and then wander off to the periphery, either to become a successful niche or an unsuccessful afterthought. I learned this firsthand one weekend not long ago...

Does SDN Simplify Or Complicate Network Management?

For as long as I’ve been covering technology – and I’ve long since passed my silver anniversary – I’ve always been able to rely on the IT double take that comes with any advancement: “This is really great! [beat] [beat] How are we...

Should SDN Admins Worry About Security?

Sometimes I think that IT security measures confuse employees more than they deter bad guys. Forcing people to change their passwords every 90 days, without letting them reuse one even a year later, is just a recipe for Post-It...

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