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Cloud Benefits Go Beyond Cost Savings

Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in cloud, network security, big data and more:

  • Cloud computing offers surprising benefits. While many companies turn to the cloud for cost savings and greater agility, recently highlighted a number of often overlooked cloud benefits. For example, the cloud can free up your IT executives’ time so they can “think and act strategically” as opposed to “overseeing maintenance of in-house IT systems”. For more cloud benefits, see      
  • It’s unlikely that enterprises will move most of their apps to the cloud, says expert. ZDNet reported on Matt Durham, Software AG senior vice president of market strategy, who believes that legacy apps are too important for enterprises to move everything to the cloud. According to Durham, “If you have a big honking client server app [that] does what it’s supposed to do, I don’t think it’s required to move that to a cloud architecture to leverage services there.” He also believes that “while it’s going to be difficult to transform existing applications into the cloud, I do believe by 2016, the state of IT will be in a converged or hybrid model, and legacy apps will remain as they are”. For more predictions about enterprise cloud apps, see ZDNet.
  • Big data can lead to big problems if it’s not analysed properly. The Sydney Morning Herald ran an article that explored when big data can turn into bad data. According to the article, “Bad data mostly falls into two categories. First is the ‘rubbish in, rubbish out’ phenomenon of starting with the wrong data set because of false records or simply looking at the wrong information … The second and more common type of bad data is poor interpretation, often because of a lack of context.” The article cited a number of examples of big data analytics gone bad – such as how data misalignment will cost Australian grocery retailers $675 million in sales over the next five years. For more information on how big data can turn into bad data, see The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Hackers are targeting public safety VoIP systems. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Hospitals, 911 call centers and other public safety agencies can be shut down by hackers using denial-of-service attacks.” The article mentioned one case in which a hacker phoned a hospital’s ER and demanded hundreds of dollars. Within minutes, the hacker overwhelmed the hospital’s call centre, causing the phone lines to go dead for two days. For more information on how hackers are exploiting VoIP vulnerabilities, see the Los Angeles Times.
  • And finally … your life accounts for more than 44.5GB. Professor Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University revealed that the average amount of data associated with an individual’s “digital life” increased from 500MB in 1986 to 44.5GB in 2007. However, a Lifehacker article suggests that the figure is actually larger, since the study’s cut-off date was 2007 and people are using more online services today. For more information on your lifetime digital footprint, see Lifehacker.

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