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Cloud Investments Are Up 10% Since 2012 [Study]

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

  • According to IDG Enterprise’s 2013 Cloud Computing: Key Trends and Future Effects study, cloud investments have increased 10% since last year. The average cloud investment for enterprises with over 1,000 employees is $2.75 million. The survey of 1,358 IT professionals also revealed that:
    • 59% are still identifying IT operations that are good candidates for cloud hosting.
    • 69% of respondents have part of their IT environment in the private cloud, while 59% are using public cloud services.
    • 73% are confident that their data in the cloud is secure.

For more information, see the 2013 Cloud Computing: Key Trends and Future Effects study.

  • If you need another reason to migrate from Windows XP, ITworld is predicting that hackers will release a host of XP zero-day vulnerabilities when Microsoft stops patching the operating system. Microsoft is set to stop supporting XP on April 8, 2014, which means that “hackers will hold zero-days they uncover between now and April, then sell them to criminals or loose them themselves on unprotected PCs after the deadline.” Since 33%-34% of the world’s PCs still run XP, this could lead to a number of security incidents. For more information on XP zero-day vulnerabilities, see ITworld.
  • Big data can stop criminals in their tracks. Business Insider interviewed Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, the authors of “Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think”. The authors believe that big data can identify criminals before they commit a crime. According to Cukier, “Many cities in America (like New York, LA, Richmond, VA) and other countries use software that looks at past crime data and other things like weather, big concerts or sporting events, and more to predict where crimes activity will be high, to send patrols to those areas. The results are in some cases impressive: sharp reductions in crime compared to nearby areas that don’t use the software.” For more information on how big data can prevent crime, see the Business Insider interview.
  • Communitech project harnesses big data to help start-ups create new products and services. reported that Communitech received a $6.4 million contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario for a project that will “help existing businesses and new entrepreneurs develop ways to collect the data, transfer it from remote areas, analyze and visualize it and then turn it into products and services.” Project DATA.BASE could create a number of regional jobs. For more information on how businesses can leverage big data to create new products and services, see

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