If you're under the impression that big tech firms are most concerned with the possibility of data breaches, think again. According to research released by BDO, a professional services firm, there are much bigger concerns when it comes to security risks.
According to BDO, natural disasters, wars, conflicts, and terrorist attacks were cited by 55 percent of respondents as a risk concern and was 16th on the list. So where did breaches of technology security rank? Far below at 23rd on the listed and mentioned by 44 percent of respondents, or less than half.
"I think it has to do not only with the general difficulty one might encounter as result, but also, at the end of the day, what they are concerned about is business continuity," said Aftab Jamil, leader of the Technology Practice at BDO. "Can they get back on their feet relatively quickly? If you in the path of a hurricane or an oil spill, can you keep your business going?"
As for the top spot, that belonged in part to failure to develop or market new products/services, which tied with strong competition as the leading risk factor with 94 percent mentioning those two areas.
According to market research firm Gartner, about 80 percent of IT organizations turned a blind eye to Vista, opting instead to stick with Windows XP, an eight-and-a-half-year-old operating system. Is it time to make the jump to Windows 7?
In a word, "yes." In a recent survey of 285 IT professionals, Computerworld found that 72 percent of the respondents have plans to migrate to Windows 7, with 70 percent saying they will do so within a year, or are already running Microsoft's latest OS.
Out of all the new features in Windows 7, respondents were most interested in faster bootups and overall performance gains (69 percent). Better device management also ranked high on the list (52 percent), as did compatibility with Windows XP (47 percent).
Sans Digital has just launched its EliteSTOR ES424X6+B, a 4U 24-bay JBOD storage rackmount with 6Gbps SAS and SATA hard drive support.
"6G storage is the latest invocation of the storage technology that improves the performance instantly," said Stanley Chan, Director of Business Development of Sans Digital. "The ES424X6+B proves itself as the most viable choice between value and performance with the 6G performance for only $3899."
Up to 5 enclosures can be daisy-chained together for a total of 240TB of storage. Other notable features include:
Performance can reach over 1700MB/s read and 1500MB/s write speeds (tested with LSI9280-8E)
Standard redundant power supply
All hardware included (mini-SAS cable, cooling fan, tray modules, and built-in mounting rail)
Support for a wide range or RAID adapters
Sans Digital is now taking pre-orders and said units will begin shipping in June.
There will be a return to growth in the IT industry this year, with worldwide IT spending expected to climb by 4.1 percent and jump past $2.4 trillion in 2010, says market research firm Gartner.
"2010 will see IT spending in all major industries returning to growth, although that growth will vary by individual sector," Gartner research director Kenneth Brant said in an announcement. "National and international government will show the strongest growth in 2010, as IT spending is forecast to grow 6.2 percent worldwide.”
At the same time, Gartner warned vendors that they should brace themselves in case technology spending growth slows down as part of a "double dip" recession. But for now, Gartner sees growth on the horizon, particularly in the banking and securities industry, and the retail sector, which should see a 4.6 percent increase to $397 billion and 4.7 percent increase to $149 billion, respectively.
A word to the wise, that innocuous looking copier in the corner of the office might be out to share your personal data with an unscrupulous lot. The good news is that the FTC has your back. Data security when it comes to digital copiers is a blind spot, even in many IT departments. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz made it clear in a recent letter that the agency was looking into the problem, and was starting an educational campaign to inform users of the danger.
These machines have hard drives that store the images scanned into them. If not properly secured, anyone can log in and retrieve the documents. The letter was sent to US Representative Markey in the wake of a CBS investigation that found used copiers often have personal data on the hard drives.
Have you made any copies at work you now wish you hadn't? Let us (and the IT department) know if you can access the data on your office copiers.
Those in charge of finances at technology companies are feeling a little more optimistic about the future than was previously the case, suggests a new study by accounting firm Grant Thornton.
