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SN blogs: Rapid application development central to mobile users

SN blogs: This week, analysts discuss Progress Software's use of rapid application development and review a tool small businesses can use to protect their data.

Mobile application development for line of business (LoB) users continues to expand, this time paced by a series of announcements by Progress Software. Charlotte Dunlap at Current Analysis says that Progress Software is strengthening its offerings with three acquisitions in one year: Telerik UI, Rollbase and Modulus. The purchases increase the quality of Progress' cloud and mobile offerings, Dunlap writes, and reflects the firm's commitment to platform as a service (PaaS) and rapid application development (RAD) of software-as-a-service products. All of this comes at the same time that Salesforce released Salesforce1 Lighting, an updated PaaS user interface. While this release was intimidating, Dunlap says that Progress plans to provide its 1,400 independent software vendors with its Pacific PaaS platform that permits users to create business applications that can run on any cloud. Salesforce is its main rival, but Progress is still competing with Microsoft, Azure and IBM.

Read more about how Progress's new acquisitions are strengthening its overall product offering, according to Dunlap.

FCC will take time to ensure sustainability with net neutrality

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler writes that no matter what final decision the FCC reaches on net neutrality, he knows there will be pushback. In a blog for The New York Times, technology writer Edward Wyatt explains that the FCC is taking its time to make sure the rules it proposes are sustainable, especially since going to court to defend the policy is almost inevitable. Wyatt quotes Wheeler, who said following the FCC's most recent monthly public meeting, "The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out.” Wyatt explains that one route the FCC might take is to reclassify broadband as a utility and not an information service. AT&T has already promised to sue if this happens. Wyatt writes that the decision on net neutrality won't come until next year.

Read what Wyatt says about President Obama's call to adopt the "strongest possible rules" to treat all Internet content equally.

Carbonics creates carbon nanotube for extending cellphone battery life

In a blog for The Wall Street Journal, Don Clark writes that a small start-up company, Continental Carbonics Products Inc., has developed a carbon chip for mobile devices that could prolong battery life and potentially serve as a viable option for when silicon outlives its usefulness. The chips are microscopic cylinders of carbon called nanotubes. Carbonics CEO Kos Galatsis says that the nanotubes use electricity more efficiently. "There is less heating up, less wasting energy," he notes. Clark explains a few caveats to the creators of the new product. "The company and other backers of carbon-based technology also face the challenge that chip makers keep finding ways to extend the life of more familiar materials. Then there's the fact that few investors have an appetite for funding semiconductor startups," says Clark.

Read how Carbonic's plans to keep its nanotube production funded.

Disaster recovery is more important than data backup

Enterprise Strategy Group Inc. lab engineer Mike Leone says that data recovery is not only as important as backing up your data, it's more important. Getting your data back into production and minimizing the cost of downtime is critical for any business. Leone says that for small businesses, understanding the impact of downtime is even more essential. To that end, ESG evaluated Dell's DL1000 Backup and Recovery Appliance, which is tailored to meet the needs of small businesses. As Leone says, "It's not just about backup. It's about guaranteeing application uptime through various recovery options." The Dell DL1000, he says, supports key features, such as replicating data for disaster recovery, archiving to the cloud and making the entire process of data management simple.

See the diagram where Leone shows how the DL1000 works.

This was last published in November 2014

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