A whole industry, along with copious processes, exists in IT to deliver backup. Much of this is far more human effort intensive (and costly) than most CIOs (or CTOs) wish to believe. Yet backup is not the real objective: recovery is. Recovery of what has stopped working is the raison d’être for backup. Backup is... (read more)

In the complex world of mobile devices and their management a series of ugly questions are raising their heads, such as when is a smart-phone a tablet, or a PC; when is tablet a smart-phone or a PC; when is a PC a smart-phone or a tablet? These may seem simple, even simplistic, questions. But... (read more)

HP’s announcement yesterday (August 18th) that it was shuttering its tablet and smart-phone business – and, with these, WebOS – was not that much of a surprise. None had taken off in the way that HP had hoped, and the only real prospect (though potentially a good one given both Apple’s and Google’s feebleness when... (read more)

Now that millions of tablets and tens of millions of smart-phones are being bought each year, additional management capabilities are required by all organizations whose employees wish to bring these to work and use them within the corporate environment. This is throwing up a myriad of new challenges. Arguably, this justifies a more extensive hierarchy... (read more)

The notion that iTunes, which many consider the epitome of a successful technological eco-system, is simultaneously a jailer and an octopus to fear may seem fanciful. It is not. While there is no doubt that Apple has taken great pains to develop its highly successful ecosystem, which the iTunes Store is, there are less positive... (read more)

Amazon’s announcement of its Kindle Cloud Reader, based around HTML 5, is a wonder of irony. Apple has successfully been taking 30% of purchases made via anything bought through an app that was installed through the iTunes Store. In parallel it has denigrated Adobe’s Flash (albeit with some justice) as being insufficient for purpose while... (read more)

The iPad reinitiated — perhaps reignited is more accurate — interest in tablets. With millions of iPads sold and more millions of sales coming from the likes of Acer, Dell, HP, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and a host of others, there can be no doubt about the scale of interest – vendor and customer. Yet, most assume tablets are... (read more)

Data volumes continue to breed like rabbits, just more so. The types of data needing storage are exploding. Generations of data (and tiers) are also breeding, not least through IT having to satisfy legislative and regulatory requirements. Enterprises are paying a fortune to store this explosion, but they need only do so if they use... (read more)