Lies, Damned Lies, And IT Budgets

Author Mark Twain is said to have lamented the three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Twain, who knew a thing or two about people, also said “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.“, and given the latest numbers on IT budgets, too many businesses are not paying attention to this formula… Read More

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Poor Internet Service Provision Will Tie Your Life In Knots

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Where’s the SDN Business Case?

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IoT Devices May Turn Round And Bite You

Is your Wi-Fi enabled light bulb only using AES 128 encryption? If so, you’re in trouble already!  Security research company Context IS identified a security vulnerability in the LIFX LED light bulb with just this level of protection. LIFX has since worked with Context IS to produce a firmware update to fix the security vulnerability… Read More

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Disaster Recovery DOs and DON’Ts For The ‘Always-On’ World

Having recently spent a day with a group of HP’s reliability assurance engineers — whose motto should be “Our business is breaking things and business is good” — I couldn’t help thinking about other groups that like to break things (i.e. the Bad Guys or clumsy/lazy/disgruntled employees/partners/customers) and the growing importance of business continuity. “Business… Read More

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Lies, Damned Lies, And IT Budgets

Author Mark Twain is said to have lamented the three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Twain, who knew a thing or two about people, also said "The secret of getting ahead is getting started.", and given the latest numbers on IT budgets, too many businesses are not paying attention to this formula for success. According to the latest numbers from Gartner, the forecast for IT spending for 2014 has been reduced from 3.2% growth to just 2.1% from last year's $3.673 trillion. Now, $3.7 trillion is nothing to sneer at, and it's much better than the 0% growth seen last year, but given how so many demands on IT are skyrocketing, I … Read More

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