Cranleigh, Surrey – +13 March 2014 – With the
government’s “open source procurement” mandate already
in place, where public sector organisations have to demonstrate that they
have included open source choices within their procurement activities,
Memset have been able to demonstrate the real cost savings that can be
realised when using open source.
For example, the cloud costs for a public sector organisation looking to
deploy a typical high-traffic web application serving content
to public citizens across 35 virtual machines, using an IaaS vendor who
doesn’t use open source, will be faced with over 40% of the
cost being made up of VMWare licensing fees.
Whereas, using open source alternatives, such as Xen instead of VMWare,
the costs can be considerably lower. In fact, in this example above, by
using an accredited open source al... (more)
Everything about our working lives is being virtualized, not just IT
applications for hosting in the Cloud.
We’re all migrating to the Cloud in some form or another, aka
‘The Future of Work‘.
What’s Your Crowd Rating?
To see the nature of how work is transforming we only need to look here at
one of its major catalysts Linkedin.
Most notably I used to have a resume but now who bothers? and why indeed when
instead you can have what is more of a multimedia object.
In addition to the same old same old list of prior job employments, one
dimension of my career, ... (more)
One of the most significant product and platform wars we’ll see is the
race for the ‘operating system’ of the Internet of Things.
I.e. All these connected devices, the smart fridge that re-orders your
groceries et al, need software running there to make this analysis, and that
software needs to run on an operating system in the same way it does
currently on your laptop or smart phone.
With device technology, like fridges and cars, the challenges are typically
how do you deliver and maintain small amounts of software into more difficult
physical environments. In ... (more)
One of the first Cloud applications I recommend for any business is Google
Apps, it’s such a swiss army knife of an application set that you will
immediately make practical use of it, and continue to find many more ways
after that too.
However it does suffer from a few missing pieces and the biggest one is
lacking an alternative to Sharepoint, the file share and web collaboration
portal for the Microsoft suite.
Where Microsoft has Word, Excel, Powerpoint and so on, so Google has an
alternative, but where there is an empty slot is a Sharepoint alternative.
This is a huge ... (more)
It’s hard to read or listen to the news without hearing concerns about
protecting sensitive data. Whether it is providing security for payment
card/banking information or maintaining privacy from cyber surveillance –
governmental and otherwise.
Edward Snowden was back in the news last week when The Guardian revealed that
the GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germany, the Israeli PM and EU chief on
their surveillance list. These ongoing revelations have many organizations
concerned about the privacy of customer data and other sensitive business
information being put in the cloud.