Cisco Systems says it has streamlined its cloud-management software with ONE, which helps to automate and run programs in private- and hybrid-cloud settings, and allows developers to create and launch custom stacks.
The ongoing focus for Cisco and its partners is IT services, and the network gear vendor admits it's going to be a challenging road. "Selling cloud and managed services is a new business model. If you move too quickly to a recurring revenue stream model, you will be greeted with cash flow challenges. If you move too slow, you're out of the game. It's all about timing," Cisco's Edison Peres said. Cisco has launched a new business certification program and enhanced its cloud services reseller program.
Hitachi Data Systems is taking aim at unstructured-data management with the introduction of Cloud Solution Packages, Cloud Services and a cloud-management portal. HDS says its converged strategy will help customers get the most of out of data.
The U.S. is expected to lead the world in technology revenues in 2011, surpassing China and India, according to a survey of 102 senior tech executives by KPMG. The respondents said they think merger-and-acquisition activity will continue to reshape the sector, with about 80% saying that their companies will likely be involved in some kind of deal in the next two years. Yet the executives say it will take another two years before the industry has fully recovered from the global recession, and about half of those surveyed said they plan to increase their workforce during the next year.
Four out of five vulnerabilities plaguing corporate networks can be traced to one of 37 Windows programs targeted by hackers, according to a report from security firm Secunia. Other experts argue that just because a system has a vulnerability doesn't mean it will be targeted. Daniel Guido of iSec Partners says an analysis of hacker exploit kits from the past two years found tools for exploiting 27 of about 8,000 possible software weaknesses, suggesting that not all vulnerabilities are equally dangerous.