Cisco Systems recently held its annual global partner conference in Montreal, and Paolo Del Nibletto sat down with Cisco Services boss Edzard Overbeek to talk about the ways Big Data is transforming the services market. Overbeek argued that the currency of the 21st century is data, and both networks and systems will need to not only take it all in, but turn it into actionable business insight. That will mean a robust and powerful network paired with automated analytics – no human would be able to process the data required.
Change is afoot in the data centre. We’re not quite there yet, but Scott Gilbertson thinks traditional operating systems such as Windows or Solaris on data centre servers could soon be a thing of the past. Replaced with what? Single-user installs of bare metal hypervisors optimized for the specific hardware, with containers full of applications on top. Gilbertson dives inside containerisation and looks at some of the key players.
Public Wi-Fi is increasingly available, but just how safe is it? Not very, according to this Network World column. From network sniffing and third-party data gathering to malicious access points, the risks are real and plentiful. Still, the convenience is enticing so, if you’re going to log in from Starbucks, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk. For starters, make sure it really is the Starbucks network you’re logging into.
Galen Gruman argues that what users need is not complex clients that handle all their communications needs, but rather a way to make communications portable whatever device they’re on and where they’re using it. Which hasn’t been the direction unified communications has been heading – instead, one-sized fits all solutions have become the UC norm. Gruman argues for smart incrementalism based on feature, instead of platform.
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New research sponsored by EMC offers mixed news for IT professionals. On the one hand, the 3,600 business leaders surveyed across 18 countries admit they’re not ready for the digital future. On the plus side though, those same business leaders realize they have work to do – so they should be ready to invest. Vawn Himmelsbach has advice on how IT can throw them a life preserver.
If you think the traffic on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto is bad, take a closer look at your network. Christine Wong reports that, just as cities are struggling with ageing transportation networks, our technology networks are also increasingly out of date and under strain. And as more workloads move to the cloud, it’s only going to get worse. If we’re going to cope, we’re going to need to upgrade – and like the Gardiner, a tear-down may be necessary.
If you couldn’t make this year’s RSA Conference, Jared Lindzon has you covered with a recap of some of the key takeaways from what has become one of the premier IT security events of the year. One surprisingly candid moment was when RSA president Amit Yoran admitted that, in the battle between the enterprise and the cybercriminal, right now the good guys are losing. A warning bell was also raised around the security vulnerabilities with the Internet of Things, and the need for better-trained engineers.