- 08.27 2014ArticlesBy now, you've probably read more than you ever thought you would about how the Internet works under the hood. We've seen Netflix and Comcast grapple over how much it should cost to send you episodes of "Orange is the New Black." We've seen federal regulators try to unpack that dispute by looking at the market for interconnection — that middle-mile part of the Internet that delivers Web content to your broadband provider, who then passes it along to your computer. We've seen a big debate about whether interconnection should be subject to the same net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission wants to apply to the last mile of the Web. The interconnection market might be complicated and opaque to most of us, but it's a vital part of our Internet experience — which makes a new blog post by the networking company Cloudflare so illuminating. Cloudflare is one of a number of companies that move data to and fro across the Web. Because so many other networks connect to it, the company has a good vantage point from which to observe global Internet traffic flows. And what it finds is that more companies in North America pay for interconnection than in almost any other region of the world... Read More ➚
- 08.27 2014ArticlesConnecting your office networks used to involve choosing between a host of different packet-switching and frame-based technologies that could take data over much longer distances than the internal Ethernet system was capable of. The wide area network (WAN) has traditionally relied on protocols and connection systems like X.25, Frame Relay, ATM, BISDN, FDDI, SONET/SDH and SMDS but all have been fraught with drawbacks. Performance has generally lagged considerably behind internal Ethernet networks, although it has improved as these technologies have developed. However, Ethernet is increasingly offering a viable alternative for a large selection of WAN implementations. Read More ➚
- 08.27 2014ArticlesFor acquisition professionals, buying cloud computing is a bit like stepping from a 21st-century city into the Wild West. Federal buyers must move from the known, predictable, more or less standard procurement world into one that is unknown, unfamiliar and as yet untamed. It's no wonder that in ASI Government's polls of acquisition professionals at 110 federal organizations, 64 percent of respondents believe they lack the necessary technical expertise in cloud computing and thus are challenged in structuring contracts for it. Read More ➚
- 08.20 2014ArticlesYou’ve undoubtedly heard about the cloud. Transitioning to the cloud. Public and private clouds. Cloud storage. Yet, cloud computing remains an ambiguous concept for many business leaders and decision-makers. This is especially true for HR and recruiting professionals trying to determine the benefits of the cloud and whether cloud computing is right for them. By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion—indicating a clear trend toward the cloud for businesses and other organizations. One of the biggest advantages HR and recruiting professionals will experience from cloud computing is the ability to help users maintain a clear focus on meeting business requirements. With cloud computing, users can personalize their space—but not customize the way they can with off-the-shelf software solutions... Read More ➚
- 08.20 2014ArticlesContinuity Software conducted a benchmark survey in 2013 of 90 IT executives from a variety of large enterprises that found over half (57%) use analytical tools to measure IT performance. Yet, only 14% track key performance indicators (KPIs) for their Cloud environment. Like the old adage goes – you can’t manage what you can’t measure. And, many IT organizations have to do a better job measuring KPIs in the rapidly evolving Cloud environment to ensure they’re obtaining optimal benefits from the widening array of virtual services... Read More ➚
- 08.19 2014ArticlesDavid Linthicum, the highly regarded voice of clarity in the enterprise cloud space, recently made an interesting observation: that private clouds are increasingly serving as gateways to public clouds. As things have evolved, private clouds have been seen as more secure alternatives to public cloud services. That they may be, but Dave also observes that private clouds are also being adopted to serve as "points of control" to interface with public cloud services... Read More ➚
- 08.19 2014ArticlesSocial media networks and mobile growth go together like voice and data. Mobile social networks give consumers the opportunity to connect with friends and family at a moment’s notice, and the ability to upload and download videos, photos, and more. And while it’s true that wireless carriers have had to endure challenges to enhance their networks to handle these activities, social media data can also be a great asset. Used in concert with other forms of analysis, social media data can help carriers enhance their networks (through HetNet solutions, for example) and gain customers. The key is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different data sets, and how they’re stronger when used together... Read More ➚
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