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December 12, 2012
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  • Report: Digital data to double every 2 years through 2020
    Updated figures to the Digital Universe study reveal digital data will double every two years for the next eight, surpassing 40 zettabytes, which equals out to 5,200 GB for every child, woman and man on Earth. Machine-made data will account for the lion's share of the total, with research firm IDC predicting at least one-third of data will feature critical information worthy of data analysis attention. Computerworld (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Savvis takes aim at Amazon and Google
    The Symphony Cloud Storage service from Savvis is meant as a direct competitor to the S3 service of Amazon Web Services, this article notes. P.J. Farmer of Savvis says the company is considering whether to match the pricing of cloud services offered by Amazon and Google, which are engaged in a price war. InformationWeek (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft preps for Surface retail sales push
    Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, featuring ARM processors and Windows RT, should be available from third-party retail partners, including Staples, beginning today. "The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see," said Panos Panay, general manager of Surface. "We've increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface." Computerworld (12/11), The Register (U.K.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook endorses Intel's new processor, but may not buy it
    Intel on Tuesday introduced the low-power Atom S1200 processor, designed to be used in microservers. While Facebook executive Frank Frankovsky spoke at Intel's press conference for the chip, he didn't say whether the social network would be using the new processor in the servers of its data centers. A Facebook spokesman said, "Based on how it looks on paper it doesn't look like it meets the needs of our workloads." Reuters (12/11), GigaOm (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Channel 
  • D&H: Tablets, networking, all-in-one are top channel sales areas
    A new sales analysis from D&H Distributing indicates that the top three sales areas for partners in the small-to-midsize market are tablets, networking and all-in-one products. Microsoft's Windows 8 OS also has significance for the channel given the plethora of new Windows 8-based devices hitting the market, according to D&H. ChannelProSMB.com (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dell: Channel success is all about meeting customer needs
    Dell CEO and founder Michael Dell said he believes channel and reseller success is tied to one simple effort: meeting the customer's needs. "The challenges and opportunities out there need new kinds of solutions and new thinking," Dell said. "Now we bring all these pieces together and change the conversation with customers." eChannelLine USA Daily News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to unleash the power of "econovation"
    Innovation often falls short because it's developed without a clear sense of potential "economic and societal impact," writes Steve Faktor. One potential solution lies in the "econovation" metric, which grades innovations according to their profit potential, the consumer needs they serve and their ability to spur job creation and other societal goods. Forbes (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Debate: Will patent system change spur innovation in Europe?
    A new uniform patent system, which has the blessing of the European Parliament, has the potential to spur innovation once it is in play, according to fans. Bruno van Pottelsberghe, dean of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, said he does not believe the changes will help. He said the system will "still be a mess" and "we should not expect any of a change in Europe's innovative performance." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The 2112 Group and Channelnomics
    Cloud, mobility and Big Data are transforming the IT landscape, but not negating the channel’s value as the best route to market. The 2112 Group specializes in creating channel programs, optimizing channel performance and uncovering opportunities. Its research and media site, Channelnomics, provides real, actionable intelligence to the entire channel community. CompTIA members -- find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stay up to date on how government and IT connect with Policy Watch
    With more than 2,000 members representing all facets of the industry and as the leading global provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications, CompTIA is well positioned to serve as a strong advocate in government. Subscribe to CompTIA's Policy Watch newsletter to receive the latest research reports, industry-related news and coverage of other IT matters each month. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Dec. 12, 2012
    73% of organizations say shortened URLs infected with malware is a concern. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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