Ericsson Turns to Silicon Valley Scientist in Cloud Effort

Ericsson Turns to Silicon Valley Scientist in Cloud Effort

Since starting in March as head of Ericsson’s newly created cloud unit, Jason Hoffman, 42, has helped orchestrate a takeover of a California software provider and struck a partnership with a security company to bolster his division and differentiate its offering. While information-technology giants such as International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft…

News: Spanning Is Acquired By EMC Corporation

News: Spanning Is Acquired By EMC Corporation

Company Continues To Do Business as Spanning Cloud Apps in EMC’s Core Technologies Division; Serves as Foundation for EMC’s “Born-in-the-Cloud” Data Protection Strategy AUSTIN, Texas – October 28, 2014 – Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc., the most trusted provider of data backup and recovery for cloud applications, today announced that it has been acquired by EMC…

Will Virtual Reality Replace The Virtual Desktop?

Will Virtual Reality Replace The Virtual Desktop?

Ever since Facebook acquired the rapidly growing Oculus Rift, it seems like virtual reality has not stopped gaining attention in the tech world. Virtual reality is becoming more than just a sci-fi special effect as the quality and wearability continue to improve. People like Oliver Kreylos, who works for the Institute for Data Analysis and…

Do Organisations Face A Security Risk From Apps?

Do Organisations Face A Security Risk From Apps?

Yesterday we looked at the growing area of Shadow IT within organisations. We concluded that even though Shadow IT has the potential to be a force for good, there is still a significant threat posed by the usage of apps that do not align with a company’s security, compliance, reliability, documentation or control. How much…

Shadow IT – Threat or Opportunity?

Shadow IT – Threat or Opportunity?

Shadow IT Shadow IT – sometimes referred to as Stealth IT – describes the usage of IT systems and solutions that are built and used inside businesses and organisations without explicit approval from IT departments and/or management. Fueled by the growth of BYOD policies, Christopher Rentrop, Professor of Informatics at Konstanz University of Applied Sciences, believes…

Cloud: Enabling Virtualised Banking Environments

Cloud: Enabling Virtualised Banking Environments

Enabling Virtualised Banking At the outset it is important to understand where cloud will fit into the existing banking landscape and in order to do so, one must first recognize that the biggest development of recent times is the complete transformation and virtualisation of traditional banking services. Emphasis is on the digitisation of products and…

Critical Thinking And Big Data

Critical Thinking And Big Data

In a deeply moving TED talk about the importance of critical thinking when dealing with data, big or small, Susan Etlinger reminds us why it’s important to think twice before assuming anything, even when backed up by data. Inevitably, morality comes into play too. As more and more problems, including perhaps fundamental ones, are tackled…

About That Microsoft Quarterly Report

About That Microsoft Quarterly Report

Microsoft’s first quarter of its fiscal 2015 was big. The fiscal quarter, corresponding to the calendar third of 2014, brought stronger than expected revenue and profit. The company’s cloud business continued to grow, Windows Phone put points on the board, Surface took off and Office 365 picked up a grip of new paying users. Read…

Magic Leap: startup promises a leap forward for virtual reality

Google is one of the hopeful investors in what could be a revolution in creating screen-free, Matrix-style dream worlds Like fusion power or jet-packs, virtual reality has always been 20 years away. Matrix -inspired dreams of being transported via headset to another realm have been held back by poor graphics, high costs and, most damagingly,…

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Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

Get Ready For Virtual Reality and the Cloud

Get Ready For Virtual Reality and the Cloud

Virtual Reality Cloud We’re lucky to live in an era where virtual reality is no longer relegated to the confines of a sci-fi movie universe. Thanks to technology introduced by products like Oculus Rift, consumers now have access to virtual environments with fully immersive graphic capabilities. As a result, companies have only just begun to…

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

The 80-20 Rule For Security Practitioners  Everyday we learn about yet another egregious data security breach, exposure of customer data or misuse of data. It begs the question why in this 21st century, as a security industry we cannot seem to secure our most valuable data assets when technology has surpassed our expectations in other regards.…

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

The True Meaning of Availability What is real availability? In our line of work, cloud service providers approach availability from the inside out. And in many cases, some never make it past their own front door given how challenging it is to keep the lights on at home let alone factors that are out of…

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Analytics Trends

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Analytics Trends

Big Data Analytics Trends As data information and cloud computing continues to work together, the need for data analytics continues to grow. Many tech firms predict that big data volume will grow steadily 40% per year and in 2020, will grow up to 50 times that. This growth will also bring a number of cost…

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter The city of the future is impeccably documented. Sensors are used to measure air quality, traffic patterns, and crowd movement. Emerging neighborhoods are quickly recognized, public safety threats are found via social networks, and emergencies are dealt with quicklier. Crowdsourcing reduces commuting times, provides people with better transportation…

4 Industries Being Transformed By The Internet of Things

4 Industries Being Transformed By The Internet of Things

Compelling IoT Industries Every year, more and more media organizations race to predict the trends that will come to shape the online landscape over the next twelve months. Many of these are wild and outlandish and should be consumed with a pinch of salt, yet others stand out for their sober and well-researched judgements. Online…

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

Cloud Computing Benefits A growing number of small and medium businesses in the United States rely on as a means of deploying mission-critical software products. Prior to the advent of cloud-based products — software solutions delivered over the Internet – companies were often forced to invest in servers and other products to run software and…

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

Cloud Security Missteps Cloud computing remains shrouded in mystery for the average American. The most common sentiment is, “It’s not secure.” Few realize how many cloud applications they access every day: Facebook, Gmail, Uber, Evernote, Venmo, and the list goes on and on… People flock to cloud services for convenient solutions to everyday tasks. They…

Low Cost Cloud Computing Gives Rise To Startups

Low Cost Cloud Computing Gives Rise To Startups

Balancing The Playing Field For Startups According to a Goldman Sachs report, cloud infrastructure and platform spending could reach $43 billion by 2018, which is up $16 billion from last year, representing a growth of around 30% from 2013 said the analyst. This phenomenal growth is laying the foundation for a new breed of startup…