With MI5 and GCHQ recently urging the FTSE 350 to redouble their cyber-security efforts in light of “unprecedented” levels of attack on UK PLC, and with a growing number of these enterprises among others outsourcing their infrastructure to the cloud, it’s worth asking: does the shift to the cloud actually keep corporate data safer – or undermine cyber-security measures?
Watching Google Glass adverts one gets the sense that everyday consumers will soon use these magnificent spectacles to do everything from sending tweets with a twitch of an eyelid to displaying surrounding Thai restaurants and recording live video of long walks along the Grand Canyon. Perhaps even at the same time. Smart glasses shipments are expected to top 10 million annually by 2018 according to Juniper Research. But while it could be argued that Google’s pitch for Glass relates more closely to how it can be used in familiar consumer-focused applications, this technology will likely find more innovative uses in niche enterprise applications well before it becomes normalised or cheap enough for the everyman. It will also need to overcome some key barriers first.
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With hybrid cloud uptake on the rise, the challenges involved with creating IT environments where hosted public & private clouds and on-premises infrastructure can thrive as one will become increasingly important. But what kind of implications do these challenges have for the race to provide enterprises with the most effective cloud services?
Consumers of cloud services need to better assess the terms of their agreements with cloud service providers or risk vendor lock in and paying higher costs for less reliable services over the long term, according to Frank Jennings, a “cloud lawyer” at DMH Stallard.
Brazil’s economy is growing fast, with 40 million people making the transition to the new middle class in the last ten years. But while there is visible wealth in certain areas of big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro there is still huge poverty, both urban and rural. Against this backdrop, communications services are being deployed to change the lives of millions of people.
It’s been a year for serious cloud investments and networking specialist Cisco has closed out 2012 with a $1.2bn outlay on privately held cloud management company Meraki.
Enterprises are facing a challenge from employees who want to use personal devices to access corporate data. Perceived benefits around cost and productivity are balanced by concerns around device management and security. Mobile operators are positioning themselves to address these concerns and facilitate the trend.
Milliseconds can mean millions of dollars in the hyper-competitive world of high-frequency financial trading. Trading institutions are driving demand for ever faster throughput speeds in communication networks that span the globe.
The explosion in cloud computing is driving massive demand for real estate, connectivity and power and hulking data centres are being erected in the frozen wilderness to feed this demand. But at the same time a more subtle evolution is taking place: the network has finally become the computer.