When they say the Internet of Everything (IoE), they mean everything — including the ceiling. In a blog entry, Cisco’s Tony Shakib explains how the IoE is driving a massive transformation in smart lighting, and how in the coming years lighting and other building services like heating and cooling will become IP-enabled to help create the Digital Ceiling. Think lighting levels that factor in the light coming in through a window, or heating and cooling that compensates for the actual occupancy of the building – call it unified building services.
Unified communications is not a new technology, but many would argue neither has it yet to live up to its promised value. According to analyst Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research only 23 per cent of businesses have UC deployed fully across their organizations. Why? One word: complexity. Kerravala argues the answer could be Personal UC, which he describes as the next evolutionary step for UC: a unified and highly personal solution to meet the demands of the mobile workspace, with applications personalized for each user.
Verisign has crunched the numbers for its Distributed Denial-of-Service Trends Report for the fourth quarter of 2014, and the numbers aren’t pretty for network security administrators. According to Verisign, based on attacks it mitigated, the average peak size was 7.39 Gpbs – up 14 per cent over the third quarter. Some 42 per cent of attacks averaged more than 1 Gbps, enough to give any security professional a headache. Hardest hit where IT services, cloud and software as a service providers, according to the report.
Technology vendor Krika has a new remote network monitoring tool based on Raspberry Pi, the affordable and simple compact computer. A standalone box for network professionals priced around US$252 – including up to five network devices and 10 SMS messages. It connects to a cloud-based services and will automatically enrol IP devices to network access, allowing you to set notification options for if a device drops off the network.
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The Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) brought its travelling road show to Toronto recently, and executives from some of Canada’s major telecom companies had candidate comments about the state of our country’s IT sector. Among the pain points mentioned were Canadian IT talent going overseas in search of opportunity and balancing customer desire for high-speed, low-cost technology.
Looking for the best enterprise session border controller to manage your SIP services and their unified communications systems? You’ll want to read this primer, with advice from Infonetics Research principal analyst Diane Myers. It’s a crowded market that’s expected to consolidate in the next few years, but Cisco, Oracle, AudioCodes and Sonus Networks are the leaders. Don’t just consider the big players though, she advices. Focus on compatibility over features and pick a solution that’s already tested as compatible.
Canada’s banks need to get better at helping customers, and now just showing them. That’s one of the conclusions of a recent Forrester Research Canadian Online Banking Benchmark report. While Forrester reports the banks are improving, it scored them a collective B-. To improve, they’ll need to get better at not just showing customers things like their bank balance, but providing apps and tools to help them decide why they should do with their money, and why.
United we stand, divided we fall? This may be the new model for cyber security we need to combat increasingly complex and savvy threats. The U.S. government chose the Valentine’s Day period to try to force a little love amongst American companies by essentially mandating a digital neighbourhood watch of information sharing to ward off digital intruders. This may be once case where Canada should consider following the lead of our neighbours to the South.