News roundup: This week's tech topics

Aug 28th, 2014 / Category: Globalscape News and Events

Innovation is abound in the world of technology in both the enterprise and consumer spheres. Here are the must-know stories from this past week. 

Consolidation efforts ramp up
Data center expansion is a fact of life for organizations tasked with housing large swaths of data and supporting enterprise applications, but adding storage and server units is easier said than done when considering the heavy capital expense requirements of these projects. As decision-makers recognize the challenges of continuous data center growth, many forward-thinking IT teams have chosen to centralize their assets in an effort to cut down on physical sprawl and promote a consolidated network that's easier to maintain. 

The Department of Labor is currently in the process of reducing its data center footprint and developing a more efficient, cost-effective infrastructure, according to NetworkWorld. The source explained that the department's 28 distinct agencies have deployed their own IT units over time, each with unique configurations. These disparate entities have made it difficult for administrators to coordinate overarching updates and synchronize the launch of initiatives such as cloud and mobility projects. Now, the DoL is virtualizing and consolidating its assets across the board.

"We've been making sure we do both at the same time—that before we move anything to the new data center that we've modernized it, that we have virtualized it, that we've considered whether we should even move it, whether in fact it makes more sense to outsource it or move to a shared service."

IoT security meltdown?
The Internet of Things is still in its nascent, hype-fueled stage, but thought leaders are already speculating whether this all-encompassing network of devices will be secure enough to deliver results without jeopardizing personal and corporate information. An article from Wall Street Daily cited a study from HP revealing 70 percent of IoT-connected hardware contains vulnerabilities increasing the potential for a hack. Concerns are certainly justified - a single device breach can result in a devastating ripple effect due to the highly interconnected nature of the IoT. 

Since 80 percent of personal devices store sensitive data such as emails, home addresses, birth dates, and credit card information, the protection of these assets will have to be a top priority for developers seeking to capitalize on the IoT's momentum. This also means enterprise leaders will have to boost organization awareness of security best practices to defend against the hazards of the digital environment. 

Wearables: A healthy choice
Smartphones have caught on worldwide thanks to their high-powered, handheld value, but consumers don't appear to be after the connectivity and app-based features of next-gen wearables. Instead, these devices are becoming popular for their specialized health and fitness-oriented features such as performance tracking and nutritional insights. According to ZDNet, some firms are focusing on novelty items that give a peek into users' physiology. For example, one developer is working on a wristband that lets individuals look through their skin and watch blood pass through their veins. 

Wearables may not have reached their revolutionary stage quite yet, as consumers are still getting familiar with the concept itself.