The forecast is dense cloud cover

An increasing volume of IT spend is going on cloud-related projects.

Gartner said $111 billion worth of IT spending will shift to cloud this year, and that number will almost double to $216 billion by 2020 (http://for.tn/29XhND1).

As Juan Casal says on his blog, highlighted on the Mission Critical Systems Forum at http://bit.ly/2aVncdq: “Cloud is fast. Cloud is everywhere. Cloud is flexible; versatile; elastic. Cloud is the future.”

Let’s face it, when it comes to the cloud, ‘disruptive’ hardly does it justice. Businesses of all sizes and all sectors are subcontracting owning, running and maintaining data management to third parties. Cloud is increasingly used to house our enterprise applications and section heads are busily by-passing IT departments to make their own technology procurement decisions.

What’s your view on staff using their own devices on corporate networks?

Walk down the street these days and chances are many – most even – of those you pass will be checking their mobile phone.

Smartphones, tablets and interconnected devices of all hues are never far away as we become increasingly driven by social media and the need for constant communication.

So I was surprised when I can across a piece on CIO recently (http://bit.ly/1Qb1Viy ) that stated mobility is in its infancy.

Infancy? The first mobile call was in 1973 – 43 years ago!

Where does security sit?

How old is the IT security industry?

According to Bob Tarzey on Computer Weekly (http://bit.ly/1UjI3Zd) it’s 25 years. “Of course, there has been a need for IT security for longer than this, but the release of HTML and the birth of the web in 1991, which saw widespread internet use take-off, was a game changer.”

That’s a good point. When the web was created in 1991 it marked the start of the golden age of IT communication and so, I suppose, the need to secure our systems.

RFID, NFC, IoT, AI – it’s an acronym roadshow

I was talking to a colleague recently about the number of different ways there are to finance major business purchases – multi-million dollar plant and equipment, that sort of thing.

It’s the high value bit that is the key. Businesses need to invest in the equipment in order to meet market opportunities, but rarely have they the reserves to pay for these items outright. Using a variety of credit, loan and contract schemes, these major purchases can be made, and offset against the extra revenues – and profit – they will generate.

Sugar lumps and helium

These are interesting times, as they say, in the world of data storage.

Many expect the all-flash data centre to become the norm very soon, with the old spinning disks consigned to the IT museum. The manufacturers are fighting back with helium-filled HDDs, which allow for faster data recall and capacity (as more disks can be used in each casing) and (as there is less friction), lower energy costs.

Then there is the tiny optical disc being pioneered by the University of Southampton, as mentioned on the Mission Critical Systems Forum at this post at http://bit.ly/1WXIMRL. About the size of a button, these discs can store 360TB of data for, well, forever.