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Scalability

Scalability: In electronics (including hardware, communication and software) scalability is the ability of a system, network, or process, to handle growing amounts of work in a graceful manner or its ability to be enlarged to accommodate that growth. For example, it can refer to the capability of a system to increase total throughput under an increased load when resources (typically hardware) are added. An analogous meaning is implied when the word is used in a commercial context, where scalability of a company implies that the underlying business model offers the potential for economic growth within the company. (Source: Wikipedia)

70% of Companies to use Real Time Predictive Analytics by 2016, say Gartner


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New research from analysts at Gartner has forecast that by 2016, 70% of the world’s most profitable companies will manage business processes by using real time predictive analytics or "extreme collaboration”. It’s expected that analysts will discuss their findings at the upcoming Gartner Business Process Management Summit 2013, March 13-14 in London, U.K. and April 2-4 in Nati ...   read more

Call centres are 'heading for the cloud'


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Almost three-quarters of call centres in the UK are either using - or planning to use - cloud computing solutions, according to new research released at the Call Centre Expo 2011. According to Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC), 71 per cent of the 103 IT directors the firm quizzed said that their companies were either using cloud computing or considering adopting the technology in the near future. Placeholder0Of those that have shown an interest in the technology, almost h ...   read more

China retakes supercomputer crown


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China has once again reached the top of the list when it comes to which nation has the largest and most powerful supercomputer. The most up-to-date list was announced on Monday at the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany. The supercomputer, Tianhe-2, was developed by China’s National University of Defence Technology and has a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark   read more

Cisco and Microsoft in virtualization partnership


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Microsoft and Cisco have joined forces to deliver a new range of virtualization solutions that the companies hope will offer improved scalability and operational control using the Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor. The updated hypervisor will combine advanced Cisco networking features, but will not undermine existing IT management processes. Placeholder0Dynamic provision management has been incorporated into the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch, which will greatly simplify mana ...   read more

Citrix overhauls server virtualization solution


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Server virtualization specialist Citrix has overhauled its flagship XenServer 6 product, boosting both scalability and performance in the process. A number of improvements, including the integration of the firm's Open vSwitch technology, are aimed at optimising cloud service delivery. Placeholder0XenServer 6 also incorporates various desktop virtualization enhancements - including optimised end-user experience within its virtual desktop environments, with a greater reliance ...   read more

Cloud computing offers "more for less"


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IBM has claimed that the reason so many businesses are adopting cloud computing solutions is because the technology allows them to do more for less. The firm has shown that 75 per cent of organisations are expecting to adopt cloud computing infrastructure during the next two years.   read more

Cloud computing risk factors, and the real and imaginary bogeymen that lurk in data centres


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Nearly every company, from one-person startups to FTSE 100 enterprises, either has an active cloud strategy or is at least considering one. The maturity of the technology and robustness of cloud data centre offerings has overcome most irrational fears of the cloud and the technology has earned its place in the canon of acceptable business practices. Excitement abounds over the prospect of lowered or nonexistent capital expenditure, the ability to roll out a p ...   read more

Cloud providers and development teams 'should have a close relationship'


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When implementing cloud computing solutions it is important that a firm's development team forges a close relationship with their cloud provider, according to Nova International's IT director Chris Kewin. He asserted that his company works closely with iomart Hosting to ensure that delivery of cloud-based services is "smooth". Placeholder0Mr Kewin explained that it is vital that business software utilised on cloud servers is scalable and that it can use the pr ...   read more

Do IT professionals still have their heads in the clouds?


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According to a Cloud.com survey of IT professionals, yes, they do. At this point in the evolution of the increasingly pervasive dotcloud boom, the discussion has changed from whether to move to the cloud, to how to implement the cloud. Among those CTOs surveyed, scalability, elasticity, and the need to accommodate fluct ...   read more

HP 'simplifies' migration to virtualized environments


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Hewlett-Packard (HP) claims that businesses need access to simpler networking infrastructure that is both scalable and flexible. The firm's FlexNetwork architecture aims to keep pace with global demands for increased IT flexibility by leveraging the key benefits of both virtualization and smartphone technology. Placeholder0At the core of the new offering is scalability, which is becoming increasingly important as more people connect to their companies' networks via mobi ...   read more

Interoute recognised by Gartner as industry leader


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Researchers at Gartner have published the updated Magic Quadrant report for 2013 and have positioned leading cloud service provider Interoute Communications Ltd highly for its "ability to execute”. Interoute is the owner and operator of Europe’s biggest cloud services platform, accounting for 10 host ...   read more

IT risk management 'to become a big expenditure'


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IT risk management strategies are going to become a big area of expenditure for businesses, particularly those in the financial services sector, as information security becomes a top liability, according to IDC. The research specialist claims the market will be worth $74 billion (£46 billion) globally by 2015. Placeholder0In its Worldwide Risk Technology Spending - 2011 Analysis and Forecast report, the firm looks at the various aspects of the market - including enterpris ...   read more

SaaS a "viable" option for SMBs


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Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can get as much benefit from software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions as larger firms and IT companies, an expert from the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) has asserted. Placeholder0Rhianna Collier, vice-president of the SIIA, said the technology is relevant to businesses of all sizes and in all industries. She asserted that in today's economy, SaaS and cloud computing were not simply r ...   read more

Scalability is the 'key benefit of cloud computing'


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Scalability is the biggest benefit of cloud computing, according London member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Mike Small. The IT infrastructure expert told the Guardian that, as a result of this scalability, businesses can benefit from cost savings while still having access to the latest technology - which is particularly important for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Placeholder0However, he added that good governance was a necessity ...   read more

Scalable video conferencing architecture key for Polycom


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Polycom has acquired video collaboration specialist ViVu as it attempts to improve video conferencing deployment by boosting scalability. The firms will work together on embedding key applications into Polycom's unified communications offering - boosting its service adaptability. Placeholder0Central to the new partnership will be the embedding of web-based, high-definition video in social and enterprise suites - a process that Polycom hopes will be much easier thanks to ViV ...   read more

Unified storage 'to grow alongside cloud computing'


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The use of unified storage solutions will increase as cloud computing infrastructure becomes the norm - allowing for converged, dynamic and virtualised data hosting. Greg Schulz, founder of StorageIO.com, claimed that cloud computing is a major factor affecting the data storage market at th ...   read more

Video-as-a-Service Bucks Recent Videoconferencing Trends


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Competition in the Video-as-as-a-Service (VaaS) market has increased as vendors have realised that not all enterprises can afford their top-end videoconferencing solutions and so have introduced desktop and mobile solutions – Video-as-a-Service – on a pay monthly basis. "I wouldn't say it's about pricing as it is around making sure that our customers can have a full range of products for whatever needs they have," read more

Virtualization becomes 'the focus of IT purchasing'


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Businesses are increasingly focusing their IT infrastructure purchasing strategies on server virtualization technologies. According to new research from Veeam Software, organisations are pushing forward with read more

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