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RIM Announces New Name at BlackBerry 10 Launch

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the IP news roundup. Here are the latest headlines in big data, virtualization, disaster recovery and more:  

  • RIP RIM … long live BlackBerry. At the BlackBerry 10 launchtoday, Research In Motion announced that it’s changing its company name to BlackBerry. “We have transformed ourselves inside and out, and we have defined our vision,” said Thorsten Heins, CEO. “It is one brand; it is one promise.” According to a Yahoo article, the BlackBerry 10 devices include “fast browsers, new features, smart cameras and, unlike previous BlackBerry models, enter the market primed with a large app library, including services such as Skype and the popular game Angry Birds.”  
  • From how we do business to how long it takes us to get to work, big data is shaping our future. The CRN blog ran an article on how big data will change our lives and cited examples from organizations that are leading the way when it comes to leveraging analytics. For example, Woodbridge, New Jersey, is easing its citizens’ commutes by using the data produced by drivers’ smartphones and GPS signals for real-time traffic monitoring. Meanwhile, organizations are beginning to use big data to provide better customer service and targeted advertising. For more ways big data is changing our lives, see the CRN blog post.  
  • The TechTarget SearchServerVirtualization blog explored how to get the best of both worlds – virtualization combined with cost-effective disaster recovery. The article featured interviews with three experts who shared their approaches to disaster recovery spending. According to Jason Helmick, Interface Technical Training, “Virtualization has reduced the expense of implementing rapid resilient recovery, mainly by removing the specialized hardware expense and dramatically reducing the implementation and management expense. With virtualization platforms from Microsoft and VMware, IT pros can choose among built-in operating system or application recovery options, or one of the many virtualization supplied options. The normal services once left to long recovery time tactics can now have ready-to-boot virtual copies for near real-time recovery. By using virtualization, even small companies can afford to increase reliability and coverage across all their services.” For more advice on balancing disaster recovery costs in a virtualized world, see the TechTarget article.
  • One of the biggest barriers to cloud is its contracts. According to the InfoWorld blog, many cloud providers “offer ‘take it or leave it’ contracts that protect the provider from everything, transferring all responsibility, liability, and risk to the businesses using the cloud services. Small and medium-sized businesses have accepted such contracts because they can’t afford the lawyers to second-guess them. But large businesses have lawyers, and they aren’t about to enter into such one-sided contracts.” The article states that since many cloud providers do not have sales teams that can negotiate contracts, many enterprises are either turning to other vendors or avoiding the cloud altogether. For more information on how cloud contracts are prohibiting cloud adoption, see the InfoWorld article.
  • And finally … Gartner revealed that Hadoop is leading the way when it comes to big data analytics. By 2015, it will be embedded in 65% of packaged analytic applications with advanced analytics.

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