Stories by Marc Ferranti

Top 10 stories of the year: Cyberspies, autonomous machines and a cool phone

Events in the tech industry this year played out against a backdrop of security concerns as home users and corporations alike scrambled to protect themselves against malware, while cyberespionage stirred up a geopolitical storm. Meanwhile, machine learning was behind some of the biggest tech stories and trends of the year. Here in no particular order are the IDG News Service's picks for top stories of the year.

HPE offers SaaS-based tool for hybrid cloud management

While cloud computing holds out the promise of operational efficiency and cost optimization, most companies -- especially large ones -- will be operating hybrid computing environments for the foreseeable future. As a result, cloud technology for many companies adds yet another layer on top of an already complex computing infrastructure.

Qualcomm ships ARM chip to challenge Intel in cloud data centers

Qualcomm's much-anticipated ARM-based Centriq 2400 product line, which started shipping commercially this week, is a worthy contender to break Intel's virtual monopoly in the server processor arena, where data center operators are thirsting to see competition to help bring down costs.