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Being bullish in the China shop, being restrained at the dispatch box and opening up the market to 'peer to peer' investment models... All eyes on Osborne.
Remember, remember the 5th of December. We maybe in the depths of winter and the leaves have all fallen off the trees but this Thursday is a golden opportunity for the UK economy when the Chancellor delivers his Autumn Statement - hopefully something UK business will find memorable for all the right reasons. Business needs the Chancellor to make it feel warm with confidence not dazzled with fireworks.
If you read between the lines news from the rare metals commodities markets might have you thinking the march of technology has ground to a halt. A recent piece in the Financial Times flagged a collapse in the price of obscure metals to their lowest level in years. Ruthenium, Iridium and Rhodium are all taking a nose dive of the world markets. These are three of those 'hard to get at' metals sitting in a deserted corner of the periodic table which are vital components in the machines which run our lives. Computer hard drives; smart phone screens and flat screen TVs, to name a small few, all depend on tiny slivers of these metals to make our world go around.
Building railways and houses is one way to generate wealth across the nation but technology is probably better at refreshing the parts other initiatives cannot reach
As the Labour Party conference puts away it's bucket and spade and departs Brighton and the south coast it was the ebb and flow of opinions about the perceived North/South divide which struck me most about this year’s seaside gathering.
Ed Balls began the week questioning whether funds for the HS2 rail link could be better spent elsewhere on housing and Harriet Harmon harped on about the need for a cost benefit analysis on the super-fast, super-costly project. Meanwhile, Maria Eagle reinforced Labour's commitment to the scheme. But they have all got it wrong? Narrowing the wealth gap and closing the North/South divide is not a really a physical or geographical challenge. It is technology which will make the difference and close these so-called economic gaps - not billions of pounds on rolling stock. The way to connect the country rests in the cloud - and I don't mean more internal flights.
According to a paper titled “Looking inside the (Drop) box”, two security researchers have successfully cracked Dropbox’s security bypassing two factor authentication and hijacking Dropbox user accounts.
Cloud Security is a rising issue in the world of cloud computing at this time. In the recent months, many cloud computing service providers have experienced various incidences of breaches and hacks into their cloud platforms, leaving client’s private information and data insecure and prone to theft.
Data Encryption (Transport Layer Security)
Data is the most important part of any organisation. In the case of any breach in the organisation’s data, the company can suffer great loss from the theft of vital information to as much as crippling of the entire organisation.
The rising of complex and new cyber security issues grabbed the attention of most leading companies involved in managing large volumes of sensitive data from multiple sources, channels and devices.
Cloud computing moves us away from the traditional model, where organisations dedicate computing power to a particular business application, to a flexible model for computing where users access business applications and data in shared environments. Cloud is a new consumption and delivery model; resources can be rapidly deployed and easily scaled (up and down), with processes, applications and services provisioned ‘on demand’. It can also enable a pay per usage model.
According to the analyst firm Canalys, 493.1 million PCs units (desktops, notebooks and tablets) will be shipped in 2013, representing 7% year-on-year growth. The key driver behind this growth will be tablets, which will account for 37% of the market, up from a quarter in 2012. Looking ahead to 2017, Canalys expects that 713.8 million PCs will ship worldwide (a CAGR of 9.7%), with 64% being tablets and 25% notebooks.
In recent times Nvidia has been investing in the enterprise market rather than its usual HPC environments. In March the company unveiled its NVIDIA GRID-based server solutions announcing that was working with the major virtualization vendors to offer vGPU accelerated VDI.
Support is ending for Windows XP
As announced by Microsoft, support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014. If your organisation is still running this OS version after support ends, you won't get security updates for Windows and all PCs will be exposed leaving networks critically vulnerable.
According to VMware, 64% of enterprise companies and 52% of mid-sized companies still need to migrate off of Windows XP. In addition, companies that fail to implement a migration plan over the next months will risk not being able to maintain any new technology following deployment whilst many applications will no longer be supported while running on XP.
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