Server rooms “ill-equipped” to keep pace with technology

16 May 2017

The Green Grid says we’re now seeing data centres equipped with 10-12kW racks to support modern-day requirements, with legacy data centres falling further behind.

The Green Grid says we’re now seeing data centres equipped with 10-12kW racks to support modern-day requirements, with legacy data centres falling further behind.

Enterprise server rooms will be unable to meet the compute power and IT energy efficiencies required to meet the demands of fluctuating technology trends, warns The Green Grid.

It says this will push a higher uptake in hyperscale cloud and colocation facilities. 

The Green Grid is a global consortium of companies, government agencies, educational institutions and individuals dedicated to advancing resource efficiency in IT and data centres.

Citing the latest IDC research, which predicts a growing fall in the number of server rooms globally, the organisation believes that legacy server rooms are failing to keep pace with new workload types and causing organisations to seek alternative solutions.

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Riverbed plans to take SD-WAN to network edge with Xirrus acquisition

16 May 2017

Riverbed CEO Jerry M. Kennelly believes a fundamental rethink is required to deal with today’s “complex and unpredictable” networks.

Riverbed CEO Jerry M. Kennelly believes a fundamental rethink is required to deal with today’s “complex and unpredictable” networks.

Riverbed Technology has signed a definitive agreement to buy Xirrus in a move that will create what’s claimed to be the world’s first SD-WAN solution that covers the network from core to the edge.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Riverbed says the acquisition will expand its SteelConnect SD-WAN and cloud networking platform with the integration of a “proven” suite of high density and cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions. 

It claims this will offer customers and partners the “power” of unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration that spans the entire distributed network – WAN, LAN/WLAN, data centre and the cloud. Riverbed will also continue to offer Xirrus as a stand-alone enterprise WLAN solution.

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Honeywell secures USB devices for industrial use

16 May 2017

Upon arrival at an industrial site, contractors ‘check-in’ their USB drive by plugging it into the SMX Intelligence Gateway.

Upon arrival at an industrial site, contractors ‘check-in’ their USB drive by plugging it into the SMX Intelligence Gateway.

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) reckons it’s come up with a new security solution for industrial sites using USB devices.

According to BSI publications, malware spread through USB devices was the second biggest threat to industrial control systems in 2016, and uncontrolled USBs have taken power plants offline, downed turbine control workstations, and caused raw sewage floods, among other industrial accidents.

“Industrial operators often have hundreds or thousands of employees and dozens of contractors on site every day,” says Eric Knapp, cyber security chief engineer, HPS.

 

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“Unloved networks” are main casualty in race to digital future

16 May 2017

Legacy technology is holding back their organisation’s digital strategy, according to many of the network managers questioned.

Legacy technology is holding back their organisation’s digital strategy, according to many of the network managers questioned.

Many network managers believe that their organisation’s network doesn’t fully meet the needs of the business and say major improvements must be made if companies want to improve their customers’ experiences.

According to ICT solutions specialist Axians UK, customer experience is crucial to long-term business success and many firms are achieving this through a digital strategy.

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