More Businesses Turn to Convergence to Cut IT Costs


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

  • According to the IT Business Edge blog, many businesses can no longer afford the high costs of data infrastructure. That’s why they are turning to converged infrastructures as a low-cost, yet scalable, alternative. The blog states, “With organizations looking to cut operating expenses to the bone and the cloud providing a readily available data solution for just pennies on the IT dollar, hardware deployments are becoming subject to three main requirements: low cost, deployment simplicity and easy maintenance.” In fact, IDC predicts that the market for converged systems is growing by 55% annually and will reach $17.8 billion by 2016. For more information on convergence adoption, see IT Business Edge.
  • Business can benefit from combining SIP trunking with the cloud. According to AVOXI, “A SIP trunk can be used to carry your voice calls, converted to digital [I]nternet packets, to your VoIP service provider. From there, your voice traffic can be transmitted over the Internet to the called party, or directed to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) for delivery to your called party.” This can lead to a number of benefits, including quick deployment of telecommunications services, lower costs and greater agility. For more information on how SIP trunking and the cloud work together, see AVOXI.
  • Prevent virtualization bottlenecks. The Data Center Knowledge blog states that virtualization can fail to live up to its promise when bottlenecks occur and too many applications try to access virtualized servers at the same time. However, it also states that, “PCI Express flash memory combined with software caching removes the I/O bottleneck, moving read workloads into powerful, underutilized virtualization servers. It also frees storage resources of the I/O read burden, while preserving valuable migration, DRS, and availability features.” For more information on preventing virtualization bottlenecks, see Data Center Knowledge.
  • An article on Kroll Ontrack’s website stated that using big data can allow businesses to detect fraud before it impacts their security. The site highlighted an interview with Ambreesh Khanna of Finextra.com, who said, “In the case of internal fraud monitoring, trader and broker compliance software can monitor trading activity coupled with additional data points from sources such as social media, SMS and emails, and create a graph analysis that traditional tools are unable to provide, in order to detect any patterns.” For more information on big data and fraud, see Kroll Ontrack’s website.
  • And finally … France makes big data a top priority. According to Telecompaper, French Digital Economy Minister Fleur Pellerin “announced the creation of a plan to foster the sector’s growth, making big data a priority area on par with cloud computing, in-vehicle software and the internet of things. Specific measures include setting up data scientist training programmes, creating an incubator-like high-tech resource centre for start-ups, and forming funds earmarked for big data projects.” For more information on France and big data, see Telecompaper. 

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