This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 9th August 2013

Poor cloud PR reinforces aversion to change
The widescale uptake of cloud services by business due to a lack of security skills and resources inhouse is holding back many firms, a recent study reports. The assessment of cloud service delivery identified that two thirds of companies believed they lacked the skills to manage the change and 72% said they lacked the resources to secure such services. The lack of persuasive and compelling argument pro cloud and its benefits (despite Government endorsement of cloud for the public sector), will continue to inhibit businesses’ full potential until they stop seeing security as a barrier to adoption.

How green is my datacentre
Whereas servers are refreshed frequently, datacentres take 2 years to design and have to last 15 years. HP advise that companies prioritise energy efficiency nowadays, not part of the original design. Lower carbon footprint, from using renewable energy sources where sites are linked to hydroelectric generators or wind farms, through to new construction and operational efficiency (including adiabatic cooling and self-scaling power adjustments) will be core drivers, as companies aspire to the magical PUE of 1.2. Server consolidation and virtualisation will increase efficiency but at the cost of energy workload if a server refresh is done. The ever increasing demand for big data analytics will drive companies to consider moving to a cloud infrastructure as a service to overcome this environmental technical challenge.

The next generation of memory
There have been two breakthroughs in memory technology this week. Crossbar has created a prototype for its RRAM and Samsung has announced the mass production of 3D NAND chips. 3D NAND is essentially today’s flash memory, turned sideways and stacked side-by-side to create a much denser unit with twice the performance. Experts are mixed on which memory will come out on top in the future. RRAM has the advantage in terms of performance and potential growth of the technology but will unlikely start mass production till 2015, giving Samsung a generous head start in the next-gen storage wars.

LG moves its buttons to the back
LG is the third biggest smart phone manufacturer today. They overtook Huawei earlier this year with the help of strong sales from the Google branded Nexus 4 made by LG. Their next big launch, the G2 tweaks the standard smartphone form factor, coined infamously from the original iPhone. The G2 will have no buttons on the front or sides of the device at all. Three buttons are placed on the back, LG claim this is easier to access on a larger phone as this is where you index fingers naturally rest. Manufacturers have all been using a similar form factor since the modern touchscreen smart phone. Clearly G2 hope they should get attention by shaking up the design. However, who will be bold enough to upend the tea table and provide us with a true next generation smart phone design?