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  • StorageBuzz

    Death of the LUN: Another nail in the coffin from Gridstore?

    Has the LUN had its day? It has been the de facto method of creating logical volumes on physical storage for decades, but in this era of virtualisation that may be becoming a thing of the past. In VMware or Hyper-V environment the LUN still exists but only as a single large pool in which the virtualisation...

  • CWDN

    NASA developer challenge protects Earth attack by deep space Asteroids

    Bah humbug, not another developer competition surely? Well yes, but if we said NASA and Asteroids would you read on? NASA has been working with Appirio's [topcoder] community of 630,000 data scientists, developers and designers to kick off the "Asteroid Tracker Challenge". The challenge begins July 25 2014...

  • Downtime

    The importance of punctuation on Twitter, a lesson learnt by the Associated Press

    The Associated Press learnt an important lesson about using correct punctuation within a 140 character Tweet. Yesterday the news wire sent out a Tweet to inform the world that a Dutch military plane, carrying the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, had landed in Eindhoven. Sadly, AP's Twitt...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Congratulations to GDS on open document formats - but will Microsoft resort to litigation?

    Back in February, when the UK government's consultation on the use of open document formats closed, I described the decision to be made by the Cabinet Office as the acid test of its commitment to open standards.Well, congratulations to all involved, for it is a test they have passed with flying colours. Th...

  • Management Matters

    e-Commerce tech provides online magazines with seamless retail channel

    Bauer Media has begun a partnership with Atosho to allow readers of their online magazines to purchase products without having to be redirected to the retailer's website. Bauer's Mother & Baby website will be the first magazine to implement the distributed e-commerce service, which claims to be the onl...

  • CWDN

    Does guaranteed datacentre PUE engender better applications?

    While software developers focused on the more cerebral design-centric and user interface level of the application structure might not spend too much time thinking about the architectural back end, there could be a rationale for more inner introspectiveness. 1. mobile relies on back end power to feed the de...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Azure brings sunshine to Microsoft's lacklustre earnings. And how!

    Satya Nadella is going to be a happy man as his "mobile-first" "cloud-first strategy" is gathering momentum. Microsoft's cloud business has reported a triple-digit YoY growth, the company's earnings report for Q4 ended June 30, 2014 showed. Microsoft's commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annual...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 930 first impressions

    In this guest post David McClelland gives his impressions of the Nokia Lumia 930,the first high-end handset to launch with Windows Phone 8.1.HardwareThe Nokia Lumia 930 is a substantial handset in more ways than one. First up, the body: Nokia has adopted a sturdy aluminium unibody for its latest flagship, ...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Are local councils falling out of love with BDUK?

    Is a groundswell of public anger causing local government to fall out of love with the BDUK Superfast Britain project? The Western Daily Press reported this week that Wiltshire County Council is considering its options and may not sign up to the second phase of a £35m BDUK deal to deploy superfast broadba...

  • Downtime

    Security firm supports ovine CCTV

    Downtime always like to see technology put to good use, and in this case CCTV security firm AlertSystems agrees.After a report in The Daily Record, AlertSystems has come out in support of a farmer in Scotland who has installed a high-quality CCTV system to protect his 11 Valais Blacknoses worth an estimate...

  • CWDN

    Bridging the Java to .NET interoperability divide

    The following piece is a guest post for the Computer Weekly Developer Network by Wayne Citrin, an interoperability specialist at JNBridge. Citrin is also CTO and the architect of JNBridgePro -- the company is a provider of interoperability tools to connect Java and .NET frameworks. Bridging the Java to .NE...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Is the BT Business Broadband monopoly about to crumble? How will it respond?

    I recently blogged on the demand aggregation exercise being organised by the City of London  A couple of days later I received a note on the current state of INCA plans in response to the recent Federation of Small Business report on how small businesses are often left out of the national superfast br...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Why does the Bletchley Park Trust wish to airbrush Colossus out of history?

    The Daily Mail press cover for the visit of the Duchess of Cambridge to Bletchley includes a photograph of Collossus, hidden among the fashion photographs. That was more than was evident on the day. Apparently the Trust took down all the signs leading to the Colossus site, locked all the gates and invited ...

  • Management Matters

    Free iBeacon tech for retailers - but do they even know what to do with it?

    A specialist company has announced its ambitious plan to kit out FMCG, alcohol and publishing retailers - big and small - with free iBeacon technology. Set up in 2013, Appflare has said it will provide the hardware, installation and management of the Bluetooth beacons for free to qualifying retailers for t...

  • CWDN

    Institutionalised omnichannel commerce analytics

    The arrival of that job title we now call CAO (chief analytics officer) comes with a few other new realities for the 'next-generation' IT shop. This next-gen IT Nirvana sees analytics now driven from a top-down perspective (i.e. the boardroom and the central IT function) and, also, successfully disseminate...

