Edging Out the Cloud?

These are exciting times for edge computing as massive amounts of collected and consumed data continues to grow rapidly.  In addition, the advances being made in processing data at the edge of the network is likely to revolutionize how technology is used going forward. With IoT devices and the digital era upon us, a data glut is being created that may clog up data centers to the point of being unable to survive with current processing methods. As published by the IDC, the digital universe is doubling in size every two years and by 2020 will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes.  With that in mind, innovators are increasingly looking to edge computing as a means of thriving in the future.

So will edge computing replace cloud computing at some point as more issues arise due to high traffic and latency problems? Consumer reliance on smart devices and the growth of the IoT market result in higher demands for more localized processing. However, cloud computing is not likely to go away anytime soon. The way it works may transform its uses to work in conjunction with edge computing in order to have the best of both worlds. For an interesting perspective, read full article here.

Security Hazards Rising in the Age of Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay.  No surprise that our love for connected devices will continue to trend upward to 11.4 billion by 2018 according to Gartner.  However, with increased convenience of IoT devices, huge security risks also increase and staying vigilant about security is critical.  Security hazards become a big concern as IoT devices often times store sensitive information that can be tempting to hackers.  Also, in an effort to go to market fast with new devices, manufacturers may create smart products that are insecure and vulnerable to attacks where weak infrastructures are in place.

There is fast and furious adoption of the smart gadgets consumers have come to depend on to regulate temperature, watch over homes or businesses, monitor health and even respond to our every need.  Security may not get the attention it needs in an emerging market that is growing so rapidly.  The key is to balance security with ease of use and convenience of the device.  Being attentive and up to date with the most advanced security tools to mitigate risks against cybercriminals means adjustments may need to be made for effective protection.  Security and IoT are hot topics; read full article here.




Strategies for Avoiding IT Burnout in a World of Continuous Delivery

Our always connected world of today is overloading IT operations teams and putting them at danger for burnout. Tech engineers and developers take a heavy personal toll from constantly fighting fires and dealing with application casualties to the point where alert fatigue sets in and best practices within the organization can be overlooked.   In order to keep critical systems up and running at all times, on-call IT support staff are especially vulnerable to the stress of late night wake up calls to deal with temperamental infrastructure, false alarms or poorly designed applications.  However, strategies can be put into place for improving conditions to lower the risk of employee burnout while also achieving better business results.

Implementing a robust suite of monitoring tools is a good place to start.  However, narrowly focused tools will only provide partial answers when it comes to addressing complex problems.  Upper management needs to be aware of the people cost associated with a support team’s stressful on-call rotation schedule.  The high cost of turnover is real, not to mention the business impact on revenue, profits and customer satisfaction. For a closer look at actionable steps that can be put into place for better work life balance for on-call IT employees, read full article here.