In defense of Steve Ballmer

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is too loud, too bombastic, too sales-y, blah blah blah. He also built one of the world’s most profitable and efficient sales and channel organizations. So there.

Software-defined networking forces Juniper’s big shift

The threat of software-defined networking has prompted Juniper to revamp its business model — switching from a hardware-based model to one more familiar in enterprise software. It has also unveiled an SDN strategy that preserves the importance of specialty hardware at the lowest level of the network.

Microsoft Azure: B for effort, less for execution

Microsoft poured money and resources into Microsoft Windows Azure, its grand attempt to transport the company’s software dominance into the cloud computing era. For die-hard .Net heads, Azure is probably the PaaS of choice. But for the army of new-age web developers, it’s an also-ran.