Do We Store Too Much Data – Or Too Little?

The world’s data stores are growing at an alarming rate. Market researchers at IDC have estimated it at 40 percent per year, which will take us from 4.4 zettabytes in 2013 to 44 zettabytes in 2020 – a zettabyte is 10^21 bytes. That’s a thousand exabytes, or a million petabytes. The costs for business are […]

5 IoT Solutions We Can Use – And One We Can Live Without

The industry is all a-buzz over the concept of Internet of Things (IoT).  Cisco did a study last year that sized the opportunity at $14.4 trillion over the next decade, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity for start ups and traditional companies to use IoT as a significant growth engine.  Over the past few months, though, […]

Home And Away: Digital Deluge Drives Networking’s Future

The massive growth of Big Data and analytics are major contributors to the fast-changing network environment, but several new studies highlight other drivers — both at home and away, and points in between — of tomorrow’s networks. The home and vehicle automation markets are also experiencing massive growth, and the mobile workforce shows no signs […]

Internet of Things Shifts Computing From the Cloud to the Fog

Mark Twain is rumored to have once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”. And if you’ve ever been to San Francisco any time of the year, you’ll know that one of the distinguishing characteristics of the city is how cool, damp, and foggy it can be.  I’ve been […]

Voting For The Past

Winston Churchill once said, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried”.  In essence, he meant that democracy has a lot of faults, yet we have not found anything that is better. Europe recently went through a major vote to elect its Members […]

M2M: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Although there are currently at least 16 acronyms for M2M for the networking ecosystem, the only one that counts is Machine-to-Machine and it continues to draw increasing interest. In fact, the latest reports show that this interest is accelerating, and while the most recent numbers indicate why, those numbers probably significantly understate just how big […]

Getting Close-Up And Personal With Streaming Analytics

The creation of Hadoop in 2005, with its ability to store and process Big Data, helped companies and governments to identify anomalies and trends in the huge volumes of user activity data they collect as more and more transactions and interactions go on-line, even in brick-and-mortar shops. The ability to exploit the ‘wisdom of crowds’ […]

Big Data and the Internet of Everything

There is an increasing move to connect anything and everything to the internet. From fridges to glasses, fitness arm-bands to surveillance systems, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is becoming a reality. Many of these connected devices do very little, and indeed may just be a passing fad as people realize that an internet-connected fridge doesn’t […]

It’s The IP — Not The IT — That Matters

Many organizations seem to believe that their IT equipment is valuable.  They spend inordinate amounts of money applying security to their servers, storage, network switches, and appliances and then assume that, as they have done this, they are suddenly a secure company.  Even where there is an understanding that hardware security is not enough, the […]

Nattering Nabobs of Network Negativism Strike Gold

Between the upcoming RSA Conference 2014 and Mobile World Congress 2014 my inbox has been overflowing with EVERYTHING security and mobility, but buried in that cornucopia of marketing hype and hysteria were a couple of new surveys that reinforce why networking managers do not get the respect they deserve. The big news are that mobility […]