Author: David

March 23, 2011 Off

Accountability ‘needed on customer data management’

By David
Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Businesses need to pay attention to their customer data management strategies when they come to build the foundations of their operations.

This is the view of Dave Palm, vice president of organisation engagement at dunnhumby, who said that companies should be looking to build a "customer-centric strategy".

He told the Customer Retail Experience website that part of their plans should be dedicated to ensuring clear accountability exists within the organisation on the topics of customer data management, strategy and evaluation.

March 22, 2011 Off

Internet2 prepares for the jump to light speed

By David
Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Kevin McCaney.

About six or seven years ago, a couple of us in the GCN offices Photoshopped a picture of a co-worker who was sitting in front of a laptop PC with his hands outstretched and a starry look in his eyes. We gave him some kind of mystical headgear, a robe and had lightning bolts shooting from his fingertips to the laptop. In the faux caption for the faux picture, he marveled at the “5 terabits/sec” speed of his new “system,” which also gave him complete mind control over his co-workers, who were flanking him with spirals for eyes.

March 22, 2011 Off

A Quantum Communications Switch

By David
Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Kate Greene.

The Internet is made of photons that zip through fiber-optic cables and flow through devices like switches, modulators, and amplifiers. But those standard devices would be inadequate for superfast quantum computing or communications—experimental approaches that exploit the peculiar properties of particles at the quantum scale to carry out complex calculations incredibly quickly or to prevent anyone from eavesdropping on messages. 

March 22, 2011 Off

Does Windows Azure cloud have a chicken-and-egg problem?

By David
Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author:  Adrian Bridgwater.

Adopting a somewhat negative approach to PR and media communications this week are comments from JNBridge CTO Wayne Citrin who has commented on the challenge of taking software products to the cloud.

Not central software services such as core apps, Platform-as-a-Service fundamentals, or even infrastructural cloud elements such as storage, database functions and networking connectors. Those we’ve all discussed to the nth degree right?

But what about components in the cloud – can we augment the cloud with components as a service?

March 22, 2011 Off

Finding the Right Level of Cloud Computing

By David
Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

On the face of it, building a cloud computing architecture on which multiple applications can dynamically scale using a common pool of IT infrastructure should be a pretty straight-forward proposition. But in reality, IT organizations are struggling with cloud computing decisions ranging from simply deciding what applications should run in these environments, how to secure the data in these clouds and even finding the right tools to manage the overall environment.

March 22, 2011 Off

ISF lists ‘seven deadly sins’ of cloud computing

By David
Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Antony Savvas.

The Information Security Forum (ISF) has identified the "seven deadly sins" of cloud computing implementations in a new report, and has offered guidance on how to tackle them.

The ‘Securing cloud computing: addressing the seven deadly sins’ report aims to help organisations move quickly to developing business-oriented systems to securing cloud services.

The seven deadly sins outlined in the ISF report are:

March 21, 2011 Off

Smart meter cloud announced by IBM and Cable & Wireless

By David
Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King.

IBM and Cable & Wireless are set to collaborate to offer a ‘smart energy cloud’ to support the UK’s new energy meter rollout.

Some 50 million smart meters are being rolled out to UK homes and businesses, with the aim of better regulating energy distribution and helping users to control their energy usage.

The collaboration between IBM and Cable & Wireless is intended to take on other vendors in the market, including a BT-Arqiva partnership, and a British Gas-O2 offering.

March 21, 2011 Off

Virtualization: The Next Generation

By David
Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Michael Vizard.

Every now and again, a vendor comes up with a good idea that is much bigger than itself. Such is the case with vApps from VMware, applications that behave as one logical entity even though they span multiple virtual machine environments.

March 21, 2011 Off

Cloud computing ‘to help free up data centre space’

By David
Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Space in data centres can be freed up through the use of cloud computing solutions.

According to a new report from IT analyst Gartner, many data centre managers are beginning to consider moving non-essential workloads to the cloud.

This can help to reduce the amount of floor space, power and cooling being used, allowing companies to focus on production workloads that are of a higher priority to their operations.