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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Cloud computing will become the government’s ‘common infrastructure’, says Francis Maude
Beware of government ministers carrying promises of cost cutting, particularly in the IT sphere. Apparently the G-Cloud will deliver savings and efficiencies; in fairness, it can’t go any worse than recent governmental IT project debacles. Read some IT crystal ball gazing, here.

Facebook sets up data centre in Lapland, Sweden
Facebook opens a data centre in Lapland to use the natural brass monkeys to cool their overworked hardware. The local mayor, unsurprisingly, is keen for others to follow this example. Read it, here.

CNNMoney: IBM CEO Palmisano to step down
Ed Brill blog reporting the appointment of a new boss at IBM. It also dwells upon the successes of the previous CEO. Interesting read, here.

Internet publishers liable for privacy invasion in each country material is accessible, ECJ rules
If you are going to put something on t’interweb that might annoy someone else, you should probably start saving up. And don’t expect to see much of the world outside a courtroom anytime soon as you can be pursued across any EU state that the offending data has been accessed. Read a rather lengthy but interesting article, here.

And finally…
GPS-enabled shoes to hit US market soon
A practical application of technology to help track Alzheimer sufferers. The downside is that could also be used to piece together what you got up to ‘the night before’; some things are best not known. Read it, here.

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Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Economic worries cloud IT spending priorities
Another week brings another blind stab-in-the-dark about IT spending in the coming year. My prediction (please do call me to account later if I am wrong) is that budgets will DEFINITELY either go up, down or stay the same. Read the research, here.

A different definition of digitization is based on value and revenue not atoms and bits
Interesting, albeit a little scattergun, Gartner blog about the different ways that digitization (sic) can be approached in the future. The thrust appears to be that the new ways of working offer an opportunity to offer a more effective and responsive service to customers. See if you agree, here.

Allegedly defamatory comments from named authors should stay online, say MPs
In the modern world any Tom, Richard or Harriet can spout forth their words of wisdom (or bile) on that great virtual graffiti wall that is the interweb. A Parliamentary committee reckon that our defamation laws need to be adjusted so that third parties don’t get immediately hammered for the loose keystrokes of internet warriors. Read it, here.

Steve Jobs vowed to ‘destroy’ Android
We’re not going to hold the front page for this but it appears the Jobs didn’t like Android much. I wonder whether there’s an app for waging war against your competitors? Read the story, here.

And finally…
P.O.O.P.S.C.O.O.P
This story has everything: giant acronyms and a device that performs one of the less pleasant jobs when you have a dog in your household. Okay, it doesn’t have everything but the device has a robust price tag. Read it, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

One in three SMEs to use cloud in next 12 months
Interesting piece, using a small sample, suggesting that the desire of enterprises to use the cloud is increasing. In addition, many are going to splash out on tablets for their staff; doubly embracing the new IT landscape. Read more, here.

BlackBerry Failure: Less Impactful Than Two Years Ago
Interesting Gartner blog about the reduced impact of Blackberry’s seeming inability to organise a alcohol-fuelled event in a brewery. The authors thesis is that there are so many other mobile options that IT Managers don’t have to get out of their tree if one fails to function. Read it, here.

ISPs’ traffic management may breach data protection and privacy laws, EU watchdog says
Law firm’s opinion on the possible implications of ISPs’ habit of ‘managing’ data during busy periods. In English this means that some material could be preferentially delivered to users if the owners of the content are prepared to cough up to the ISP. Tut and shake your head at such underhand dealings, here.

Unix creator Dennis Ritchie dies aged 70
One of the pioneers of Unix (and C language) has died. His legacy will live on and there are plenty of people queuing up to praise him and his involvement in this collective achievement. Read more, here.

And finally…
Caught short? There’s an app for that!
If you have a smartphone and a need to use a toilet, voila, the 2 can be combined. This application also offers a khazi-appraisal element so you can assess the ambience of the facilities. Read more, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Some great new ibm.com resources for Notes/Domino 8.5.3
Lotus Notes/ Domino v8.5.3 was launched this week to a fanfare. Ed Brill has collated some useful links to some relevant web content. See it, here.

Steve Jobs obituary
Just in case you have been on a different planet this week, the co-founder of Apple finally succumbed to cancer. Tributes and obituaries are many but this is one of the better one I have read. It’s here.

Business analytics: how to make sense of big data
Surprisingly interesting interview with the CTO of a data analytics company. Evidence (should it be needed) that the exploitation of data within the enterprise is one the the ‘next big things’. Read it, here.

Azure beats Google and Rackspace in cloud performance benchmark
Microsoft Azure tops survey into cloud performance. Presumably this will heighten the efforts to make the cloud a viable alternative to enterprise as well as potentially cheaper. Read it, here.

And finally…
The Most Pointless Tablet Accessory So Far?
What? Why? How did that happen? All valid questions for the makers of (apparently) the ultimate assessory. It beggars belief as to what is going on between the ears of the manufacturers/ marketers of this rubbish. Have a look, here.

Categories: News, News digest

Heard of CommVault? Microsoft have!

Microsoft’s Office product development group had a problem: it was producing a virtually unmanagable amount of data. Daily software builds and the associated documentation resulted in this volume of data. As of early 2010, it was storing 237 terabytes of data; each month, about 15 Tb were added to this. This data was backed up to a host of magnetic and tape libraries. The problem was that it took a great deal of staff time to administer, including a dedicated backup verification person, and yet there was no guarantee that it would work.

Microsoft implemented CommVault’s Simpana 9 solution to address these issues. This solution integrates seamlessly with Windows Server and achieves time and money savings by deduplicating data so only one instance of data is backed up. In this instance, storage was reduced by up to 80%. Its ease of use meant spending less time on checks.

To find out more about Microsoft’s successful use of CommVault’s Simpana 9 data management software, download the case study.

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