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Data centre designers are increasingly focusing on improving interactions with customers and applications at the edge of the network, it has been claimed.According to Emerson Network Power, a number of key characteristics will shape the market in 2015, as technology innovation continues and the demands of organisations change.First of all, the firm believes cloud computing will continue its expansion, and ultimately become "an engine of innovation", reports CBR Online."Forward-looking organisations are combining cloud-based services such as analytics, collaboration, and communication to better understand their customers and bring new products and services to market faster," Emerson stated."The result is that a growing number of organisations will be managing hybrid environments in which on-premise IT resources are supplemented with strategic use of cloud and colocation services to enhance utilisation, resiliency and flexibility."This means organisations will still have their own infrastructure on-site, including servers and server racks, but hosted solutions will become more important.Emerson believes integration will extend its reach, as the need for speed and convergence becomes increasingly apparent.But the firm says technology systems aren't the only things experiencing a convergence; it predicts that telecommunications and IT will move closer together.The convergence of voice and data can be expected to drive more technology standardisation, breaking down silos that have traditionally existed between the two functions.Emerson thinks that virtualisation will continue to influence the data centre, as it extends beyond computing into networking and storage."One of the key challenges in this virtual revolution is going to be hardware management," Emerson stated."Most organisations lack the visibility to manage virtual and physical systems in concert, and that gap must be closed to pave the way for the software-defined data centre."The firm predicted that, after years of consolidation and centralisation, IT organisations will focus on the edge of the network to improve interactions with customers and applications."As organisations grow their use of analytics, location-based services, and personalised content, edge of network facilities will become critical in achieving competitive advantage," it forecast.Emerson claimed that, in order to capitalise on this opportunity, firms will need to deploy standard, intelligent and high-availability infrastructure close to users."Enterprises that don't address the networking issues related to the edge will find themselves unable to keep pace with the explosive growth in network traffic," the company warned.Written by Steve Wilkin for Comms Express, number one for network equipment on the net
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Last Updated: 2015-01-26 10:58:06
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You have to love a bit of research, hey readers?!  Apparently 'new research' (I'm not mocking honestly) claims that we're dumber without our smartphones. I'm for one am not believing this! It is not as if I use it for research, spelling, as a calculator, a SatNav and whisper it quietly - at the odd pub quiz. No, I barely use it! Okay I confess I do of course use and throughly enjoy it to boot!  So maybe Researchers at the University of Missouri are correct, technology has invaded our life. Could I live without my smartphone? According to lead researcher, Russell Clayton I would find it extremely traumatic to be parted from my smartphone, stating, "Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks."

Gulp!  Clayton went on to say, “Additionally, the results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state."

The tests included the researchers informing the subjects that they were testing a wireless blood pressure cuff, before making them solve word puzzles, which they had to attempt both with and without their faithful iPhones. The study covered 40 iPhone users. Which raises a question from me would Android users also suffer the same separation anxiety? Similar to how we know that mobile phones can interfere with computer functionality etc, the researchers told a little white lie to get the subjects to surrender their phones. They were told their signal was interfering with the signal from the blood pressure cuff. Cognitive function took a turn for the worse when the separation accord and went into hyperdrive when they called the subjects mobile and they are not permitted to answer it. Now I think we could all relate to this. The call could have been from a loved one and not to answer would seem bizarre. Yet the mere presence of a smartphone affected the subjects When asked to perform a series of mental tasks those with their phone stowed away performed 20% more effective than those with a phone within sight.  However for me any study of this nature throws up more questions. For instance is our dependency on smartphones and technology actually damaging? Yes, we go from one app to another app, very rarely pausing for too long, which would conclude that our powers of concentration are being eroded; right? But surely the opposite can also be true? The ability to multitask is an asset we are told. And while life has become more complex technology has indeed made complexity simpler than ever. Were we indeed 'brighter' prior to technology becoming so prevalent? Or indeed do the parameters with which we measure how clever we are need to change with the ever increasing advances in technology? Either way I never like to leave home without my smartphone, the clue is in the title! Until next time....

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Last Updated: 2015-01-22 16:50:00
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