Douglas Adams obviously knew what makes an IT shop tick. In Life, the Universe, and Everything, he identified the Somebody Else’s Problem (SEP) field, which renders some things not so much invisible as unnoticeable. For a while, the imminent collapse of the Greek economy was an SEP, until it became too big to ignore.
Here's the tricky thing about mobile security: the perfect storm of smartphone threats is always just over the horizon. Every couple of years, the vendors are up in arms about it and predict handheld apocalypse.
Trevor Pott, our adventurous sysadmin guest, never does things by halves. When a client asked him to virtualize its desktop and server infrastructure all in one go, he jumped at the chance. Danny Bradbury interviews him day by day as he grapples with missing equipment, application issues, and backup woes.
Computerised clouds are often similar to their water vapour-based counterparts; they're amorphous in the middle, and often fluffy around the edges. That can spell problems for IT departments when securing their private clouds, and for public cloud providers when locking down theirs. Danny Bradbury and Jim Reavis, executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance, explore the problems and potential solutions.
The threat landscape has changed considerably in the last few years, as the focus expands from network worms to advanced persistent threats. Danny Bradbury speaks to Raj Semani, EMEA CTO at McAfee, to explore how things have changed since botnets first came into being, and Melissa spread across the world.
The name Microsoft can induce strong reactions in technology users, fans and critics alike. But the fact remains that the company founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975 has grown to become one of the most successful software businesses in the history of computing, with an enviable global installed base of users.
If ever a company was at a pivotal point in its history, HP is it. With the controversial departure of its CEO, a new leader at the helm, and with several significant recent acquisitions under its belt, the 70 year-old company faces significant challenges as it attempts to maintain its direction, battle growing competition in a consolidating market, and shed some of the ethical breakdowns in its past.
Fujitsu has been an insular company, with a market centred in Japan. Does it have what it takes to reinvent itself as a well-represented global player, with cloud computing at its heart?
John Chambers, CEO of Cisco since 1995, has his work cut out for him. The networking company grew its revenues by almost 11% in 2010 – not bad, in an industry that was still recovering from the financial crisis. But now, he faces the challenge of sustaining and even increasing that growth.
Canada may be a key producer of staple goods such as wood, oil and wheat, but let’s not forget another key export: electrons. Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world and exports approximately 51 gigawatt hours to the U.S. each year. Moving that power around the country and south of the border effectively continues to be a challenge, however. Traditionally, electrical grids have been dumb. Their ability to understand what was happening to the electricity flowing across them has been limited, as has their understanding of what customers were doing with those electrons. That makes it difficult to introduce new energy sources to the grid and it cripples attempts to reduce energy wastage.