IBM in race to be fastest data transfer


IBM has developed a new silicon photonic technology which will significantly speed up data transfers. The technology can produce speeds of 100Gbps in tests using pulses of light over a distance of 2km. The silicon photonics technology has been in development for a decade and utilises 4 different colour channels over a single fibre and is aimed at data centres.

With greatly increased data transfer speeds between servers, large processor demanding tasks such as big data analytics and machine learning will be able to be performed much quicker and more efficiently.

Silicon photonics technologies amplified speed could also be the key to dividing up a servers’ core components:  processor, memory and storage. In this fashion the processor can be handled a lot like storage is today by bringing extra flexibility ie. taking advantage of additional available processors when needed.  The decoupling of each component could reduce costs by combining fans and power supplies for each.

IBM is not alone in the race for superfast super servers.   Intel also has their own silicon photonic chip, but recently delayed shipment till 2016.  IBM’s chip is supposedly more manufacturable with a simple integrated silicon structure – and will be cheaper to produce.

IBM has yet to confirm when their silicon photonics chips will reach the market so the race is on!   However, the money is on IBM.   More importantly when both are deployed in real world data centres, we can then review which is truly the fastest and most reliable technology.   Either way Cloud will soon be becoming a lot smarter than it is today.

This week’s technology news by Amicus ITS

Intel expands BYOD program
Intel is expanding its own Bring Your Own Device program, claiming it has been a resounding success and said that over the last year that had gained 5 million hours of additional productivity gains. Intel had 23,500 mobile devices in total in the program, an increase of 38% from 2011. The BYOD program consists of phones, tablets and ultra-books. It has also stated although productivity has been improved it has had less of an impact on cost savings. Given the perceived problems around data security and BYOD, it’s great to see a company being so flexible and letting employees choose their own devices.

Apple CEO promises device innovation to shareholders
Speaking at a recent shareholders meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook promises new innovation and a new product line but strangely failed to confirm when they are planning to unveil this! The promise of innovation was surely needed to calm shareholders as Apples shares and phone market share has been steadily declining despite continued strong sales. There are rumours from numerous sources that claim this new line of products could either be a smart TV or a smart watch. Out of these two the smart watch seems more likely but we are unsure if Apple could convince the mass market it is something they need.

€561 million euro fine for Microsoft
Microsoft has been fined by the European Commission for failing to comply with 2009s commitment to let users choose their default browser. EC’s competition commission determined Microsoft had an unfair advantage in the browser market as 95% of machines would come pre-installed with Internet Explorer. The failure to keep this commitment was a technical one which Microsoft brought to the attention of The EC. The software would only run on specific versions of the Windows OS, which was not update to include SP1 of Windows 7, resulting in millions of users not getting the browser choice prompt. Microsoft said it took “full responsibility” for the technical error that caused the problem, and apologised for it. Looking at the modern technology trends, could we be expecting Apple to receive a similar notice relating to browser choice for the tablet sector?

HP sells WebOS to LG for Smart TVs and Smart devices
In 2010 HP picked up the gesture friendly mobile OS: WebOS in its acquisition of Palm for $1.2 billion. However shortly after releasing its own WebOS tablet, HP publically stated its immediate plans to stop all future production for WebOS hardware. WebOS has now been picked up by LG, who has stated its focus for WebOS will be on smart TVs. WebOS has its roots in both phones and tablets and LG may be using Smart TVs as a low risk move to develop the OS further and test user feedback before releasing their own WebOS smart phones and tablets. We believe this is a clear attempt to differentiate from the current Android crowd.

Evernote hacked, 50 million accounts compromised
Last weekend Evernote revealed it was the latest victim of a cyber-attack which potentially compromised the passwords of 50 million users. Evernote quickly forced all 50 million accounts passwords to reset to combat this and promises it is accelerating its plans to roll out two-factor authentication, to make the note storing platform more secure. This recent data breach provides more evidence that a single password isn’t secure enough and we stress all readers to use different passwords across online accounts.