By 2019, the Internet will be half full. Or half empty, if you’re more of a pessimist. Cisco’s Visual Networking Index estimates that 51 per cent of the world’s population will be Internet users by 2019. The number of machine to machine interconnections will have tripled by then. We’ll average 3.2 devices per person, which translates to some 24 billion networked devices, which would be a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.4 per cent from 14 billion in 2014. Global IP traffic is pegged at a 20 per cent CAGR, so get your networks ready now.
Dell CSO John McClurg has some experience with data breaches. A friend of his head of security at Target during one of the most infamous data breaches in history, and he dealt with one himself when he led security for Honeywell International. Breaches will happen, and being breached isn’t necessarily a firing offence. What matters is how quickly you detect it, how well you isolate it and limit the damage, and whether you learn from the incident. You also need to know where the risks in your environment are.
Sure, you could save money by moving to cloud computing. But if cost savings are all you’re focused on you’re missing out on the real value of a cloud-based infrastructure. Panelists on a recent Amazon AWS webinar explained a faster, more agile development environment that furthers the business goals of the enterprise is a far more powerful cloud benefit. Getting to market faster with new applications will be more and more critical for businesses, and cloud can help make that happen.
The annual Internet Trends Report of one-time Wall Street analyst Mary Meeker is packed full of 197 slides of charts and facts. It’s a lot to digest, but Bo Gowan of Ciena has gone through the report and picked out the nine key facts you need to know focused specifically on bandwidth and Internet consumption. For example, global Internet consumer traffic grew by 21 per cent in 2014, video made up 64 per cent of all Internet traffic in 2014, and there are now 2.8 billion Internet users worldwide.
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Our attention spans are not officially worse than those of goldfish. We’d share the data with you, but you probably wouldn’t read all of it. So what does this mean for IT professionals? Well, for one thing, it means more loads on our networks because it’s our connected devices that are providing a lot of the distraction. But as Jared Lindzon explains, it also means that, if we want our message heard, it’s best to make sure it’s front-loaded. Before our phone beeps again.
We know that unified communications and collaboration technology can enable remote working, but we may not have considered just how remote users may decide to take their work. Christine Wong picks her son’s doctors (at least in part) based on Wi-Fi availability in the waiting room, and new research shows 17 per cent of us have taken part in a conference call or videoconference while at a family function. And that’s nothing compared to the Antarctic researchers who studies the effects of physical isolation combined with technological connectivness.
We haven’t heard the phase CrackBerry in some time – the declining popularity of the original smartphone saw to that. But our addiction to our devices lives on and has spawned a new term: nomophobia, or no mobile phone phobia. Vawn Himmelsbach explores the concept and, more importantly, what companies can do to keep their employees from becoming victims. In short, IT shouldn’t be trying to stop its users from accessing work applications outside of work hours, but rather make it as flexible, available and secure as possible.