Most see cloud as a way to cut overall costs, survey finds:
Almost half (49 percent) of CIOs intend to increase their investment in cloud technologies over the coming year, according to research.
Easynet Global Services questioned 800 IT heads across Europe, including 200 in the UK, about their cloud strategies.
Only one in five considered their corporate network to be a “key concern” when moving to the Cloud, although 43 percent have identified that they would need to upgrade their network.
Some 57 percent said that when moving into the cloud, their network could cope without any extra investment. But Justin Fielder, CTO at Easynet Global Services, said: “CIOs must realise that the ability to deliver to end-users is a vital element of any cloud strategy. Companies will not get the benefits they expect from cloud computing unless CIOs consider the entire scenario, not just where their data is stored.” Read more
Spike TV and GameTrailers TV are powering up their coverage of next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry’s largest gathering in Los Angeles.
In addition to its E3 First Look special Friday, June 3, 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT (Thursday, June 2), the network will broadcast Microsoft’s press event June 6 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT; coverage will also include live streaming on Facebook, mobile platforms such as iPhones and iPads, MTV.com, Spike.com, Xbox.com/E3 and on demand in HD on Xbox Live. Additional live coverage totaling more than 20 hours will include broadcasts from L.A. Live and at other E3 events in the city. Read more
Microsoft adds more capabilities to Bing and the hacked Sony network begins to comeback. Nick Barber recaps the week’s news for the IDG News Service… Watch video
IDC Press Release, 3/17/11
Despite the difficult conditions that have characterized the U.S. economy over the past three years, the number of home-based businesses and corporate home offices has continued to increase. According to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast, the home office market will add nearly 2 million home-based businesses and more than 3 million corporate home office households between 2011 and 2015.
As the home office household landscape continues to change, so too does the type of technologies these households depend on. PCs will remain central to home worker productivity, and portable form factors will continue to account for the majority of total annual shipments to this market; the number of notebook-owning home office households will increase by 5.0% annually — the highest growth rate of any home office technology category. Single-function printer penetration will continue to decline rapidly, reflecting home office households’ growing preference for MFPs and their multiple capabilities. By the end of 2015, nearly three-quarters of networked home office households will be wireless-enabled. Smartphones are rapidly becoming an indispensable home office asset.
We’ve told you everything you need to know about 4G, but if you’re thinking about switching networks when you get that 4G phone or modem, you might be basing it on who’s faster. Here’s how the networks stack up against one another.
We mentioned the speeds each company is claiming in our 4G roundup, but the numbers weren’t always the most trustworthy. PC World did some serious testing of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint’s networks for both 3G smartphones and 4G modems, and the results were a bit surprising. T-Mobile ended up being the fastest on the smartphone end with 2.28 Mbps down, while Verizon came in last at less than half that. As far as USB modems went, it was very different: Verizon had by far the fastest speeds, hitting about 6.44 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up, while Sprint came in last—albeit close to T-Mobile and AT&T—at a bit more than 2 Mbps down and less than 1 Mbps up.
IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau), 1/27/11
Verizon Communications plans to buy cloud service provider Terremark Worldwide for about US$1.4 billion in a deal that could significantly expand its cloud offerings for enterprises.
The carrier expects to launch a tender offer between Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 for all shares of Terremark’s common stock. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction, but it is subject to Terremark shareholders tendering a majority of the company’s stock, as well as regulatory approvals. Three stockholders have already agreed to tender a total of 27.6 percent of the stock, the companies said in a press release. Verizon expects to close the deal late in this quarter. Its offer of $19 per share represents a 35 percent premium over Terremark’s closing share price on Thursday.
Ad Age, 1/3/11
Electronics Expert Turns Publisher With Multichannel Net Packed With Original Content — and It’s Seeking Ads
The press corps at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show may find themselves jostling for soundbytes and product demos on the Vegas strip with video crews from Best Buy.
Yes, the retailer is now a publisher, rolling out a multichannel network filled with original editorial content spanning everything from how-to videos and gift guides to new-technology primers and behind-the-scenes looks at popular movies. The network, called Best Buy On, includes a website it bills as an “online magazine” and a huge in-store component with its content and ad messaging “broadcast” on screens across the store, including in the TV, mobile and portable entertainment sections.