Concurrency Is Hard Currency In Business Apps

Build and they shall run – non-stop So how often does your company update its business apps? Software update intervals are clearly getting shorter and shorter as our online, and especially mobile, activity levels rise. This is happening concurrently on several fronts: the inter-personal communications; the e-commerce activities; and the exploding field of IoT (Internet […]

Shake It Up: Converged Infrastructure Requires IT Rethink

A couple of months ago I attended VCE’s first annual analyst conference. For those that don’t know VCE, it’s a joint venture — primarily between Cisco and EMC, with a bit of funding tossed in from VMWare to round out the offering. VCE acts as both a technical integrator and a professional services firm for […]

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 […]

Poor Internet Service Provision Will Tie Your Life In Knots

People are migrating in their millions from landlines to voice over IP (VoIP) systems. Video over the internet is a major way of keeping in touch with dispersed family members around the globe. More television services are being offered over the internet, including the fastest growing aspect, catch-up. Music services, such as Spotify and internet […]

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 […]

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 […]

Add To (and Subtract From) Your Data Security Paranoia

The USA PATRIOT Act.  The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).  The NSA/GCHQ data snooping issues.  The issuance of a disclosure warrant under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by a US judge to Microsoft to disclose information held in emails in an Irish datacenter. These and other issues have focused thoughts yet again as […]

Silver Peak for AWS: Streamlined Cloud, Streamlined Billing

Starting today, customers can purchase Silver Peak Cloud Acceleration for Amazon Web Services (AWS) as an annual subscription directly from the AWS Marketplace. According to a recent ESG IT spending report, 42% of organizations that have operated 10 or fewer years are using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from providers like Amazon Web Services. As […]

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 […]

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Whether a tugboat or luxury yacht, the axiom holds true: “a rising tide lifts all boats.”  Any improvement in an industry will benefit all members within that group — large or small. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how an advancement in applications and services delivered over shared networks might spur the networking […]