Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the IP news roundup. Here are the latest headlines in virtualization, disaster recovery, big data and more:
- Chinese virtualization adoption rates are set to soar. Today, 10% of China’s x86 enterprise service workloads are virtualized. According to Gartner, this number will rise to 70% by 2016. The Midsize Insider blog suggested that Western IT virtualization and cloud providers use this rapid growth as an opportunity to expand into the Chinese market. At the same time, Western firms should also pay attention to Chinese virtualization technology as it enters North America. The article states, “The Chinese virtual increase won’t happen overnight, and a three-year ramp-up is long enough for providers to decide exactly how they want to approach the market. For IT pros on American soil, this sea change offers an alternative to current solutions; as virtualization strengthens within China’s borders, its providers will start reaching out.”
- Don’t miss these disaster recovery lessons. The Network Computing blog published a roundup of disaster recovery lessons learned by IT professionals during Hurricane Sandy. The article recommends going to the cloud, as storing your data off-site can help you avoid downtime if an emergency happens in your area. The article also suggests using virtual appliances when physical hardware is not available. For more disaster recovery lessons, see the Network Computing article.
- First there was Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Now there is Bring Your Own Network (BYON). iPass released a white paper that outlines reasons why companies must implement BYON strategies to make their BYOD efforts successful. If all of this makes you want to ditch work for the nearest BYOB party, iPass claims that BYON can help you lower costs and protect your network. “The escalation in productivity from mobile workers outside of the office has put more pressure on wireless networks, making them more complex to manage and making costs harder to control within an organization,” said Christophe Culine, senior vice president and general manager, iPass Enterprise. “With a ‘Bring Your Own Network’ approach, enterprises enable their mobile workers to access secure global Wi-Fi networks at a fraction of cellular data roaming costs. Mobile workers want to do what’s right for their companies and 55 percent of them report an additional 10 or more hours of work each week with smartphone, tablet and laptop access to cloud services outside of the office. Those additional work hours help the bottom line of companies that have a clear path to supporting mobile worker productivity.” Click here to download the BYON white paper.
- And finally … when it comes to big data, WWGD (What Would Google Do)? TechRepublic provided insights into how Google is using big data. According to the article, Google is using BigQuery to “do interactive analysis of massive datasets – up to billions of rows.” For information on how BigQuery works, please see the TechRepublic article.
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