Brocade’s Simon Pamplin: Digging deep into the future of SDN

With software defined networking (SDN), the network as we know it, along with the way businesses use computing processes, could be changed beyond all recognition.

And Brocade is at the very heart of that shift, being founder members of OpenFlow and OpenStack and pushing ahead with technologies that ensure its customers are SDN-ready.

Separating the data and control planes, SDN, as the name suggests, puts a layer of software between the components a network runs on and the network admin running them, leading...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Infrastructure, Interview, Mobility.

Lost in mobility: How location, opportunity, skills and time changed IT

In the mobile revolution, modern IT organizations can take advantage of the big loads of data spilling out of phones and tablets to work smarter and faster. These clingy devices are highly efficient information aggregators. By adding context to each customer engagement, IT can pair a specific job with the best available service agent, based on whereabouts and situation, experience and schedule.

While most sensory data, such as

By BMC Communities, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Mobility.

It's not you, it's me: How IT can stop the mobility-cloud break up

Enterprises see a lot of promise in mobile devices. Their users should be more productive now that they can craft presentations on the go. Their employees should have more opportunities to collaborate now that they can share documents anytime via their smartphones. Right?

Well, not really. For too many businesses, the promise of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has been swallowed up by mobile workflow challenges and insecure, consumer-grade cloud sharing solutions.

It would be easy to predict the...

By Moti Rafalin, 24 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Mobility, Security.

Enterprise mobility was an omnipresent theme at #MWC2013

Richard Absalom, Analyst, Consumer Impact Technology, Ovum

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the topic of enterprise mobility was everywhere – literally, the stands exhibiting all the vendors operating in the space were spread throughout the eight vast halls of Fira Gran Via. Everywhere you looked there were vendors showing off their approaches to enterprise mobility management (EMM), highlighting the importance of mobility for businesses right now: the size of the demand is so big, and there are so many...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 05 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Mobility.

Retail: The next industry to be disrupted by the cloud?

I watched with interest recently an interview with NetSuite CEO, Zach Nelson on Bloomberg TV. During the interview Nelson stated his belief that retail wasn’t dead and that Apple had shown the way to all retailers with regards customer experience. Nelson also stated that in his mind, retail would be the next industry to be “disrupted by the cloud”.

In this blog I will examine some of the...

By Euan Harris, 27 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Industry, Mobility.

Mobile integration and hybrid cloud to be expected in 2013

By Jon SmithWith more and more firms looking to cut down on digital storage space in 2013, one area of IT management that is set to expand is the reliance on cloud computing. The cloud industry is still in its relative infancy, although there are already key trends that are expected to develop in the industry this year.

Integrated cloud and mobile

The reliance between mobile and cloud activities is expected to become all the stronger in 2013. More and more mobile applications are linked to cloud...

By maildistiller, 15 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Mobility, Private.

Does mobility and the cloud equal total compatibility?

Over the last fifteen or so years, we have seen computing make the transition from the fixed and immovable desktops and servers, through to chunky underpowered laptops, through to less chunky but more powerful laptops using Wi-Fi connectivity, through...

By VI, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Public.

Exploiting the mobile cloud via mobile browsers

Recent research has shown that mobile browsers can take advantage of cloud hosting, permitting the use of multiple servers in order to complete complex tasks which would be impossible using mobile technology alone.

Due to their limited computational capabilities, smartphones and tablets are not able to carry out complex tasks, however such mobile browser cloud servers could alleviate this problem. Complex tasks can be carried out via the cloud thus sending the user information on a web...

By VI, 10 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Trends.

New tipping point: Chinese mobile cloud Vs Google Android

Smartphones are generating new battlefields between those who want to service applications through the cloud and those that wish to distribute them through tightly controlled App marketplaces.

Ironically, it is the Chinese who believe their new mobile OS called Aliyun, built on Linux open source, is the true flag bearer for a new generation of cloud computing applications and websites which will run remotely in Alibaba’s cloud and mainly appeal to a Chinese audience (shortly set to overtake...

By VI, 20 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility, Trends.

Gartner: cloud, mobility, open source at heart of app dev market

According to analyst house Gartner, the global app development market is going to hit £5.7 billion ($9bn) by the end of the year, a 1.7% upturn on 2011.

As their latest report, entitled ‘Market Trends: Application Development Software Worldwide’ notes, this will come as a result of the cloud significantly altering the landscape in terms of deploying, designing and testing apps.

Asheesh Raina, Gartner principal research analyst, said: “Application modernisation and increasing agility...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Mobility, OpenSource.

Why cloud should be part of your business mobilisation

A survey of mobile enterprise app developers has found that a significant percentage plan to integrate some kind of cloud service into their apps in the near future.

Mobile platform company Appcelerator’s quarterly survey of its developers, carried out by IDC, found that 83% of devs will utilise cloud services and also intend to use a cloud solution for the back end of their apps.

The numbers are roughly in line with a similar...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers, Enterprise, Mobility, Trends.

Why Windows Phone 8 breaks the backwards compatibility tradition

Microsoft had always maintained backwards compatibility with most of their products. Compatibility has been one of the main reasons Windows has seen such great success, specifically backwards compatibility to systems such as MS-DOS. Even today you can get to a DOS prompt (command prompt) from Windows 7, this hasn’t changed for years and from a functionality point of view this is a bonus.

The announcement of the new Windows Phone 8 (and previously Windows RT on which Windows Phone 8 is based) flew in the...

By Nick Bowyer, 17 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility.

Why don't employees embrace enterprise mobility projects?

Workforce engagement with enterprise mobility solutions is critical if the projects are to deliver the efficiency and productivity intended, but new research suggests many companies are failing to consider the factors that affect employee buy-in when implementing these systems.

Research firm Vanson Bourne discovered and alarming trend when it polled 1000 IT and business decision makers on their mobilisation strategies. It found that while 42% of businesses claimed to be actively developing a mobile app for...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility.

Mobile operators could become cloud providers? #MWC12

Mobile operators possess all the necessary skills to offer their customers cloud services, according to the CEO of Telecom Italia Franco Bernabe, speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

The cloud presented interesting opportunities to the main mobile players, as they already possessed many of the attributes necessary to make a splash in the market.

"Mobile providers have the assets, the local knowledge... the...

By Matt Henkes, 28 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Mobility.