Analyst: Software spending gets a boost from cloud adoption | Telecoms, OEMs advance packet-core virtualization | Pitfalls continue to hamper Senate cybersecurity effort
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March 8, 2013
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Analyst: Software spending gets a boost from cloud adoption
Increased conversion to cloud technologies and more demand for software-as-a-service will give global software spending a boost through next year, a Gartner survey said, with most of the growth happening in emerging markets such as Latin America and Eastern Europe, which are more focused on private cloud systems than public cloud computing. Procurement Leaders online (U.K.) (3/8)
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Telecoms, OEMs advance packet-core virtualization
Vendors are beginning to test the boundaries of so-called network functions virtualization, or NFV, and its applications in the 4G wireless world by exploring its suitability in the packet core. Among the early pioneers of evolved packet core virtualization, Intel recently demonstrated a virtualized packet core for Long-Term Evolution and 3G using OpenStack. Still, some telecom companies, including Orange, are asking whether NFV has a place in the wireline world. Light Reading Mobile (3/5)
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Security Update
Pitfalls continue to hamper Senate cybersecurity effort
Members of the Senate commerce and homeland security committees took up the issue of cybersecurity in a special session Thursday, where administration witnesses -- including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano -- pressed for legislative action, but the tone of the discussion revealed that little has changed in the partisan climate that hampered two similar efforts last year. Democrats, led by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, continue to favor rules requiring private firms to disclose information about breaches, while Republicans remain concerned about the burden additional restrictions would place on the private sector. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/8)
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Tech Business
Analysts: Sequestration's drag on IT spending will be negligible
Demand will continue to fuel spending on IT products and services this year, in spite of the loss of momentum resulting from federal spending cuts known as sequestration, experts say. Forrester and IDC are forecasting growth of roughly 6%, lower than pre-sequestration estimates, but Tuesday's record Dow closing and healthy job numbers out from payroll processor ADP reveal broad-based optimism in the sector, with stalwarts such as Intel, Microsoft, IBM and Cisco leading the way. Network World/IDG News Service (3/7)
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Managing IT
Risks of pirated software far outweigh the rewards, report finds
The temptation to skip costly investments and use pirated software may be strong for individuals and companies that are comfortable skirting the rules, but according to a new report, using counterfeit software doesn't just break the law -- it could also break the bank. A global study by IDC estimates it will cost businesses $114 billion in 2013 to deal with the malicious code delivered through pirated software, which, if downloaded from the Internet, has a 78% chance of being infected. eWeek (3/7)
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Why IT needs to embrace cloud computing's disruptive nature
Tech and business leaders must embrace the disruptive force cloud computing is having on business and the realm of doing business, according to John Considine, chief technology officer at Verizon's Terremark division. Now is the time to establish relevancy in cloud computing, Maribel Lopez writes. "As they face this disruption, CIOs and IT leaders have to look at moving up the stack and spend less time on low-level operational tasks," Considine said. Forbes (3/6)
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Geeking Out
Did scientists finally find the Higgs boson particle?
Scientists in Italy say they are close to confirming the existence of the mysterious Higgs boson particle, having just one last test to go before they can confirm it. The Higgs-like particle was discovered last year and has been subjected to thousands of tests to ensure its validity. Scientists say they need to confirm the subatomic particle isn't actually a graviton before they can say with 99.9% certainty that it is indeed the "God particle" of physics that many have long been seeking. The Christian Science Monitor/The Associated Press (3/6)
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Our research is unequivocal: Inherent dangers lurk for consumers and businesses that take a chance on counterfeit software."
-- John Gantz, chief researcher at IDC, as quoted by eWeek
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