Author: DC2020

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It’s official – the future belongs to Artificial Intelligence (AI). That’s according to the world’s best player of probably the world’s most complex game. Ke Jie, 19, was speaking before his match against AlphaGo AI, in a three-match series of Go. The ancient (2,500+ years old) strategic board game involves two players, with the aim of encircling the other’s territory. Its complexity stems from the fact...

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The world’s growing population is increasingly moving to urban areas. This trend is particularly relevant to APAC, where more than half of the planet’s mega-cities are situated. With more and more people living in the same area of land, new solutions are needed to keep things running smoothly. Enter the smart cities concept. There’s plenty of APAC smart city activity, as witnessed by the region accounting for...

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As we enter a new year, it’s time to reflect on the data centre’s future direction. Naturally, the pace of innovation is such that it’s always a challenge to predict what’s in store for 2017. However, there are some trends and patterns that give indications as to where the industry is headed. The impact of flash According to IDC, all-flash systems registered a 76.4% year on year...

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The European Union has launched a consultation on the usage of big data among businesses, to decide if it warrants ‘further regulatory or supervisory actions’. Currently big data and analytics falls under data protection, competition and consumer protection laws, which companies managing EU consumers’ data are required comply with. However, the exponential growth in big data application, granularity, and usage (a predicted 44 zettabytes by 2020)...

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Business Intelligence (BI) is an umbrella term, used to describe the tools and systems which inform and guide strategy within organisations. The number one issue for ensuring useful BI is the ability to gather, store and crunch data. Previously this meant generating reports and then interpreting the data. However, with no central repository, this often led to data siloes. What’s more, any reports usually needed to...

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Retail is a sector in the eye of a disruptive technology-driven storm. There are the ever-growing channels for customers to compare, test and buy products and services, some serving as beacons that guide shoppers around physical shops, pointing out special offers. There’s also ongoing talk of drones as a way of delivering packages. These innovations show where the battle for winning customers is at: customer experience. This...

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Andy Murray has just conquered the grass courts of Wimbledon for the second time in his career, emulating the last British player to win consecutive Wimbledon titles – Fred Perry in 1936. Of course, in the interim 80 years the game has evolved dramatically. However, the biggest recent change has arguably been around data. These days, players step out onto the court after analysing opponents’ data...

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The recent International Supercomputing Conference offered delegates an exciting look at what’s coming up in the world of supercomputers. The annual event attracts thousands of delegates, vendors, universities and research organisations. All showcase the latest technologies, services and advancements in this most specialised field of computing. And Frankfurt 2016 was no exception. Cray hinted at offering a “Supercomputer-As-A-Service” in the future. The supercomputer company sees this as a way to give customers...

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Imagine a form of data transfer which enabled you to download 18 HD films in just one second.Through the power of LED lighting, it could soon become reality. Light Fidelity (Li-Fi), also known as VLC (Visible Light Communication) is a relatively new way of transmitting data wirelessly.It uses light-emitting diodes from LED bulbs to transmit at high-speed (way faster than the eye can see). It’s...

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Legacy debt, also known as technical debt, is a familiar problem facing data centre and IT heads. On-premises architecture, requiring extensive maintenance, becomes out of date. However, because investment has been made and because organisations are now using the related systems, it becomes harder to move away. Operating expenditure continues, and IT professionals carry on spending time maintaining and troubleshooting. As a result, investment in new...

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