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In the age of global cyberattacks, corporate enterprises and government agencies that have some type of cloud-based network solutions should be looking at a strategic design focus that guarantees a very secure intelligent infrastructure unsusceptible to cyberattacks or natural disasters. Hardening an organization's data center as well as its networks (and clouds) is a critical step to ensuring its business continuity. In today's corporate business environment, many organizations cannot survive if their core applications are out-of-service for a couple of days. Forget "disaster recovery" as it's a dated term, like data processing, and is a dated concept. More resilient systems, which are not susceptible to disasters and outages, are what should be planned and designed, especially for any organization's mission-critical applications. Business continuity, where enterpri... (more)

Mobile Wallets: The Latest Digital Bling

In this acute age of class warfare, elitism, and social media tools, somewhere in the middle of all of it, the retail and financial services industries are spawning the latest "Must-have" digital bling: mobile wallets (or digital wallets). Will credit cards become a thing of the past?  Will retailers pull away from all the transaction fees they have to pay on credit card purchases and go to a smartphone app-based transaction model instead? What about other payment processors like PayPal, Google, and others? These are some of the strategic questions starting to pop up across diffe... (more)

Twitter Infrastructure Insufficient

Was there some bias as to what got said on Twitter on the night of the debates? Twitter needs to be able to handle large volumes and if they can't, they cannot say that they are providing any accurate public barometer on something as important as a Presidential debate. On the last Presidential debate (with Crowley as moderator), I wanted to send a comment out as I was watching the debates and got tangled up on Twitter (this was about 8:50 p.m. Central Time). Evidently, the Twitter "Cloud" was deluged with tweets and they had a hard time handling it. There was a rush to submit tw... (more)

Internet of Things and Cyber-Sabotage By @JamesCarlini | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Corporate Cyber-Sabotage: The Six-Phased Enterprise Assessment Framework When the Tsunami of system failures paralyzes your organization from a coordinated cyber-attack, it's too late for the CEO to think your organization can "get through this event." It's too late. Too many top executives and futurists are giddy about what the future holds with the "Internet of Things" and the growth of technology-based applications cutting across many, if not all, industries. Few are talking about reinforcing corporate systems as well as hardening facilities and mission critical applications t... (more)

Net Neutrality or Global Net Superiority By @JamesCarlini | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Passing the Net Neutrality Act is not going to make us more competitive in the global marketplace. It is not going to give "the little guy" a better platform for a start-up business. It is not the answer. Net Neutrality has to somehow be forged into a more strategic initiative to build out the current network infrastructure with only two design constructs: It must be the fastest in the world and the most resilient in the world when it comes to reliability and redundancy built into its framework. Maybe Global Net Superiority (GNS) is more descriptive as to what we really need to ... (more)