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The need to change the data center network from a hierarchal one to a leaf-spine or more meshed one has arisen from the ever-increasing need for compute and storage access and the use of server virtualization. Now that many applications can run on one server, if that server gets overloaded, virtual machines (applications) need to move to another server quickly—four hops through the network is not quick, so network architecture is changing to accommodate the mobility of VMs. So now what used to be just a client-server standard three-tier network is starting to look like a HPC cluster. Read the full post

Small Data = Big Opportunity

According to a recent KPMG survey of 144 CIOs, 69% stated that data and analytics were crucial or very important to their business. However, 85% also said that they don’t know how to analyze the data they have already collected and 54% said their greatest barrier to success was an inability to identify the data worth collecting.

In short, many businesses have simply bit off more than they can chew when it comes to Big Data.

And with all the hype surrounding Big Data Analytics – the small data, data that is small enough size for each of us to understand – often gets overlooked. While there is no debate that big data analytics can provide a wealth of valuable information to a business or organization – it is the small data – the actionable data – that provides the real opportunity for businesses. Read the full post

Is Fronthaul Solving the Small Cell Backhaul Crunch?

Mobile operators are facing two important decisions when planning their small cell rollout in public areas. The first question to be answered is how to transport traffic from small cells to the edge of the mobile core, while the second question concerns interference management. Although these are two distinct decisions, they are closely related. The performance and functional capabilities of the network connecting small cells determines which solutions the mobile operator can use to mitigate interference. Vice versa, the choice of interference management tools drives the operator toward specific connectivity solutions. Read the full post

Apple’s Thumbelina Approach to NFC

I assume the dust has now settled since Apple’s new iPhone and Watch launch a couple of weeks ago. I have to confess, I’m not an Apple lemming, so I didn’t spend hours or, for some, even days queuing at its London store. Having said that, my ears pricked up at the news that Apple are having some software issues at the moment with their iOS 8.0.1 update. Oh yes, those big ‘A’ share prices dropped quicker than our Wi-Fi and fingerprint access, causing new adopters of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to get rather ‘bent out of shape’ if you’ll excuse the pun, and leaving Apple hoping that their newly released 8.0.2 update will quickly make things right. But hang on, it’s not all doom and gloom – there have been a lot of ‘rights’ too, a fact that brings me neatly on to NFC. Read the full post

The Big Push to Digitise Your Wallet using NFC

It’s been rumoured that Near Field Communications (NFC) is dead – rest assured, it isn’t! I have also overheard several rumours that suggest Apple have finally integrated NFC into their next generation iPhone. Well, I made the same prediction a couple of years ago about their iPhone 5, which was released in September 2012, but it never happened – didn’t I feel like a silly billy?

In fact, a number of ‘patented’ images of the new generation iPhone have appeared in numerous stories across the Internet, all of which do seem to allude to an NFC chip integrated into the new phone. But, I hasten to add, with the iPhone 5 I saw a pre-launch (allegedly authentic) image of the same thing, which led to my earlier prediction! So, I guess, this time, I’m a little hesitant to offer any prophecy and become the foreseer of all things NFC-enabled since, for me, it’s déjà vu all over again.

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