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Integrated computing requires vendors to step up

SN blogs: This week, an analyst shares why vendors need to rise to the occasion and launch marketing campaigns aimed at integrated computing.

Integrated computing platforms are here; vendors need to step their game up

Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Mark Bowker says that it's time for vendors to increase messaging and marketing aimed at integrated computing platforms. Now that network infrastructures are starting to incorporate more than the traditional network, vendors need to sell products that are compatible with new architecture. Some key players in the game are HP, Nutanix and VMware, Bowker writes. HP has its own version of VMware's EVO appliance, which Bowker says is going to "create further competition" and Nutanix has a kernel-based virtual machine that he says "calls attention to the cost of some of the VMware-only products." The next six months will be the most crucial for vendors.

Read more about integrated computing platforms and why vendors need to market toward hyper-converged infrastructures.

Net neutrality: Why the money matters

PacketPushers blogger Russ White says that even though he likes the idea of net neutrality, he doesn't think it can work for one fundamental reason: Treating all traffic content equally will not yield service providers any money. He writes that there is no real difference between the transporters and the content producers; rather, it's a total service. "You can't make money transporting bits," White says, a fact many people don't realize.

"My quibble is this," White continues. "How, in the real world, are we going to create a regulatory framework where you can separate that which cannot make money from that which can, and then say, 'You must provide equal access to that which doesn't make money, while continuing to improve it?'"

Read more about White's impression of net neutrality and why it's a nice idea, but needs some work.

Kmart data breach shows retailers are still not prepared for attacks

Nichole Perlroth of The New York Times' technology blog writes that Dairy Queen and Kmart are now experiencing what several other retailers have already gone through this year: data breaches. Hackers have continued to enter companies through their point-of-sale systems or systems that allow employees to work remotely and install malware. The malware can transfer customer credit card and debit card numbers, PIN numbers and personal information to the personal computers of the hackers. In the cases of Kmart and Dairy Queen, only account numbers and expiration dates were stolen. An alarming estimate by the Secret Service says that about 1,000 American retailers were hacked over the summer and some might not even know about. A study by Ponemon Institute and DB Networks says retailers are especially vulnerable to these kinds of attacks because they lack the technology and tools to prevent them. What's more concerning, writes Perlroth, is that to date, no arrests have been made. Kmart did not report how many store systems were hacked or how many people were affected. Dairy Queen posted a list of stores and times of attack on its website.

Read more about how attackers are getting away with customer information.

Mobility spending is flattening out, security spending on the rise

After a huge influx of bring your own device in the workplace and a lot of hype surrounding technology advancements in mobility, it looks like the focus is now on security. Current Analysis analyst Kathryn Weldon says that company spending plans are starting to see a shift in the upcoming year. Not too surprisingly, cloud and IT security are going to see the biggest budget increases in 2015. When it comes to mobility alone, only the larger companies will be increasing spending. About 70% of the large enterprises surveyed say they will boost their mobility spending by 25%. On the other hand, only about 2% of smaller companies -- 99 employees or fewer -- will be increasing their spending by 25%. Most polled said they are planning to increase their mobility spending by 5% to 25%, with 25% anticipating no boost in spending. Companies based in Latin America and Asia are most likely to increase their mobility spending, the survey said.

Read more on mobility spending trends for the upcoming year.

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