Author: DC2020

autonomics

The way computers manage themselves is being redefined. Here's why. Back in 2001, IBM launched its model of autonomic computing. It was based on the human body’s autonomic nervous system, which regulates unconscious bodily functions. The type of things that you do without thinking about it, such as breathing and digestion. What’s changed is the advance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud computing. Autonomic computing was traditionally...

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This year, 72 billion wearables have been shipped worldwide. By 2019, this is forecast to reach 156 billion. The resulting explosion in data volumes will ask serious questions of data centre infrastructure. So what's the answer? Google Trends showing increase in searches for “wearables” The early days Smartbands were many people’s introduction to wearables. Measuring things like heartbeat, sleeping patterns, movement. All great, but mainly appealing to the health and fitness...

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Over the next three years, Cisco expects 59% of cloud workloads to be Software as a Service. By 2020, IDC predicts cloud will be “the new way business is done and IT is provisioned”. And in 2022, Gartner forecasts 60% of office workers will be using cloud office systems. Here are seven reasons this growth will have a major impact on data centres: Virtualisation As legacy systems expire,...

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Data world

The world’s population is increasing. The United Nations forecasts a figure of 9.6 billion by 2050, up from just over 7 billion currently. This will require a 70% increase in food production, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. How will this be achieved? Increasing agricultural output in one option. Then again, in a world of finite resources it’s not really a long-term solution...

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Drone technology is still a relatively recent phenomenon. But they’re fast becoming a “must have” accessory for many technophiles. Maplin has sold more than 17,000 models in the past 12 months – doubling their year-on-year sales. You may even have seen the amazing YouTube video of a drone flying through fireworks on New Year’s Eve: Drones regularly appear in the news, as people still get to grips...

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Digital Realty, DigitalCentre2020's founding Steering Committee member, has announced the acquisition of Telx, a data centre solution provider fuelling infrastructure, interconnection and business progress. "Now, the new Digital Realty is building a unique ecosystem of open solutions powering customer growth through exceptional service, adding to a foundation of unrivaled real estate expertise", explains Digital Realty CEO William Stein. Full story...

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What does the explosion in data means for the future of sport? Will talk of players being on a “hot streak” or “in form” still be the norm by 2020? Or will post-match analysis be based on machine learning and predictive analytics? And instead of a team’s success being attributed to players or management, will it come down to whose data centre can deliver real-time strategical and tactical...

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Dr Watson is a new addition to the north American medical profession. But unlike other graduates who have undergone years of training, Dr Watson did things differently. Because Dr Watson is a computer. Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, is a cognitive computing system. That means instead of being programmed to complete a function, Watson learns from experience – data – in order to improve its decision-making processes. Watson...

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Four clouds floating

What does the cloud mean to you? With so many definitions and interpretations, sometimes it’s difficult to know what's best. Here we examine the four main types of cloud, their advantages and disadvantages, and give our predictions for the future. 1) Private cloud The cloud is owned and controlled by your business. Infrastructure, resources, monitoring tools and automated services are allocated solely for your requirements. This level of...

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