Grant Thornton surveyed 496 chief financial officers (CFOs) on a variety of economic and business topics, 53 of which worked for technology companies. Of those, some 37 percent said they expect to hire more staff in the next six months, compared with 29 percent in all other industries. Moreover, only 2 percent of tech CFOs have plans to reduce staff.
It wasn't all rose colored glasses, however. While a good number of CFOs plan to hire more help, only 11 percent said raises are in the cards for employees. That's significantly less than one year ago, when 32 percent said they plan on handing out raises.
As the economy picks up, so too does the demand for cloud computing hardware, says market research firm IDC. In a report released this week, IDC said it expects server revenue for private cloud computing to grow from $7.3 billion (2009) to $11.8 billion in 2014.
The public cloud market, which is a significantly smaller segment, is also on pace to experience growth, with IDC predicting a rise in revenue from $582 million to $718 million the same time period.
"Now is a great time for many IT organizations to begin seriously considering this technology and employing public and private clouds in order to simplify sprawling IT environments," said Kathernie Broderick, research analyst, Enterprise Platforms and Datacenter Trends.
On a related note, the IDC report notes that public clouds won't see the same broad adoption as private clouds, partly because the public sector will be less enterprise focused.
Gamers aren't the only ones graphics card makers have in their sights. Such is the case with AMD's new remote graphics option -- the ATI FirePro RG220 -- which the company hopes will entice IT managers seeking to replace existing desktop workstations with energy-efficient thin-client solutions.
"Power consumption restrictions in crowded office buildings cause headaches for IT managers trying to find the right balance between energy efficiency, system performance and IT spend for the work environments they manage," said Janet Matsuda, senior director, Professional Graphics, AMD. "The ATI FirePro RG220 can be part of a secure, easy to manage solution, and is now available to enterprises that need to deploy updates to multiple users simultaneously, while still giving the end user the full PC experience they’re accustomed to."
AMD says the FirePro RG220 consumes only 35 watts under a full load. It comes with 512MB of on-board graphics memory and measures half the length of a standard PCI-E card, so IT admins can squeeze it into smaller systems and only take up a single slot within a server.
Few could have guessed at the time of release 8 years ago that Internet Explorer 6 would turn out to be such a resilient browser, but here we are on the heels of IE9 and IE6 is still going strong, even against the warnings of security experts and Microsoft itself.
According to a recent study conducted by Chitika, a search-targeted advertising solutions firm, IE6 ranked fourth among all browsers, claiming 13 percent of usage during peak business hours. What this means is that IE6 is being used while at work, between the ours of 5AM and 2PM CST. After hours, however, the usage number drops to 6 percent of all Web traffic, Chitika noted.
"It almost looks like individual Internet users are more tech-advanced at home than the IT departments where they work," said Alden DoDrosario, Chitika's CTO, in a statement. "It's crazy to think that people whose job description revolves around employees having secure ways to browse the Web would keep IE6 alive, while these same employees go home to more secure browsers."
The same pattern holds true when broken down on a day-by-day basis. During the week, IE6 remains the fourth most used browser, and then loses nearly half of its market share to Firefox and IE8 during the weekend, Chitika says.
Things aren't so rosy in the financial services sector, at least for IT staff. According to a new survey, some 77 percent of IT staff employed in the financial services field would like nothing more than to change jobs within the next year.
The survey pinged 540 permanent and contract IT staff in March, over two-thirds of which said they will begin looking for employment elsewhere within the next three months, with 41 percent citing salary as the main reason why.
"Salary freezes, increased workloads, and redundancies have resulted in decreased loyalty from employees, which has contributed to feelings of unrest," said Sam Corcoran, director at Hays Finance Technology.
According to Hays, 28 percent of staff believed that the financial crisis had caused increased stress. Another 25 percent said they now work longer hours, while nearly half (48 percent) of IT professionals believe that the recession had decreased job security.
Also leading to a feeling of discontent is the lack of bonuses. More than half of respondents said they didn't receive a bonus in 2009, while 42 percent said that a bonuses should make up at least 20 percent of their annual package.