  • CWDN

    Will Apple Swift fly higher than Google Go?

    Swift is a popular term, name, noun and thing. Quite apart from SWIFT as a type of Suzuki Jeep, a bird, an alternative metal band from North Carolina and an Australian netball team -- swift crops up in technology circles several times. OpenStack Swift, (sometimes also known as OpenStack Object Storage) is ...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Cloud-first? Cabinet Office seeks £700m datacentre partner for 'top secret' data

    The Cabinet Office and GDS (Government Digital Service) have issued a service contract notice seeking a private partner that can provide datacentre colocation services to handle UK government's information classified as "official", "secret" and "top secret". The government has earmarked up to £700m for the...

  • ITWorks

    Can you help? Technopop festival on hunt for loaned laptops, screens, Wi-Fi and more for 100,000 students

    I spoke with Technopop recently about its London festival due to take place over a course of four weeks, in East London. Supported by Oxley International Holdings, the festival aims to provide an environment to inspire young people to consider IT in both their future careers and social lives. Due to take p...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    New world order of the cloud services

    Cloud computing is having a massive impact on the supplier landscape. The concept of pure cloud computing would reduce the relationship between a business and supplier to something like the relationship I have with Thames Water. Get a bill once a year, pay monthly and only contact them when something goes ...

  • ITWorks

    Proving IT's value in a cloudy world: Widening knowledge and demonstrating value

    This is a guest blog from Gareth Cartman, director of digital marketing at Clever Little Design. We've arrived at a point where most businesses - even the most sensitive - have accepted the role of cloud technology, and have even embraced it. The advantages are trotted out regularly - pay-as-you-go, flexib...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Apple/IBM tie-up provides historic counterpoint to Microsoft's massive job cuts

    Sometimes news stories coincide fortuitously in a way that highlights the significance of major trends transforming the IT landscape - and we have a big one this week.Yesterday, Apple and IBM announced a partnership that will see the biggest name in corporate IT developing enterprise-focused tools to suppo...

  • Downtime

    NOT available on the app store

    A new hashtag has been created as a campaign to point out things in life that are NOT available on the app store, because "there isn't an app for everything". #Notavailableontheappstore encourages people to place modified App Store stickers on things in the real world that aren't available digitally, as a ...

  • Downtime

    Microsoft targets crap programmers

    By tracking eye movement, researchers at Microsoft reckon they can identify if someone has accidentally introduced a bug in software they are developing.Microsoft researcher Andrew Begel said: "My idea is that if the software developers are writing the code and causing the bugs, we should measure attribute...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Is Malaysia a safe option for a South East Asian business services hub?

    About three years ago I met up with Vijayaratnam Tharumartnam who is a director at the Malaysian IT Initiative (MSC), an organisation supporting Malaysia in attracting foreign investment.I met him again earlier this month for an update.With more and more multi-national businesses investing in global servic...

  • CWDN

    What is liquid computing?

    The Computer Weekly Developer Network spots a new industry term in the process of crystallisation this week. Liquid computing. As is so often the way with this kind of terminology and nomenclature, this is a user-driven trend rather than a programmer one... or is it? But... If it sticks, it will very argua...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Do increasing worries about insider threats mean it is time to take another look at DRM?

    The encryption vendor SafeNet publishes a Breach Level Index which records actual reported incidents of data loss. Whilst the number of losses attributed to malicious outsiders (58%) exceeds those attributed to malicious insiders (13%), SafeNet claims that insiders account for more than half of the actual ...

  • CWDN

    DevOops! I did it again

    It was just a minor mistyping, but when DevOops cropped up this week it was more than the Computer Weekly Developer Network could handle... it just had to be blogged. If DevOps = Developer Operations then... LOBDOPS = Line Of Business Developer Operations and so... DevOops = That State Of Being When DevOps...

  • Open Source Insider

    Is Microsoft openness a wolf in sheep's clothing?

    Higher profile members of the key software application developer press were invited to the Microsoft Build conference this year to listen to the company's vision for where its ecosystem will develop over the next decade. Listening from afar, it has been fascinating to see how Microsoft's conceptualising un...

  • WITsend

    Capability Jane webinar on part time and flexible senior roles in tech this Tuesday

    If you attended Computer Weekly's Top 25 Most Influential Women IT event this year, you will be well aware of one of great speakers Sara Hill from Capability Jane. Capability Jane are holding a free webinar: working part-time in senior roles in technology this coming Tuesday. Join Sara and the Capability ...

  • CWDN

    A real Internet of Things smart home experience

    Five years on from now, this story will sound ridiculous. The rise of so-called 'smart home' technology and the plethora of devices emerging into the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) category is, of course, very rapid at the moment. The Computer Weekly Developer Network blog has (for some months now) bee...