Author: DC2020

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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The smart city concept is no longer the stuff of sci-fi. Technologists are connecting the virtual world to the physical, delivering real-time services that adapt to real-time situations. So what, you may be thinking. This is old news in the IT industry. What’s new is how this will impact on society’s understanding, and its usage, of data. Because until relatively recently, if you asked a member...

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What will the term Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) mean in five years’ time? Particularly if you’ve migrated to the cloud or a Digital Centre? There’ll be no more traditional licensing, installation or infrastructure. On-premises and hardware costs will be reduced; infrastructure is managed by a third party. And if the third party has thousands of customers, this leads to substantial economies of scale in terms...

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What would life be like inside a Digital Centre? DigitalCentre2020 took a trip into the future, to the year 2020, to talk to a Digital Centre manager. “Back in 2015, when I was working in a data centre, I could see how things were developing. The growth in data was placing incredible demands on our infrastructure. End-users expected – deserved – real-time customer services, from any device....

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Storage is still the key issue facing data centre managers today. And demands are only going to grow. Analysts predict 44 trillion gigabytes of data will be produced by 2020, up from 4.4 trillion gigabytes in 2013. Analysts will need to access these data sets faster. Services will need to be configured more securely. The Internet of Things will see data flood in from an...

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